About the Committee

The SJC Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism is charged with overseeing the implementation of SJC Rule 3:16 on Practicing with Professionalism, which requires a mandatory course on professionalism for new lawyers admitted to the Massachusetts bar. The rule was effective on September 1, 2013.

The Committee's duties and responsibilities include: designating approved course providers; making recommendations to the Court regarding the fees to be charged for the course and any circumstances under which the fees may be waived; evaluating the course providers; reporting to the Court on at least an annual basis on the implementation of the course and an assessment of whether the program is accomplishing its intended goals and outcomes; and overseeing the administration of all aspects of SJC Rule 3:16.

The Committee issued a Request for Response seeking proposals from organizations that wish to be considered as an approved provider of a Practicing with Professionalism Course. Proposals were accepted until April 1, 2013.

Press Release: Supreme Judicial Court Appoints Members to SJC Standing Committee on Professionalism

Committee Members

Members will serve staggered terms of one to three years.

Hon. Nonnie S. Burnes, Chair, Superior Court Justice (ret.)

Linda G. Bauer, Assistant Bar Counsel, Office of Bar Counsel

Jeffrey N. Catalano, Todd & Weld

Beth D. Cohen, Associate Dean, Western New England School of Law

Rodney Dowell, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc. and its LOMAP program

Maura S. Doyle, Clerk of the SJC for The County of Suffolk

Michael A. Fredrickson, General Counsel, Board of Bar Overseers

Ingrid C. Schroffner, Assistant General Counsel, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Marilyn J. Wellington, Executive Director, Board of Bar Examiners