Alistair Reader ('11) receives Law Student Ethics Award
Source: ACC America
The Association of Corporate Counsel's Northeast Chapter held its sixth annual Law Student Ethics Awards dinner on April 15 in the intimate setting of the Union Club, Boston. The Chapter created the awards program to recognize and encourage the ethical practice of law at the earliest stages of a young lawyer’s professional career, and at the same time to shine a spotlight on ethics more generally, demonstrating that the legal community values lawyers who are guided by ethical principles.
The award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship, is given to the eleven students, one from each of the participating local law schools, who have demonstrated an early commitment to ethics through their work in a clinical program representing their first real clients.
Underscoring the legal community’s support for the awards and what they stand for, the event was attended by many prominent judges of the state and federal trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts and the New Hampshire Supreme Court , as well as faculty from the participating schools, the presidents of other local bar associations, general counsel from local companies such as Boston Scientific, MIT, Biogen, Timberland and HP Hood, and managing and senior partners from law firm dinner sponsors. The presence of so many distinguished members of the bench and bar, the inspiring stories of the award-winning students and the collegial atmosphere all made for a very memorable celebration.
After all the guests were seated for dinner the students were acknowledged. Ernest M. Haddad, Associate Dean for Special Projects, Boston University School of Law, Claudia J. Gilman, Vice President and General Counsel, International, Boston Scientific Corporation, and Thomas C. Farrell, Esq. of Farrell & Associates presented the awards. Each gave a brief description of a representative sample of the work that led to the students being selected for the award.
Following dinner, Andrew L. Kaufman, Charles Stebbins Fairchild Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, gave a thoughtful and thought-provoking keynote address regarding various ethical issues confronting the profession in the new economy, including those raised by possible IPOs for law firms, the outsourcing of legal business, and conflicts of interest created when lawyers move from one firm to
The Law Student Ethics Awards have become increasingly popular over the past six years, and are an excellent venue for in-house counsel, academia, law firms, and the judiciary to come together with a common purpose, to celebrate and promote the ethical underpinnings of the profession and to support and encourage the next generation of accomplished and ethical lawyers.
2010 Law Student Ethics Award Recipients
Suffolk University Law School
Northeastern University School of Law
New England Law | Boston
Boston College Law School
Harvard Law School
Roger Williams University School of Law
Boston University School of Law
Vermont Law School
University of Maine Law School
Franklin Pierce Law Center
Western New England College School of Law