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Cassandra Feeney '11 Wins Ethical Practice Award

(Boston Revised 05/20/11) New England Law | Boston: Cassandra Feeney ’11 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.

Cassandra Feeney receives award. Cassandra Feeney '11, at right, receiving her award from Andrea DiFabio, senior vice president and chief research and development counsel of Biogen Idec.

The award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship, was presented on April 21, 2011, at the seventh annual Law Student Ethics Awards Dinner, a Boston function attended by prominent judges; faculty from participating schools; presidents of other local bar associations; and general counsel of major companies.  The keynote presentation was made by Hon. William G. Young, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

“Ms. Feeney has exemplified excellence and professionalism at every turn,” commented Professor Russell Engler, director of the Public Service Project of the school’s Center for Law and Social Responsibility, which nominated Feeney.

Feeney's volunteer work with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office earned her the law school’s Public Service Transcript Notation.  Her externship work in Suffolk County Superior Court merited an evaluation so stellar that she was designated the best New England Law student who had worked with that particular Superior Court justice. 

“She is at the top of her class academically and the executive comment and note editor of the New England Law Review,” Engler noted.  “Not surprisingly, with this academic record, she was selected as one of two students by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts, for a Civil Division internship this spring through New England Law’s Federal Courts Clinic.”

“This combination of perspective and experience can only be experienced through the clinical programs,” said Ms. Feeney.  “Overall, the clinic programs have provided me with the confidence and practical skills required to practice law, which is something that I could have not achieved through classroom learning alone.  I would encourage students to participate in as many clinic programs as possible.”

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