Background

To celebrate the service of three of ACCLE’s longest serving Board members, ACCLE created three awards in their honour: the Ferguson, Cirillo and Buhler Awards. The following sets out the description and application requirements for each.

Buhler Award:  This award, named in honour of Sarah Buhler, long-time ACCLE Board member and Professor at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, will go to a professor, clinical professor, or other individual whose work intersects academic and clinical approaches to clinical and experiential legal education.

Cirillo Award: This award, named in honour of Lisa Cirillo, long-time ACCLE Board member and Director of Downtown Legal Services, will go to an individual clinician who has made a significant contribution to the life of their legal clinic.

Ferguson Award: This award, named in honour of Doug Ferguson, founder and long-time ACCLE Board member and Director of Community Legal Services at Western Law, will be given to one or more members of a clinical project or program that promotes access to justice and clinical law within a law school setting. The award can be given to the leader of a team, a portion of the team, or all its members. The award can be given to a “pop-up” clinic or a long-standing clinic. In order to qualify as a “clinic”, the project must work to directly advance the interests of clients or client groups.

ACCLE Award Winners

YearBuhler AwardCirillo AwardFerguson Award
2020Gemma Smyth (Faculty of Law, University of Windsor)Chantelle Johnson (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City - “CLASSIC”)Kathy Ferriera (Queen’s Prison Law Clinic)
2021Patricia Barksaskas (Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia)
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Vasanthi Venkatesh (Faculty of Law, University of Windsor)
Nicholas Blenkinsop (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City - “CLASSIC”)
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Prasanna Balasundaram (Downtown Legal Services, University of Toronto Faculty of Law)
Windsor Law's Project Based External Placement - "PBEP" (Bev Jacobs, Sylvia McAdam, Vasanthi Venkatesh, Anneke Smit, Jillian Rogin, Tess Sheldon, Jasminka Kalajdzic, Jeffery Hewitt - Osgoode Hall, Heidi Matthews - Osgoode Hall)
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University of Calgary's Student Legal Assistance - "SLA" (Susan Billington)

Application Process

Please note: The 2021 award winners have been announced.

Buhler Award: Applications for this award shall include:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Description of the nominee’s work
  • Examples of the nominee’s work
  • 2 letters of support

Cirillo Award: Applications for this award shall include:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Description of the nominee’s work
  • Examples of the nominee’s work (where applicable)
  • 2 letters of support

Ferguson Award: Applications for this award shall include:

  • Names of the nominee(s) and the clinic/ clinical project
  • Description of project
  • Summary of the project’s achievements
  • 2 letters of support

Nominations for the 2022 ACCLE awards will be open soon. Stay tuned.