The Board of Bar Overseers
The Board of Bar Overseers was established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1974 as an independent administrative body to investigate and evaluate complaints against attorneys. Although the Board is an official body subject to the supervision of the Supreme Judicial Court, no public funds are spent to support it. The Board's expenses come solely from the annual registration fees paid by attorneys.

The Board of Bar Overseers consists of twelve volunteer members who are appointed by the Court for four-year terms. Eight of the members are attorneys; the other four are public members. The activities of the Board are governed by Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers. The Board acts as an administrative tribunal to consider disciplinary charges brought by Bar Counsel. When an attorney is found guilty of misconduct the Board either imposes discipline or recommends to the Supreme Judicial Court that more serious discipline be imposed. Correspondence can be addressed to the Board at the address below:

Contact Us
Board of Bar Overseers
99 High Street
2nd Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
Phone (617) 728-8700

 
The Office of General Counsel
The General Counsel's office acts as legal counsel to the Board and provides support to the Hearing Committees and Hearing Panels. The office consists of five attorneys and two administrative staff members. General Counsel s office schedules the disciplinary hearings, appeals and reinstatement hearings. The three Assistant General Counsel work primarily with the volunteer Hearing Committee members and Special Hearing Officers on these matters, as well as with Hearing Panels (composed of Board members), who hear cases arising from criminal convictions and who hear reinstatement petitions. Assistant General Counsel also attend pre-hearing conferences and hearings, and draft hearing reports.  The Associate General Counsel works primarily with the Clients  Security Board.

Contact Us
General Counsel's Office
Board of Bar Overseers
99 High Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone (617) 728-8700
Fax (617) 482-2000