In re SimkinAnnotate this Case
Jay Simkin filed complaints with the Board of Bar Overseers (Board) alleging that certain attorneys committed breaches of the rules of professional conduct in connection with proceedings involving the revocation and reinstatement of Simkin’s license to carry firearms. Bar counsel investigated the complaints but declined to pursue them. After review, the Board determined not to proceed. Simkin subsequently filed a petition requesting that the Supreme Judicial Court enter findings that the attorneys had violated the rules of professional conduct, which, Simkin claimed, would lead to bar counsel’s reconsideration of her decision not to pursue his complaints against the attorneys. A single justice of the Court denied relief. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed, holding that Simkin had no further standing in the matter, as a private individual cannot prosecute a judicial action for attorney discipline.