Here is a highlight of some our Team Leaders
Tania N. Shah, Esq.
Tania N. Shah was born and raised in Southern California. Tania is a published author, a practicing attorney, the owner and founder of a legal tutorial company, and a professor of law.
Throughout her legal career, Tania has made and continues to make positive and unique contributions in the legal community. In 2008 Tania began publishing under Aspen Publishers her unique bar exam book series titled “What Not to Write” (based on her favorite TV Show, “What Not to Wear”). Tania published her book series for Massachusetts, California and New York. Additionally, Tania updated Aspen’s “Blonds Multistate Book” for the MBE and served on the editorial advisory committee for the Rigos MPRE Book. Tania earned the 2010 Silver Shingle Young Lawyer’s Chair Award for outstanding dedication to the legal community and will be a featured Alumni in Boston University School of Law’s 2013 Alumni Magazine.
Tania graduated from University of California, Berkeley obtaining a B.A. in Rhetoric with High Honors and a B.S. in Environmental Economics with High Honors, finishing out her college years as U.C. Berkeley’s College of Natural Science’s Commencement Speaker. Deciding to switch coasts and expand her options, Tania attended Boston University School of Law where she became Executive Editor of the Journal of Science and Technology and won a seat on the National Moot Court Team after becoming Boston University’s Moot Court Finalist.
Tania began practicing in the area of business law subsequent to graduating from law school and shortly thereafter formed LawTutors, LLC, a private legal education company in 2002. Tania took a break from practicing in 2002 to develop LawTutors, and returned to practice in 2005, devoting herself to running both a law firm and a growing legal education company. Tania caught the attention of several other legal education company and was recruited to lecture for Emanuel Bar Prep, Casebriefs, and Themis Bar Review. Tania has lectured all over the country, including Boston, New York, California, Florida and North Carolina.
Tania was recruited in 2009 by Southern New England School of Law, where she assisted in raising their bar passage rate significantly so that they may become a public university (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth School of Law) and eventually gain accreditation (granted in 2012). In 2011 Tania was asked to assist in developing a 1L Program at U. Mass Dartmouth while continuing her bar passage endeavors. In spring of 2012 Tania became an Adjunct Professor at Boston University School of Law and in fall of 2012 her company, LawTutors, began consulting with Suffolk University School of Law. Tania became an Adjunct Professor with Suffolk Law in the Fall of 2013 while continuing to consult on bar passage efforts.
Tania is also a practicing attorney in the Boston focusing on small business and corporate law as well as assisting with corporate legal compliance. Visit www.taniashahlaw.com to learn more about her practice.
Melissa A. Gill, Esq.
Lead Education Consultant and Instructor
Melissa earned her Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law in May 2006, and passed both the New York and Massachusetts Bars. While at New England, she was on the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law, Secretary of the Student Bar Association and chaired the Barrister’s Ball. Melissa tutored Constitutional Law for the school as a 2L, and taught legal research and a 3L. Melissa was a research assistant for two intellectual property professors, and assisted in researching and editing the book Sports Law, Cases and Materials, By Russ VerSteeg.
In addition to teaching with LawTutors, Ms. Gill was a professor at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth School of Law, and teaches for Emanuel Bar Review. She is also the co-author of Aspen’s What Not To Write series and co-editor of Aspen’s Blonds Multistate Book.
Melissa was LawTutors’ former Head Attorney Instructor and Vice President. She has returned to her roots in Michigan where she still has an important role in LawTutors as Lead Education Consultant and Instructor.
Charley Crowley, Esq.
New York, Head Attorney Instructor
Charley has been with LawTutors since it began in 2002. For twelve years, he has helped students succeed in law school and for the MA and NY Bar Exams. Charley is admitted to practice in both Massachusetts and New York. A resident of New York City, Charley is currently an Attorney for the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Legal Counsel in the Special Education Litigation Unit. In that role, he is charged with litigating special education claims against the NYC DOE as well serving as Legal Counsel to the Committee on Special Education.
Prior to that, Charley was Assistant General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents. While at the DIA, he served in a variety of roles including as a Special Prosecutor in the Massachusetts District Courts. Specifically, he was assigned to prosecute Commonwealth business owners who failed to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. He also defended the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Trust Fund in hundreds of cases and was a hearing officer for the Division of Occupational Safety.
Charley graduated from New England School of Law and has completed the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) Trial Skills program.
Erlmest Burns, III, Esq.
Massachusetts, Head Attorney Instructor
Erl is our newest addition to LawTutors and quickly rose to the ranks of Head Attorney Instructor, demonstrating a keen understanding of the law and a talent for teaching. Erl graduated from Suffolk University School of Law and received the highest grade in his challenging multi-subject Bar Exam course. Erl co-teaches workshops with Tania Shah and has assisted in creating and editing many of LawTutors materials. Erl is presently licenses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Sheryl Furnari-Hall, Esq.
Head MPRE Attorney Instructor and LawTutors Attorney Instructor
Sheryl has been with LawTutors second longest to Melissa. Sheryl quickly rose to the top of the MPRE Success Ladder as she demonstrated a keen ability to not only help students pass on the first try, but also in taking multiple-takers and demonstrating exactly what they needed to pass. Additionally, Sheryl has a keen understanding of all subjects of the bar exam, and tailoring her excellent style to each and every student. She is loved by all her students!
Casey is a recent graduate of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School of Law. Casey began interning with Shah Law and LawTutors in the summer of 2013 and has been with both continuously since then, taking a break to study for the July 2014 bar exam. Casey’s hard work helped him become a Law Clerk at Shah Law and Education Coordinator and LawTutors.
Office and Accounts manager
Sharon is LawTutors’ office manager and handles all accounts and many operational aspects, as well as student and Attorney Instructor management.
After many successful years as LawTutors office manager, Samantha passed the reigns onto Sharon and decided to consult for LawTutors from afar (Honduras, to be exact!).
Sharyl joined the LawTutors family two years ago and keeps our headquarters running smoothly.