James J. Brosnahan to Receive the American Inns of Court 2007 Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award


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SAN FRANCISCO, September 18, 2007 ─  James J. Brosnahan, senior partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, will receive the American Inns of Court 2007 Lewis F. Powell, Jr .  Award for Professionalism and Ethics.  The award is presented annually at the United States Supreme Court “to recognize a lifetime devoted to the highest standards of ethical practice, competence, and professionalism.”

Attorneys, judges, government officials, journalists, philanthropists, and other community leaders are nominated each year for the award.  A national committee of the American Inns of Court then selects the honoree.  Mr. Brosnahan is the second recipient in the award’s 17-year history who has not been a judge.

“Jim Brosnahan is a role model for us at Morrison & Foerster and in the profession more broadly,” said Keith C. Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Foerster.  “He is utterly fearless in the defense of the rule of law, and his professional accomplishments are legendary.  We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

Mr. Brosnahan is a senior trial lawyer who has been recognized extensively throughout his career for his expertise in both civil and criminal trial work.  He holds a place in The State Bar of California’s “Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame,” was recognized in The National Law Journal’s2006 “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” list, and was named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2001.  Mr. Brosnahan also served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1961 to 1966 and as president of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  He has tried more than 150 cases in his career and has represented clients in a number of high-profile matters.

“Having a trial lawyer like Jim Brosnahan as a longtime leader in our firm sets a tremendous example.  The experience of working with Jim forever shapes young lawyers, training them in the art of advocacy and a commitment to their clients and the bar,” said Steven M. Kaufmann, Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department.

The American Inns of Court is a mentoring organization of over 20,000 state, federal, and administrative law judges, attorneys, legal scholars, and law students.  Members aim to raise standards of excellence, levels of professionalism, and awareness of ethics in the legal industry through programs and discussions on the matters at monthly meetings.   
The American Inns of Court will honor Mr. Brosnahan at the United States Supreme Court during their Celebration of Excellence event, hosted by Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., on October 20, 2007.

Past recipients of this award include Morrison & Foerster attorney Shirley M. Hufstedler (former Judge of the Ninth Circuit), John P. Frank, the Honorable Wallace P. Carson, Jr., the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, the Honorable Richard S. Arnold, the Honorable Patricia M. Wald, the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen, the Honorable Robert R. Merhige, Jr., the Honorable Edwin J. Peterson, the Honorable E. Norman Veasey, the Honorable Warren K. Urbom, the Honorable Harold Clarke, the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr., the Honorable Eugene A. Cook, the Honorable John Minor Wisdom, and the Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

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