Young Lawyer at Helm of Transition Subcommittee

Nashville lawyer Marisa Combs has been named co-chair of the Transition and Succession Subcommittee of the TBA Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. The subcommittee got down to work last week, tackling issues related to winding down abandoned law practices. The group will place a special emphasis on developing preventative measures so that lawyers have the tools to properly plan for the succession of their law practices. The subcommittee's first item of business will be to examine amendments to Section 29 of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, which would provide for the appointment of a receiver attorney by the presiding judge of the district where the office is located. It also is reviewing material from several other states that have guides for helping lawyers in such transitions. The disciplinary rule changes are part of a proposed comprehensive rewrite to the rules published by the Supreme Court in August. Comments and suggestions on the issue of transitioning a law practice may be submitted to Combs at mcombs@lewisking.com.