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In recognition of her leadership, advancement of the status of women, and commitment to justice, inclusion, and progress, in 2018 Lawyers Club presented the Icon Award to Hon. Loretta Lynch.  

Hon. Loretta Lynch

The Honorable Loretta Lynch has, former U.S. Attorney General, has lived her life by a philosophy that the law is the great equalizer. Her legacy is one that inspires others to rise and not to shy away from adversity. From her national tour to help improve local law enforcement and communities they serve, to transgender rights, to her bold stances on criminal reform, Lynch has not backed down from tough issues. 


Lynch was appointed in April 2015 by President Barack Obama to serve as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States. She was the first African-American female U.S. Attorney General and only the second woman to be confirmed to the post. At her swearing in, Lynch said that “at the heart” of her desire to work with the Department of Justice was “the desire to leave this world a better place for us having been a part of it. The challenge... is t use the law to that end.... I know this can be one.”

Under her tenure as Attorney General, she was an advocate for LGBTQ rights. After Obergefell v. Hodges was decided by the Supreme Court, Lynch remarked, “Going forward, we are committed to standing on the side of equality – and standing with the LGBTQ community – to keep up the fight for safety, opportunity, dignity and justice for all.” Thereafter, she announced that federal marriage benefits would be extended to same-sex couples and filed suit against North Carolina regarding House Bill 2 that prohibited transgender people from using the restroom of their gender identity, and ultimately barred the enactment of pro-LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinances.


Lynch also made human trafficking and the abolition of modern-day slavery one of her highest priorities as Attorney General of the United States. The Department of Justice supported FBI operations against trafficking children for sexual exploitation. In addition, she pushed programs that provided funding to local law enforcement and human-trafficking task forces.

Prior to her appointment, Lynch served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office as well as in private practice. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Lynch spent her early legal career in private practice, then joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in 1990. Lynch’s interest in law began in her childhood when she accompanied her father to watch proceedings at the courthouse in Durham, North Carolina.


At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Lynch used the law to improve access to justice and combat corruption. She forged an impressive career prosecuting cases involving narcotics, violent crimes, public corruption, and civil rights, including the high-profile case of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who was sexually assaulted by uniformed police officers in Brooklyn in 1997. Lynch was appointed to lead the Eastern District of New York office as United States Attorney in 1999 and held the post until 2001.

In 2002, she joined Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells) as a partner in the firm’s New York office. While in private practice, Lynch performed extensive pro bono work for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which was established to prosecute those responsible for human rights violations during the 1994 genocide. As Special Counsel to the Tribunal, she was responsible for investigating allegations of witness tampering and false testimony. At the 84th Interpol General Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda, Lynch said that the stories she heard were “heart-rendering.” She remarked that her work brought her “face to face with what can happen both to a country and to a soul of its people when the rule of law collapses and justice cannot be found…  It reaffirmed [her] unwavering belief that upholding the rule of law is a government’s foremost responsibility.”


Lynch returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2010, resuming her post as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Under her direction, the office successfully prosecuted numerous corrupt public officials, terrorists, cybercriminals and human traffickers, among other important cases.


Lawyers Club is honored to present Lynch with its Icon Award for her leadership, advancement of the status of women, and commitment to justice, inclusion, and progress. Lynch’s elevation to the pinnacle of legal advocacy, United States Attorney General, makes her a valuable role model to inspire women to rise and overcome gender barriers, and to succeed at the highest levels.


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