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The Board of Professional Responsibility provides these online resources to help keep the legal community and the public informed about the Board's actions and legal happenings throughout the state of Tennessee.

 

Latest News

Tennessee's Proactive Management-Based Regulation Now Available for All Tennessee Attorneys

Tennessee's Proactive Management-Based Regulation is a voluntary program created to help lawyers with their professional development. It is designed to mitigate risk, elevate competence, and enhance the quality of legal services delivered to clients. It gives you the chance to see what is working and what could be improved when it comes to law firm management and meeting professional obligations. The goal is to prevent problems before they arise. This should allow you to spend more time on cases.  Attorneys will receive 3 Duel CLE Credits after completion of the course. To access Tennessee's PMBR, please click on the following link: http://tbpr.prolearn.io. 

Tennessee Supreme Court Enters Order Continuing the Suspension of the Board of Professional Responsibility's In-Person Proceedings and Extending Deadlines

The Court issued an Order on April 27, 2020, continuing the suspension of the Board's in-person proceedings and extending deadlines through May 31, 2020. Click here to read the Order

Tennessee Supreme Court Enters Orders Amending Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Sections 10 and 26, and Rule 43

On April 20, 2020, the Tennessee Supreme Court entered orders amending Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Sections 10 and 26, and Rule 43. Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, Section 10 pertains to the requirements for attorney registration in Tennessee.  Among other changes, the amendment to Section 10 requires attorneys choosing to pay their annual registration fees by mail to pay an additional $5.00 processing fee to the Board.

Tennessee Supreme Court Enters Order Suspending Board of Professional Responsibility's In-Person Proceedings and Extending Deadlines

Consistent with the Tennessee Supreme Court’s COVID-19 Pandemic Orders entered March 13, 2020, and March 25, 2020, the Court issued an Order on March 27, 2020 modifying the functions and operations of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Click here to read the Order

Filing Extension for Professional Privilege Tax

The Tennessee Department of Revenue has extended the due date for filing and paying the professional privilege tax from June 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020. Interest and late filing penalties will not be applied to returns filed and payments made on or before this extended due date. Click here to read the notice

Spring 2020 issue of Board Notes

The Spring 2020 issue of Board Notes is now available. Board Notes is a semi-annual publication of the Board of Professional Responsibility which offers articles of interest and other information to Tennessee attorneys and judges such as recently-issued Formal Ethics Opinions and recent Disciplinary Actions.  Click here to read the Spring 2020 issue of Board Notes.

Ethics Workshop 2019

Over 375 attorneys attended the Board of Professional Responsibility 2019 Ethics Workshop which was held on October 25th at the Nashville School of Law. Each attorney attending had the opportunity to earn 6.5 hours of dual CLE credits. The opening greeting was delivered by Sandy Garrett, Chief Disciplinary Counsel at the Board, who then presented with Stephen Ross Johnson on Texting with Clients followed by Justice Roger A. Page and Justice Holly Kirby speaking on Social Media; Mark Lanterman on the dark web; Rob Briley on Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program; Bill Ramsey and Phil Hampton on Ethics and Law Firm Technology; and a Mock Disciplinary Hearing conducted by Beverly Sharpe, Brigid Carpenter, Steven Christopher, Jonathan Cole and Gary Shockley.  

 

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