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October 13, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Microsoft attorney Brad Smith to be honored at White House

bsmith-1.jpgIt’s not all patent negotiations and intellectual property issues for MIcrosoft general counsel Brad Smith.

Sometimes he gets to work with actress Angelina Jolie and get feted at the White House.

Smith is among 16 leaders in the legal field being honored at the White House today by the Champions of Change program, which each week highlights people who are making an impact in their communities. The 16 being honored today are leaders who use the law to assist people in need and improve lives, according to a news release from the White House press office.

The event, which will be livesteamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 11 a.m. PT, will include Attorney General Eric Holder and Senior Counselor for Access to Justice Mark Childress who will lead discussions about the importance of public interest law.

Smith leads Microsoft’s Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs, which has more than 1,000 employees.

Outside of Microsoft, Smith co-chairs, with actress Angelina Jolie, the board of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a national organization that facilitates pro bono representation for thousands of unaccompanied children who enter the United States alone each year to flee violence, human rights abuses, natural disasters, and economic deprivation, according to the press release. Smith also leads the pipeline initiative for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, has chaired the Washington Roundtable, and has co-chaired with his wife the annual campaign for the United Way of King County.

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