ABOUT: BOARD OF BAR OVERSEERS OF THE SUPREME COURT
Established by the Supreme Judicial Court (the “Court”) in 1974, the Board of Bar Overseers (“BBO”) serves as the independent administrative and regulatory body that oversees attorney registrations to the bar, adjudicates allegations of misconduct, as well as petitions for reinstatement to the bar, and recommends disciplinary sanctions to the Court. The BBO includes an Office of General Counsel (“OGC”), Office of Bar Counsel (“OBC”), and Registration department, and provides staff and administrative support to the Clients’ Security Board (“CSB”) and the Court’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being.
Though the BBO is part of the judicial branch of government and is subject to the general supervision of the Court, its operations are funded from annual registration fees paid by members of the Massachusetts bar, and not public funds. Registration fees also support related entities including the CSB and a lawyer assistance program, which are not part of the BBO.
The BBO is governed by a twelve-member board (the “Board”), eight of whom are members of the Massachusetts bar and four of whom are public (non-attorney) members. All members are appointed by the Court and serve voluntarily, without compensation, for staggered four-year terms. The Board provides governance for all BBO functions.
For more information on Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Court please visit: www.massbbo.org.
THE OPPORTUNITY: BAR COUNSEL
The BBO seeks a Bar Counsel who will lead, with integrity and commitment to equity, a team of attorneys, investigators, legal administrative assistants, and support staff in conducting the investigation of matters involving alleged misconduct by lawyers and the prosecution of attorney disciplinary proceedings from the filing of the petition for discipline through all appeals. The Bar Counsel will support the BBO’s mission to protect the public from unethical conduct by attorneys and to preserve and enhance the integrity of the bar.