Lawyers Journal

MBA members appointed to SJC Standing Committee on Professionalism

The justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently appointed the members of the SJC Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. The committee is charged with overseeing the implementation of new 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 is effective on Sept. 1, 2013. Visit www.mass.gov/courts/sjc/sjc-rule-316.html for more information.

MBA members who will serve on the Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism include:

  • Jeffrey N. Catalano, Todd & Weld and a past MBA vice president (2011-12);
  • Rodney S. Dowell, executive director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and director, Mass. Law Office Management Assistance Program;
  • Michael A. Fredrickson, general counsel, Board of Bar Overseers; and
  • Ingrid C. Schroffner, assistant general counsel, Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

The committee's duties and responsibilities include designating approved course providers; making recommendations to the SJC 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 SJC 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. The committee plans to issue a Request for Responses in January to continuing legal education providers, bar associations, law schools and other potential course providers.

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