Missed appeal deadline leads to one-year suspension for Nashville attorney

Last week, the Tennessee Supreme Court increased the punishment of a Nashville attorney from a public censure, a practice monitor for one year, and six additional hours of CLE, to a one-year suspension from the practice of law with six months to be served on active suspension and six months to be served with a practice monitor and six additional hours of CLE.  The reason for the suspension was twofold: (1) The attorney failed to file a criminal appeal within the deadline and failed to communicate with his client about the appeal; and (2) The attorney had previously been disciplined for misconduct, including the failure to timely file a notice of appeal in two separate cases.  This suspension will cause attorneys throughout the State to take notice of their case load and appeal deadlines.

According to the opinion, the attorney now uses a tickler system to remind him of upcoming deadlines.

In Re: Paul Julius Walwyn, BPR #18263, No. M2016-01507-SC-BAR-BP (Tenn. 2017)

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