A Celebration of Public Interest Law and Presentation of the Drinan Award
Thursday, 10/01/2009 4:00 PM (EST)
A Celebration of Public Interest Law and Public Service at Georgetown Law and Presentation of the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Law Alumni Public Service Award to John D. Podesta, Georgetown Law Class of 1976
John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center
John D. Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress, and Georgetown Law Class of 1976
Thursday, October 1, 2009, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Georgetown University Law Center
Sport & Fitness Center Lobby
550 First Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
An overview of public interest and public service programs at Georgetown Law is available here (pdf).
Podesta is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress. Prior to founding the Center in 2003, he served as White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton. He served in the president's cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. While in the White House, he also served as both an assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, as well as staff secretary and senior policy adviser on government information, privacy, telecommunications security, and regulatory policy. Most recently, he served as co-chair of President Obama's transition.
Drinan was a professor at Georgetown Law from 1981 until his death in 2007. He served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts for five terms and as the dean of Boston College Law School. A leading voice in the human rights movement for more than half a century, Drinan traveled on humanitarian missions around the globe and was affiliated with numerous organizations devoted to the furtherance of human rights. He was the author of 12 books and received countless honors for his humanitarian work, including the American Bar Association (ABA) Medal and the Congressional Distinguished Service Award.
The Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Law Alumni Public Service Award, created in 1996, honors Georgetown Law alumni whose careers, like Fr. Drinan’s, enhance human dignity and advance justice. Past recipients of the Drinan Award include George J. Mitchell (Class of 1961), Joan B. Claybrook (Class of 1973), Gene B. Karpinski (Class of 1977), and E. Clinton Bamberger, Jr. (Class of 1951).