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Ethics Alerts and Announcements

  • NEW BBO/OBC Policy on Legal Advice on Medical Marijuana. (link)
  • NEW Form for new mandatory notice to financial institutions to establish individual non-IOLTA trust accounts. (link)
  • NEW The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court have adopted substantial revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct (Mass. R. Prof. C.) contained in SJC Rule 3.07. The amendments have an effective date of July 1, 2015. (link)
  • Summary available here of key amendments to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct effective July 1,2015.
  • 2014 OBC Annual Report (Annual Reports Archive)

  • FREE! Trust Account Training from the the Office of Bar Counsel and the Mass and Boston Bar Associations. Learn more.

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