Addressing joint bench-bar concerns

SJC Names BBA and 3 Others Providers of Professionalism Course Re: Rule 3:16

The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism has named the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and the Greater Lynn Bar Association as providers for the mandatory professionalism course for new lawyers admitted to the bar, pursuant to SJC Rule 3:16.

"The Committee took a careful and considered approach in evaluating every proposal we received and are very enthusiastic about the chosen pool of approved providers," said retired Superior Court Judge Nonnie S. Burnes, Chair of the Committee. "We look forward to working with the approved providers to make this course a meaningful and valuable experience for the next generation of lawyers in the Commonwealth."

The BBA’s course has been developed in partnership with the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, the Hampden County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, and the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts.

More information on the course will be provided as it becomes available.

Administration of Justice Committees

  • BMC ADR Program
    The Boston Municipal Court/Boston Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (BMC/BBA ADR) Program allows volunteers to use their ADR skills to help litigants at the BMC. There, volunteers provide both pretrial case conferencing and mediation. For more information, contact Sonia Shah, Public Service Manager, at or 617-778-1976.
  • Court Funding Work Group
    The Section produces an annual report on funding for the Courts. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.