Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
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Bar Counsel
Office of Bar Counsel
The Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (“BBO”), the independent adjudicative and administrative body charged with overseeing attorney registration and disciplinary proceedings in the Commonwealth, seeks an inspired, dynamic, and collaborative individual to serve as the next Bar Counsel.
The Bar Counsel will lead a team of attorneys, investigators, secretaries, and support staff to direct the investigation of matters involving alleged misconduct by lawyers and the prosecution of attorney disciplinary proceedings. The Bar Counsel will implement the BBO’s commitment to protect the public from unethical conduct by attorneys and to preserve and enhance the integrity and high standards of the bar.
All candidates will possess a Juris Doctorate, admission to practice and in good standing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a working knowledge of the rules and disciplinary process, and at least ten years’ standing as a member of a state bar. Candidates admitted to practice and in good standing in another U.S. jurisdiction, who are pending admission to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may be considered. The Bar Counsel will be an exceptional individual who is: 
  • An experienced team player with strong, demonstrated managerial and administrative skills.
  • A collaborative leader, with an appreciation for the power of cooperation.
  • A skilled mentor, experienced in developing and inspiring high performing teams.
  • A sophisticated advocate, highly motivated and committed to results.
  • Experienced with relevant technology and its application to performance improvement.
  • Committed to the highest ethical and professional standards; personal and professional integrity above reproach.
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The BBO has formed a committee chaired by Lisa C. Goodheart, Esq. and Denise I. Murphy, Esq. to conduct this important search.
Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications, including a cover letter and resume, should be submitted by Friday, February 15, 2019 to Gregory J. Wenger, Executive Director, at Please reference in the subject line “Bar Counsel Search”.

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Office of Bar Counsel
The Office of the Bar Counsel seeks a full-time Investigator. The mission of the Office of the Bar Counsel is to protect the public from unethical conduct by lawyers and to preserve and enhance the integrity and high standards of the bar. The Investigator participates in the investigation, prosecution, and resolution of complaints of misconduct against attorneys through accurate and timely research, data analysis, and witness interviews in support of Assistant Bar Counsel. Duties include conducting legal research, interviewing witnesses, drafting reports and summaries, conducting discovery, organizing case files and exhibits, and assisting at hearings. A Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience in a legal setting are preferred.

  • Reviews complaints.
  • Prepares file summaries and recommends additional investigation.
  • Prepares chronologies.
  • Interviews complainants and potential witnesses.
  • Obtains documents from courts and other agencies.
  • Prepares documents and analysis for hearings and meetings.
  • Analyzes bank and other financial records, including creating and analyzing spreadsheets.
  • Prepares subpoenas.
  • Assists Assistant Bar Counsel at hearings and meetings.
  • Researches legal issues.
  • Proofs and fact checks documents prepared by Assistant Bar Counsel.
  • Drafts pleadings and memos.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.
The Board of Bar Overseers offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits program. The Board of Bar Overseers is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample, referencing the subject line Oct Investigator, to Donna Waite at Please make sure your name is on all documents. The position will remain open until filled. Additional information about the Office of Bar Counsel is available at our website: