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Bichler Receives Law Student Ethics Award

5/08/08--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that third-year student Margaret Bichler has received the Law Student Ethics Award (LSEA).

Bichler5/08/08--Boston College Law School is pleased to announce that third-year student Margaret Bichler has received the Law Student Ethics Award (LSEA), presented by the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel to those students who have demonstrated an early commitment to ethics through their work in a clinical program representing their first real clients.

One student each from a total of eleven Northeast area law schools received the award, given out at the dinner on April 10 at the Union Club in Boston.  The award includes a $1,000 scholarship and 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.

Formerly only law schools in the immediate Boston area participated in this program, but in order to more fairly represent the entire region that the Northeast Chapter covers, students from Vermont Law School, University of Maine School of Law, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Roger Williams University School of Law and Western New England College School of Law also participated.

After a cocktail reception and dinner, Ben Heineman Jr., former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of General Electric Company, and now Senior Counsel at WilmerHale, gave an inspiring keynote address. Ben, author of recently published High Performance With High Integrity, discussed the critical role that in-house counsel play in helping an organization achieve its business objectives without losing sight of its legal and ethical obligations. He spoke of the importance of character and building credibility with in-house clients as essential ingredients for successfully managing these parallel, but sometimes conflicting goals.

award winnersFollowing the keynote address, Bill Wise, a former board member and founder of Wise Ethics, presented the students with their awards.  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, as well as Deans and faculty from the participating schools, the presidents of the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association, general counsel from local companies such as Fidelity, CVS, Biogen, Hasbro, Timberland and Hood, and managing and senior partners from law firm dinner sponsors.

Photo captions:
Photo 1, left to right: Paul Cushing, president of the Northeast Chapter of ACC, Ben Heineman, former GC of General Electric and now senior counsel of Wilmer Hale, Margaret Bichler, and Bill Wise, former ACC- Northeast Board member and founder of Wise Ethics.

Photo 2 (left to right) front row:  Julie Carp, University of Maine School of Law, Mee Soon Langohr, Vermont Law School, Rebecca Lobenherz, Harvard Law School Margaret Bichler, Boston College Law School

Back Row:  Rachael MacKenzie, Suffolk University Law School, Christiaan Highsmith, Boston University School of Law, Bill Farias, Roger Williams University School of Law

Missing:  Joseph Tessier, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Megan Brinster, New England School of Law, Aisha Collins, Northeastern University School of Law, Stephen Sloan, Western New England College School of Law