For Immediate Release - July 13, 2015

Supreme Judicial Court Announces Appointment of Executive Director to the Board of Bar Overseers

BOSTON, MA -- The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court have appointed Margaret K. Carlson as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, effective July 6, 2015.

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 lawyers. The twelve-member Board is comprised of volunteers appointed by the SJC to four-year terms. Eight of the members are lawyers; the other four are public members. The Board acts as an administrative tribunal to consider disciplinary charges brought by Bar Counsel. When a lawyer is found guilty of misconduct, the Board either imposes discipline or recommends to the Supreme Judicial Court that more serious discipline be imposed.

"We're excited to announce the appointment of Ms. Carlson as Executive Director to the Board of Bar Overseers," said Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis X. Spina, the Court's liaison to the Board. "She brings a depth of executive leadership, management experience and skills that will be a tremendous asset to the Board."

For the past four years, Ms. Carlson has worked as Vice President of Administration of Pathfinder International in Watertown, MA, where she led and managed operations of the global organization, including corporate governance, information technology, knowledge management, global safety and security, global leasing and facilities, and contracts and legal matters, among other responsibilities.

Prior to that, she held positions in professional services management as Chief Operating Officer at Health Advances, LLC; as Chief Operating Officer at Colliers International; as Principal and Director of Client Services at PG Calc, Incorporated; and as Asset Manager at Copley Real Estate Advisors.

Ms. Carlson has a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in North Carolina, and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Duke University.

The activities of the board are governed by Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers. Although it 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 lawyers.

Board of Bar Overseers Members

  • Donna Jalbert Patalano, Chair
  • Vincent J. Pisegna, Vice Chair
  • Paul F. Hanley
  • Erin K. Higgins
  • Thomas A. Kenefick, III
  • Francis P. Keough
  • David B. Krieger, M.D.
  • John J. Morrissey
  • Regina Roman
  • David A. Rountree
  • Kevin P. Scanlon
  • Michael G. Tracy