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MCLE Volunteers

Each year, MCLE has the pleasure of honoring those volunteers whose generous sharing of time and talent serves as an example of the CLE spirit.

The recipients of the 2016-17 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Joseph F. Agnelli, Jr.
Agnelli Law Office, PC, Worcester
Instrumental in training and updating lawyers in the area of workers injury lawyer, the ins and outs of the Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Act, and practice before the Department of Industrial Accidents, a career-long volunteer who has participated on more than 35 MCLE programs over the past 25 years, including as chair of the annual Workers' Compensation Law Conference since its inception in 1999; contributing author on MCLE's Workers' Compensation Practice in Massachusetts and Masschusetts Basic Practice Manual. Watch award presentation. To view press release, click here.

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Leo J. Cushing
Cushing & Dolan, PC, Waltham
An experienced CPA and a skilled practitioner, dedicated to the training and education of lawyers in the areas of estate planning, taxation, and real estate law; a long-time volunteer who has participated on more than 70 MCLE programs over the past 25 years, from the basic to the advanced and sophisticated; co-editor of MCLE’s Preparing Fiduciary Income, Gift and Estate Tax Returns and contributing author on Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts. Watch award presentation. To review press release, click here.

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Catherine F. Downing
Law Offices of Catherine F. Downing & Associates, Boston
A conscientious and leading practitioner, committed to training and educating lawyers in the areas of landlord-tenant law and Housing Court practice, as well as on how to start and run a law firm; a long-standing member of MCLE’s Real Estate & Environmental Law Curriculum Advisory Committee; an enthusiastic volunteer who has participated on or chaired more than 100 MCLE programs since 1994; editor of MCLE’s Residential and Commercial Landlord-Tenant Practice in Massachusetts and contributing author on Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual. Watch award presentation. To review press release, click here.

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Donald G. Tye
Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston
A seasoned and accomplished practitioner with more than 40 years of experience as a trial attorney, guardian ad litem, master, mediator, conciliator, and arbitrator; instrumental in training and mentoring lawyers in the fields of family law, domestic relations and the representation of children; a long-time member and past chair of MCLE’s Family Law Curriculum Advisory Committee; a conscientious volunteer who has participated on more than 60 family law programs, trial advocacy workshops, and conferences over the past 27 years, and developed the foundational annual program Trying Divorce Cases; principal editor of MCLE’s Trying Divorce Cases in Massachusetts and contributing author on Financial Aspects of Divorce in Massachusetts. Watch award presentation. To review press release, click here.

The recipients of the 2015-16 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Amy M. Karp
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Children and Family Law Division, Boston
A committed educator, passionate about serving children and their families, who for more than 20 years has developed programs and resources to train trial and appellate attorneys appointed to represent children and indigent parents in state intervention cases; perennial co-chair of MCLE’s Annual Juvenile Delinquency & Child Welfare Law Conference; long-time editor of MCLE’s Child Welfare Practice in Massachusetts and co-editor of Massachusetts Juvenile Delinquency & Child Welfare Law Sourcebook & Citator. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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Hanson S. Reynolds
Brookline
A career-long contributor on MCLE programs on topics related to estate planning and administration who, for 35 years, served as co-editor of MCLE’s all-time best-selling Massachusetts Probate Manual, guiding it through decades of evolving law and the adoption of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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Joseph P.J. Vrabel
BlaisCo LLC, Marlborough
A member of MCLE’s Board of Trustees from 1996-2016 and President in 2004-2006 who has served as a trusted advisor and leader in every aspect of MCLE’s growth during the past thirty years; a devoted volunteer who has participated on numerous corporate, real estate and finance programs; an enthusiastic editor and contributing author on several MCLE publications, including Massachusetts Municipal Law, Massachusetts Mortgages, Foreclosures and Workouts, and Crocker’s Notes on Common Forms. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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Richard M. Zielinski
Goulston & Storrs, PC, Boston
A member of MCLE’s Board of Trustees from 2007-2016 whose valuable insights on Board committees during his tenure helped move the organization forward; a dynamic and gifted presenter who has chaired or participated on more than 50 MCLE litigation and trial practice programs over the past 30 years, including such innovative ones as Who Wants to Be a Trial Lawyer and Conversations with the Legends. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

