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Brooksley Born Selected Next Recipient of Marshall Award

April 7, 2014

Brooksley Born headshot, courtesy of Arnold & Porter LLP

The D.C. Bar has selected Brooksley Born as the next recipient of its 2014 Thurgood Marshall Award, presented biennially to an individual who has shown a strong commitment to and excellence in the fields of civil rights and individual liberties.

Born is a retired partner of Arnold & Porter LLP where she led its derivatives practice and chaired its pro bono committee.

Her public service efforts and achievements will be recognized on June 17 during the 2014 Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW.

“I am absolutely thrilled to receive the award. It is a very special honor to get an award in Thurgood Marshall’s name, who is the very embodiment of civil rights law, and also to be in the company of such distinguished and effective advocates for equality who have received the award before me,” Born said.

Born has championed women’s rights, civil rights, and pro bono legal services. She has been a trailblazer for women in the legal profession, serving as the first female chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary and cofounding the ABA Women’s Caucus. She helped establish the Women’s Rights Project of the Center for Law and Social Policy, now known as the National Women’s Law Center, whose board she chairs.

Born joined Arnold & Porter in 1965 and retired from the firm in 2002. In 1996 she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), a position she held until 1999. At the CFTC, she strongly advocated for regulation and oversight of the over-the-counter derivatives market. 

Born clerked for Judge Henry W. Edgerton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is the recipient of many awards, including the 2009 John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Profile in Courage Award.

The evening begins with a Presidents’ Reception at 6 p.m. benefitting the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and honoring incoming Bar president Brigida Benitez. Dinner and the awards ceremony will follow.

The event also features the presentation of the Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service to Colonel Tonya Hagmaier, director of Civil Law and Litigation for the United States Air Force.

Learn more about the Celebration of Leadership.