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.

2020 Award Winners

Buhler Award: The inaugural recipient of this award is Gemma Smyth– Associate Dean at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor.  Ms. Smyth is receiving this award in recognition of her commitment to researching the practice of clinical legal education across the country, in addition to her long-time commitment to ACCLE.

Cirillo Award: The inaugural recipient of this award is Chantelle Johnson– Executive Director of the Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City (“CLASSIC”).  Ms. Johnson is receiving this award in recognition of her tireless work both educating/mentoring law students and assisting the marginalized members of her community.

Ferguson Award: The inaugural recipient of this award is Kathy Ferriera– Director of the Queen’s Prison Law Clinic.  Ms. Ferreira is receiving this award in recognition of her work shaping the Correctional Law Project into a large-scale expansive operation under which students assist prisoners with issues pertaining to correctional law, administrative law and human rights law.

Application Process

Please note: The 2020 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

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.