This past spring, Criminal Justice Institute student Will Dreher successfully argued in Roxbury Division Court for the suppression of physical evidence and statements seized from his client, an elderly and severely disabled man who was unlawfully seized by the police, searched, and arrested when he was observed standing outside of his sister’s home with another family member hours after his nephew passed away. Will’s oral argument and memorandum of law were so convincing and thorough that the judge asked Will if he was willing to waive additional arguments cited in his brief (which was over thirty pages long). After the judge’s ruling, the Commonwealth moved for immediate trial and answered not ready for trial, effectively hastening the dismissal of the case.
David Barber (center) with Ethics Chair Jim Peck and Chapter President Kathleen Burke
Congratulations to Harvard Legal Aid Bureau student David Barber, who received the 2013 Law Student Ethics Award from the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel! Elizabeth Nesson, Dave’s Clinical Instructor at Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, nominated him for the award, highlighting his dedication to his clients:
Throughout Dave’s four semesters of intense clinical work he has impressed me as a dedicated and thoughtful student who makes the extra effort to be both effective and ethically sound in representing his clients. He has demonstrated superb legal abilities, personal qualities and an understanding and sensitivity to ethical issues as they arise in his cases and in the office. He has taken on challenging cases and worked extremely hard and passionately on behalf of his clients. Dave works very hard not only to be effective in his work, but also to be thoughtful and compassionate. He accomplishes this by trying to consider honestly and explicitly the many competing concerns and interests involved with each client, with himself, and with the community involved.”
According to The Chapter, the award was created “to recognize and encourage the ethical practice of law at the earliest stages of a young lawyer’s professional career, and at the same time to shine a spotlight on ethics more generally, demonstrating that the legal community values lawyers who are guided by ethical principles. The award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship, is given to twelve students, one from each of the participating local law schools, who have demonstrated an early commitment to ethics through work in clinical programs representing their first real clients.”
The Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel held the ninth annual Law Student Ethics Awards dinner on April 12, 2013 at the Union Club in Boston. Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank gave the keynote address.
The more we dig through once-forgotten boxes, the more we see PLAP’s long-standing appreciation for office humor and creative flair. Check out these colorful 4×6 note cards displaying PLAP “Quotes of the Day”. Originally penned in the mid-1980s to add a little color to the office, these student-created quotes spark controversy and poke fun at the prison system, the legal profession, and other hot topics. We’ve selected a smattering of some of our favorites. Let us know what you think, or, if you’re so inclined, keep the tradition alive and share your own!
Our PLAP predecessors definitely had not seen the likes of the new WCC building. Hell, it's definitely not.
Prison Disciplinary Board Members say the darnedest things…
PLAPpers know better than to wear jeans and sneakers into the prisons!
Words to live by…
Cedar Junction, a maximum security prison also known as MCI-Walpole, is "home sweet home" to over 800 male inmates.
Someone in the legal profession must always think on his or her feet…
From L-R: Kristin Muniz, Andrew Roach, Justine Goeke, Ieshaah Murphy, Richard Young, and Dehlia Umunna
Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) Clinical Instructors Dehlia Umunna and Kristin Muniz coached HLS students Ieshaah Murphy (JD ’12), Andrew Roach (JD ’13), Richard Young (JD ’13), and Justine Goeke (JD ’13) to a second place finish in the 22nd Annual National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. Read all about it on HLS News.
And read more about Ieshaah Murphy’s recent win in Dorchester Division Court as a student attorney with CJI on the OCP blog.