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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Welcome Letter from the Chair
The BBO is proud to announce the appointments of Vice Chair Marianne C. LeBlanc and Chair Jeffrey R. Martin, who previously served as Vice Chair. You can read attorney Martin’s letter welcoming visitors to our website here.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
The 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, inc... ...more