ASSISTANT BAR COUNSEL

Board of Bar OverseersOffice of Bar Counsel



Assistant Bar Counsel



The Office of the Bar Counsel of the Board of Bar Overseers (BBO) is seeking applications from talented, experienced attorneys to join the office as Assistant Bar Counsel. This is a unique opportunity to join the team of bar disciplinary attorneys responsible for investigating and prosecuting violations of the rules of professional conduct by Massachusetts attorneys. The position offers the challenge of handling a diverse caseload involving a variety of substantive areas of law and the opportunity to conduct full evidentiary hearings and argue appeals to the BBO and to the Supreme Judicial Court. Qualified individuals will have a diverse litigation background including trial and appellate experience, superior writing and oral advocacy skills, and a collaborative, team approach to their practice.



The Assistant Bar Counsel’s primary responsibilities include:





  • Evaluating, investigating, and resolving where appropriate, complaints of lawyer misconduct


  • Identifying violations of the rules of professional conduct and drafting and filing formal charging documents


  • Conducting discovery; attending pre-hearing conferences; and submitting and responding to pre-hearing, hearing, and post-hearing motions, including motions in limine


  • Preparing for full evidentiary hearings by developing hearing strategy, planning witness testimony, identifying documentary evidence, and formulating legal arguments


  • Prosecuting allegations of professional misconduct before hearing committees, the BBO, and the Court


  • Composing proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and supporting legal memoranda for post-hearing submission to hearing committees


  • Writing appellate briefs and presenting oral argument in appeals of hearing committee reports to the BBO and appeals of board decisions to the single justice, and a full bench of the Court


  • Drafting, filing and arguing before the single justice of the Court, motions for temporary suspension of lawyers, motions for contempt and other related motions




Qualifications and Experience:



All candidates will possess a Juris Doctorate; be admitted to practice and in good standing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and have a minimum of five years of legal practice, including trial and appellate experience. Candidates with additional relevant legal experience will be considered and are encouraged to apply. Candidates admitted to practice and in good standing in another U.S. jurisdiction, who is pending admission to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, may be considered.



The Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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