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Arnold & Porter Assists Kissinger in Donation of Papers to Yale University

June 15, 2011

Washington, DC, June 15, 2011 -- As announced today by Yale University, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger will donate his papers to the University, which maintains an archival repository for major 20th century leaders. Dr. Kissinger's collection consists of approximately one million documents and objects covering his extraordinary life as a diplomat, scholar, teacher, and private citizen. Arnold & Porter LLP represented Dr. Kissinger in this matter. The Arnold & Porter team, which was led by Jeffrey Smith, head of the firm's national and homeland security practice, includes Philippe Oudinot, James Joseph, Anne O'Brien, Bridget Weiss, and Brenda Jackson-Cooper.

"We have long represented Dr. Kissinger and are honored to have advised him in this important donation, which represents a lifetime of achievement in foreign policy and diplomacy," said Arnold & Porter Chair Thomas Milch.

The Kissinger Archives at Yale University will serve as the foundation for the newly established Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy. In addition, Yale will establish Kissinger Visiting Scholars, Kissinger Senior Fellows, and a conference that will convene at the center annually to focus on current international affairs. Dr. Kissinger's government papers, which are held at the Library of Congress, are being digitized and also will be made available at Yale University.

Dr. Kissinger served as the 56th US Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977, while continuing to serve as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from 1969 until 1975. Among many other high honors, he garnered the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.

Arnold & Porter has represented Dr. Kissinger on a variety of matters, led for many years by the late William D. Rogers, an Arnold & Porter partner throughout his career. Mr. Rogers served as an Undersecretary of State under Dr. Kissinger when he was Secretary of State. Additionally, Arnold & Porter partner John Bellinger, former Legal Adviser at the State Department, represents Dr. Kissinger on other matters.

Mr. Smith is a former General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a former Assistant Legal Adviser at the State Department.

Arnold & Porter LLP is an international law firm of more than 700 lawyers with offices in Brussels, Denver, London, Los Angeles, New York, Northern Virginia, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC. The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters, and regulatory issues.

 

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