Cowan's law license temporarily suspended

From Staff Reports

   The Supreme Court of Tennessee has issued an order suspending the law license of local lawyer Thomas E. Cowan for 30 days, according to a statement issued on Friday by the Court's Board of Professional Responsibility.
   According to the Board, Cowan evidenced a pattern of failing to submit judgments for signature and of failing to timely file said judgment in divorce matters.
   On Sept. 8, 2000, Cowan was found in contempt by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Seeley as a result of this pattern, according to the Board. Cowan was fined and ordered to serve two days in jail.
   Neither Cowan nor a member of the Board of Professional Responsibility was immediately available to comment on the suspension.
   The suspension was issued per an agreement between Cowan and Disciplinary Counsel, according to the release. The Board and the Supreme Court approved the agreement.
   Cowan's suspension ends on Jan. 15 with reinstatement of his law license automatic for Jan. 16, according to the Board.