Alison King ('13) Wins Student Ethics Award for her Work in the Criminal Law Clinic

Alison KingAlison King (’13) has received the Association of Corporate Counsel - Northeast’s Law Student Ethics Award, which recognizes students who uphold the high ethical standards of the legal profession.

The $1,000 scholarship is given to 11 students, one from each of the participating local law schools, who have demonstrated an early commitment to ethics through work in clinical programs representing their first real clients. A gala dinner on April 12 celebrated the winners.

King’s supervisor in the criminal clinic, Wendy Kaplan, nominated her for exceptional advocacy for a teenage client when his and his parents’ interests were at odds.

“Alison knew that the child was her client, not his parents,” Kaplan wrote in her nomination letter. “She spent a great deal of effort establishing a strong attorney-client relationship, emphasizing that it was his wishes that governed her actions, not those of his family.”

“It means a lot that Professor Kaplan thought of and nominated me,” says King. “It really is an honor.”

Before coming to law school, King worked at Children’s Law Center in Washington D.C., where she gained experience in juvenile law. Her goal when she came to BU Law was to continue working with juveniles.

“I really wanted to do the clinic to work with teenagers,” says King. “But as I did it, I focused more and more on criminal law and started to really like that aspect. So I’m looking for a job as a criminal defense attorney with the long-term goal of doing juvenile defense.”

King notes the excellent hands-on experience she gained in the clinical program: “The clinic is just fantastic. Not only has it given me the court experience and the client experience, but also the professors go to bat for you and help you find jobs and such.”

Reported by Elyssa Sternberg

April 2013

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