For Immediate Release - July 30, 2013

SJC Standing Committee Announces Professionalism Course Providers

The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism has released the list of providers that have been approved to administer a mandatory Professionalism Course for new lawyers admitted to the Massachusetts bar, pursuant to new SJC Rule 3:16 .

The Committee is charged with overseeing the implementation of SJC Rule 3:16 on Practicing with Professionalism, which takes effect on September 1, 2013. This Rule requires that newly-admitted Massachusetts lawyers complete a day-long program to assist in their transition to the practice of law in Massachusetts and to imbue them with an understanding of the gravity and proper attitude with which they should undertake their duties in the legal profession as members of the Massachusetts bar. Topics include law office management, professionalism and civility, professional ethics, the bar discipline system, managing the attorney-client relationship, the do's and don'ts of social media, the availability of mentoring and continuing legal education, an introduction to general and affinity bar associations, and the importance and availability of pro bono opportunities.

The approved providers are:

  • The Greater Lynn Bar Association
  • The Boston Bar Association
  • The Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE)

"The Committee took a careful and considered approach in evaluating every proposal we received and are very enthusiastic about the chosen pool of approved providers," said retired Superior Court Judge Nonnie S. Burnes, Chair of the Committee. "We look forward to working with the approved providers to make this course a meaningful and valuable experience for the next generation of lawyers in the Commonwealth."

The Committee worked throughout the past year to select the four providers, after a Request for Response for proposals and a lengthy evaluation period. The Committee will work with the approved providers to implement the course over the next six months.