The Clients’ Security Board exists to preserve the public’s trust in the legal profession by reimbursing law clients whose Massachusetts lawyer had stolen from them using funds provided solely by the lawyers of Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts pays $1.29 million - its largest award ever
- NOTICE OF VACANCIES ON THE CLIENTS' SECURITY BOARD
The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court invite applications for appointment to the Clients' Security Board.
Two vacancies will occur on the Board in December, 2019, due to the expiration of the terms of incumbent members. Terms are for five years. Under S.J.C. Rule 4:04, the Board manages the fund used to discharge the bar's collective responsibility with respect to losses caused to the public by defalcations of members of the bar. The Court is seeking lawyers with experience in trusts and estates, personal injury law, and civil litigation. An interest in professional responsibility is desirable but not essential.
One page resumes, with a cover letter, should be submitted by November 22, 2019 to: Mona Hochberg at Mona.Hochberg@jud.state.ma.us or Mona Hochberg, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108.
We're the Clients' Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court
The Court created us in 1974 to do only one thing:
Reimburse law clients whose lawyers have stolen from them
We do it to preserve trust in the legal profession
Every dollar we use to reimburse law clients comes from only one source: the lawyers of Massachusetts.
We've been reimbursing law clients for more than 40 years
Since 1974 the Board has reimbursed more than $50 million to over 2,250 law clients
Each reimbursement we make is a matter of grace not right
Each Board member serves for a term of five years
The Board has no statute of limitations
The Board has no caps on reimbursements to an individual claimant
Since 1974 the Board has reimbursed more than $2 million for the thefts of one disciplined lawyer
Since 1974 the Board has reimbursed more than $1 million each for the thefts of six different disciplined lawyers
The Clients' Security Fund is audited annually by independent auditors
The Board's claim form is available in both English and Spanish
Lawyers helping claimants before the Board must do so without compensation
In 2017 only 26 out more than 59,000 Massachusetts lawyers (0.04%) were responsible for the thefts reimbursed by the Board