Supremes change lawyer licensing rules

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has approved changes to the way attorneys are licensed to practice in Tennessee.

The changes announced Monday include allowing military spouses who are licensed in another state to temporarily practice in Tennessee. Chief Justice Sharon Lee says that the change will promote more women to practice in the state because about 95 percent of military spouses are female.

The other updates include:

— Out-of-state attorneys working as in-house counsel in Tennessee will able to practice in the state as long as they register with the Board of Law Examiners.

— Lawyers with foreign degrees will need to obtain a master of laws degree from a program sanctioned by the American Bar Association.

— Drug tests can now be required as part of the character investigation.

Note: The court’s press release is HERE.