The Board of Bar Overseers and the Office of the Bar Counsel were established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1974 as independent administrative bodies to investigate and evaluate complaints against lawyers.
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BBO Chair Welcome LetterThe BBO is proud to welcome four new members to the Board. We'd also like to congratulate our new Vice Chair Jeffrey R. Martin and new Board Chair John J. Morrissey, who had previously served as Vice Chair since his appointment last July. You can read John's letter welcoming visitors to our website here.
BBO Announces search for new Bar CounselFollowing over thirty-eight years of service in the Office of Bar Counsel, the last twelve as Bar Counsel, Constance V. Vecchione will retire effective January 4, 2019. The Board of Bar Overseers has initiated a search for the next Bar Counsel and will be assisted in this important task by a committee formed by the SJC and chaired by Lisa C. Goodheart, Esq. and Denise I. Murphy, Esq. You can read the full Position Profile here.
Practicing With ProfessionalismPursuant to S.J.C. Rule 3:16, new attorneys admitted to the Massachusetts bar must attend a course on professionalism. You may view the 2019 course calendar by clicking here.
BBO Launches In-House Commissioner ProgramThe BBO is proud to announce that its in-house commissioner program is now underway. You can read the full announcement here.
WHDH News Report on the Clients' Security BoardView the link to Channel 7 WHDH’s recent report explaining what you can do if you believe that your lawyer may have stolen your money and how the Clients’ Security Board may help:
COPING WITH NEGATIVE ONLINE REVIEWSIn an article posted here, Assistant Bar Counsel Robert Daniszewski reviews the ethical issues raised when lawyers respond to negative online reviews.
CSB Launches New WebsiteThe Clients’ Security Board is pleased to announce the launch of its new website: www.masscsb.org. The new website explains how to file a claim, including claim forms that may be downloaded, answers to frequently asked questions, and helpful links, including to the rules that govern the Clients’ Security Board.
SJC ANNOUNCES NEW RULE ON RETENTION AND DESTRUCTION OF CLIENT FILESThe Supreme Judicial Court on June 7, 2018 approved the adoption of a new rule of professional conduct, Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.15(A), as well as related amendments to several existing rules. New Rule 1.15A specifies the number of years lawyers are required to retain different types of client files and, with certain key exceptions, generally allows for destruction of the files after the allotted time without client notification. The Court’s order can be found here and has an effective date of September 1, 2018.
SJC ANNOUNCES AMENDMENTS TO RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCTThe Supreme Judicial Court has approved amendments to Mass. R. Prof. C. 3.5(c) on lawyers’ communications with jurors after discharge of the jury that conform the rule and its comments to the Court’s decision in Commonwealth v. Moore, 474 Mass. 541 (2016). The amendments have an effective date of December 1, 2017.
Treatise on Legal EthicsThe Board of Bar Overseers is pleased to announce the completion of its treatise on Massachusetts Legal Ethics: Substance and Procedure. A link to the document is available here. The BBO anticipates finalizing the treatise as a hard copy book and e-book in 2018. We hope that the treatise, which is the result of years of work by many practitioners and scholars, will be of great value to the bar and the public. Stay tuned for more information.
SJC Announces Amendments to Rules of the Board of Bar OverseersThe Supreme Judicial Court has approved amendments to certain rules for the Board of Bar Overseers. The amended rules, effective September 1, 2017, will clarify motion practice at the Board.
Alert on Email ScamsThe Board of Bar Overseers has received information and wishes to alert the bar about two different email scams. Please click here to review this alert.
The Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee is soliciting comments on proposed amendments to SJC Rule 4:01 and 4:02 and the Rules of the Board of Bar ... ...more
In an article posted here, General Counsel Joseph Berman and Bar Counsel Constance Vecchione review the parameters of new Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.15A on... ...more