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Founded in 1945, the firm has grown to be one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 900 lawyers in 15 offices and one affiliate representing regional, national, and international clients in more than 50 practice disciplines. Known for its work inside Washington’s Beltway, this law firm has a staff peppered with political insiders. Along with its prominent lobbying contingent, the firm also boasts expertise in areas ranging from corporate law to white-collar criminal defense. This is a first generation firm: those who built the firm continue to serve the clients that have grown with them. The attorneys here are dedicated to providing innovative legal service to their clients.

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Renowned lawyer and public servant Ambassador Robert S. Strauss and the firm he founded – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP – have contributed $7.5 million to the University of Texas at Austin to establish a new research center on global affairs, the university announced today.

Ambassador Strauss contributed $5 million and Akin Gump contributed $2.5 million to the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. These are the first gifts in a $25 million capital campaign to fund the Center.

The Center was founded to provide the imagination, leadership and intellectual innovation required to help meet the challenges of the 21st century. It is designed to be a new kind of institution, one that works to engage the best minds in academia, government and the private sector in developing practical solutions to the pressing problems of an increasingly globalized world. The Center seeks the widest possible audience, enriching the public debate and giving guidance to decision-makers on how to respond to dangers and opportunities in global affairs.

The gifts creating the Center were announced on September 24 at a press conference hosted by University of Texas at Austin President William Powers Jr. and Larry Temple, president of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. Ambassador Strauss and Akin Gump partner James C. Langdon Jr. also participated in the press conference.

“The University of Texas is one of the finest institutions in the world,” Ambassador Strauss said. “By engaging top scholars and collaborating closely with practitioners in government, business and the nonprofit world, the university can make a substantial contribution to the debate on world issues.”

President Powers said that education and research on global affairs are priorities for the university.

“Today, everything we do is affected by what is going on in the world around us,” he said. “To be a great university, the University of Texas at Austin must have a global impact. This Center builds upon many of the top academic programs at the university that are central to understanding the complex world we live in. This generous gift from Bob Strauss and Akin Gump will benefit generations of faculty and students by developing a premier institution that lives up to our university’s motto, ‘What Starts Here Changes the World.’”

The funds will be used to attract top scholars, fund innovative research initiatives, develop outreach programs and provide leadership opportunities for students.

“The Strauss Center is a remarkable initiative by a man who had an unparalleled career in public and private arenas with an enduring legacy of success in both,” Mr. Temple said. “The marks of accomplishment—practical solutions to real problems—he has left in a career that continues even today are indelible. Since Bob’s career spans government, the business and professional worlds, and academia, his is the most appropriate name to adorn this new Center. His career symbolizes the aspirations and potential of the Center.”

Ambassador Strauss was born in Lockhart, Texas, in 1918. Raised in the small West Texas town of Stamford, he attended the University of Texas and its law school; after earning his law degree, he served as a special agent of the FBI. In 1945 he entered private law practice and founded the firm that became Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

He served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee between 1973 and 1976 and was subsequently appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the U.S. trade representative and special envoy to the Middle East. Ambassador Strauss was selected by President George H.W. Bush to be U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1991; following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, he became the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, serving until 1992, when he returned to Akin Gump. He occupied the Lloyd Bentsen Chair at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1981 Ambassador Strauss was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

The commitment to engaging government, business and nonprofits in discussions and research on globalization is what sets the Strauss Center apart.

“Globalization has made it imperative for members of the business community and policy field to understand one another’s perspective,” Mr. Langdon said. “This Center will be a place where challenges are looked at in-depth and by new voices. Policymakers, business leaders and civic leaders can learn from universities, and in turn, universities can learn from practitioners who are on the front lines of these issues every day.”

The Center covers the full range of global issues while emphasizing four key areas that leverage the university’s specific strengths: America’s role in the world, technology, energy and the environment, and global governance.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2008 Corporate Equality Index. The firm is one of only 30 law firms and 195 companies nationwide to receive a 100 percent rating.

“We are proud to be recognized for our success in fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce,” said R. Bruce McLean, Akin Gump’s chairman. “We are very pleased that the legal community as a whole is increasing its efforts to improve workplace equality.”

The Corporate Equality Index rates employers on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees, consumers and investors. Each year, HRC invites the largest and most successful public and private companies in the United States to participate in the rating process.

The Index, which this year rated 519 businesses, measures the extent to which employers protect their GLBT employees. Ratings are based on factors such as non-discrimination policies, diversity training, and benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees. Akin Gump’s score was based on a variety of factors, including the firm’s inclusive health care and family leave benefits to employees with same-sex partners, diversity training and GLBT employee groups.

“I am proud to practice at a law firm that has been an industry leader in GLBT equality issues,” said David Carlin, co-chair of the Washington office’s diversity committee and a member of the firmwide diversity committee.

Akin Gump attorneys have long been active in GAYLAW, the D.C. bar association for GLBT attorneys. An Akin Gump partner served on GAYLAW’s board of directors, and the firm has been a long-standing sponsor of GAYLAW's programming, particularly its annual awards reception and its programs for GLBT summer associates. The firm has supported the efforts of and provided pro bono assistance to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Akin Gump has also supported Lambda Legal. The firm is a regular participant in Lavender Law, a nationwide annual convention of GLBT law students and attorneys, and has sponsored GLBT-focused recruiting events at various law schools.

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