The American Lawyer Honors Arnold & Porter's Brooksley Born with Lifetime Achievement Award
Washington, D.C., March 31, 2005 - The American Lawyer honored Arnold & Porter LLP's Brooksley Born yesterday with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her career-long leadership in private practice and public service. The award was presented at a dinner in New York, where Arnold & Porter was also honored as one of The American Lawyer's "A-List" law firms for the second year in a row.
"This is a well-deserved recognition for all that Brooksley has achieved," said Arnold & Porter Chairman Michael Sohn. "It is only the second time that The American Lawyer has conferred Lifetime Achievement Awards, and Brooksley is among a very small group of our country's preeminent lawyers to be recognized for exemplary accomplishments over their lifetimes."
In choosing Ms. Born for a Lifetime Achievement Award, The American Lawyer described her as "one of the leaders of the groundbreaking generation of women lawyers," noting that"Born made partner while working part-time; led, directed, or founded many of the women's legal groups in D.C.; and maintained a top derivatives practice."
Brooksley Born is a retired partner of Arnold & Porter, which she joined as an associate in 1965. She was the head of the firm's derivatives practice and represented domestic and international clients in legislative, litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters involving derivatives transactions and financial markets. She served on the firm's Policy Committee and chaired its Pro Bono Committee and Associates Evaluation Committee.
From 1996 to 1999, she was chairperson of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the federal government agency that oversees the futures and commodity option markets and futures professionals. While at the CFTC, Ms. Born served as a member of the President's Working Group on Financial Markets and the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions.
Ms. Born is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where she was President of the Stanford Law Review. She served as law clerk to Judge Henry W. Edgerton of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She has served on the Boards of Governors of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Foundation, and the District of Columbia Bar. She is currently the ABA State Delegate for the District of Columbia. She has chaired the ABA's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, the Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, the Consortium on Legal Services and the Public, and the Council of the Fund for Justice and Education. Ms. Born is a founder of the ABA Women's Caucus and chairs the board of the National Women's Law Center. She has taught "Women and the Law" at Georgetown Law Center and the Columbus School of Law of Catholic University of America.