Yale Law School Dean Speaks at Minority Attorney Event, April 11 Arnold & Porter and Fried Frank Co-Organize Networking Series for Two Years Running

April 5, 2006

Washington, D.C., April 5, 2006 - Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh will be the featured speaker at the launch of the second year of the D.C. Minority Attorney Networking Series. Co-organized by Arnold & Porter LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, the event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The ongoing series, co-founded by Fried Frank and Arnold & Porter, is now sponsored by 32 law firms in Washington, D.C.

"Fried Frank is proud to continue its leadership role with the D.C. Minority Attorney Networking Series and to help in the development of local programs for the professional advancement of minority attorneys," said Matt T. Morley, managing partner, Fried Frank's Washington, D.C. office. "We are delighted that Dean Koh is able to join in this celebration of diversity."

"Arnold & Porter is honored to co-organize this program, which kicks off the second year of the D.C. Minority Networking Series with a presentation from a distinguished scholar and humans rights activist," said Richard Alexander, managing partner of Arnold & Porter.

Dean Koh, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1998-2001, is one of the country's leading experts on national security, international law and international human rights. He has received more than 20 awards for his human rights work, has written more than 80 articles, authored or edited several books, and has testified before Congress numerous times. He was selected as Dean of Yale Law School in July 2004. Prior to joining Yale as a professor in 1985, Dean Koh worked in private practice, and as an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. He clerked for Judge Malcolm Wilkey of the D.C. Circuit, and for Justice Harry Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2000 he was named by A magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Asian-Americans of the 1990s.

The concept for the D.C. Minority Attorney Networking Series was generated by Fried Frank's Attorney of Color Affinity Group. Fried Frank and Arnold & Porter teamed together to co-organize the series, which is intended to provide a forum for minority attorneys in the D.C. metropolitan area to network and build alliances, while also encouraging professional development. Since the launch of the series in March of 2005, over 1,100 attorneys have attended.

In addition to the co-founding firms, 30 leading law firms in Washington, D.C. have also agreed to sponsor the Minority Attorney Networking Series. Those firms are: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Arent Fox PLLC; Baker Botts LLP; Bingham McCutchen LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Covington & Burling; Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP; Dow, Lohnes & Albertson PLLC; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Hogan & Hartson LLP; Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP; King & Spalding LLP; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP; McDermott Will & Emery; McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP; Miller & Chevalier; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo; Morgan Lewis; O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP; Steptoe & Johnson, LLP; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP; Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; Williams & Connolly LLP; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP; and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC.

Arnold & Porter LLP is an international law firm of approximately 625 attorneys, with offices in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, London, and Brussels. The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law. Arnold & Porter provides its clients with a sophisticated understanding of changing environments at the intersection of business, law and public policy -- particularly for clients requiring either U.S. or cross-border regulatory, litigation or transactional services. More information on Arnold & Porter can be found at

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 525 attorneys in offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris and Frankfurt. Fried Frank lawyers regularly represent major investment-banking firms, private equity houses and hedge funds, as well as many of the largest companies in the world. The firm offers legal counsel on M&A and corporate finance matters, white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation, securities regulation, compliance and enforcement, government contracts, real estate, tax, bankruptcy, antitrust, benefits and compensation, intellectual property and technology, international trade, and trusts and estates. More information on Fried Frank can be found at


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