Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
Welcome Letter from the Chair

March 13, 2017

Welcome to the new website of the Board of Bar Overseers! We have created this site to provide important resources for attorneys and consumers, all built on technology capable of addressing future needs.

Our website has easy-to-navigate streamlined pages and simple drop-down menus for you to access the information you need, any time of day. The website has a much-improved platform for Attorney Registration, the Rules of Professional Conduct, BBO Decisions, and the Articles and Reports of the Office of Bar Counsel. We’ve taken the best of our old website, like the “Look Up An Attorney” function so many people use each day, and we’ve added many, many new features.

We’ve provided links to other organizations important to attorneys and consumers, accessible from the upper right hand corner on each page (“External Links”). We’ve designed the new BBO website to serve as a resource, with expanded capabilities for communicating, learning, and interaction for both members of the Bar and the public. Three things to know now about our new BBO website:

  • Homepage – with a simple click, you can go directly to register, view “Important Announcements,” “How to File a Complaint,” and other quick links to get to where you want to go. No matter where you navigate to on the website, you can always return to the homepage by clicking on the Seal of the Commonwealth. It really is that easy.
  • Search – our new website has a powerful yet simple search feature, facilitating faster location of multiple sources of information on our site about a specific subject or keyword. Just click on the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner to access the search box.
  • Accessibility – the most important and useful information can be accessed in multiple ways. Along the bottom of each screen, you can access four important categories: Frequently Asked Questions; Hearings & Trainings Calendar; Disciplinary Decisions; and the Rules of Professional Conduct. You can “Look Up An Attorney” right from the homepage or from any page from the navigation bar that runs along the top of your screen.

The Board could not have created such a useful and beautiful resource without the work of all of the very talented staff of the BBO who, under the direction of our Chief Information Officer Don Campbell, have created the website from the ground up. Thanks, too, to Slalom Consulting who have provided technical and professional support during this project. The new website is part of a much larger initiative by the BBO, an investment that is modernizing our registration process, case management, and document management IT systems.

We will continually bring you updated and relevant information on the website, so I encourage you to bookmark it and check back often. Contact us with any questions and comments at This website is just one more step in the BBO’s mission to serve the members of the Commonwealth’s Bar and the citizens that attorneys serve. Thanks for visiting!

All the best,
Donna Jalbert Patalano
Chair, Board of Bar Overseers