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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Massachusetts Bar Discipline: History, Practice, and Procedure book now for sale or downloadThe BBO is excited to announce the publication of a new treatise. The purpose of this treatise, Massachusetts Bar Discipline: History, Practice, and Procedure, is to make the law and procedure related to bar discipline more accessible and understandable to the bench, the bar, and the public. 632 pages. All orders are fulfilled by Publishers Storage and Shipping Company, 46 Development Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Orders may be placed online.
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.
Notice of Vacancies on the Board of Bar OverseersThe Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court invite applications for appointment to the Board of Bar Overseers. There are three vacancies for lawyers. The Justices seek applications from experienced lawyers who have been members of the Massachusetts bar in good standing for a substantial number of years. A diversity of backgrounds and geography will be considered. Appointments are made for a term of four years. One page resumes or biographies, with cover letters, should be submitted by June 7, 2019, by either mail or email, to Mona R. Hochberg, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following over thirty-eight years of service in the Office of Bar Counsel, the last twelve as Bar Counsel, Constance V. Vecchione will retire effecti... ...more
View 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 Cli... ...more
The 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 Jo... ...more