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SJC Rule 3:16 requires that lawyers newly admitted to the Massachusetts bar enroll in a professionalism course.

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Professionalism Course Information

SJC Rule 3:16 on Practicing with Professionalism requires a mandatory course on professionalism for new lawyers admitted to the Massachusetts bar, effective September 1, 2013. 

Important Update (posted Sept. 11, 2020): In light of the ongoing and urgent public health concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Supreme Judicial Court has issued Supreme Judicial Court Order re: Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:16 (effective September 10, 2020).

Approved Providers

2021 Professionalism Course Calendar

Date Provider Time
June 4, 2021 GLBA 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 7, 2021 MCLE 9 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
June 24, 2021 BBA 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
July 9, 2021 MBA 10 a.m.
August 5, 2021 BBA 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

SJC Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism

The SJC Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism is charged with overseeing the implementation of SJC Rule 3:16 on Practicing with Professionalism, which requires a mandatory course on professionalism for new lawyers admitted to the Massachusetts bar. The rule was effective on September 1, 2013.  

The Committee's duties and responsibilities include: designating approved course providers; making recommendations to the Court regarding the fees to be charged for the course and any circumstances under which the fees may be waived; evaluating the course providers; reporting to the Court on at least an annual basis on the implementation of the course and an assessment of whether the program is accomplishing its intended goals and outcomes; and overseeing the administration of all aspects of SJC Rule 3:16. 

Notice of Available Positions (posted June 4, 2021)

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court invite interested attorneys to apply for appointment to the Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. Additional information is available here:

Committee Members

Hon. Margot Botsford, Chair, SJC (ret.)

Heidi Alexander, Director of the SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being

Linda G. Bauer, Assistant Bar Counsel, Office of Bar Counsel

Kendra Berardi, Robinson & Cole

Joseph Berman, General Counsel, Board of Bar Overseers

Beth D. Cohen, Associate Dean, Western New England School of Law

Maura S. Doyle, Clerk of the SJC for The County of Suffolk

Dr. Shawn Healy, Staff Clinician, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Hon. Kevin Maltby, District Court

Ingrid C. Schroffner, Senior Associate Attorney in the Office of Management at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Kathleen Elliot Vinson, Director of Legal Writing, Suffolk University Law School

Marilyn J. Wellington, Executive Director, Board of Bar Examiners