TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 14, 2018
The Tennessee Supreme Court has affirmed the suspension of Memphis attorney Larry Edward Parrish from the practice of law for six months, with 30 days to be served on active suspension and the remainder on probation. Previously, a Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR) hearing panel found that Parrish had violated his ethical duties under the Rules of Professional Conduct by making derogatory statements about three appellate judges, however, the panel declined to issue discipline beyond a public censure because they argued his statements were protected by the First Amendment. Upon appeal, the Tennessee Supreme Court found that his statements were not protected under free speech and affirmed Parrish's suspension.