De’Anna Mills ’17 receives Law Student Ethics Award

De'Anna Mills '17De’Anna Mills ’17 recently received the 2017 Law Student Ethics Award for the University of Maine School of Law from the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

The award honors outstanding ethics in a clinical program. De’Anna earned the award for her work as a student attorney at Maine Law’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. Through the Clinic, student attorneys are specially licensed to practice law and represent real clients in matters ranging from child custody disputes, to immigration matters, to criminal cases.

De’Anna is from Aurora, Colorado and attended undergrad at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Prior to attending Maine Law, she was a corrections case manager in both residential and prison settings. She has been a very active student at the Law School, serving in a multitude of leadership positions including SBA Vice President and as a Roger A. Putnam Fellow.

Following graduation, De’Anna will be commissioning into the U.S. Army as an active duty Judge Advocate General. Judge Advocates are responsible for offering legal support that involves military operations. They primarily focus on the areas of criminal law, legal assistance, civil/administrative law, labor/employment law, international/operational law, intelligence law, and contract/fiscal law.

Along with award recipients from 11 other law schools in New England, De’Anna was honored at a gala dinner on April 27th in Boston. The Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel created the awards program 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.