TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 30, 2018
Sevier County lawyer Dawn Elaine Bowie on Wednesday received a public censure from the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Bowie filed a guardianship action while a dependent and neglect petition was pending involving the same custody dispute. Bowie filed a motion for Rule 11 sanctions after being served with a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. She did not provide opposing counsel with an opportunity to withdraw the motion to dismiss as required by the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure, and there was no merit to the motion for sanctions. She also communicated with the opposing parties about the subject matter of the custody dispute despite being aware that they were represented by counsel.