Judicial Court Appoints Attorney Edward S. Cheng
To Clients' Security Board
Chair and Vice-Chair Also Appointed
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently appointed
Attorney Edward S. Cheng of Lexington to the Clients'
Security Board for a five-year term, effective December
1, 2008. Mr. Cheng fills the position previously held
by Attorney Peter G. DeGelleke, the former Chair, whose
term recently expired.
Justices also appointed Attorney Kathryn A. O'Leary of
Lowell as the new Chair and Attorney Charles W. Goddard
of Hamilton as Vice-Chair of the Clients' Security Board
Cheng is a litigation partner in the Boston law firm
of Sherin and Lodgen LLP. Previously, he was of counsel
to Cooke Clancy & Gruenthal and an associate at Hill & Barlow
PC, from 1997 to 2002. He serves as a hearing officer
on the Board of Bar Overseers and as an advisor to the
Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop. He is a member
of the Board of Directors and serves as treasurer of
the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts.
He also is a member of the American Bar Association and
the Boston Bar Association. Mr. Cheng received a J.D.
degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School
and an A.B. degree from Princeton University.
O'Leary, who had served as the Vice-Chair of the Clients'
Security Board since December 17, 2007, is a trial attorney
at the Worcester law firm of Gould & Ettenberg, P.C.,
which she joined in 1997. Previously, she was at the
law firms of Madan & Madan, P.C. and Day Berry & Howard.
A member of the Worcester County Bar Association, she
co-chairs the Labor and Employment Section. She also
participates in the Senior Women's Practice Group and
the Concord Attorney Round Table. Ms. O'Leary holds a
J.D. degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School
and a B.A. degree from Boston College.
Goddard is a partner in the Salem law firm of Goddard,
Scuteri & Delaney. Prior to this position, he worked
at Costello, Frattaroli, Barrett, Gonthier & Goddard,
P.C. for three years and was in private practice for
eighteen years. He began his legal career in 1964 at
Avery, Dooley, Post & Avery in Boston. He is a member
of the Massachusetts Bar Association, former president
of the Essex County Bar Association, and is presently
the Essex County Delegate to the Massachusetts Academy
of Trial Attorneys. He graduated from Boston University
School of Law with an LL.B and from Boston College with
an A.B. degree.
by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1974, the Clients' Security
Board is composed of seven attorneys who serve without
compensation and oversee the disbursement of funds to
clients who have been victimized by attorney defalcation.
Through a portion of the annual registration fees paid
by attorneys to the Board of Bar Overseers, Massachusetts
reimburses clients who have been victimized by instances
of attorney misappropriations.