Supreme Court Proposes Fee Exemptions for Federal Officials and Clarification to Attorney Inactive Status

July 19, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Supreme Court today filed an Order soliciting comments on a proposed Supreme Court Rule that would exempt federal judges and federal officials who are prohibited by federal law from practicing law from paying an annual registration fee to maintain their attorney license in Tennessee. The Rule change would also allow attorneys to assume inactive status if they are practicing law in other jurisdictions but are no longer practicing law in Tennessee.

In the proposed Rule, attorneys, federal judges and other federal officials who wish to assume inactive status must file notice with the Board of Professional Responsibility and pay an inactive status fee, which is one-half of the annual registration fee for active status attorneys. Any attorney or judge who assumes inactive status will not be eligible to practice law in Tennessee.

The deadline for submitting comments on the proposed Rule change is November 16, 2011. Written comments may be sent to Mike Catalano, the Appellate Court Clerk.

The Supreme Court’s Order and proposed Rule changes are available for download on our website at

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