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Board Notes - Summer 2005

In this Issue:

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  • View a listing of recent Board news of public disciplinary actions and other relevant information.
New Board Members - By Laura Chastain
The Board of Professional Responsibility is fortunate to have newly appointed Board members: Roger Maness of Montgomery County, Dee Leggett of Madison County (lay member), Ruby Wharton of Shelby County, and Thomas Scott of Knox County.   continued...
Board of Professional Responsibility Adopts New Formal Ethics Opinion
On June 17, 2005 at its quarterly meeting, the Board of Professional Responsibility adopted proposed Ethics Opinion 2005-F-151 which sets out ethical responsibilities of lawyers employed by a legal services organization intended to provide limited legal services to otherwise pro se litigants.   continued...
Impaired Lawyers Overcome Denial, Stigma,to Achieve Road to Recovery - By Doug Toft
Robert started drinking at age 18 and was an alcoholic by the time he entered law school. “I managed to get my degree and go to work for a Wall Street firm. After that I changed jobs every two years or less. I just couldn’t hang on to one. Nobody ever mentioned drinking to me. But I’m sure that with every job I lost, drinking was the main reason.”   continued...
Disciplinary Actions - By William W. "Tripp" Hunt, III
Ethics Spotlight
The following comments are offered as guidelines or suggestions in response to frequent inquiries received as to retention, storage and disposition of closed files.   continued...

Board Notes
Board Notes is a publication of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee

Letters, comments, or questions should be addressed to:
Board of Professional Responsibility, 1101 Kermit Dr., Suite 730,
Nashville, TN 37217,
615-361-7500, 800-486-5714, FAX: 615-367-2480
E-mail: ethics@tbpr.org

Lance B. Bracy
Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Laura L. Chastain
Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel

Inside Board Notes
New Board Members - By Laura L. Chastain
Disciplinary Actions - By William W. "Tripp" hunt, III

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