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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. Most recently, Tania was contracted by SEO Law to teach small- and large-group webinars to the top 100 minority scholars attending the top 15 law schools across the country.
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. Hale
Director of Academic Success & Bar Preparation Programs, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Melissa Hale is Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation Programs. Prior to joining Loyola University, Professor Hale (Gill) was a member of the faculty at The University of District of Columbia, David A. Clarke school of Law, and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth School of Law.
She also served as Vice President of LawTutors, LLC, where she provided individual and group bar exam tutoring, trained other instructors, and created and edited bar preparation materials, including Aspen’s What NOT to Write series and Blond’s Multistate Bar Exam. She has also served as an instructor for Emanuel Bar Review and Themis Bar Review. Before becoming a teacher, she was in private practice in Massachusetts, specializing in small businesses and workers’ compensation.
Professor Hale earned her law degree from New England School of Law, where she was on the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law, tutored students in Constitutional Law and legal research, and assisted in researching and editing Sports Law: Cases and Materials by Russ VerSteeg. She passed the New York and Massachusetts Bars.
Sheryl Furnari-Hall, Esq.
East Coast 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. Sheryl is also a founding partner of Bay State Law Group, where she practices family law.
West Coast Head Attorney Instructor
Heather has recently joined the LawTutors’ team bringing with her thirteen years of experience in the legal field. She graduated cum laude from Chapman Law School (now Fowler School of Law) in the top ten percent of her class. While at Chapman, she tutored Contracts as a 2L, served as an Articles Editor for the Chapman Law Review, was a member of the Appellate Moot Court Honors Board, and received the highest grade in seven of her classes including Contracts, Legal Research and Writing, and Land Use. After graduation, Heather worked for the largest municipal law firm in California, and eventually served as a city attorney and deputy city attorney. She currently works as an attorney and legal consultant specializing in land use and real property law. She spent four years teaching property law at a California law school where she was awarded Professor of the Year in 2016, and currently serves as coach for the school’s award-winning Negotiation Competition Team.
Sheri Mason, Esq.
Sheri is an attorney who started her legal 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. Sheri now practices law in the commercial real estate department for a large wireless tower company. Sheri started as a student at LawTutors and rose quickly to a top instructor.
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. Stacy’s meticulous attention to detail and methodical approach to learning makes her a true asset to LawTutors and her students.
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.
Shabnam is one of LawTutors’ newest Attorney Instructor’s, but she is certainly not new to the legal field. Shabnam graduated from Suffolk University School of Law with such prestigious awards as the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association Book Scholarship, the Thomas Vreeland Jones Pioneer Award, and the Most Distinguished Oral Argument. She is now licensed to practice in Massachusetts, Florida and New York. She worked as a managing partner at a law firm, and then moved on to be a program consultant for Suffolk University’s Sawyer School. Currently, Shabnam works at a law firm focusing in the area of real property, bankruptcy, business law, personal injury, entertainment law, intellectual property, and estate planning.
Deborah A. Bondzie
Deborah A. Bondzie completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Tufts University and her law degree at Suffolk University Law School. While at Suffolk, she participated in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, taught Constitutional Law to Boston high school students and received the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference Book Award, Suffolk Law Fellowship in Consumer Regulation and Advocacy, and the Leo J. Wyman Memorial Fund. Today, Deborah is the Founder and Sole proprietor of the Law Office of Deborah A. Bondzie where her practice areas include Real Estate, Estate Planning and Children & Family Law. She is a Boston Future Leader of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Massachusetts Bar, Boston Bar, Women’s Bar and Real Estate Bar Associations.
Elizabeth is licensed to practice in New York, Missouri, DC and Colorado. At the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Elizabeth served as Associate Editor on the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, authoring a note on negotiation theory as applied to the comparative divorce rates between Indian arranged marriages and Western “love matches.” Although Elizabeth’s longtime habit of watching Bollywood movies inspired this Note, the Divorce Mediation professor supervised its academic component. After graduating Cardozo, Elizabeth took a detour from the traditional practice of law and worked as a pundit for Mic, eventually leading her to earn a master’s degree at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, listed by Crain’s NewsPro survey as the top-ranked journalism program in the country. At Mizzou, Elizabeth wrote her master’s thesis on the subject of microfinance as it affected women in developing countries, a subject to which she first became exposed at Wellesley College. Although Elizabeth practiced workers’ compensation law, teaching is her long-term passion. Elizabeth taught Media Law and Ethics to undergraduates at University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Media, Communications and Information. She looks forward to helping law graduates master the Uniform Bar Exam, offering particular expertise on the essay section.
Kevin DeMello graduated summa cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in 2005. He served as Note Editor on the Suffolk University Law Review. During law school, he represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Student Prosecutor at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. He also served as a law clerk at the Administrative Office of the Trial Court.
Prior to starting his own firm, Kevin worked for eight years litigating complex personal injury cases, including auto accidents, truck wreck accidents, and construction site accidents. He then spent nearly two years at a national law firm representing fortune 500 companies and large banking institutions in real estate litigation. With over ten years of experience, Attorney DeMello founded KPDM Law, LLC, a boutique law firm focused on business and appellate law.
Business Manager and Accounts Supervisor
Samantha Bachrach has been around since the inception of LawTutors as the Office and Accounts Manager, but took a hiatus to travel through Central America for five years until ultimately returning to LawTutors once again. This time she is back in the role of Business Manager and Education Coordinator, handling everything from invoices and finances to the daily operations of the business.
Chief Dog Officer (CDO)
Toothless Johnny (TJ): TJ is LawTutors’ self-appointed Chief Dog Officer. This 10 pound toothless rescue mix blessed the heart of the LawTutors in April of 2015 after being found on the street, neglected, hungry, abused and toothless. At first highly anxious, scared, timid and shy, he quickly realized he had the makings of a boss.
On an ordinary morning in the office, Owner Tania Shah went to go grab something and returned to the image you see right here. TJ had hoisted himself up on the office chair and actually seemed to position himself very much like a Boss Dog. Hence, it was obvious that TJ was to become the Chief Dog Officer, whether anyone liked it or not.
While coming from a humble background, TJ now has the life! Our CDO winters in California with his dog grandparents as he has made it known he does not like the rain, cold or snow. He spends spring, summer and part of fall in Boston. But wherever he goes, TJ lets it be known that he is the BOSS.