The recipients of the 2014-15 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Gene D. Dahmen
Verrill Dana LLP, Boston
An MCLE Board Member from 1992-1998 who served as President in 1997-1998 and a passionate and conscientious volunteer who, during the past thirty years, has served on over 30 family law programs, including as long-time co-chair of MCLE's Annual Family Law Conference; contributing author on Legal Chowder: Lawyering and Judging in Massachusetts and Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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Hon. R. Marc Kantrowitz
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court (ret.)
A prolific writer and teacher who has participated on numerous MCLE programs addressing evidence, criminal law, juvenile law, and drug and OUI cases and contributed to the growth of MCLE's book collection through his work on the Criminal Law Sourcebook, the Juvenile Delinquency & Child Welfare Law Sourcebook, the Juvenile Court Benchbook, Motor Vehicle Torts, and Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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Hon. Anthony R. Nesi
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Probate and Family Court
A dedicated teacher on more than 40 MCLE programs--including 25 since 2010--who has helped advanced the practice in training lawyers on the monumental changes made by the adoption and implementation of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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Peter Wittenborg
Executive Director, The Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, Boston
A long-time member of MCLE's Real Estate & Environmental Law Curriculum Advisory Committee who has served on numerous real estate programs over the past 25 years and influenced the way real estate lawyers are trained in Massachusetts; co-editor of MCLE's Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts and contributing author on Crocker's Notes on Common Forms. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

 

The recipients of the 2013-14 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Christa A. Arcos
Stoneham
An ardent volunteer who, since 2000, has taught in more than 50 MCLE litigation, trial advocacy, and ethics programs; perennial co-chair of MCLE's Taking Depositions Workshop; author of Effective Deposition Strategies and Techniques; ethics commentator on MCLE's Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual and Massachusetts Expert Witnesses. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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David A. Hoffman
Boston Law Collaborative LLC, Boston
A highly respected attorney and mediator who has devoted much of his career to training lawyers in the areas of ADR, collaborative law, family law, trial advocacy and other litigation topics; annual participant in MCLE's Family Law Mediation and Civil Mediation Workshops; author of MCLE's leading publication, Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers, and Other Professionals; contributor, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual.Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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Christopher G. Mehne
Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Worcester
Member of MCLE's Estate Planning & Administration Curriculum Advisory Committee and panelist on more than 60 MCLE programs since 1990; instrumental in training lawyers on the sweeping changes made by the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code; editor of or contributor to MCLE publications, including Guardianship and Conservatorship Practice Under the MUPC, the Massachusetts Probate Manual, Fiduciary Litigation in the Probate Court, and the Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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Andrew C. Meyer, Jr.
Lubin & Meyer, PC, Boston
Recognized as one of Massachusetts' most influential lawyers and skilled trial attorneys who, for more than twenty years, has served as faculty on numerous medical malpractice, personal injury and trial advocacy programs, including as co-chair of MCLE's annual New England Personal Injury Conference since its inception in 1998; contributing author on MCLE's Massachusetts Tort Law Manual. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

 

The recipients of the 2012-13 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Richard C. Allen
Casner & Edward LLP, Boston
A dedicated MCLE Trustee and a regular and respected participant in MCLE's annual Nonprofit Law Conference as well as numerous other programs on nonprofit law, charitable giving, and health and hospital law; a contributing author on MCLE's Massachusetts Nonprofit Organizations practice manual. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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James S. Bolan
Brecher, Wyner, Simons, Fox & Bolan LLP
Lecturer in the areas of ethics, legal malpractice and professional responsibility who has presented on nearly 50 MCLE programs since 1990, including the best-practices program How to Make Money & Stay Out of Trouble since its inception in 1993; co-editor of MCLE's signature Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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Gregor I. McGregor
McGregor & Associates, PC, Boston
Long-time co-chair of MCLE's Real Estate & Environmental Law Curriculum Advisory Committee who has trained thousands of environmental lawyers through his participation on more than 60 MCLE programs over thirty-five years, including as chair of the annual Environmental, Land Use & Energy Law Conference; editor of Massachusetts Environmental Law and contributing author on Massachusetts Municipal Law practice manuals. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

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Constance V. Vecchione
Office of Bar Counsel, Board of Bar Overseers
One of MCLE's most prolific volunteers who, since 1990, has participated in over 70 programs addressing ethics, professional responsibility and law practice, including such annual programs as How to Make Money & Stay Out of Trouble, Practical Skills, and Hanging Your Shingle; has played an instrumental role in keeping lawyers around the state updated on changes in the rules of professional conduct. Watch award presentation and acceptance.

 

The recipients of the 2011-12 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Edward M. Bloom
Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Boston
A veteran MCLE lecturer and author widely respected for his knowledge and experience in real estate law; a regular participant in MCLE's annual Real Estate Law Conference and, for over 20 years, a participant in the MBA/MCLE Recent Developments in Massachusetts and Federal Law; editor and contributing author who helped update and bring back to use the classic reference, Lease Drafting in Massachusetts; contributing author on Crocker's Notes on Common Forms.

