On Tuesday, September 12, 2023, the Supreme Court of Tennessee temporarily suspended attorney Keith Allen Pope’s license due to his non-compliance with the Tennessee Lawyer Assistance Program (TLAP) monitoring agreement.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Keith Allen Pope,” with case no. M2023-01283-SC-BAR-BP.

Section 12.3 of Supreme Court Rule 9 provides for the immediate temporary suspension of an attorney’s license to practice law in cases where the attorney is substantially non-compliant with a Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program monitoring agreement and/or poses a threat of substantial harm to the public.

Pope is prohibited from accepting new cases and must cease representing existing clients by October 12, 2023. He must also notify all clients, co-counsel, and opposing counsel of the suspension and deliver any papers or property to which they are entitled. Pope must comply with the requirements of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Sections 28 and 12.3(d), regarding the obligations and responsibilities of temporarily suspended attorneys and the procedure for reinstatement.

The suspension remains in effect until dissolution or modification by the Supreme Court. Pope may, for good cause, request dissolution or modification of the suspension by petition to the Supreme Court.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS THEREFORE, CONSIDERED, ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED BY THE COURT THAT: 1. Keith Allen Pope is hereby temporarily suspended from the practice of law as provided in Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, 12.3.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Pope is a child custody attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended the University of Memphis – Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 1990.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.