Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
Employment Opportunities
BAR COUNSEL OPENINGS
Office of Bar Counsel

Bar Counsel, Rodney S. Dowell, and the Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court are recruiting to fill the following vacancies within the Office of Bar Counsel.

Assistant Bar Counsel

Assistant Bar Counsel – Attorney and Consumer Assistance Program

Financial Investigator

Investigator

Investigator – Attorney and Consumer Assistance Program

Legal Secretary

The detail of each position follows below. Positions will remain open until filled.


ASSISTANT BAR COUNSEL
Office of Bar Counsel

Position Summary

As an Assistant Bar Counsel, you will be provided the opportunity to work on matters which concern many different areas of legal practice and, with experience, will gain significant autonomy over the cases assigned to you. You will work in a collaborative team environment of fellow Assistant Bar Counsel, investigators, legal secretaries, and support staff who are dedicated to protecting the public from lawyer misconduct so as to preserve and enhance the integrity of the Bar and maintain the high ethical standards for practicing law in the Commonwealth.

The Assistant Bar Counsel’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating, investigating, and resolving where appropriate, complaints of lawyer misconduct.
  • Identifying violations of the rules of professional conduct and drafting and filing formal charging documents.
  • Conducting discovery; attending pre-hearing conferences; and submitting and responding to pre-hearing, hearing, and post-hearing motions, including motions in limine.
  • Preparing for full evidentiary hearings by developing hearing strategy, planning witness testimony, identifying documentary evidence, and formulating legal arguments.
  • Prosecuting allegations of professional misconduct before hearing committees, the BBO, and the Court.
  • Composing proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and supporting legal memoranda for post-hearing submission to hearing committees.
  • Writing appellate briefs and presenting oral argument in appeals of hearing committee reports to the BBO and appeals of board decisions to the single justice, and full bench of the Court.
  • Drafting, filing, and arguing before the single justice of the Court, motions for temporary suspension of lawyers, motions for contempt and other related motions.
  • Providing timely and thoughtful advice and informal ethical opinions to members of the Massachusetts Bar when called upon.
  • Presenting at bar association meetings, continuing legal education seminars and other events concerning professional responsibilities of attorneys.
  • Researching and writing articles on pertinent ethical issues for publication.
  • Representing BC in attorney reinstatement proceedings.
  • Preparing memoranda for reviewing Board member to support a determination that a matter should not be further investigated.
  • Manage a case load and effectively oversee work of staff, including assigned secretary and investigator.

Qualifications and Experience

All candidates will possess a Juris Doctorate; be admitted to practice and in good standing in the Commonwealth, have a minimum of five years of legal practice experience and demonstrated competencies in oral advocacy and legal writing and knowledge of trial and appellate process. 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.


In addition to commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards, to the advancement of racial justice, and to improving the quality of the bar, candidates possessing practical experience in any of the multiple areas of legal practice such as real estate, immigration law, personal injury, criminal practice, domestic relations, probate law and civil litigation and who possess knowledge of bar discipline and rules of professional conduct are preferred. 

Salary and Benefits

The Assistant Bar Counsel are members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO collective bargaining unit. Salary and benefits are the subject of the collectively bargained agreement between The Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court (Employer) and Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO (Union), March 23, 2018 - June 30, 2020, as extended through June 30, 2021. The salary range for this position is $94,436 to $154,919. New employees typically begin at or near the minimum step and proceed through a series of annual step increases followed by salary adjustments that are collectively bargained.

Applications and Inquiries

The BBO provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the BBO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. Bar Counsel and the BBO actively encourage applications from candidates, including those from marginalized communities, who would both contribute to and learn from working in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. As a unionized workplace, the BBO respects the rights of its employees under the existing collective bargaining agreement between the BBO and the union that represents them, OPEIU Local 6, AFL-CIO, and applicable labor law.

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications, including a resume, letter of interest, and legal writing sample in PDF format, should be submitted in confidence via the following link:

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ASSISTANT BAR COUNSEL - ATTORNEY and CONSUMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Office of Bar Counsel

Position Summary

As an Assistant Bar Counsel in the Attorney and Consumer Assistance Program you will have the unique opportunity to handle a diverse and varied caseload that will involve the initial intake and evaluation of complaints of professional misconduct and the determination of whether complaints allege violation of the rules of professional conduct warranting further investigation, informal resolution, mediation, or referral for formal OBC investigation. An integral member of the Bar Counsel Dowell’s team, you will work in a collaborative environment supported by your fellow Assistant Bar Counsel, investigators, secretaries, support staff and an OBC community dedicated to protecting the public from lawyer misconduct, preserving and enhancing the integrity of the Bar, and maintaining the high ethical standards for practicing law in the Commonwealth.

