On Friday, October 6, 2023, the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee issued a public censure against attorney Charles Martin Duke for violating Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Charles Martin Duke,” with case no. 73189-5-SC.

The censure was due to Mr. Duke’s failure to pursue his client’s legal objectives, maintain good communication with his client, and notify his client of his suspension from the practice of law. The Board found that Mr. Duke’s actions were dilatory, lacked communication, and were unfair to opposing counsel. The Public Censure is a formal reprimand and warning to Mr. Duke, and it serves as a reminder to all attorneys of their ethical obligations to their clients and the legal profession.

The Disposition states:

“By these acts, Mr. Duke has violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (diligence), 1.4 (communication), 3.4(c) (fairness to opposing counsel), and 8.4(g) (misconduct) and is hereby Publicly Censured for these violations.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Duke is a juvenile law attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. He acquired his law license in Tennessee in 2004. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.