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Volunteer Recognition

Scholar-Mentor Awards

Each year, MCLE recognizes with its Scholar-Mentor Awards four outstanding individuals who have “raised the bar” through their career-long contributions to continuing legal education and 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. As the awards are presented, MCLE will update this page.

The recipients of the 2017-18 Scholar-Mentor Awards are:

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.

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.

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.

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.

ACLEA's Best Awards

MCLE is a member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), an international organization of CLE professionals, and competes regularly in the "ACLEA's Best" competition, which recognizes excellence in CLE products and services. With help of its talented and dedicated volunteers, MCLE has received forty-six awards from ACLEA over the course of the last two decades.

Awards from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA)
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.

1993 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
Trying Drug Cases in Massachusetts
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
New Lawyer's Kit
1994 Award of Professional Excellence in Programming
On Trial with Judge Young
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
Massachusetts Legal Directory
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
Massachusetts Legal Directory
1995 Award of Professional Excellence in Programming
Why She Doesn't Leave – G.L. c. 209A
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
Obtaining and Using Medical Records in Massachusetts
1996 Award of Professional Excellence in Programming
Massachusetts Environmental Justice Network Training
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
MLRI Advocate's Guide to Surviving the SSI System
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
Special Edition Seminar Catalogs
1997 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Programming
Hanging Your Shingle – Establishing, Developing and Running a Law Practice
1998 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Series – Practice Manual, Forms, and Jury Instructions
1999 Award of Professional Excellence in Public Interest Projects
Civil Legal Services Advocacy Series
Award of Professional Excellence in Marketing
"Grow Your Associates" – Professional Development Planning
2000 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
Election Administration, Campaign Finance and Lobbying Law
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Technology
PLI Interactive Groupcasts
Award of Professional Excellence in Marketing
A Taste of MCLE – Introduction of MCLE to New Lawyers
2001 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Programming
MCAD Certified Discrimination Prevention Training Program
Award for Professional Excellence in Public Interest Projects
MLRI Lobbying on a Shoestring
2002 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
Cover Designs That Sell Books
2003 Award of Professional Excellence in Programming
CPCS Sex Offender Notification and Registration/SDP Commitment Training
Award of Professional Excellence in Publications
Legal Rights of Individuals with Disabilities
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Public Interest Projects
VLP Senior Partners for Justice Initiative
2004 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Programming
Spanish 101 for Lawyers
Award of Professional Excellence in Marketing
New Lawyer Promotion at Swearing-In Ceremony
2005 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Public Interest Projects
MLRI Accessing Affordable Housing for Low-Income People
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
Book Collection Flow Charts
2007 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
E-Mail Newsletter—Weekly Practice Tip and Calendar
2008 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Programming
Wealth Management BootCamp for Lawyers
2009 Award of Professional Excellence in Programming
Guns, Drugs and Money
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
College and University Law
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
MCLE New Lawyer Advantage Campaign
2010 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
MCLE WebBriefs
2011 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in Rhode Island
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Technology
MCLE eBooks
2012 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Technology
Automated Online Program Materials & Evaluations
2013 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
International Judicial Assistance: Serving Process, Obtaining Evidence, Enforcing Judgments and Awards
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Technology
MCLE OnlinePassTM All-Access Streaming CLE & Online Library
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
Accelerated Subscriber List-Building for Publications
2014 Award of Professional Excellence in Public Interest
Legal Services Conference 2013
Award of Professional Excellence in Marketing
MCLE OnlinePass™ Telemarketing Campaign
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
Collaborative Law: Practice and Procedures
2015 Award of Professional Excellence in Public Interest
Probate & Family Court Lawyer for the Day Training
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
MCLE ThisWeek™ Free Webcasts
2016 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications
Data Security and Privacy in Massachusetts
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
Enhanced Day-of-Program Sales Efforts
2017 Award of Outstanding Achievement in Public Interest
Title VI Language Access Conference
Award of Outstanding Achievement in Marketing
MCLE OnlinePass® Subscriber Alerts