Retired Partner
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP TEL: (202) 942-5832
601 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. brooksley.born@apks.com
Washington, D.C. 20001-3743
2319 Tracy Place, N.W. TEL: (202) 462-3676
Washington, D.C. 20008
Born: San Francisco, California
August 27, 1940
Education: San Francisco public schools;
A.B. Stanford University 1961 (major: English Literature);
J.D. Stanford Law School 1964.
Academic Honors, Awards, Etc.:
Justice Thurgood Marshall Award, District of Columbia Bar, 2014;
Philip Hart Public Service Award, Consumer Federation of America, 2012;
Money Hero, Money Magazine, 2012;
Lifetime Achievement Award, Euromoney, 2012;
Special Achievement Award, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors,
Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service, American Bar Association
Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, 2012;
Public Service Award, National Association of Women Lawyers, 2011;
Servant of Justice Award, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, 2011;
Intelligence and Courage Award, Frances Perkins Center, 2010;
Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, American Bar
Association Commission on Women in the Profession, 2010;
Outstanding Service Award, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2010;
Breaking Down Barriers Award, National Women’s Law Center, 2009;
Pioneer of the Bar, Washington’s Top Lawyers, Washingtonian, 2009;
Profile in Courage Award, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, 2009;
Champion, Legal Times, 2008;
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Lawyer, 2005;
Stars of the Bar Honoree, Women’s Bar Association
of the District of Columbia, 2002;
Woman of Genius Award, Trinity College, 2000;
Outstanding Public Interest Advocate of the Year,
National Association of Public Interest Law, 1994;
Allies for Justice Award, National Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association, 1993;
Honoree, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 1992;
Honoree, National Women’s Law Center, 1986;
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Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, Women’s Bar Association
of the District of Columbia, 1981;
Outstanding Senior Award, Stanford Law School, 1964;
Order of the Coif, 1964.
President, Stanford Law Review, 1963-1964;
Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award, Stanford Law School, 1962 (Moot Court prize);
Editor in Chief, The Bridge, 1960-1961 (Stanford international relations magazine).
Admitted to Practice: District of Columbia, 1966
California, 1965 (inactive).
Law Clerk, Judge Henry W. Edgerton, U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1964-1965;
Legal Researcher, Harvard Law School (Professor Alan Dershowitz – legal
problems relating to mental illness), 1967-1968;
Lecturer at Law, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University
of America, 1972-1974 (teaching Women and the Law);
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center,
1972-1973 (teaching Women and the Law);
Chairperson, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1996-1999;
Associate and then Partner, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.,
1965-1967, 1968-1996, 1999-2002.
Commissioner, U.S. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, 2009 – 2011.
American Bar Association
Center on Human Rights, 2009-2010;
Senior Lawyers Division, Council Member, 2008-2012,
Chair, Committee on Women Trailblazers in the Law Oral History
Project, 2008 – ;
House of Delegates, Individual Rights Section Delegate, 1978-1982,
District of Columbia Bar Delegate, 1982-1986, Board of Governors
Delegate, 1990-1993, State Delegate for the District of Columbia,
Commission on Women in the Profession, Member, 2000-2003;
Chair, Committee on Women Trailblazers in the Law Oral History
Project, 2003-2008;
Council of the Fund for Justice and Education (formerly
Resource Development Council), Member, 1983-1990,
Chair, 1993-1996;
Board of Governors, 1990-1993, Executive Committee, 1992-1993,
Finance Committee, 1990-1992, Compensation Committee,
1990-1992, Program Committee, Chair, 1992-1993;
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Consortium on Legal Services and the Public, Member, 1984-1987,
Chair, 1987-1990;
Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary, D.C. Circuit Member, 1977-
1980, Chair, 1980-1983;
Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities, Council Member,
1972-1976, Chair-Elect, 1976-1977, Chair, 1977-1978;
Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants,
Member, 1993-1996;
Women’s Caucus, Founding Member;
International Human Rights Trial Observer Project, Advisory Board,
Long Range Planning Council, 1979-1981;
Bakke Task Force, 1978;
American Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 1989-1999,
Executive Committee, 1993-1999, Secretary, 1997-1999;
District of Columbia Bar
Secretary, 1975-1976;
Board of Governors, 1976-1979;
Study Committee on Gender Bias in the Courts, Chair, 1987-1991;
Steering Committee, Division XII (International Law), 1975-1976;
Long Range Planning Committee, 1985-1987;
ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education, Board of Directors, 2005-2009;
National Women’s Law Center, Board of Directors, 1981-, Chair, 1981-1996,
District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission, 2005-2009;
American Law Institute, 1979-;
Systemic Risk Council 2012 – ;
Investors Working Group, 2009;
President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, 1996-1999;
International Organization of Securities Commissions,
Technical Committee, 1996-1999;
Small Agency Heads, 1997-1999;
Center for Law & Social Policy, Chair, Advisory Board,
Women’s Rights Project, 1972-1981;
Board of Trustees, 1977-1996;
Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,
Board of Trustees, 1978-1993, Board of Directors, 1993-1996;
Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs,
Board of Directors, 1992-1996;
Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit,
Board of Directors, 1990-1996;
Consortium for the National Equal Justice Library,
Board of Directors, 1992-1996;
Southwestern Legal Foundation, Board of Trustees, 1993-1996;
Squirrel Island Preservation Foundation, Board of Trustees, 1989-1999;
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Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Inc.,
Board of Directors, 1993-1996;
Stanford Law School, Board of Visitors, 1977-1979, 1984-1987, Chair 1986-1987;
Committee on Admissions & Grievances, United States Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit, 1985-1987;
American Judicature Society, Board of Directors, 1984-1988, Executive
Committee, 1985-1987;
Women’s Bar Foundation of D.C., Board of Directors, 1981-1986;
District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Committee on Court Congestion,
Judicial Conference for the D.C. Circuit, Member, various years beginning in 1975;
Member, Committee on Judicial Disability, 1978;
Member, Committee on Arrangements, 1981;
American Indian Lawyers’ Training Program, Board of Directors, 1974-1978;
National Legal Aid and Defenders Association,
Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 1972-1979;
National Partnership for Women and Families (formerly, Women’s Legal
Defense Fund), Founding Member, Screening Committee, 1972-1974.