The Board of Professional Responsibility is dedicated to making a positive
and lasting contribution to society by providing assistance to legal
professionals and to consumers.
In response to consumer needs, the Board of Professional Responsibility
created the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) to help people with questions
or problems with their Tennessee lawyer. CAP acts a central intake point for
calls and correspondence. Many problems with attorneys can be resolved by
providing information, contacting the lawyer, or informally mediating the dispute.
CAP successfully resolves many problems without the filing of a formal
complaint, but a matter may be turned over to Disciplinary Counsel for
further review if it cannot be resolved in CAP. When serious unethical
conduct may be involved, complaints will be referred to Disciplinary Counsel
for investigation and possible attorney discipline.
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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.
The Board of Professional Responsibility has been tracking the number of complaints submitted, formal charges filed and the resulting dispositions. Click here to view the last five years' statistics, as well as information about administrative suspensions.