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. In 2015, Tania became a legal instructor with Washington University School of Law assisting in their LLM and Masters program.
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 Attorney Instructor
Melissa Gill passed both the New York and Massachusetts Bars and earned her Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law in May 2006. 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. Melissa is currently the Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Programs at The University of District Columbia, David A Clarke School of Law.
Sheryl Furnari-Hall, Esq.
Head 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! From emergency sessions to advance long term prep, Sheryl has a plan for both. Not only does Sheryl do one-on-one direct tutoring, she also teaches half of the Bar Prep Course along with our Owner/President Tania Shah.
Sheri Mason, Esq.
Sheri S. Mason is an attorney who focuses her career on trademarks (including litigation), copyrights, entertainment law, compliance, privacy (including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA) and data protection, advertising/sweepstakes law, digital media, technology & software, licensing and contract drafting and negotiation in various industries. She has worked in a wide range of industries including food and beverage, arts and entertainment, computer hardware and software, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, publishing, manufacturing, apparel, and health and wellness.
Stacy Norrell, Esq.
Stacy attended the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, achieved Dean’s List honors and was an active participant in the Pro-bono Tutor program. Acting as a student attorney in the Community Development Clinic, Stacy assisted local non-profit corporations with various legal matters. During her tenure at UMass, she interned as a Judicial Law Clerk at the New Bedford District Court as well as assisted in the Clerk’s Office in the Taunton Probate and Family Court. In May of 2012, Stacy graduated from the UMass School of Law as the Class Valedictorian, and in November 2013, she became a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Stacy is currently practicing in the areas of real estate and estate planning.
Aaron Horth works at Staten Island Legal Services in Staten Island, New York doing housing law on behalf of low income tenants. Aaron is a 2015 graduate of Boston University School of Law where he focused on criminal law and procedure and constitutional law. Aaron is from St. Louis, Missouri but has adopted the east coast as his home. While in law school Aaron worked for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Roxbury, Massachusetts and the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office in Memphis, Tennessee. Aaron is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York.
Dana has over 5 years of experience with personal tutoring. Dana previously served as General Counsel to Majority Whip Marian Walsh at the Massachusetts State Senate and clerked for the Honorable Malcolm Graham at the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. Dana graduated from George Washington University Law School with Honors, receiving the distinction of Thurgood Marshall Scholar. She was awarded the Borchard Grant for her non-profit work in elder law and the American Bar Association Award for excellence in the study of labor and employment law. Dana graduated from Brandeis University summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in psychology and anthropology. Dana is a food and wine aficionado who loves trekking through vineyards in France, Spain and Portugal. She is also an avid oil painter who enjoys spending time with her husband Steve and rescue dog Jack.
Business Manager and Accounts Supervisor
Samantha Bachrach has been around since the inception of Shah Law as the Office and Accounts Manager, but took a hiatus to travel through Central America for five years until ultimately returning to Shah Law once again. This time she is back in the role of Business Manager, handling everything from invoices and finances to the daily operations of the business.
After graduating from Simmons College School of Management in 2010, Samantha decided it was time to get out of Boston (where she also grew up). She traveled through Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica before settling in Honduras for five years working as a teacher and then as an administrator in a small, international school. She loves spending time with her family, watching movies, eating good food and going to the beach.
Catherine Hinckle is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After college, Catherine worked as a legal assistant at several law firms in Boston as well as one across the country in Seattle, WA. After taking several years off to raise her three children, she is excited to be back to work and part of the team at Law Tutors and Shaw Law, LLC. As the Office Manager, Catherine handles all of the operational aspects for both Law Tutors and Shaw Law, LLC.