NEW YORK–LAWFUEL – The US Lawyer Newswire – The American Lawyer has announced the recipients of its fourth annual Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year’s award honorees are: James Baker III, Baker Botts, Houston; Thomas Gottschalk, Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, D.C.; Shirley Hufstedler, Morrison & Foerster, Los Angeles; Nathaniel Jones, Blank Rome, Cincinnati; Ira Millstein, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, New York; E. Barrett Prettyman, Hogan & Hartson, Washington, D.C.; and Jerold Solovy and Thomas Sullivan, Jenner & Block, Chicago. These individuals, as well as the law firms selected for the magazine’s 2007 “A-List” ranking, will be honored at a gala dinner on October 24th in New York City.
“Over their distinguished careers, these individuals have exemplified the legal profession’s twin values of client service and public duty. Though they come from a variety of backgrounds, firms, and locales, they share careers of remarkable distinction and have set outstanding examples for younger members of the profession. We’re pleased to recognize their accomplishments through The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Awards,” said Aric Press, editor in chief.
The recipients are:
– James Baker III, Baker Botts, Houston. A former secretary of State and White House chief of staff, Baker’s years of public service were bookended by stints as a partner at Am Law 100 firms. Despite his client commitments, he hasn’t left the public sphere, most recently co-chairing the congressionally appointed Iraq Study Group.
– Thomas Gottschalk, Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, D.C. Gottschalk left K&E 13 years ago to become general counsel at General Motors Corporation, where he set the in-house standard for promoting diversity and pro bono. He returned to his old firm after retiring from GM last year.
– Shirley Hufstedler, Morrison & Foerster, Los Angeles. A leader in the pioneer generation of women lawyers, she served as secretary of Education under Jimmy Carter and for 11 years as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She and her husband, Seth, headed an elite litigation boutique known for its high-quality work and its willingness to take on difficult public interest cases.
– Nathaniel Jones, Blank Rome, Cincinnati. Jones was general counsel of the NAACP for a decade, beginning in 1969, taking several cases to the U.S. Supreme Court. Carter named him to the Sixth Circuit, where he served with distinction for 23 years.
– Ira Millstein, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, New York. Even his friends say that Millstein, one of the partners who built a small Manhattan shop into a global powerhouse, didn’t invent corporate governance. He just keeps being asked to perfect it. Throughout his career, Millstein has served as one of New York’s leading private citizens, coming to the aid of projects as diverse as restoring Central Park and redeveloping Lower Manhattan.
– E. Barrett Prettyman, Hogan & Hartson, Washington, D.C. A clerk to three Supreme Court justices, and a leading appellate advocate in his own right, Prettyman also helped mentor a new generation of Supreme Court specialists, most notably John Roberts. Along the way, he was one of the District’s pro bono stalwarts, first president of the D.C. consolidated bar, and a public servant, serving in the Kennedy Justice Department and as D.C.’s inspector general.
– Jerold Solovy and Thomas Sullivan, Jenner & Block, Chicago. Partners for decades, Solovy and Sullivan are cornerstones of Jenner’s formidable litigation department and the firm’s extraordinary pro bono record. Both have been at the forefront of a variety of criminal justice issues, ranging from promoting counsel for the indigent to arguing pro bono appeals to the U.S. and Illinois Supreme Courts.
For information on the awards gala dinner, please contact Kevin Iredell at (212) 545-6170 or e-mail [email protected]
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