Supreme Judicial Court Appoints Four Members to Board of Bar Overseers
The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently announced the appointments of Attorneys Lisa Arrowood of Lincoln, John R. Gobel of Pittsfield, Erik Lund of Boston, and David S. Mackey of Needham to the Board of Bar Overseers. Ms. Arrowood fills the position left vacant by the resignation of Attorney Diane DiIanni; the term will expire on December 31, 2010. The other members’ terms will expire on December 31, 2012.
The Justices also reappointed lay members James P. Carey, Francis P. Keough, and Linda R. McKenzie to second terms expiring on December 31, 2012. The Justices named Attorney George A. Berman as Chair and Attorney Dana Alan Curhan as Vice-Chair of the Board of Bar Overseers.
Ms. Arrowood is a founding partner in the Boston law firm of Todd & Weld LLP, where she has practiced law since 1992. Previously, she was at the Boston office of Hale and Dorr for ten years. A member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, she is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and Vice-Chair of the State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is also a former member of the Litigation Curriculum Advisory Committee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. Ms. Arrowood holds a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and she received an A.B. degree from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Gobel is a partner in the Pittsfield law firm of Gobel & Hollister. Before joining the firm, he was a solo practitioner in Pittsfield from 1980 to 1982. He began his legal career in 1978 as an associate in the Law Office of Joel S. Greenberg, Esq. in Pittsfield. He is a member of the Berkshire Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. An active member of the Estate Planning Council of Berkshire County and the Western Massachusetts Pro Bono Referral System, he is a past Hearing Committee member of the Board of Bar Overseers, and a past Chair of the Clients’ Security Board. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and graduated from St. Louis University with a B.A. degree.
Mr. Lund is senior counsel and co-founding partner of the Boston law firm of Posternak, Blankstein & Lund LLP. Before forming the firm in 1980, he was a partner at Burns & Levinson for ten years, and from 1961 to 1969, he was an associate at Choate Hall & Stewart. He is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts, and American Bar Associations, a director of WalkBoston, the pedestrian advocacy group, and a member of Mayor Menino’s Rose Kennedy Greenway Completion Task Force. During the past two years, he has served as a member and as Chair of Board of Bar Overseers Hearing Committees. Mr. Lund received an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College.
Mr. Mackey is chief counsel at the Massachusetts Port Authority, a position he has held since 2001. Previously, he was with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he served as chief of the Civil Division from 1994 until 2000 when he became first assistant U.S. Attorney. Prior to his public service, he was an associate at the law firm of Goodwin, Procter & Hoar from 1985 to 1991, and a partner from 1991 to 1994. He is a former president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a former member of the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Mackey holds a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Amherst College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
The new Chair, George A. Berman, was appointed to the Board of Bar Overseers in 2006. A partner in the Boston office of Peabody & Arnold LLP, where he practices civil litigation, Mr. Berman has served two terms as a Hearing Committee member for the Board of Bar Overseers.
Dana A. Curhan, the new Vice-Chair, has been a private practitioner in Boston since 1989, concentrating in civil appeals and criminal appellate and post-conviction matters. He served as a hearing officer for the Board of Bar Overseers for six years.
The 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.