Supreme Judicial Court Appoints
Attorney Patrick Sharkey
to Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently announced
the appointment of Attorney Patrick J. Sharkey of Mintz,
Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. to the Standing
Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct
for a three-year term. The Justices also reappointed Attorney
Henry C. Dinger of Goodwin Procter LLP, and Harvard Law
School Professor Andrew L. Kaufman to the Committee.
Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional
Conduct is responsible for reviewing the Massachusetts
Rules of Professional Conduct and making recommendations
to the Rules Committee of the Supreme Judicial Court. Before
making its recommendations for rule changes, the Committee
publishes its recommendations, invites public comment,
and carefully reviews the comments received. The Committee
is composed of the Commonwealth’s Bar Counsel, attorneys
who work in a wide variety of settings and practice areas,
and law professors with expertise in professional ethics.
Sharkey, a trial attorney at Mintz Levin, concentrates
on matters pertaining to the fiduciary duty of officers
and directors, securities law issues, and representation
of financial services professionals. He is the firm’s advisor
on Ethics and Professional Responsibility matters, and
is a long-term member of the Boston Bar Association Committee
on Professional Ethics where he served as chair for several
years. He is currently chairman of the Joint Bar Committee
on Judicial Nominations. Mr. Sharkey holds a J.D. degree
from Northeastern University and a B.S. degree from the
University of Massachusetts.
Dinger, a partner in the Litigation Department at Goodwin
Procter LLP, practices primarily in the intellectual property
area. He is chair of the law firm’s Ethics Advisory Committee
and serves as the Risk Management Partner. He advises his
colleagues and other firms regarding matters of professional
conduct, conflict of interest statutes, and laws governing
the conduct of lobbyists. He is past chair of the Standing
Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. Mr. Dinger
received his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard
University, his M.A. degree from Boston University, and
his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Williams College.
Kaufman is Vice-Dean for Academic Programming at Harvard
Law School. He began teaching at Harvard Law School in
1965, and was appointed professor of law in 1966. His research
interests focus on professional ethics and constitutional
law. Before holding his present administrative position,
he served as associate dean from 1986 until 1989. A Charles
Stebbins Fairchild Professor of Law, Professor Kaufman
has written extensively on professional conduct issues.
He is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law
|Members of the Standing Committee
on the Rules of Professional Conduct:
|John L. Whitlock, Esq. (Chair)
|Henry C. Dinger, Esq.
|Eric K. Higgins, Esq.
|Mitchell H. Kaplan, Esq.
|Professor Andrew L. Kaufman
|Elizabeth Mulvey, Esq.
|James B. Re, Esq.
|Denise M. Regan, Esq.
|Professor Constance Rudnick
|Marilynne R. Ryan, Esq.
|Patrick J. Sharkey, Esq.
| Constance V. Vecchione, Esq.