BOSTON – September 10, 2019 – New England Law | Boston today announced that 3L student Brian Edmonds has won the Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition, a nationally recognized contest sponsored by Notre Dame Law School. Professors at Notre Dame selected Brian as the winner based on his submission, Unscrupulous but Zealous Advocacy: Ethics Lessons from David E. Kelley’s TV Lawyers.
Students at any U.S. or Canadian law school were eligible to apply for consideration, and the winner received a $2,500 cash prize. Past winners included law students at institutions such as Georgetown University Law Center, Stanford University Law School, Cornell Law School, and Harvard Law School. Brian is the first New England Law student to win the competition.
“Brian’s piece was a very well-researched and strongly executed examination of the ethical issues that arise from the depiction of lawyers on television,” said Jordan Singer, Professor of Law at New England Law | Boston. “My colleagues and I are tremendously proud of his accomplishment and look forward to seeing what’s in store for him in his final year of law school and beyond.”
Brian, who is currently an intern at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court under Justice David A. Lowy, credits New England Law’s uniquely supportive community for many of his successes.
“Since I started law school in 2017, I’ve always felt comfortable seeking guidance from faculty even if what I’m working on—like this contest—isn’t directly related to a class,” said Brian. “Professor Singer took the time to read my lengthy submission and share his feedback and advice on his own time; that level of commitment and personal touch has made a big difference in my law school experience.”
After graduating New England Law in May, Brian plans to stay in the Greater Boston area and ultimately pursue a career in litigation.
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