The Board of Bar Overseers encourages interested attorneys and members of the public across the Commonwealth to apply for appointment to a three-year term (2022-2024) as a volunteer Hearing Committee member. Hearing Committees sit in panels of three as fact-finding tribunals in disciplinary proceedings brought against individual attorneys by the Office of Bar Counsel. The Committees hear testimony, take evidence, make adjudicatory rulings and, with the assistance of a Board attorney, prepare a written report and recommendation for the Board of Bar Overseers. We are conducting remote (virtual) hearings at this time and into the foreseeable future. Applicants must have a computer equipped with a camera and microphone as well as reliable internet, and be comfortable with the use of remote technology.
Committee members receive no monetary compensation and devote their time as a public service in the vital interest of preserving the integrity of the legal profession. The Board will provide comprehensive training, including in the use of the relevant remote technology.
The Board seeks to maintain a broad-based representation of attorneys and members of the public within the Committee ranks, and strongly encourages diverse applicants, women, candidates with varied backgrounds, small-firm practitioners, individuals in public service, and people from all geographic regions of the state, particularly those outside of metro-Boston. Active members of the bar with at least ten years of professional experience should forward a statement of interest and résumé specifying their major field(s) of practice. Members of the public (non-lawyers) may apply as long as they are not paralegals or employed in a legal-related field, and should complete an application form available here. Please note that all Hearing Committee members are considered special state employees subject to the state conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A.
Please call Sandra Mahabir at (617) 728-8700 or email email@example.com with any questions (for inquiries only). Relevant documents should be submitted on or before October 31, 2021 by direct upload here (recommended), or by mail to:
Board of Bar Overseers
99 High Street Ste 200
Boston, MA 02110