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 Board of Bar OverseersClick here for the welcome letter from Board of Bar Overseers Chair Vincent J. Pisegna.
New Rule on Client Files Will Provide Clear Guidance for LawyersIn 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 retention and destruction of client files. The rule was adopted by the SJC in June and takes effect on September 1, 2018.
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.
BBO To Commence In-House Commissioner ProgramThe BBO is proud to announce the commencement of an in-house commissioner program. You can read the full announcement here.
Flat Fees: A Three-Dimensional ViewFirst Assistant Bar Counsel Dorothy Anderson examines flat fee agreements in a new article on the topic.
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.
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 2018 course calendar by clicking here.
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.
Assistant Bar Counsel Heather L. LaVigne considers a lawyer's duties related to technology competence and the prevention of inadvertent disclosure in... ...more
The Board of Bar Overseers, Office of the Bar Counsel and the Boston Bar Association are co-sponsoring a free one-hour program on trust account recor... ...more