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Rule 9 Changes Explained at CLE Friday

New disciplinary rules adopted by the Tennessee Supreme Court take effect Jan. 1. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn what the changes mean for you and your practice at a CLE this Friday in Nashville. Join Marisa Combs and Hugh Kendall, co-chairs of the TBA subcommittee that played a large role in putting together the “receiver attorney” provisions adopted by the court, and Brian S. Faughnan, chair of the TBA Ethics Committee, for a guided tour of what’s new, what’s unchanged and what may continue to be controversial going forward. The session starts at 12:30 p.m. and provides three dual hours of credit.

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New TBJ Features Update on Med Mal

In the November issue, out today, the Tennessee Bar Journal looks at the Tennessee Medical Malpractice Act five years after two important statutes were enacted. Clinton L. Kelly writes about how the appellate courts have interpreted the notice statue and the certificate of good faith law. Also, don't miss words of wisdom from the students of the Law Launch Project, such as: "A group of people thrown into a pit of hell together will either kill each other or band together to fight the evil forces. I think in law school it happens both ways."

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Get Details on New Disciplinary Rules

Don’t be caught unaware! New rules governing disciplinary enforcement of attorneys go into effect Jan.1. Learn how these new rules will impact your practice at a CLE on Nov. 15 in Nashville. The three-hour course offers dual credit and will cover issues such as a new ban on anonymous complaints against attorneys, new power for the courts to appoint receiver attorneys, new recusal standards for hearing panel members, and clarification about TLAP agreements, the role of practice monitors and the use of private discipline. Learn more or register now.

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Changes to Disciplinary Rule Detailed

The Tennessee Supreme Court on Friday adopted a comprehensive amendment overhauling the rules governing disciplinary enforcement for attorneys. As the TBA stated in its comment filed in February in response to the court’s original proposal, the changes represent “a vast improvement of the organization, architecture and clarity” of the disciplinary process. The new rule, however, does not adopt a number of provisions the TBA advocated. The court rejected the TBA’s call for use of the same heightened standard of proof (clear and convincing evidence) that is used by 40 other states as the requirement for disciplining attorneys, and it did not move to limit ex parte communications between the Board of Professional Responsibility and potential hearing panel members. Learn more about the amended Rule 9 here, and at a CLE set for Nov. 15 that will provide a guided tour of what’s new, what’s unchanged and what may continue to be controversial going forward.

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Show Your Practice A Little Love This Valentines

Loving your law practice means accepting all its different sides. This CLE on Thursday will help you tackle a number of practice management challenges. Topics include how to protect yourself when moving from one firm to another, making the decision to retire, how to make a move to an in-house position, keeping up with current technology, and using social media for marketing and winning cases. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Central time on Valentines Day. Choose between the live program at the Tennessee Bar Center or a live webcast of the seminar.

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Maryville Law Firm Lost to Fire

The building that housed the Maryville law firm of Gribble, Carpenter & Associates burned in a fire last week, and the firm -- comprised of William (Billy) Gribble, Charles Carpenter, Keith Edmiston, Stanley Barnett, Alan Waller and Casey Daganhardt -- have reopened the office at 118 Parliament Dr., Maryville 37804. Donations of law books, especially the Tennessee Practice Series, and other resources like Raybin on Criminal Procedure or Garrett on Divorce, are needed. Contact Billy Gribble at blountlaw@yahoo.com or 865-936-3060 if you can help. Members of the firm say they have already received much support, which they appreciate very much. They are still actively handling cases and will be working over the next few weeks to reconstruct client files.

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TBA Transition Subcommittee Begins Work

The Transition and Succession Subcommittee of the TBA Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility is tackling issues related to winding down abandoned law practices. The subcommittee, chaired by Nashville lawyer Marisa Combs and Chattanooga lawyer Hugh Kendall, has placed a special emphasis on developing preventative measures so that lawyers have the tools to properly plan the succession of their law practices.

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