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Information for Bar Admission Ceremonies

The licensing process for candidates who passed the July 2014 Bar will begin after Friday, October 10, 2014. Bar Admission Ceremonies will be held in Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. For more information about the ceremonies and admission process, please click here.

A list of candidates who successfully completed the Tennessee Bar Examination was published on Friday, October 10, 2014.

The Tennessee Attorney's Trust Account Handbook

The Board of Professional Responsibility's Tennessee Attorney's Trust Account Handbook is now available. This handbook offers information and assistance on Opening, Managing and Closing a Trust Account; Unclaimed Funds; Fees; Recordkeeping; Reconciliation; Internal Controls; IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts) and Fraud.

Additionally, the Board regularly receives requests for assistance when attorneys and law firms have been the victims of scams, usually involving cashier's checks or certified funds. A review of the fraud section at page 69 of the handbook provides a description of the scam most commonly brought to the Board's attention which may help you recognize and avoid these scams.

Board of Professional Responsibility 2014 Ethics Workshop

Registration for the Board's annual Ethics Workshop has reached capacity and is now closed. Any registrations received after 9:00 a.m., October 1, 2014, will be added to our waiting list. The 2014 Ethics Workshop will be held November 7, 2014, at Nashville School of Law. The course has been approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education to offer 6.25 hours of dual CLE credit. Featured topics include confidentiality, criminal law issues, conflicts, reinstatements from disciplinary and administrative suspensions, and every-day ethical dilemmas. A copy of the agenda is available here. For directions to the Nashville School of Law, please click here. For additional information please email

Board Notes - Summer 2014

The Summer 2014 issue of Board Notes is now available. Board Notes is a semi-annual publication of the Board of Professional Responsibility offering a variety of information to Tennessee attorneys and judges.

Formal Ethics Opinion 2014-F-158

On June 13, 2014, the Board of Professional Responsibility issued Formal Ethics Opinion 2014-F-158 responding to the question, "Can a lawyer who represented a testator refuse to honor a court order or subpoena to disclose, prior to the client's death, a Will or other testamentary document executed when the testator was competent on the basis that the document is protected against disclosure by the attorney-client privilege or confidentiality?" Read more...

Trust Accounting Video

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

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.

Montgomery County Lawyer Suspended continued... (11/20/2014)
Shelby County Lawyer Temporarily Suspended continued... (11/13/2014)
Memphis Lawyer Reinstated continued... (11/13/2014)
Humphreys County Lawyer Censured continued... (11/6/2014)
Knox County Lawyer Reinstated continued... (11/5/2014)

Recent Tennessee Supreme Court Decisions

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

  • Supreme Court affirms thirty-day suspension of Davidson County attorney continued... (September 3, 2014)

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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