Elisabeth Ditomassi (89) named to MA Board of Bar Overseers

06.02.10

Elisabeth Ditomassi (89)
Elisabeth Ditomassi (89)

Elisabeth Ditomassi (‘89) named to MA Board of Bar Overseers

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently announced the appointment of Elisabeth “Beth” Ditomassi (‘89), the current deputy commissioner and general counsel for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Division of Insurance, to the Board of Bar Overseers of Massachusetts.
 
"I am honored by this appointment,” said Ditomassi. “I greatly appreciate the faith and trust that members of our state’s highest court placed in me by appointing me to this esteemed Board. Maintaining the integrity of one’s own profession is a vital mission and I take this responsibility very seriously.  I am committed to the preservation of the highest ethics among my legal peers.”

Ditomassi also teaches Government Regulation of Insurance in the BU Law Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law. She is finishing a treatise on Government Regulation of Insurance with Morin Center co-professor Raymond A. Guenter. A native of Longmeadow, she is the daughter of George Ditomassi and Judith Ditomassi, and now lives in the North End of Boston.  A 1986 graduate of Tufts University, she is a member of the Women’s Bar Association.
 
Ditomassi was among those at the Division of Insurance awarded the Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2008, for bringing managed competition to our automobile insurance market in Massachusetts.   

The Board of Bar Overseers and the Office of the Bar Counsel were established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 1974 as independent administrative bodies to investigate and evaluate complaints against lawyers. Although both the Board and Bar Counsel are official bodies subject to the supervision of the Supreme Judicial Court, no public funds are spent to support them. The Bar Counsel's and the Board's expenses come solely from the annual registration fees paid by lawyers.

The Board of Bar Overseers consists of 12 volunteer members who are appointed by the Court for four-year terms. Eight of the members are lawyers; the other four are public members. The activities of the Board are governed by Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers. The Board acts as an administrative tribunal to consider disciplinary charges brought by Bar Counsel. When a lawyer is found guilty of misconduct the Board either imposes discipline or recommends to the Supreme Judicial Court that more serious discipline be imposed.