American Lawyer Profiles 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners – US Legal Newswire Service

NEW YORK (September 8, 2009) – – The American Lawyer has announced its sixth annual Am Law Lifetime Achievement Award winners, a distinguished list that this year includes Venable partner and former U.S. Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti and retired Milbank, Tweed partner William Webster who served as FBI and CIA director. In addition, the magazine named Alfred Youngwood of Paul Weiss as the first recipient of its new Law Firm Distinguished Leadership Award, recognizing a law firm head who has demonstrated both remarkable professional and pro bono achievements. For profiles of these leaders and other stories, visit

Each year, The American Lawyer honors distinctive careers and public service through its Am Law Lifetime Achievement Awards. The 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award winners also include:

· Dennis Archer, Dickinson Wright, the first African-American president of the American Bar Association and former mayor of Detroit

· Joan Bernstein, Bryan Cave, a leader in government legal service at the FTC, EPA and HHS

· George Hettrick, Hunton & Williams, who moved from a career arranging corporate financings to head the firm’s pro bono programs and create the firm-sponsored community law office in Richmond

· Harry Reasoner, Vinson & Elkins, a premier Texas litigator and pro bono leader who currently chairs the Texas Access to Justice Commission

These individuals, as well as the 20 law firms selected for the magazine’s 2009 “A-List” and Corporate Counsel magazine’s 2009 “Best Legal Departments” awardees, will be honored at a gala dinner on October 28th in New York City. For additional event and sponsorship information, please contact Lisa Sharpe at (212) 457-7840 ([email protected]) or visit

For the sixth consecutive year, a portion of the proceeds of the program will be used to support a special pro bono fellowship at Equal Justice Works, allowing the recipient to focus on full-time support of one specific cause for a year. Previous Am Law Equal Justice Works fellows have devoted their efforts to a wide range of issues, ranging from housing and homeless rights, to human rights work, to youth justice programs and immigration, in venues ranging from Seattle to Camden, New Jersey.

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