TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Apr 6, 2021

Nashville attorney Jerry Morgan has filed a federal lawsuit against the Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR) for what he claims is a violation of his civil rights, Nashville’s NewsChannel5 reports. The suit claims Morgan was terminated in December 2020 after an attorney under investigation by the BPR filed a motion accusing him of being an “extreme anti-Muslim bigot” and arguing that Morgan might be biased against the attorney whose wife is Muslim. The motion cited several tweets from Morgan posted during the 2016 and 2020 elections. In a December email, the BPR told Morgan that his “speech has adversely impacted your ability to successfully perform your job duties,” and he was let go. Morgan disputes that claim, citing lack of any ethical violation against him. “I was terminated solely based on my political speech,” Morgan said. Read the full complaint here.