(Boston, 4/24/12) New England Law | Boston: Carolyn Cuteri ’12 is this year’s New England Law | Boston winner of the Association of Corporate Council (ACC), Northeast Chapter, award for the ethical practice of law. The award program celebrates area law school students who have demonstrated a keen commitment to ethics in the course of representing their first real clients in clinical programs.
(L-R) Krishnendu Gupta, ACC board member, senior vice president and deputy general counsel, EMC Corporation; Carolyn Cuteri ’12; Kathleen Burke, ACC chapter president, general counsel, MKS Instruments, Inc.
“Cuteri handled cases in the areas of domestic relations and excelled on behalf of her clients,” according to the nomination statement submitted by the school’s Center for Law and Social Responsibility
Cuteri received a $1,000 award, which was presented in April at the Union Club in Boston. 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, including justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, as well as faculty from the participating schools, the presidents of numerous bar associations, general counsel from many prominent local companies, and managing and senior partners from law firm dinner sponsors.
Cuteri was a student clinician at New England Law’s Clinical Law Office in the spring of 2011. She handled two extremely difficult cases involving clients who were victims of domestic violence. “In both cases the clients exhibited behavior consistent with trauma from the domestic violence,” according to the CLSR faculty. “This led them to be willing to acquiesce in virtually any demands by their batterers through the course of the litigation.”
Aware that the clients were making choices that might cause short- and long-term harm to themselves and their families, Cuteri engaged them extensively. Her careful and determined manner enabled the clients to obtain substantially fairer custody and compensation terms than they would have otherwise.
Her successful advocacy led the clinic to hire her for the summer of 2011, and she has continued her work in family law during the 2011-2012 academic year with a firm that specializes in collaborative law and in cases before the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court
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