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Press Release Supreme Judicial Court Announces New Executive Director to the Board of Bar Overseers

For immediate release:
2/10/2017
  • Supreme Judicial Court
  • Massachusetts Court System
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

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Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago

BOSTON, MA — The Supreme Judicial Court today announced that the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers has named Gregory Wenger as its Executive Director, effective February 6, 2017.

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. The twelve-member Board is comprised of volunteers appointed by the SJC to four-year terms. Eight of the members are lawyers; the other four are public members. The Board acts as an administrative tribunal to consider disciplinary charges brought by Bar Counsel. The BBO’s Executive Director provides strategic planning and operational management for the board, as well as operational and administrative support for all BBO functions, including the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Bar Counsel, Attorney Registration, and the Clients’ Security Board.

"We're pleased that the Board has filled this important position," said Supreme Judicial Court Justice Frank Gaziano, the Court's liaison to the Board. "We expect that Mr. Wenger's talents and experiences will be significant assets to the Board."

For the last fifteen years, Mr. Wenger has served as County Administrator for Hillsborough County, NH. He has led the strategic administrative planning and implementation of all activities of the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners and the Office of Administration and Finance. In this role, Mr. Wenger has had significant experience in finance, human resources, IT, and facilities management.

Prior to that, he held positions in law firms both in his native New Hampshire and the Boston-area. Mr. Wenger is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Martin Loughlin, United States District Court District of NH.  He has been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1985.

The activities of the board are governed by Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers. Although it is an official body subject to the supervision of the Supreme Judicial Court, no public funds are spent to support it.  The board's revenues come solely from the annual registration fees paid by lawyers.

Board of Bar Overseers Members
Donna Jalbert Patalano, Chair
Vincent J. Pisegna, Vice Chair
Andrew Ferrara
Erin K. Higgins
Thomas A. Kenefick, III
Francis P. Keough
David B. Krieger, M.D.
John J. Morrissey
Regina Roman
David A. Rountree
Kevin P. Scanlon
Michael G. Tracy

 

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Supreme Judicial Court 

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Massachusetts Court System 

The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the 7 Trial Court departments, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and the Office of Jury Commissioner.

Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

The Board of Bar Overseers and the Office of the Bar Counsel were established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1974 as independent administrative bodies to investigate and evaluate complaints against lawyers.

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