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Monday, November 16, 2009


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Legal Group Honors Arent Fox Partner Robert O’Brien


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The Los Angeles Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society has honored Robert C. O’Brien, partner-in-charge of the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox, with its “2009 Outstanding Lawyer Award.”

O’Brien was honored at the chapter’s annual dinner on Nov. 7 at the Glendale Hilton. In presenting the award, Chapter Chairman Stephen L. Bradford described O’Brien as a “devoted husband and father, outstanding legal practitioner, kind and effective manager of lawyers and staff, and sought-after international diplomat,” according to a release from the law firm.

“As such, Robert truly exemplifies the mission statement of our J. Reuben Clark Law Society: ‘We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law,’ ” Bradford said.

O’Brien served as a U.S. Representative to the U.N. General Assembly in 2005-2006 and is currently co-chair of the U.S. State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan.

He previously served as a legal officer with the U.N. Security Council Compensation Commission in Geneva, reviewing claims resulting from Iraq’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait. He is a graduate of UCLA and UC Berkeley School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar in 1991.

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is associated with the Brigham Young University Law School, although members need not have attended the school and are not required to be members of the Church of Latter Day Saints, according to the group’s website.

Orange County attorney and conservative talk-show host Hugh Hewitt also spoke at the dinner and received an award.


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