The primary responsibilities of an Assistant Bar Counsel in the Attorney and Consumer Assistance Program include:

  • Evaluates consumer grievances concerning professional misconduct by attorneys to determine whether the complaint alleges a violation of the rules of professional conduct warranting further investigation.
  • Communicates with consumers, attorneys, and other witnesses and collects and reviews relevant documentation.
  • Communicates with consumers, attorneys, and other witnesses and collects and reviews relevant documentation.
  • Informally resolves consumer complaints involving minor violations or practice management issues, refers to Bar Counsel for formal investigation those grievances involving substantiated allegations of potentially serious misconduct.
  • Creates contemporaneous electronic record summarizing content of conversations and written materials.
  • Prepares memoranda for reviewing Board member supporting determination that a matter should not be further investigated.
  • Renders informal ethical opinions to members of the Massachusetts bar.
  • Presents at continuing legal education seminars, law schools and bar associations.
  • Works with other staff members to carry out the functions of the Office of Bar Counsel.

All candidates will possess a Juris Doctorate; be admitted to practice in good standing in the Commonwealth, have a minimum of five years legal practice experience, and demonstrated competency in oral advocacy and legal writing.

In addition to commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards, to the advancement of racial justice, and to improving the quality of the bar, candidates possessing practical experience in any of the multiple areas of legal practice such as real estate, immigration law, personal injury, criminal practice, domestic relations, probate law and civil litigation and who possess knowledge of bar discipline and the rules of professional conduct are preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Assistant Bar Counsel, Attorney and Consumer Assistance Program are members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO collective bargaining unit. Salary and benefits are the subject of the collectively bargained agreement between The Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court (Employer) and Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO (Union), March 23, 2018 - June 30, 2020, as extended through June 30, 2021. The salary range for this position is $94,463 to $154,919. New employees typically begin at or near the minimum step and proceed through a series of annual step increases followed by salary adjustments that are collectively bargained.

Applications and Inquiries

The BBO provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the BBO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. Bar Counsel and the BBO actively encourage applications from candidate, including those from marginalized communities, who would both contribute to and learn from working in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. As a unionized workplace, the BBO respects the rights of its employees under the existing collective bargaining agreement between the BBO and the union that represents them, OPEIU Local 6, AFL-CIO, and applicable labor law.

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications, including a resume, letter of interest, and writing sample in PDF format, should be submitted in confidence via the following link:

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FINANCIAL INVESTIGATOR
Office of Bar Counsel

Position Summary

As a Financial Investigator you will be an active participant in the investigation, prosecution, and resolution of complaints of misconduct against attorneys through in-depth financial investigations including forensic audits, comprehensive examinations, and quantitative and qualitative analysis of bank and other financial records of attorneys, individuals, partnerships, corporations, trusts, estates, and other entities to determine the source and application of fiduciary funds. An integral member of the Assistant Bar Counsel team, you will work in a collaborative environment supported by your fellow investigators, secretaries, support staff and an OBC community dedicated to protecting the public from lawyer misconduct, preserving and enhancing the integrity of the Bar, and maintaining the high ethical standards for practicing law in the Commonwealth.

The primary responsibilities of a Financial Investigator in the Office of Bar Counsel include:

Analyzing financial records of attorneys including trust accounts, other fiduciary accounts, business accounts, personal accounts, brokerage accounts, mortgage documents, and tax returns.

Preparing and presenting written reports, memoranda, charts, and exhibits, based on financial analysis of cases.

Working with federal and state prosecutorial offices and other designated agencies on financial aspects of attorney prosecutions.

Reconstructing and preparing schedules of trust accounts and other accounts maintained by attorneys.

Providing verification and editing of schedules and other financial documents prepared by support staff.

Preparing subpoenas and affidavits for financial and other records related to Bar Counsel investigations.

Maintaining financial records provided by or subpoenaed from attorneys, banks, and other sources.

Providing fact and expert witness testimony as requested, explaining both technical and non-technical findings in a clear, concise manner.

Managing multiple case assignments, working cohesively with other staff members.

