Max Brooks ('13) receives Outstanding Clinical Student Award from CLEA

Clinical Legal Education Association recognizes excellence in assisting clients and contribution to the clinical community

max brooks maureen o'rourkeAt a ceremony in May, Max Brooks ('13) received the Clinical Legal Education Association's Oustanding Student Award for his excellent performance as a member of BU Law's defender program during his 3L year. Criteria for the honor, given to one student each year, include: quality of the student's performance in assisting or representing individual clients; quality of the student's thoughtfulness and self-reflection in exploring the legal, ethical, strategic and other pertinent issues raised in the particular clinic; and the nature and extent of the student's contribution to the clinical community at the student’s law school.

Professor Karen Pita Loor, who nominated Brooks for the award, described him in her nomination as a responsible student who went out of his way to represent the clients. “He researched legal issues thoroughly and drafted persuasive winning motions,” Loor said. “ He argued respectfully and zealously in court.”

Brooks also ventured outside the BU Law tower to interview government witnesses, track down defense witnesses and survey the scene.

Brooks says he was very grateful for the nomination and the award. “All of us in the clinic worked really hard for our clients this fall,” Brooks says. “It’s nice to have the efforts acknowledged.”

Having graduated in May, Brooks will be clerking for a federal district court judge in Portland, Maine for the next two years. After his clerkship, he hopes to pursue indigent defense and environmental advocacy.

Reported by Yazhou Sun


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