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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

All nomination packages should be submitted as single pdf files, addressed to Martha Simmons, President of the Association of Canadian Clinical Legal Education, at  msimmons@osgoode.yorku.ca. All nominations should be submitted on or before Monday, March 23, 2020.