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Ruth A. Dillingham
First American Title Insurance Company, Hyannis
A recognized real estate law expert who has participated in nearly 50 MCLE programs during the past 30 years; a perennial faculty member of MCLE's annual Practical Skills Program for the past 30 consecutive years; a contributing author on MCLE's best-selling Basic Practice Manual and the flagship real estate title Handling Residential Real Estate Transactions in Massachusetts.

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Stan Goldman
Mental Health Litigation Division, CPCS (ret.); Solo Practice, Reading
A frequent lecturer who has presented at over 60 MCLE mental health, guardianship, and criminal law programs and trainings; the author of MCLE's Mental Health Proceedings in Massachusetts; a contributing author on several MCLE practice manuals, including Guardianship and Conservatorship Practice Under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code; Massachusetts District Court Criminal Defense Manual; and Massachusetts Expert Witnesses.

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Eric P. Hayes
Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston
An MCLE Trustee, former chair of its Estate Planning and Administration Curriculum Advisory Committee, and enthusiastic volunteer who has presented at nearly 60 programs on trust and estate administration and estate planning since 1988; an editor of or contributor to several MCLE publications, including Drafting Irrevocable Trusts, Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts, A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Massachusetts, and Understanding and Using Trusts.

The recipients of the 2010-11 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Hon. Paula M. Carey
Chief Justice, Massachusetts Probate and Family Court
Instrumental in training the bar on major changes in the law, including the historic implementation of the Uniform Probate Code in Massachusetts; a dedicated volunteer and frequent presenter at probate and family law courses and regular participant in MCLE's annual Family Law Conference and Family Court Judicial Forum; contributing author or judicial commentator on several MCLE publications, including its seminal Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual and co-editor of the Massachusetts Probate Sourcebook..

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Stephanie Page
Committee for Public Counsel Services
A highly-regarded advocate for indigent criminal defendants and co-chair of MCLE's Criminal Law Curriculum Advisory Committee who has shaped the training of generations of criminal law practitioners; a committed volunteer on more than 70 MCLE programs over the past 30 years; a prolific editor who has influenced the development of MCLE's criminal law library with such award-winning titles as Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts, Trying Murder and Other Homicide Cases in Massachusetts, and Trying Sex Offense Cases in Massachusetts.

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Peter M. Rosenblum
Foley Hoag LLP
One of the country's leading experts in corporate, securities, and international law and finance who has greatly influenced MCLE's corporate law curriculum as a long-time member of the Business and Commercial Law Curriculum Advisory Committee; an innovative volunteer who has taught thousands of corporate law practitioners and helped develop and lead Corporate Practice: MCLE BasicsPlus!®, the annual rite of passage for young corporate lawyers since 1991; editor of MCLE's best-selling A Practical Guide to Massachusetts Limited Liability Companies in Massachusetts.

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Hon. Joseph L. Tauro
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
A distinguished jurist who, as Chief Judge in 1993, instituted MCLE's annual Federal Court Judicial Forum, to this day a cornerstone of MCLE's federal litigation curriculum; led the training of the bar in the implementation of the Civil Justice Delay and Expense Reduction Plan; regular contributor to MCLE's highly-acclaimed publication, The U.S. District Court Speaks.

The recipients of the 2009-10 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Hon. Margot Botsford
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
A former member of MCLE's Board of Trustees and a tireless participant on numerous MCLE programs annually in such diverse areas as litigation, appellate advocacy, municipal, employment, environmental, and criminal law; editor of or contributing author on several MCLE signature publications, including Chapter 93A: Rights and Remedies, Handbook of Legal Research in Massachusetts, and Skirting the Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts.

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Paul M. Kane
McGrath & Kane, Boston
A preeminent practitioner in the area of family and divorce law who has participated in more than 60 MCLE programs over the past 25 years; the creator of and a regular participant in MCLE's Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop and a regular faculty member of MCLE's annual Family Law Conference; creator of MCLE's first online program; contributing author on MCLE's Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual

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Hon. Patti B. Saris
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
An energetic veteran of dozens of MCLE programs on sophisticated topics in federal court practice, evidence and business litigation; a former editor of MCLE's signature practice manual Massachusetts Evidence: A Courtroom Reference and a contributor to The U.S. District Court Speaks judicial guide; coeditor of MCLE's Skirting the Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts.