Interviewing witnesses and principals, as directed by Assistant Bar Counsel.

Developing and executing investigative plans.

Qualified individuals will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, certification of advanced study in the areas of accounting, auditing, and tax return preparation is preferred, a Certified Fraud Examiner or Certified Public Accountant, have a minimum of five years of financial or investigative experience, and a collaborative, team approach.

In addition to a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards, the advancement of racial justice, and improving the quality of the bar, candidates with demonstrated attention to detail, knowledge of audit procedures and GAAP or financial fraud investigation techniques and procedure, Federal and Massachusetts income tax laws and regulations, word processing, spreadsheet software, online search applications and the ability to learn new software programs as well as the skill to persuasively communicate, both orally and in writing, to diverse audiences, and to build rapport within the office, with the people and communities served, particularly underrepresented populations are preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Financial Investigators at the BBO are members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO collective bargaining unit. Salary and benefits are the subject of the collectively bargained agreement between The Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court (Employer) and Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO (Union), March 23, 2018 - June 30, 2020, as extended through June 30, 2021. The salary range for this position is $65,688 to $107,728. New employees typically begin at or near the minimum step and proceed through a series of annual step increases followed by salary adjustments that are collectively bargained.

Applications and Inquiries

The BBO provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the BBO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. Bar Counsel and the BBO actively encourage applications from candidate, including those from marginalized communities, who would both contribute to and learn from working in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. As a unionized workplace, the BBO respects the rights of its employees under the existing collective bargaining agreement between the BBO and the union that represents them, OPEIU Local 6, AFL-CIO, and applicable labor law.

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INVESTIGATOR – ATTONEY AND CONSUMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Office of Bar Counsel

Position Summary

As an Investigator, Attorney and Consumer Assistance Program you will be an active participant in the initial intake and evaluation of complaints of professional misconduct and the determination of whether complaints allege violation of the rules of professional conduct warranting further investigation, informal resolution, mediation, or referral for formal OBC investigation. An integral member of Bar Counsel Dowell’s team you, will work in a collaborative team environment supported by your fellow investigators, secretaries, support staff and the OBC community dedicated to protecting the public from lawyer misconduct, preserving and enhancing the integrity of the Bar, and maintaining the high ethical standards for practicing law in the Commonwealth.

The ACAP Investigator’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Evaluates, under the supervision of the ACAP director or an ACAP attorney, grievances concerning professional misconduct by lawyers to determine whether the complaint alleges a violation of rules of professional conduct warranting further investigation. Speaks with consumers, lawyers and other witnesses, and collects, reviews, and analyzes relevant documentation.
  • Informally resolves complaints involving low-level violations or practice management issues and refers to Bar Counsel for formal investigation those grievances involving substantiated allegations of potential serious misconduct.
  • Creates contemporaneous electronic record summarizing content of conversations and written materials.
  • Prepares, under the supervision of the ACAP director, memoranda for reviewing Board member supporting determination that a matter should not be further investigated.
  • Works with other staff members to carry out the functions of the OBC.

All candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, two years of paralegal or investigative experience is preferred, problem identification, analysis and evaluation skills, demonstrated knowledge of word processing, the ability to learn new software programs, and proficiency in legal research resources and online research applications, and the skill to persuasively communicate, both orally and in writing, to diverse audiences, and to build rapport within the office, with the people and communities served, particularly underrepresented populations, and an attention to detail are preferred.

In addition, qualified candidates will maintain a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards, to the advancement of racial justice, and to improving the quality of the bar.

Salary and Benefits

Investigators - ACAP are members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO collective bargaining unit. Salary and benefits are the subject of the collectively bargained agreement between The Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court (Employer) and Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO (Union), March 23, 2018 - June 30, 2020, as extended through June 30, 2021. The salary range for this position is $60,559 to $99,317. New employees typically begin at or near the minimum step and proceed through a series of annual step increases followed by salary adjustments that are collectively bargained. 

Applications and Inquiries

The BBO provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the BBO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. Bar Counsel and the BBO actively encourage applications from candidate, including those from marginalized communities, who would both contribute to and learn from working in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. As a unionized workplace, the BBO respects the rights of its employees under the existing collective bargaining agreement between the BBO and the union that represents them, OPEIU Local 6, AFL-CIO, and applicable labor law.

