Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Via Profs. Sarah Boonin and Mary Sawicki:
Suffolk’s recipient of the CLEA Outstanding Clinical Student Award was graduating 3L, Femi Adeyemi:
. . . . Femi stood out in his excellence as a student in Suffolk’s Immigration Clinic. Femi’s first case was a detained bond matter, which he was assigned with another student. This was the first hearing for the year in the clinic and both students were nervous about appearing in court. Nevertheless, Femi volunteered to take the lead. He was dedicated to the case from beginning to end. He communicated regularly with the client and with his supervisor for guidance and feedback. He prepared a strong bond motion with supporting documents. At the bond hearing, it was evident that Femi had fully prepared his arguments as well as his client, and he delivered a very strong performance. Femi demonstrated initiative, courage, and leadership in his work on this case. Femi also worked on a Motion to Reopen that required attention to detail and careful organization. Again, Femi communicated regularly with his client, checked with his supervisor regularly, and prepared a strong motion with persuasive arguments, a strong affidavit, and substantial supporting documents. Femi also demonstrated excellence in the clinical seminar, successfully applying what he has learned in seminar to his cases. He was a generous colleague, volunteering to provide a Lexis training for the class and offering to help peers with their work. Finally, Femi epitomized professionalism and positivity. He went out of his way to exhibit kindness and respect when working with our administrative staff. He was a consistent positive and friendly presence in clinic – despite our virtual format.
Suffolk’s recipient of the CLEA Outstanding Extern was Ariana Campos:
Ariana Campos completed an externship at the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Suffolk Law Professor Rene Reyes, who acted as Ariana’s faculty supervisor for the externship commented in his nomination of Ariana for the CLEA Extern Award, “As the highest court in the Commonwealth, the SJC decides some of the most consequential and complex questions posed under state law. Despite the challenges associated with analyzing such a range of important issues on tight deadlines, Ariana consistently produced extremely high-quality memoranda and made significant contributions to the work of the Court.”