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Michael Varone ’13 Wins Ethical Practice Award

Presented by the Association of Corporate Counsel

(Boston, Revised-5/9/13) New England Law | Boston:  Michael Varone ’13 is this year’s New England Law | Boston winner of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter, award for the ethical practice of law.  The award program celebrates area law school students who have demonstrated an early commitment to ethics through their work in a clinical program representing their first real clients.

Michael Varone '13 Michael Varone '13
The award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship, was presented on April 12, 2013, at the ninth annual Law Student Ethics Awards Dinner. The keynote presentation was made by former U.S. Representative Barney Frank.

“Michael Varone’s work in his clinical courses at New England Law | Boston illustrates his commitment to ethics and professionalism as a student attorney,” commented Professor Russell Engler, who directs the school’s clinical programs.   The nomination was made by the Center for Law and Social Responsibility, whose co-director, Professor David Siegel, accompanied Varone at the awards ceremony.
 
Varone earned an “outstanding” rating for his work on domestic relations and social security cases at the law school’s in-house Public Interest Law Clinic in the fall of 2011. In the area of Professional Practices and Sensitivity to Ethical Issues, his supervisor, Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar, noted that he “was extremely conscious of ethical issues that arose in his cases. When difficult situations arose… Mr. Varone did a great job [of] confronting the situation but not alienating his client or opposing party.”
 
Varone and keynote speaker, former U.S. Representative Barney Frank Varone and keynote speaker, former U.S. Representative Barney Frank
 
Varone’s commitment to the profession, service, and ethics was also evident in his work in his second clinical course, the Criminal Procedure II Clinic, which he took in the fall of 2012. He received a perfect score in his written evaluation. 
 
“I think the school’s clinical programs offer students great opportunities to work with diverse populations and help them get through real problems,” Varone said.  “I’ve learned a lot from those experiences, and I hope to work in the criminal justice system when I graduate.”


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