Court adopts MJP rules package

A comprehensive set of rules dealing with multijurisdictional practice (MJP) was adopted by the Tennessee Supreme Court on Friday. Download the orders here and here. The rules set up a new regulatory framework for in-house counsel and other lawyers who may work in Tennessee without being admitted. Effective Jan. 1, in-house corporate counsel are required to register, submit to the disciplinary jurisdiction of the court and pay all of the same fees as regularly licensed lawyers. Lawyers who have registered under the new rules can only practice for their corporate client and may not appear in court or hold themselves out as licensed attorneys. In addition, the package sets up a framework for lawyers who might have some temporary presence in a state making them subject to discipline and setting out parameters for their practice.

The court also adopted new Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 47, the so-called "Katrina Rule," which establishes a framework for lawyers from other jurisdictions to temporally practice and do pro bono in Tennessee if the court declares a major disaster.

In adopting these rules, the court said that the TBA had "taken a leadership role" and has rendered "invaluable service" to the court, Tennessee's judicial system and to the public. The TBA has already scheduled a one-hour web cast CLE program on the MJP rules for Nov. 12.
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C. Dewees Berry and Charles David Killion, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant Rutherford County, Tennessee.

M. Taylor Harris, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Carol D. Shelton; Ben A. Shelton, III; William Albert Shelton; Jennifer R. Shelton; Mimi P. Shelton; Ben A. Shelton, III, Steve Shelton, and William Albert Shelton as Co-Trustees of the Blackman Road Properties Charitable Remainder Trust; William Albert Shelton as custodian for William Albert Shelton, Jr. and as custodian for Thomas Reynolds Shelton; Ben A. Shelton, III as custodian for Paul Andrew Shelton, for Kayli Virginia Shelton and for Amy Elizabeth Shelton; Blackman Road Properties LLC; and Carol D. Shelton as Trustee of the Ben A. Shelton Revocable Trust.


The Rutherford County Board of Commissioners denied a rezoning application to allow the development of an amusement park. The property owners filed a petition for certiorari challenging the denial of the application and the validity of a section of the county zoning resolution pursuant to which the county commission required a two-thirds vote for passage of the application. The chancery court vacated the county commission's decision and remanded the matter for further consideration. We have determined that the provision of the county zoning resolution requiring a two-thirds vote is invalid and that the zoning application should be granted since it received a majority vote.


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Celebrate Pro Bono
Events across state offer assistance, celebrate good work
Lawyers across Tennessee joined in activities to Celebrate Pro Bono Month today with events in both Chattanooga and Memphis that recognized the 25th Anniversary of the launch of IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts). About 30 people, including city and county mayors, attended a noon reception at the Courts Building in Chattanooga that also featured the reading of a proclamation declaring it Pro Bono Week in the city. In Memphis, the IOLTA reception kicked off at 5 p.m. following an Attorney of the Day Clinic, a lunch and learn program and a "Wills for Heroes" event in Germantown.

On Saturday, the TBA's Young Lawyers Division hosted a Wills for Heroes clinic in Franklin and 35 lawyers turned out to prepare free wills, powers of attorney and advance directives for area police, firefighters and emergency personnel. The clinic served 78 first responders and their families. The event was organized by YLD Wills for Heroes Committee chair and Lebanon lawyer David Veile, and Franklin lawyer Joy Day. If you are interested in having a Wills for Heroes event in your area please contact Veile.
See photos from the Wills for Heroes event in Franklin
Court of the Judiciary
Judges Bell and Dumas face charges
The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary has recently filed formal charges against two judges -- Cocke County General Sessions Judge John Bell and Nashville and Davidson County General Sessions Judge Gloria Dumas.
Learn more from the Administrative Office of the Courts
Legal News
Details for uniform IOLTA sent to lawyers
Tennessee lawyers this week began receiving letters from the Tennessee Bar Foundation explaining changes to the Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, which require all idle client and third-party funds to be deposited in interest-bearing accounts by Jan. 1, 2010. For more information, download frequently asked questions and the form you will need to take to your financial institution to enroll your account in the IOLTA program.

On Friday, Oct. 30, at 12:30 p.m. CDT, the TBA will present a free CLE on the new IOLTA rules. It will be presented as both an onsite program in Nashville and as a live web cast. Register for the onsite program in Nashville
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Nashville firm trains newer attorneys for trial work
In an effort to cut costs, Nashville's Bass Berry & Sims is now training less-experienced attorneys to take on trial work for cheap. Part of the training includes videotape critique. Watch attorney Brian Iverson's direct examination during associate litigation training on YouTube.
WPLN reports
Wharton, Avery sworn-in in Memphis
A C Wharton was sworn in as mayor of Memphis just after noon today with retired Circuit Court Judge George Brown administering the oath of office. Wharton resigned his job as Shelby County mayor at 9 a.m., clearing the way for him to cross the government plaza downtown to take the oath of office as city mayor. U.S. attorney David Kustoff administered the county oath of office just after 10:30 a.m. to County Commission chairwoman Joyce Avery, who will take the role of acting county mayor for up to 45 days.
The Commercial Appeal covered the events
Memphis 'Pillar of Excellence' Lee Winchester dies, visitation today
R. Lee Winchester, partner of the Winchester Law Firm, died Oct. 24. He was 85. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee. He served as president of the Memphis Bar Association from 1965-66 and was a Charter Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. He was honored as a "Pillar of Excellence" in 2007 by the Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law. Visitation will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue today from 5-8 p.m. Services will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. George's Episcopal Church. The family asks that memorials be sent to the Emmanuel Center, St. George's Episcopal, of the charity of the donor's choice.
Read the obituary in the Commercial Appeal
Disciplinary Actions
Two attorneys reinstated
Cordova attorney Michael Edward Latimore and Mississippi lawyer John B. Hyneman have been reinstated to the practice of law. Each had been suspended in August 2008 for failure to comply with CLE requirements.

Williamson County lawyer censured
On Oct. 23, Williamson County lawyer Trey Cain received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Cain formed an LLC with two non-lawyers to handle loan modifications for clients who were in danger of defaulting on real estate loans. Some services were promoted as having attorney involvement, but Cain failed to take reasonable measures to assure that persons obtaining the "law-related services" knew that the services were not legal services and that the protections of the client-lawyer relationship did not exist.
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