Judicial Performance Evaluations begin for judges in Norfolk and
Judges in the District Court, Superior Court, Juvenile Court,
Probate and Family Court, and Housing Court in Norfolk and Plymouth
County will be evaluated from mid-February through March. Members
of the bar should receive an email asking for participation in the
Judicial Performance Evaluation. Full participation of the bar in
judicial evaluation is crucial to maintaining a high-quality
This evaluation system is the best way for members of the bar to
tell the judge and court leadership about their experiences before
the judge. Responding attorneys will remain anonymous.
For more information please contact Mona Hochberg, coordinator of
Judicial Performance Evaluation.
Supreme Judicial Court announces new executive director to the
Board of Bar Overseers
The Supreme Judicial Court has announced that the Massachusetts
Board of Bar Overseers has named Gregory Wenger as its Executive
Director, effective Feb. 6.
The Board of Bar Overseers was established by the Supreme Judicial
Court in 1974 as an independent administrative body to investigate
and evaluate complaints against lawyers. The twelve-member Board is
comprised of volunteers appointed by the SJC to four-year terms.
Eight of the members are lawyers; the other four are public
members. The Board acts as an administrative tribunal to consider
disciplinary charges brought by Bar Counsel. The BBO's Executive
Director provides strategic planning and operational management for
the board, as well as operational and administrative support for
all BBO functions, including the Office of General Counsel, the
Office of Bar Counsel, Attorney Registration, and the Clients'
"We're pleased that the Board has filled this important position,"
said Supreme Judicial Court Justice Frank Gaziano, the Court's
liaison to the Board. "We expect that Mr. Wegner's talents and
experiences will be significant assets to the Board."
For the last fifteen years, Mr. Wegner has served as County
Administrator for Hillsborough County, NH. He has led the
strategic administrative planning and implementation of all
activities of the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners and
the Office of Administration and Finance. In this role, Mr. Wegner
has had significant experience in finance, human resources, IT, and
Prior to that, he held positions in law firms both in his native
New Hampshire and the Boston-area. Mr. Wegner is a graduate of
Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, and clerked for
the Honorable Martin Loughlin, United States District Court
District of NH. He has been a member of the Massachusetts bar
The activities of the board are governed by Supreme Judicial Court
Rule 4:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers. Although it
is an official body subject to the supervision of the Supreme
Judicial Court, no public funds are spent to support it. The
board's revenues come solely from the annual registration fees paid
Board of Bar Overseers members:
Donna Jalbert Patalano, Chair
Vincent J. Pisegna, Vice Chair
Erin K. Higgins
Thomas A. Kenefick, III
Francis P. Keough
David B. Krieger, M.D.
John J. Morrissey
David A. Rountree
Kevin P. Scanlon
Michael G. Tracy