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ACC Northeast Presents 13th Annual Law Student Ethics Awards

T he Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) held its 13th Annual Law Student Ethics Awards celebration on April 27 at the Old South Meeting House in Boston, Massachusetts.

The chapter’s awards program recognizes and encourages the ethical practice of law at the earliest stages of a young lawyer’s professional career. It also shines a spotlight on ethics, demonstrating that the legal community values lawyers who are guided by ethical principles. The award, which includes a US$1,000 scholarship, is given to one student from each participating local law school who has demonstrated an early commitment to ethics as recognized by the school’s faculty.

The event was attended by prominent judges of the state trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts, as well as by faculty from the participating schools, general counsel from prominent local companies, and managing and senior partners from law firm 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 made for a memorable celebration.

In recognition of the award-winning students, author and historian Barbara Berenson gave a talk entitled “Boston Lawyers — Heroes.” is presentation and her remarks further demonstrated the significance of ethics as a cornerstone of leadership in the legal profession.

The Law Student Ethics Awards have become increasingly popular over the past 13 years, and are an excellent opportunity for in-house counsel, academia, law firms, and the judiciary to come together with a common purpose — to celebrate the ethical underpinnings of the profession and to support the next generation of accomplished and ethical lawyers. 

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