LSU Law 2017 Graduate Matthew Boles Honored with CLEA Outstanding Student Award

LSU Law Clinic Coordinator Brenda Salassi, professor and director of Clinical Legal Education Robert Lancaster, Matthew Boles, professor and LSU Immigration Law Clinic director Lauren Aronson, and professor and director of Externships and Moot Court/Trial Advocacy Program Jeff Brooks

LSU Law Class of 2017 graduate Matthew Boles recently was named the recipient of the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award for his work in the Immigration Law Clinic.

Boles “did not hesitate to immerse himself in his clients’ worlds. He dove right in, familiarized himself with the facts, and was immediately invested in each and every client assigned to him,” said Professor Lauren Aronson, director of the LSU Law Immigration Law Clinic

Working with the Immigration Law Clinic, Boles represented non-citizens in their defensive proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and affirmative applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Boles, from Bradenton, Fla., graduated Cum Laude from the LSU Law Center on June 2 with a Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law Graduates.

Law schools may nominate only one student for the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award. CLEA created the award to honor students who have excelled in a clinical course, and students are based on:

  • Excellence in the field work component of the clinical course determined by the quality of the student’s performance in assisting or representing individual or organizational clients or in undertaking advocacy, community development, education, or policy reform projects;
  • Excellence in the seminar component of the clinical course determined by the quality of the student’s thoughtfulness and self-reflection in exploring the legal, ethical, strategic, professional, and other pertinent issues raised in the particular clinic; and
  • The nature and extent of the student’s contribution to the clinical community at the student’s law school, if relevant.
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