Professional Development, Ethics, Young Lawyers Division, Skills

The Ethics and Malpractice Risk of “Zealous Representation”

Earn up to 3 hours of Ethics before December 31

Although the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct only briefly mention “zealous representation”, clients, courts, and disciplinary authorities still speak of it fondly and often expect and demand it.  This program will look at the risks lawyers face when they cross the “zealous” line with clients, third-parties, other lawyers, courts and, yes, disciplinary authorities. 

Course Schedule: 

Hour One - The QUIZ – A potpourri of the hottest topics in legal malpractice and ethics, and what you need to know to protect yourself from novel malpractice risks and ethics complaints.

Hour Two – A look at Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3: Diligence, 3.1: Meritorious Claims and Contentions, 3.2. Expediting Litigation, 3.3: Candor Toward the Tribunal, 4-3.4: Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel, 3.5: Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal, 4.1: Truthfulness in Statements to Others, 4.4: Respect for the Rights of Third Persons, and 8.4: Misconduct, and how these Rules constrain lawyers’ professional and personal conduct.

Hour Three – The Ethics and Malpractice Risk of “Zealous Representation”, continued, with an examination of real-world advocacy issues.




Course Pricing
  • Member: 155.00
  • Non-Member: 330.00 (Includes TBA Complete Membership)
If you are not a TBA Member, you can join now to receive CLE discount prices and three prepaid credits.

TBA members who are judges, lawmakers and law students can take TBA CLE onsite courses at no charge for the programming. There may be a separate charge if meals, special materials or other premium features are involved.
Course Information Webcast:
November 28, 2023
12:00 - 3:15
All times are central time
Location: Live Virtual Event, TN
  • Earn 3 Hours of Ethics Credit
  • Convenient CLE from your home or office
  • VIewable from your laptop or mobile device
  • Approved Distance Learning for 2023
Course Credits Dual Credits: 3.00
General Credits: 0.00
Total Credits: 3

This program will be filed for Tennessee CLE credit. Please contact TBA for Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama credit.