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In addition to providing essential funding for scholarships, named scholarship funds honor and pay tribute to outstanding lawyers and judges whose lives and work exemplify the best of Massachusetts' rich legal heritage and who have contributed so much to the legal profession's landscape.

Paul M. Kane Scholarship Fund

Paul M. Kane (1942-2021)
Co-Founding Partner, McGrath & Kane

For more than forty years, a recognized titan of the domestic relations bar and gifted attorney who served as a leader in the legal community and as a mentor, educator, and example to generations of lawyers

In September 2021, the legal profession lost one of its finest members with the passing of Paul Kane. Paul was a dear friend, a brilliant domestic relations attorney, and a remarkable gentleman who leaves behind a lasting legacy of unmatched excellence and high ethical standards in the practice of law. Those who had the privilege of knowing him understand the tremendous influence he has had—as a friend, colleague, teacher and mentor.

A wonderful storyteller and masterful teacher, Paul was able to command an audience—whether a jury in a courtroom, a group of students in a classroom, or friends and colleagues in any room—through a rare combination of intelligence, professionalism, civility and humor. He committed much of his career to the education and professional development of lawyers, for which he received MCLE’s Scholar-Mentor Award in 2010. As a long-time member of MCLE’s Family Law Curriculum Advisory Committee, he helped shape continuing legal education curriculum and policy and was a driving force in the development of MCLE’s nationally recognized Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop, which more than thirty years later continues to train attorneys in the art of trial practice

The Paul M. Kane Scholarship Fund, each year, will endow scholarships and provide training opportunities and resources for lawyers who serve the public interest, including legal aid staff attorneys, private practitioners who accept pro bono cases, and other deserving lawyers who, without financial assistance, would not be able to avail themselves of MCLE programs and resources. It will also allow those of us who knew, respected and learned from him to honor an outstanding and beloved practitioner whose life and work exemplified the best of Massachusetts’ rich legal heritage.

The creation of this fund to provide educational opportunities and resources to deserving lawyers who serve the public interest stands as a fitting tribute to Paul’s legacy as a recognized giant of the family law bar and gifted attorney who served as a leader in the legal community and an example to generations of lawyers.

MCLE is grateful to the following committee of prominent family law practitioners that is helping to create this scholarship endowment:

James L. Brick, Brick, Jones, McBrien & Hickey LLP
Alfred Farese III, North Shore Law Group
Phyllis E. Federico, Schmidt & Federico, PC
Calvin J. Heinle, Gibbs Heinle Maiona LLP
Norman I. Jacobs, Esdaile, Barrett, Jacobs & Mone
Michael P. (Mick) Judge, Casner & Edwards LLP
Jennifer B. Koiles, Koiles & Associates
Joan E. Kolligian, McGrath & Kane
David H. Lee, Lee & Rivers LLP
Justin G. Maiona, Gibbs Heinle Maiona LLP
Robert J. Rivers, Jr., Lee & Rivers LLP
Kathleen P. Ryder, Ryder & Phelps, PC
Gary O. Todd, Todd & Weld LLP


Thanks to the following contributors:

Patricia M. Annino
Hon. Joan P. Armstrong
Nicole C. Armstrong
Matthew P. Barach
Richard C. Bardi
Berid & Schutzbank LLC
Timothy J. Birmingham
Burns & Levinson LLP
Mary E. Collett
Hon. Peter C. DiGangi
John G. DiPiano
Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil, PC
Anthony M. Doniger
Elaine M. Epstein
Alfred Farese III
Paul G. Farrell
Patricia S. Fernandez
Mary M. Ferriter
Peter W. Fink
John A. Fiske
Marc E. Fitzgerald
Gibbs Heinle Maiona LLP
Hon. Edward M. & Julie E. Ginsburg
Steven E. Gurdin
Maryjo A. Hart
Holly A. Hinte
Regina M. Hurley
Jon M. Jacobs
Norman I. Jacobs
Kimberley J. Joyce
Michael P. (Mick) Judge
Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP
Martin F. Kane II
Kates & Barlow, PC
Hon. Leilah A. Keamy
Debora Kennedy
Keough & Sweeney, Ltd
Jennifer B. Koiles
Joan E. Kolligian
Lisa Casey Labelle
Michelle S. LaBrecque
David H. Lee
Leonard L. Lewin
David M. Lunny
Stephanie W. Lyons
Marcia J. Mavrides
Allison McNulty
Linda A. Ouellette
Terri L.B. Partridge
Alessandra Petruccelli
Rosemary Purtell
John M. (Jack) Reilly
Hon. Susan D. Ricci
Michael J. Ring
Robert J. Rivers, Jr.
Ryan Faenza Carey PC
Ryder & Phelps, PC
Hon. David G. Sacks
Hon. Mary Anne Sahagian
Gary O. Todd
Wagner Law Group
Heidi-Rachel Webb
Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP


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