Supreme Judicial Court Appoints Members to Board of Bar Overseers;
Attorney James B. Re Appointed as Vice-Chair
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently announced
the appointments of Attorneys George A. Berman of Winchester,
Dana A. Curhan of Newton, and Lisa A. Grant of Wilmington
to the Board of Bar Overseers for four-year terms, effective
on January 1, 2006. The terms will expire on December
31, 2009. They fill the positions formerly held by Attorney
Constance Rudnick, who served as Vice- Chair, and Attorneys
Mark I. Berson and Elizabeth N. Mulvey, whose terms are
Justices also reappointed Dr. David M. Rind of Waltham
to a four-year term as a lay member and appointed Attorney
James B. Re of Boston as the new Vice-Chair of the Board
of Bar Overseers.
Board of Bar Overseers, which consists of eight lawyers
and four non-lawyers appointed by the Supreme Judicial
Court, investigates allegations of professional misconduct
by attorneys. Established in 1974, the Board of Bar Overseers
uses annual registration fees paid by attorneys to fund
its operations and those of the Office of Bar Counsel and
the Clients’ Security Board.
A. Berman is a partner in the Boston office of Peabody & Arnold
LLP, where he practices civil litigation. Previously, he
was a partner at Posternak, Blankstein and Lund LLP in
Boston, where he worked for eleven years. He began practicing
law at the Boston firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart in 1979.
A member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts
Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, Mr.
Berman has served two terms as a Hearing Committee member
for the Board of Bar Overseers. Mr. Berman received a J.D.
degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B. A.
degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.
A. Curhan has been a private practitioner in Boston since
1989, concentrating in civil appeals and criminal appellate
and post-conviction matters. He began his legal career
in 1984 in the Bristol County District Attorney’s
Office, where he served as a staff attorney and later as
head of the Appeals and Training Unit. He is a member of
the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys,
the Massachusetts Bar Association, the New Hampshire Bar
Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Curhan
served as a hearing officer for the Board of Bar Overseers
for six years. He holds a J. D. degree from Harvard Law
School and a B.A. degree from Columbia University.
A. Grant, a private practitioner with offices in Boston
and Wilmington, concentrates in criminal defense, domestic
relations, and real estate law. Before beginning her private
practice in 1986, she was an attorney with LoPresti Associates,
a Boston law firm, for four years. She is a member of the
Women’s Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association,
and the Massachusetts Bar Association. From 1996 to 2003,
she served as a Hearing Committee member for the Board
of Bar Overseers. Ms. Grant earned a J.D. degree, cum laude,
from Suffolk University Law School and a B.A. degree, cum
laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
new Vice Chair, James B. Re, was appointed to the Board
of Bar Overseers in 2002. A partner in the Boston firm
of Sally & Fitch LLP, Mr. Re also served as a Hearing Committee
member for the Board of Bar Overseers from 1996 to 2002.
David M. Rind was first appointed to the Board of Bar Overseers
in 1998. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
at Harvard Medical School, a physician in the Division
of General Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center, and an editor at UpToDate, an electronic information
resource for clinicians.