Former FCC Chairman To Speak At Minority Attorney Networking Event

July 18, 2007

Washington, D.C., July 18, 2007 -- The former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), William E. Kennard, Esq., will be the featured speaker for the D.C. Minority Attorney Networking Series. The event will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The ongoing series was co-founded by Arnold & Porter LLP and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, LLP and is now sponsored by over 40 law firms in the Washington, D.C. area.

Mr. Kennard is currently the Managing Director of Global Telecommunications and Media for The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms, with offices in 18 countries. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company, Hawaiian Telecom and Insight Communications. Mr. Kennard previously served as the FCC's general counsel from 1993 to 1997; in November 1997, Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Kennard to Chairman. During his tenure as Chairman, Mr. Kennard shaped policies that brought the Internet and wireless phones to a majority of American households, sparking major investments in new broadband technologies. He received numerous honors, including awards from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Easter Seals Foundation, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as honorary degrees from Howard University, Long Island University, and Gallaudet University. Before serving in government, Mr. Kennard was a partner and member of the Board of Directors of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand in Washington, D.C.

The D.C. Minority Attorney Networking Series was founded by Fried Frank's Attorney of Color Affinity Group in March 2005. Arnold & Porter and Fried Frank teamed together to co-organize the series, which is intended to provide opportunities 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, over 1500 minority attorneys have attended.

In addition to Arnold & Porter and Fried Frank, over 40 leading law firms in Washington, D.C. also have agreed to sponsor the Minority Attorney Networking Series. Those firms include: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Arent Fox LLP, Baker Botts LLP, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Blank Rome LLP, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, Crowell & Moring LLP, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Dickstein Shapiro LLP, Dow Lohnes PLLC, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Goodwin Procter, Hogan & Hartson LLP, Howrey LLP, King & Spalding LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, Milbank, Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, Morgan Lewis, Morrison & Foerster LLP, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Powell Goldstein LLP, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Wiley Rein LLP, Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Williams & Connolly LLP, WilmerHale LLP, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, Venable LLP

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