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.
Supreme Judicial Court now accepting applications for Board of Bar OverseersThe Supreme Judicial Court is accepting applications for members of the Board of Bar Overseers. The court seeks to appoint three lawyers and one public member for four year terms commencing on July 1, 2018. More information may be found on mass.gov.
From Technophobe to TechnolawyerAssistant Bar Counsel Heather L. LaVigne considers a lawyer's duties related to technology competence and the prevention of inadvertent disclosure in a new article on the subject.
2017: The Year in Ethics and Bar DisciplineBar Counsel Constance Vecchione looks back on 2017 in her review of the year in legal ethics and bar discipline in the Commonwealth.
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.
BBO Seeks Pro Bono AttorneysThe Board of Bar Overseers is seeking pro bono attorneys. Please read the press release here.
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.
Ransomware 101A practical discussion of ransomware for solo and small firm lawyers, written by Assistant Bar Counsel Terrence Pricher, can be read here.
APPEALS COURT DISQUALIFIES ATTORNEY/WITNESS IN CRIMINAL CASES BASED ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST - In a recent decision, the Appeals Court discussed the p... ...more