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MCLE Scholarship Fund

Celebrating 50 years of training advocates

Add your name to the roster of generous donors who are celebrating MCLE's 50th anniversary by supporting the MCLE Scholarship Endowment.

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YOUR GIFT AT WORK

MCLE's scholarship program is a vital component of MCLE's mission to educate Massachusetts lawyers and advance the quality of legal services provided to the public. Each year, MCLE awards over 1,500 scholarships to lawyers who serve the public interest and who, without financial assistance, would not be able to attend MCLE programs. Legal aid and pro bono organizations around the Commonwealth rely on MCLE scholarships to recruit, train, and retain their staff attorneys and volunteers and to free up their organizations' funds for direct client services. With your gift, MCLE helps lower the barriers to access the legal system for the most vulnerable members of our society by providing scholarships to MCLE training programs to the lawyers who serve them.

Legal services

Legal aid staff
attorneys and lay
advocates in
agencies throughout
the Commonwealth.

Pro bono

Private practitioners
who accept cases
from pro bono
organizations

around the
Commonwealth.

Financial need

Deserving lawyers
who certify
financial need.

How to Apply

Meg Connolly
Meg Connolly, Esq. Executive Director, 1985-2009
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
"We have found that one of the greatest barriers to attorneys engaging in pro bono work is a reticence to take on matters outside their areas of practice and expertise. Obviously, training programs are the best response to such concerns and are essential elements of any good pro bono program. MCLE makes a great contribution by bringing its professionalism and reputation to Massachusetts pro bono efforts."
Meg Connolly
Jonathan L. Mannina, Esq. Executive Director
Community Legal Aid, Inc., Worcester
"MCLE's programs are an integral part of the core training that our staff receives. These vouchers allow CLA staff to attend top-notch trainings that would otherwise be inaccessible to them due to CLA's limited resources."
Meg Connolly
Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg Massachusetts Probate and Family Court (Ret.)
Founder, Senior Partners for Justice
"Access to MCLE scholarships has been an invaluable tool for recruiting lawyers who want to continue to make a difference using their talents to serve the poor. Many of the volunteers are retired from practice, solo practitioners or, in recent years, unemployed and cannot afford CLE training. We are grateful to MCLE for its help in training them. Most importantly, in the end, it is the clients who benefit."
Meg Connolly
Richard S. Milstein, Esq. Founding Director, 1969-
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
"In less than a decade, MCLE’s scholarship fund has grown steadily and the impact of the fund has grown exponentially. Thousands of lawyers are now being trained to serve the poor. By contributing to the fund annually and including it in my estate plan, I know that the tradition of training lawyers for pro bono service will live on for generations to come...It's that important to me."
Meg Connolly
Steven Ciulla, Esq. North Reading.
"Thank you for awarding me a scholarship to attend the Mental Health Litigation Training Program. I now feel well prepared to represent the clients within this vulnerable population in civil commitments and other proceedings. As an attorney new to the Boston area, the scholarship assistance came at a critical time when I was attempting to build a practice from the ground up."

DONOR HONOR ROLL

DONOR HONOR ROLL
MCLE is grateful to all the donors who have helped MCLE sustain the momentum of MCLE's Scholarship Program since its inception in 2005.

FUND A SCHOLARSHIP. ENDOW A SEAT.

DONOR HONOR ROLL
Donors who contribute $2,500 or more are recognized by an endowed seat inscribed with their name in MCLE's Milstein Hall auditorium.

For more information contact Sal Ricciardone, Esq., MCLE Director of Philanthropy & Special Projects.