Boston, MA—March 28, 2018

2017-2018 Scholar-Mentor honored

Long-time estate planning, tax and real estate law expert recognized

Every year, MCLE recognizes as Scholar-Mentors four outstanding individuals who have “raised the bar” through their career-long contributions to the continuing legal education of the bar and their exceptional service to the legal profession by volunteering their time and expertise to MCLE programs and publications. These awards are presented throughout the year at annual conferences or other programs in the practice areas relevant and meaningful to the recipients.


The second MCLE Scholar-Mentor Award for the 2017–2018 year was presented to Leo J. Cushing, on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the 19th Annual New England Estate Planning (and More) Conference 2018, in front of many colleagues and friends. An experienced CPA and founding partner of the Waltham-based law firm Cushing & Dolan, PC, Leo counsels clients in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, trust planning, charitable giving and resolution of tax controversies. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, New England School of Law, and Boston University School of Law’s Graduate Tax Program, he is a much sought-after speaker by many professional associations as well as a Lecturer in Law at BU Law School’s Graduate Tax Program. He has received numerous awards from such respected publications as Banker & Tradesman to Super Lawyers, and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, the Boston Tax Council, the Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum, the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, and the Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council.

A participant on more than 70 MCLE programs over the past 25 years, Leo has taught courses in such areas as estate planning, taxation and real estate law. He is also long-time co-editor of MCLE’s Preparing Fiduciary Income, Gift and Estate Tax Returns and a contributing author on Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts.

For his leadership in the bar and his dedication and commitment to CLE and the professional development of lawyers, Leo joins Joseph F. Agnelli, Jr., as the first two recipients of MCLE’s 2017–2018 Scholar-Mentor Awards. Please join us in thanking Leo for his excellence and long-term service as an MCLE volunteer.

Stay tuned throughout the year for more Scholar-Mentor Award announcements.


For a list of previous award recipients, click here to visit MCLE's Volunteer Recognition page.