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Brooksley Born to Receive Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service

February 2, 2012

Washington, DC, February 2, 2012 --  Arnold & Porter LLP's Brooksley Born will be honored by the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities with the 12th annual Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service. This year's Drinan Award reception will be held tomorrow from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Drinan Award, established by the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, recognizes service that advances the Section's mission of providing leadership to the legal profession in promoting human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. The award is named in honor of the late Father Robert F. Drinan, a former member of Congress who chaired the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities from 1990 to 1991.

Ms. Born, a retired partner at Arnold & Porter, joined the Firm as an associate in 1965. She would go on to become the head of the Firm's derivatives practice. There, she represented clients across the globe in legislative, litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters involving derivatives transactions and financial markets. From 1996 to 1999, she served as chair of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the federal government agency that oversees the futures and commodity option markets and futures professionals.

Ms. Born, a founder of the ABA Women's Caucus, was one of the first women to become a forceful and effective leader in the American Bar Association. Over the years, she has served on the ABA Board of Governors and 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. She also chairs the board of the National Women's Law Center.

Past Drinan Award recipients include Father Drinan, John H. Pickering, John J. Curtin, Jr., Marna S. Tucker, Hon. Cruz Reynoso, Jerome J. Shestack, Talbot D'Alemberte, Martha Barnett, Michael S. Greco, Llewelyn G. Pritchard, and Roy A. Hammer.

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