November 24, 2003 - Business Wire: Shriver Honored by United States Congress

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Shriver Honored by United States Congress

Shriver Honored by United States Congress

Fried Frank Retired Partner Honored by United States Congress

NEW YORK & WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 24, 2003--The United States Congress has honored Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson retired name partner Sargent Shriver for his dedication and service to the United States of America.

In a Congressional resolution sponsored by the Honorable Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-California, 25th District), Shriver was honored "for his dedication and service to the United States of America, for his service in the United States Navy, and for his lifetime of work as an ambassador for the poor and powerless citizens of the United States of America, and for other purposes."

Shriver served as a partner at Fried Frank from 1971 through 1986.

"As children we all have visions and dreams of one day being able to change the world, to make a real difference to mankind, to be remembered," said McKeon. "But in reality it is difficult to find a person who has actually done so. As an ambassador and advocate for the poor and powerless; as a man of strong conviction, faith and devotion; as a man who genuinely loves his country and all that it stands for, it is safe to say that Sargent Shriver truly has made a difference in the world."

"Sargent Shriver embodies the characteristics that we all strive to exemplify--personal initiative, creativity, experience and grace," said Valerie Ford Jacob, co-managing partner of Fried Frank.

"It is a source of pride for Fried Frank that one of our partners should be so honored. He represents the very best of humanity," added Paul Reinstein, co-managing partner of Fried Frank.

Shriver, who recently turned 88, has compiled an unparalleled record of public service at every tier, from the local level to the world community. Shriver served in the United States Navy during World War II and retired as a Lieutenant Commander after five years of service. Following a brief stint as an editorial assistant at Newsweek magazine, in 1955, Shriver began a five-year tenure as President of the Chicago Board of Education.

In 1961, Shriver was asked by President John F. Kennedy to organize and direct a program in which young Americans would volunteer to go overseas to help citizens in underdeveloped nations. Under Shriver's guidance and leadership, the Peace Corps was born.

Shriver served as the first Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, and in the "War Against Poverty," he initiated and created such programs as Head Start, VISTA, Community Action, Job Corps, Legal Services for the Poor, Foster Grandparents, Indian and Migrant Opportunities and Neighborhood Health Services. He also served as United States Ambassador to France under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.

More recently, Shriver serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Special Olympics International.

Shriver has been honored with numerous awards, including the Distinguished American Award from the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation for his work with the Peace Corps and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, and he has received 24 honorary degrees from universities around the world.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is an international law firm with approximately 550 attorneys in offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, London and Paris. It handles major matters involving, among others, corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and financings; litigation; real estate; antitrust counseling and litigation; bankruptcy and restructuring; benefits and compensation; environmental law; insurance; intellectual property and technology; securities regulation, compliance and enforcement; tax; and trusts and estates.

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