Brooksley Born

  • October 20, 2015

    by Jim Thompson

    Lynne Shallcross at NPR examines a recent survey that found 51 percent of food workers always or frequently go to work when they're sick. ACS President Caroline Fredrickson discusses this issue in her book Under The Bus, noting that the lack of paid sick leave in America deprives many workers of the option to stay home when sick.

    At The Intercept, Jenna McLaughlin questions the likelihood that President Obama will veto the latest Pentagon budget bill and finally shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

    In Washington Lawyer, Michael Smith discusses the Women Trailblazers in the Law Project, a decade-long initiative of ACS Board of Advisors member Brooksley Born and Linda Ferren, executive director of the Historical Society for the District of Columbia Circuit. The project is a “compilation of interviews with pioneering women who entered the legal profession in the 1960s or earlier and made significant contributions to the law and to other women in the profession.” Featured participants include: Jamie Gorelick, partner, WilliamHale; Marcia Greenberger, co-president, National Women’s Law Center; and Judith Lichtman, former member of the ACS Board of Directors, and currently a senior advisor to the National Partnership for Women & Families.

  • May 28, 2009

    Brooksley Born (right) is a trailblazer for women in the legal field and a member of the ACS Board of Advisers. Her recent profile in The Washington Post outlines Born's rise to prominence and examines her early warnings about a financial crisis founded in derivatives trading.

    "A little more than a decade ago, Born foresaw a financial cataclysm, accurately predicting that exotic investments known as over-the-counter derivatives could play a crucial role in a crisis much like the one now convulsing America," reports The Post. "Her efforts to stop that from happening ran afoul of some of the most influential men in Washington."

    Friends nudge the woman who saw the catastrophe coming.

    They want Brooksley Born to say four words, four simple words: "I told you so."

    Ah, but she won't -- not at legal conferences or dinner parties. Not even in a quiet moment in her living room, giving her first interview with a major news organization since last fall's economic collapse.

    She just smiles, perched ever so properly in an upholstered armchair at her Kalorama home.

    "More coffee?" she asks daintily, changing the subject.