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Resources for When an Attorney Becomes Unable to Continue the Practice of Law

Attorneys and their families may be faced with closing law offices due to the attorney's inability to continue practicing law due to illness, disability, suspension, disbarment, disappearance, or death. Resources attached include excerpts from Supreme Court Rules 8 and 9, ethics opinions, checklists and forms for bar associations, attorneys, family members and interested persons faced with closing a law practice. Rules of Professional Conduct must be followed when applicable.


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.


Supreme Court Upholds Disbarment of Memphis Attorney

In a unanimous Opinion released on February 21, 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the disbarment of a Memphis attorney from the practice of law for violating multiple Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct in his representation of clients. To read the Court's Opinion in George Ernest Skouteris, Jr. v. Board of Professional Responsibility, authored by Justice Lee, visit the Opinions section of TNCourts.gov. Read the Opinion.


Trust Accounting Video


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


Electronic Filing Reminder for Professional Privilege Tax

The State of Tennessee Department of Revenue reminds attorneys that all professional privilege tax returns, due June 1, 2014, must be filed electronically. Taxable professionals holding an active license in Tennessee must pay the $400 tax. More information on Tennessee's professional privilege tax can be found online at http://www.tn.gov/revenue/tntaxes/proftax.shtml. Read the Department of Revenue's reminder.


Supreme Court Amends Rule 9, Sec. 10.1

On February 14, 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court filed an Order amending Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Sec. 10.1. This amendment provides that an attorney's residence address in the Board’s database is confidential and not a public record unless the attorney failed to provide an office address or the attorney lists the residence address as the attorney's office address. Click here to view the Order along with amended Rule 9, Sec. 10.1.


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.

Dyer County Lawyer Reinstated continued... (4/15/2014)
Wilson County Lawyer Suspended continued... (4/15/2014)
Madison County Lawyer Suspended continued... (4/10/2014)
Knoxville Lawyer Suspended continued... (4/1/2014)
Davidson County Lawyer Placed On Disability Inactive Status continued... (3/31/2014)


Recent Tennessee Supreme Court Decisions

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

  • Supreme Court upholds nine-month suspension for Chattanooga attorney continued... (August 9, 2013)
  • Supreme Court denies reinstatement to suspended Williamson County attorney continued... (June 24, 2013)
  • Supreme Court affirms costs assessed to disciplined attorneys; rejects challenges to disciplinary process continued... (May 24, 2013)

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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