The American Lawyer will honor R. Sargent Shriver, retired name partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Shriver and seven other recipients will be honored at a gala dinner on March 30th at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Shriver served as a partner at Fried Frank from 1971 through 1986. His extraordinary record of public service includes a distinguished career in the United States Navy during World War II. Later he served as President of the Chicago Board of Education, and in 1961, Shriver was asked by President John F. Kennedy to organize and direct a volunteer program for young Americans to help citizens in underdeveloped nations. This effort resulted in the creation of the Peace Corps. His commitment to justice and equality is exemplified by his tenure as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity where he created Head Start, VISTA, Community Action, Job Corps, Legal Services for the Poor as part of President Johnson's "War Against Poverty" among many economic and social programs. Shriver served as the US Ambassador to France. The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is named after him. President Clinton awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 1994. It is the Nation's highest civilian honor. "Sargent Shriver's dynamic career represents excellence in both the private sector and public service. It is a source of inspiration and pride to our firm and to our lawyers that one of our name partners is being so honored," said Valerie Jacob, chairperson of Fried Frank. American Lawyer's Lifetime Achievement Awards were created to recognize distinguished attorneys for accomplishments in their careers in private practice as well as public service. The honorees of the second annual award also include Brooksley E. Born, Arnold & Porter; John J. Curtin, Jr., Bingham McCutchen; James Ellis and William H. Gates, Preston Gates & Ellis; The Honorable John J. Gibbons, Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan Griffinger & Vecchione, former Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge; Ben W. Heineman, Jr., General Electric; and Elaine Jones, former President-Counsel of The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.