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Board of Professional Responsibility 2014 Ethics Workshop

Registration is now open for the Board's annual Ethics Workshop which will be held November 7, 2014, at Nashville School of Law. The course has been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education to offer 6.25 hours of dual CLE credit. Featured topics include confidentiality, criminal law issues, conflicts, reinstatements from disciplinary and administrative suspensions, and every-day ethical dilemmas. A copy of the agenda is available here. To download the registration form, click here. Instructions for completing the registration form are included on the form. Please note that the registration fee ($100.00) is non-refundable and your registration is not complete until your registration fee has been paid in full. For directions to the Nashville School of Law, please click here. For additional information please email

Board Notes - Summer 2014

The Summer 2014 issue of Board Notes is now available. Board Notes is a semi-annual publication of the Board of Professional Responsibility offering a variety of information to Tennessee attorneys and judges.

Formal Ethics Opinion 2014-F-158

On June 13, 2014, the Board of Professional Responsibility issued Formal Ethics Opinion 2014-F-158 responding to the question, "Can a lawyer who represented a testator refuse to honor a court order or subpoena to disclose, prior to the client's death, a Will or other testamentary document executed when the testator was competent on the basis that the document is protected against disclosure by the attorney-client privilege or confidentiality?" Read more...

Amendment to Supreme Court Rule 9

On May 27, 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court filed an amendment to Rule 9, Sections 26.2 and 26.3 which addresses non-payment of the professional privilege tax. Read more...

Supreme Court Appoints/Reappoints Hearing Committee Members

On March 17, 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court entered two Orders regarding the appointment and reappointment of Hearing Committee Members for the Board of Professional Responsibility with terms commencing March 17, 2014 and expiring March 17, 2017. Click here to view the Order appointing new Hearing Committee Members, and click here to view the Order reappointing existing Hearing Committee Members.

Trust Accounting Video

The Board of Professional Responsibility's brief video on Trust Account Fundamentals.

Disciplinary Actions

The Board of Professional Responsibility regularly announces public disciplinary actions and judgments taken by the Board and the Supreme Court of Tennessee and other relevant information to the public and the legal community. For more information click here.

Rhea County Lawyer Temporarily Suspended continued... (9/15/2014)
Maury County Lawyer Placed On Disability Inactive Status continued... (9/11/2014)
Maury County Lawyer Reinstated continued... (9/9/2014)
Blount County Lawyer Placed On Disability Inactive Status continued... (9/5/2014)
Nashville Lawyer Suspended continued... (9/4/2014)

Recent Tennessee Supreme Court Decisions

Recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Tennessee of interest to Tennessee attorneys:

  • Supreme Court affirms six-month suspension of Knoxville attorney continued... (March 31, 2014)
  • Supreme Court affirms public censure of Clarksville attorney continued... (June 5, 2014)

Consumer Assistance Program

The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) helps people with questions or problems with their Tennessee lawyer. Many problems may be resolved by providing information, contacting the lawyer, or informally mediating the dispute.

When serious unethical conduct may be involved, complaints will be referred to Disciplinary Counsel for consideration as to attorney discipline.

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