The Massachusetts Clients' Security Board awarded a record $2.8
million last year to compensate clients whose lawyers defrauded
them. It is the largest collective award distributed by the board
since the Supreme Judicial Court established it in 1974 for the
purpose of awarding full restitution to clients whose in-state
attorneys misappropriated their money or property.
During fiscal year 2013, which ran from Sept. 1, 2012, until Aug.
31, 2013, the board adjudicated 83 of the 108 claims it received,
resulting in 69 awards issued.