November 04, 2016
Washington, D.C. partner Kathy Ruemmler received the Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Alumni Public Service Award from her alma mater, Georgetown Law, at their 2016 Reunion Weekend. The award was created in 2001 in honor of Robert F. Drinan (1920-2007), a professor at Georgetown Law from 1981 until his death. He was a priest, scholar, lawyer, politician, activist, ethicist, and one of the nation’s leading advocates for international human rights. The award is given to an alumni whose career, like Fr. Drinan’s, enhances human dignity and advances justice.
Ruemmler returned to Latham in 2014 after almost six years of recent public service, beginning in January of 2009 as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Justice Department and then moving to the White House in January of 2010. While at the White House, Ruemmler, on behalf of President Obama, worked to diversify the Federal Bench, confirming historic numbers of women and minorities. She was also instrumental in designing and implementing the President’s unprecedented clemency program, in which the Administration has asked members of the private bar to assist federal prisoners serving unfairly harsh drug sentences to apply for executive clemency. Ruemmler and fellow Washington, D.C. partner and former Special Counsel to President Barack Obama, Jonathan Su, have overseen Latham’s participation in the Clemency Project 2014 initiative, wherein Latham represents nearly 30 federal prisoners relating to potential clemency petitions.To-date, three of the firm's clients have received presidential commutations.
Ruemmler has served over thirteen years in public service in total, including many years as a federal prosecutor. Now serving as global Co-chair of Latham’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice, Ruemmler’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, SEC and other agency enforcement matters, and congressional and internal investigations. She is also an experienced first-chair trial lawyer and continues to build on her reputation as a respected and formidable litigator with an unusual breadth of experience in crisis management, policy development and regulatory and enforcement matters.