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Law Student Receives National Scholarship

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Lenore Montanaro, a student at Western New England University School of Law, is one of only two winners of the national DRI Diversity Scholarship Competition. DRI was founded as the Defense Research Institute in 1960 and is the leading organization of defense attorneys in the country. At the School of Law, Montanaro serves as president of the Women’s Law Association. She has been selected for the Dean’s Best Brief award and Best Oral Advocate for her legal research and writing section.

---John E. Cuttino, DRI Second Vice President and Lenore Montanaro

When presenting the award, Mr. John E. Cuttino, Second Vice President of DRI said, “Each year, I really look forward to this presentation because I think that the scholarships demonstrate one of the most inspiring of DRI’s core values and give us such optimism for the future of our profession. These scholarships are well deserved.”

Montanaro has clerked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield, Massachusetts and upon graduation, would like to practice defense litigation in medical malpractice suits. Montanaro is a published poet, and, as a Mellon Foundation Fellow, authored the book “The Morning Within the Dark,” and is working on her second book. The $10,000 scholarships were presented at the organization’s June 12th Diversity Seminar in Chicago.

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