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An attorney in Monroe County, Tenn., has been publicly censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Barry Keith Maxwell was disciplined for failing to promptly refund an advance payment of fees to a client when it became clear that the work for which he had been retained was unnecessary, according to a news release from the Board of Professional Responsibility.

The action violated the Rules of Professional Conduct related to terminating representation, the release stated.

A public censure is a rebuke and warning, but does not affect the attorney's ability to practice law, the release stated.

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