8.06.2013

Regent Law Alumni Successfully Oppose Amendment Making Sexual-Orientation-Based Discrimination a Disciplinary Offense

Scott Bergthold (‘97), Kristin Fecteau (‘98), Rebecca Hope (‘02), Norman Sabin (‘94) and Lanis Karnes (‘96) signed and filed a 20-page Joint Comment in opposition to the Supreme Court of Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility’s petition to amend Rule 8.4 of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct. If passed, the amendment would have made discrimination based on sexual orientation a disciplinary offense and could have exposed Christian attorneys to professional discipline for practicing law in accordance with their religious beliefs. Based in part upon the Joint Comment, which was signed by 58 Tenn. attorneys, the Supreme Court of Tennessee rejected the amendment.