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications, including a resume and letter of interest, should be submitted in confidence via the following link:

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INVESTIGATOR
Office of Bar Counsel

Position Summary

As an Investigator you will be an active participant in the investigation, prosecution, and resolution of complaints of misconduct against attorneys through accurate and timely research, data analysis, and witness interviews. An integral member of the Assistant Bar Counsel’s team you will handle a diverse caseload involving a variety of substantive areas of law from intake through investigation, hearing, appeal, and resolution. You will work in a collaborative team environment supported by your fellow investigators, secretaries, support staff and the OBC community dedicated to protecting the public from lawyer misconduct, preserving and enhancing the integrity of the Bar, and maintaining the high ethical standards for practicing law in the Commonwealth.  

The Investigator’s primary responsibilities include:

  • 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.
  • Drafts pleadings and writes memos.
  • Proofs and fact checks documents prepared by Assistant Bar Counsel.

All candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, two years of paralegal or investigative experience is preferred, problem identification, analysis and evaluation skills, demonstrated knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet software, online research applications, and the ability to learn new software programs, the skill to persuasively communicate, both orally and in writing, to diverse audiences, and to build rapport within the office, with the people and communities served, particularly underrepresented populations, and an attention to detail are preferred.

In addition, qualified candidates will maintain a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards, to the advancement of racial justice, and to improving the quality of the bar.

Salary and Benefits

Investigators are members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO collective bargaining unit. Salary and benefits are the subject of the collectively bargained agreement between The Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court (Employer) and Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO (Union), March 23, 2018 - June 30, 2020, as extended through June 30, 2021. The salary range for this position is $60,559 to $99,317. New employees typically begin at or near the minimum step and proceed through a series of annual step increases followed by salary adjustments that are collectively bargained.

Applications and Inquiries

The BBO provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the BBO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. Bar Counsel and the BBO actively encourage applications from candidate, including those from marginalized communities, who would both contribute to and learn from working in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. As a unionized workplace, the BBO respects the rights of its employees under the existing collective bargaining agreement between the BBO and the union that represents them, OPEIU Local 6, AFL-CIO, and applicable labor law.

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LEGAL SECRETARY
Office of Bar Counsel

Position Summary

As a Legal Secretary you will work with attorneys and investigators on matters involving ethical violations by attorneys across many different areas of legal practice. You will work in a collaborative team environment supported by your fellow secretaries, support staff and the OBC community dedicated to protecting the public from lawyer misconduct, preserving and enhancing the integrity of the Bar, and maintaining the high ethical standards for practicing law in the Commonwealth.  

The Legal Secretaries primary responsibilities include:

  • Prepares documents, electronically and manually, as assigned.
  • Scans, photocopies, and files documents.
  • Processes incoming and outgoing paper and electronic correspondence.
  • Enters data into database.
  • Proofreads prepared materials for correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format.
  • Tracks all case-related correspondence, emails, and events in electronic docketing system.
  • Organizes and maintains case files electronically and manually.
  • Monitors and meets deadlines.
  • Transcribes hearings, meetings, and voicemail messages.
  • Prepares cases and inventories for offsite storage.
  • Assists with exhibit and trial preparation.
  • Prepares entire records of processing for filing with the Supreme Judicial Court.
  • Screens calls and visitors for attorney(s).

All candidates will possess a High School Diploma or equivalent, minimum of two years of secretarial office experience is preferred and will demonstrate proficiency with written and oral communications skills; with the ability to work effectively with others; with the ability to build rapport within the office, with the people and communities served, particularly underrepresented populations; with transcription and proofing abilities; and with Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Word.

In addition, candidates will maintain commitments to the highest ethical and professional standards, to the advancement of racial justice, and to improving the quality of the bar.

Salary and Benefits

The Legal Secretaries are members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO collective bargaining unit. Salary and benefits are the subject of the collectively bargained agreement between The Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court (Employer) and Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 6, AFL-CIO (Union), March 23, 2018 - June 30, 2020, as extended through June 30, 2021. The salary range for this position is $50,222 to $82,364. New employees typically begin at or near the minimum step and proceed through a series of annual step increases followed by salary adjustments that are collectively bargained. 

Applications and Inquiries

The BBO provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the BBO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. Bar Counsel and the BBO actively encourage applications from candidate, including those from marginalized communities, who would both contribute to and learn from working in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. As a unionized workplace, the BBO respects the rights of its employees under the existing collective bargaining agreement between the BBO and the union that represents them, OPEIU Local 6, AFL-CIO, and applicable labor law.

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