BBO/OBC Policy on Legal Advice on Marijuana The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers and Office of the Bar Counsel will not prosecute a member of the Massachusetts bar solely for advising a client regarding the validity, scope, and meaning of Massachusetts statutes and laws regarding medical or other legal forms of marijuana or for assisting a client in conduct that the lawyer reasonably believes is permitted by Massachusetts statutes, regulations, orders, and other state or local provisions implementing them, as long as the lawyer also advises the client regarding related federal law and policy.
Welcome Letter from the Chair
Click here for the welcome letter from Board of Bar Overseers Chair Donna Jalbert Patalano.
No Easy Credit: Ethics Issues In Accepting Legal Fee Payments By Credit Card
"No Easy Credit: Ethics Issues In Accepting Legal Fee Payments By Credit Card" published. Click here to read the article
2016: The Year in Ethics and Bar Discipline
"2016: The Year in Ethics and Bar Discipline" published. Click here to read the article
Online Registration Requirement
Effective September 1, 2016, Massachusetts attorneys are required to submit their annual registrations online. You may register by clicking here. Please read the announcement here.
Practicing With Professionalism
Pursuant to S.J.C. Rule 3:16, new attorneys admitted to the Massachusetts bar must attend a course on professionalism. You may view the 2017 course calendar by clicking here.
Alert on Email Scams
The 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.
Bar Counsel's Annual Report
Click here to review Annual Report submitted by the Office of Bar Counsel to the Supreme Judicial Court for Fiscal Year 2016. You may find the Annual Reports archive here.