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McGuireWoods London Partner Walter White Wins Father Drinan Award from ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities

February 20, 2015

Walter H. White, a partner in McGuireWoods London, is the 2015 recipient of the Robert H. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service from the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities.

The award, named in honor of the late Father Robert F. Drinan, recognizes individuals whose sustained and extraordinary commitment to the Section has advanced its mission of providing leadership to the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. White is a Section delegate and its former chairman.

The ABA honored him at its recent midyear meeting in Houston.

“I am humbled to join the list of distinguished previous awardees and I am honored to receive this recognition from ABA peers and colleagues whom I admire. Upholding the principles that this award celebrates, is a trust that I hold dear and strive to embody every day,” White said.

White has long been active in the Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section. He helped develop the ABA’s groundbreaking relationship with the Association of Soviet Lawyers in the late 1980s, working with the ABA’s Section of Litigation to organize high-level exchanges with Soviet lawyers as U.S.-Soviet relations warmed. It ultimately led to internships in the United States for Soviet lawyers.

At McGuireWoods London, White heads the firm’s emerging and frontier markets transactions practice with clients in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the nations of the former Soviet Union. As Wisconsin’s Commissioner of Securities in the 1980s, he investigated Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Drinan, for whom the award is named, was a lawyer and Jesuit priest who served five terms in Congress from 1971-81 representing Massachusetts. He chaired the IRR Section in 1990-91. A former dean of the Boston College School of Law, Drinan was a vocal early supporter of the civil rights movement in the United States and a critic of the Vietnam War. He died in 2007 at age 86.

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