Eileen M. Haggerty

Boston, MA—August 13, 2020

2019–2020 Scholar-Mentor honored

Long-time school law expert recognized

Every year, MCLE recognizes as Scholar-Mentors a few 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.

Melissa LangaThis year’s third MCLE Scholar-Mentor award was presented to Eileen M. Hagerty on Wednesday, August 12, at the virtual 20th Annual School Law Conference, a program on which she has served as co-chair for the past 11 years. Although the Conference was held exclusively online, MCLE Trustee C. Max Perlman, of Hirsch Roberts & Weinstein, extended to her MCLE’s deep gratitude as friends and colleagues tuned in from across the Commonwealth.

A partner at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong LLP in Boston, Eileen concentrates her practice in special education and disability rights law, representing students and parents in disputes with their school districts—at the local and school district level, before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, and in litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, she clerked for Judge Frederick B. Lacey of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, litigated at a large Boston law firm, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a Special Assistant District Attorney, and co-founded the highly-respected civil litigation boutique firm of Kern, Sosman, Hagerty, Roach & Carpenter, PC, where she practiced between 1989-1996. A graduate of Harvard Law School (cum laude) and the University of Detroit (summa cum laude), she has received many accolades for her work in education law, including recognition as a New England and Massachusetts Super Lawyer and as one of Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers by the Boston Globe (2012). Boston Magazine has selected her as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts and, in 2014, she was named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a Top Woman of Law. Most recently, she was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (26th edition 2020) in the field of education law.

Eileen is an enthusiastic volunteer and dynamic presenter, with an obvious passion for special education law and a love of teaching. She lectures and writes frequently on topics in special education law for both legal and lay audiences. For MCLE, alone, she has participated in more than 20 school law-related programs since 2008 and is a go-to person for MCLE whenever there is a new law or development in the field. Beyond programs, she is also a contributing author on four MCLE publications pertaining to school law and deposition practice as well as on Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts.

For her leadership in the area of special education and school law and her commitment to CLE and the professional development of lawyers, Eileen joins Donald R. Lassman (bankruptcy law) and Melissa Langa (estate planning) as recipients of this year’s MCLE Scholar-Mentor Awards. Please join us in thanking Eileen for her dedication, excellence and long-term service as an MCLE volunteer.

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

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