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Office of the Bar Counsel




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The Office of Bar Counsel (OBC) was established in 1974 by the Supreme Judicial Court under S.J.C. Rule 4:01 as an independent administrative body to investigate, evaluate and prosecute complaints against lawyers. The OBC is not a voluntary bar association or trade group. Although the office is an official body subject to the supervision of the Court, no public funds are appropriated for its expenses. The Office of Bar Counsel is entirely supported by the annual registration fees paid by lawyers.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Bar Counsel is to protect the public from unethical conduct by lawyers and to preserve and enhance the integrity and high standards of the bar. The OBC is committed to the efficient and effective performance of its mission and strives for fairness in all its dealings with the public and the bar.

The OBC serves the public in the following ways:

  • investigates and responds to complaints of unethical conduct by attorneys
  • prosecutes attorney misconduct cases before the Board of Bar Overseers and the Supreme Judicial Court
  • provides information on the bar disciplinary process and alternative remedies

The office provides information and support to the bar in the ethical practice of law in the following ways:

  • participates in bar association and continuing legal education programs on ethics and practice management
  • provides articles on ethics issues to bar journals and periodicals
  • works with the Supreme Judicial Court to develop and modify the rules of professional conduct for lawyers
  • provides guidance to attorneys faced with ethical problems and attorneys seeking reinstatement

Office of the Bar Counsel
99 High Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
(617) 728-8750

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BAR COUNSEL
Constance V. Vecchione

FIRST ASSISTANT BAR COUNSEL
John W. Marshall
Dorothy Anderson

DIRECTOR, ATTORNEY AND CONSUMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ACAP)
Anne S.J. Kaufman

ASSISTANT BAR COUNSEL
Richard C. Abati
Linda G. Bauer
Stacey A. L. Best
Sarah A. Chambers
Alison Mills Cloutier
Christine P. Deshler
Bruce T. Eisenhut
Sherri Gilmore
Christine Helsel
Kenneth W. Luke
Ellen M. Meagher
Jane Podolski
Terrence D. Pricher
Jane R. Rabe
Elissa Torto
Robert I. Warner
Susan Strauss Weisberg

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