Advocacy in Massachusetts

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Current Articles

Thursday, January 24

Can't Walk to the Hill today? Talk to the Hill instead.

Call your state legislators to convey your support for adequate funding for legal aid.

Wednesday, May 16

Monday, October 23

See the MassBar refreshed

MBA Staff

The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to unveil our new and easier-to-navigate website.

Judicial Process

Guide to the Massachusetts Judicial Selection Process

The path to judicial selection can be arduous. Candidates are vetted through both public and private bodies, including: the Judicial Nomination Commission, the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and the Governor's Council. Read a step-by-step account of how the process works.

Joint Bar Committee Information

The Joint Bar Committee reviews, evaluates and reports on the qualifications of individuals under consideration for judicial appointments, including clerk-magistrates, to all Courts of the Commonwealth. Learn more about the JBC process. 

2021-22 Joint Bar Committee Members

The committee roster will be updated soon.