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Mary H. Schmidt
Schmidt & Federico, PC, Boston
One of MCLE's most prolific program and book volunteers; a frequent presenter at estate planning, probate and family law courses and at the Probate and Family Court's mandatory GAL training programs; editor of MCLE's bestselling Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts and contributing author on six other MCLE manuals.

The recipients of the 2008-09 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg
Associate Justice (Ret.), Probate and Family Court; Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts, Worcester
An enthusiastic volunteer for over 30 years who has participated in more than 70 MCLE family law programs; an active participant in MCLE's annual Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop and creator of the highly acclaimed Family Law Mediation Workshop; a judicial commentator on MCLE's Divorce Law Practice Manual. Strongly committed to providing legal services to the poor, he founded the pro bono initiative, Senior Partners for Justice, in 2002.

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Martin R. Healy
Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston
A vital member of MCLE's Real Estate and Environmental Law Curriculum Advisory Committee who has helped shape that area's programming for more than two decades; a frequent speaker at environmental law and land use programs; editor and author of MCLE's best-selling Massachusetts Zoning Manual since its initial publication in 1990.

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John O. Mirick
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester
A former member of MCLE's Board of Trustees and Civil Litigation Curriculum Advisory Committee involved in both institutional governance and curriculum development; an active faculty member on numerous litigation programs annually; and a prolific author involved in several MCLE publications, including Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual and Civil Practice Jury Instructions, Chapter 93A: Rights and Remedies, and Massachusetts Expert Witnesses.

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Nancy S. Shilepsky
Shilepsky O'Connell Hartley Casey Michon Yelen Robb LLP, Boston
A leading practitioner in the area of employment law instrumental in curriculum development as a member of MCLE's Employment Law Curriculum Advisory Committee; a perennial participant in MCLE's annual Employment Law Conference and frequent presenter at numerous other MCLE programs; co-editor of MCLE's Massachusetts Employment Law manual and co-author of Representing a Plaintiff in a Wrongful Termination Case.

The recipients of the 2007-08 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Cathleen L. Bennett
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Boston
A key member of MCLE's Criminal Law Curriculum Advisory Committee; a frequent speaker at criminal law programs and a leader in curriculum development for training of new criminal defense lawyers; an author of Trying Sex Offense Cases in Massachusetts; and editor of MCLE's best-selling Massachusetts Districut Court Criminal Defense Manual.

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Hon. Paul A. Chernoff
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
A dedicated teacher and writer who has participated in more than 50 MCLE programs in all areas of civil and criminal law and serves as the judicial editor of MCLE's flagship litigation publication, the Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual; a highly respected and admired judge actively involved in MCLE's annual "On Your Feet" Trial Advocacy Workshop.

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Donald N. Freedman
Rosenberg, Freedman & Goldstein LLP, Newton
A respected authority and frequent speaker on the legal needs and rights of the elderly and individuals with disabilities; Co-chair of MCLE's annual Elder and Disability Law Conference for 25 years and co-editor of the nationally-recognized three-volume publication Estate Planning for the Aging and Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts since its publication in 1991.

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Emily S. Starr
Ciota, Starr & Vander Linden LLP, Fitchburg & Worcester
A leading expert in the areas of elder law and public benefits who has served as co-editor of MCLE's nationally-recognized Estate Planning for the Aging and Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts since 1991; Co-chair of MCLE's annual Elder and Disability Law Conference for 25 years, and faculty member on numerous other programs, including financing community and long-term care services, special needs planning, and estate planning for the elderly and disabled.

The recipients of the 2006-07 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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Virginia F. Coleman
Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston
A key member of MCLE's Estate Planning Curriculum Advisory Committee for two decades; a frequent speaker and chair of the annual Estate Planning Conference, and one of MCLE's original estate planning "Breakfast with the Experts" presenters.

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Linda S. Fidnick
Burres, Fidnick & Booth LLP, Amherst
The chair of MCLE's annual family law conferences for over a decade; dedicated to teaching and mentoring Western Massachusetts' family law bar. A frequent speaker for MCLE who has been generous in sharing her creativity for new product development.

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Hon. John M. Greaney
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
A prolific teacher and writer, he was the first editor and visionary behind the development of MCLE's publications on Chapter 93A and appellate practice. A devoted and highly esteemed judge in MCLE's annnual Trial Advocacy Workshops.

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Stanley Keller
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, Boston
The editor of Massachusetts Business Lawyering, chair of the annual Business & Securities Law Conference, and an MCLE Trustee for nine years, he was also instrumental in training Massachusetts' corporate bar in Chapter 156D, the Massachusetts Business Corporation Act.