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Board of Bar Overseers
of the Supreme Judicial Court




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The Board of Bar Overseers was established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1974 as an independent administrative body to investigate and evaluate complaints against lawyers. Although both the Board is an official body subject to the supervision of the Supreme Judicial Court, no public funds are spent to support it. The Board's expenses come solely from the annual registration fees paid by lawyers.

The Board of Bar Overseers consists of twelve volunteer members who are appointed by the Court for four-year terms. Eight of the members are lawyers; the other four are public members. The activities of the Board are governed by Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers. The Board acts as an administrative tribunal to consider disciplinary charges brought by Bar Counsel. When a lawyer is found guilty of misconduct the Board either imposes discipline or recommends to the Supreme Judicial Court that more serious discipline be imposed. Correspondence can be addressed to the Board at the address below:

Board of Bar Overseers
99 High Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
(617) 728-8700
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BOARD OF BAR OVERSEERS
Mary B. Strother, Chair
Donna Jalbert Patalano, Vice Chair
Francis P. Keough
Lisa G. Arrowood
David B. Krieger, M.D.
Maureen Mulligan
Paul F. Hanley
Laurence D. Fitzmaurice
Regina Roman
Thomas A. Kenefick, III
Erin K. Higgins
Vincent J. Pisegna

GENERAL COUNSEL
Michael Fredrickson

ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL
Karen D. O'Toole

ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL
Paul M. Rezendes

ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL
Jeffrey D. Woolf

ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL
Merle R. Hass

BOARD ADMINISTRATOR
Laurie Aaron

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