TN lawyers being disciplined more often for theft

A harsh economic environment is being cited as the reason for a rise in the number of Tennessee lawyers disciplined for stealing or misusing client funds.

And some attorneys are taking money from clients and then closing shop without performing the legal services they were paid to do.

“Some lawyers are just abandoning their practices because they can’t make their business model work, and they’re not telling their clients and they’re not telling the judges,” said Nancy S. Jones, chief disciplinary counsel for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. The TBPR disciplines lawyers for ethical violations.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120106/NEWS03/301060086/TN-lawyers-being-disciplined-more-often-theft?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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