Debevoise’s Barbara Paul Robinson Named Lifetime Achiever by The American Lawyer

New York – September 3, 2008 (LAWFUEL) – Debevoise & Plimpton LLP of counsel Barbara Paul Robinson was recognized as a 2008 Lifetime Achiever by The American Lawyer in its September 2008 issue. The magazine chose eight lawyers for this honor, based on their work with clients, serving the greater good and the length of both their public and private service. Robinson was the only woman among the eight lawyers to be included this year. The honorees, as well as the law firms selected for the magazine’s 2008 “A-List” ranking, will be honored at a gala dinner on October 29th in New York City.

Robinson became Debevoise’s first woman partner in 1976 and was instrumental in helping to establish the firm’s part-time program. The magazine notes that Debevoise established one of the first flextime programs for attorneys at big New York City firms. Robinson also became the first woman president of the New York City Bar Association in 1994. During her tenure as president, the Association published a study, “Glass Ceilings and Open Doors,” which examined the difficulties that large New York law firms had in advancing women lawyers to their senior ranks and also worked to make the profession more inclusive of all minorities. Robinson also oversaw the construction and endowment of the Association’s pro bono and public service center.

“Our Lifetime Achievers are notable both for their level of performance at the bar and for their records in public service. They influenced their times as well as their clients, and they served the broader needs of their communities as well as those of their firms. Barbara Robinson meets these high standards and we’re pleased to include her this year,” said Aric Press, editor in chief of The American Lawyer.

“This is a fitting honor for Barbara, considering the trails she has blazed for women at Debevoise and in the entire legal profession,” said Martin Frederic Evans, Debevoise’s presiding partner. “We congratulate her for this prestigious award and thank her for her many contributions to our firm, in her practice and in helping to make Debevoise a leading firm for the development of accomplished women lawyers.”

Debevoise was recently named a 2008 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firm for Women. In addition, Mary Jo White, Debevoise’s second woman partner, was recently honored by the American Bar Association with its Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award and partner Lorna Schofield was named one of The National Law Journal’s 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers. Schofield will become the first Asian-American woman to chair the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation in 2009-2010.

The American Lawyer is the legal industry’s leading monthly magazine, read by partners at corporate law firms, in-house counsel, government lawyers, and litigators at firms of all sizes.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm now has approximately 700 lawyers, including more than 150 lawyers in Europe.

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