Tennessee Supreme Court Amends Rule 8

On July 11, 2016, the Tennessee Bar Association filed a peition asking the Court to amend Rule 8 of the Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court. In summary, the TBA proposed to amend selected portion sof Rule 8 in light of similar revisions to the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct that were adopted by the ABA's House of Delegates in August, 2012. In addition, the TBA also proposed a number of housekeeping amendments to Rule 8. On August 18, 2016, the Court entered an order soliciting comments on the proposed amendments. The Court received comments from the Board of Professional Responsibility and the Knoxville Bar Association. On March 6, 2017, after due consideration, the Supreme Court entered an Order adopting the proposed amendments as set out in the Appendix attached to the Order. The amendments shall take effect immediately upon the filing of theĀ Order.