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Danni Petyo '14 Wins Ethical Practice Award

Presented by the Association of Corporate Counsel

(Boston, 4/30/14) New England Law | Boston:   Danni Petyo ’14 is this year’s New England Law | Boston winner of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter, Law Student Ethics Award.  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.
(L-R) Paul Nightingale, ACC chapter president; Danni Petko ’14; and Jim Peck, co-chair, ACC Ethics Committee. (L-R) Paul Nightingale, ACC chapter president; Danni Petyo ’14; and Jim Peck, co-chair, ACC Ethics Committee.
The award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship, was presented on April 15, 2014, at the tenth annual Law Student Ethics Awards Dinner, which  featured a keynote presentation by Wayne Budd ’81 (honorary), ’89 (honorary), senior counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP, and member of the New England Law Board of Trustees.
Petyo’s commitment to ethics and professionalism flourished during her clinical work at the law school’s Clinical Law Office through the Public Interest Law Clinic (fall 2012), and when she was placed in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office via the law school’s Criminal Procedure II Clinic (fall 2013).
In its nomination of Petyo for the award, the Center for Law and Social Responsibility (CLSR) wrote, “Ms. Petyo has demonstrated through her clinics that she will be a tireless, dedicated attorney who will remain aware of her ethical obligations even in the face of the pressures on her to press ahead and achieve successful particular outcomes for her clients. She is a worthy recipient of a law student ethics award and will make our profession proud.”
Petyo-Budd group Petyo (far left) with other award winners and ACC members.  New England Law Trustee Wayne Budd, at right, delivered the event's keynote remarks.
Highlights of Petyo’s clinical work include a bitter custody battle, in which she assisted a young mother who was a victim of domestic violence, and Petyo’s thoughtful work assisting her supervisor in providing energetic but not overly zealous prosecution in a difficult case, which demonstrated Petyo’s maturity and sensitivity to ethical issues. The full text of the CLSR’s nomination letter is available here.
“My clinic experiences were very important to me, because they were the first chances I had to practice being an attorney and really do the work,” says Petyo. “I was exposed to things I never thought I would do as just a second- and third-year law student, and I wanted to get as much of this experience on my résumé as possible. I know that I’ll be ready to practice when I graduate.”
Petyo plans to take the bar exam in her native Pennsylvania, where she will seek “work that’s fulfilling, interesting, and impacting people’s lives.”

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