May 06, 2016

ABA’s Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security presented to Robert Mueller III

A room filled with friends and colleagues were on hand at a May 5 luncheon in honor of former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III when he was presented with the American Bar Association Morris I. Leibman Award in Law and National Security.

Former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III (left) receives the Morris I. Leibman Award from James Baker, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security


“Director Mueller has exemplified the virtues for which we are honored to give him this award today,” said Judge James Baker, chair of the Standing Committee on Law and National Security, who presented the award with Advisory Committee Chair Harvey Rishikof. “Mr. Mueller has served on the front lines of national security and at the highest echelons of government for 50 years.”

In attendance were Standing Committee members, FBI representatives, U.S. Marines and lawyers from WilmerHale, where Mueller is a partner.

“Thank you so much for this award,” Mueller said. “Thank you all for being with me here today.”

The award honors the memory of Morris I. Leibman, a distinguished lawyer and co-founder of the standing committee and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It recognizes the example of Leibman’s lifelong dedication to the rule of law, leadership in the field of law and national security affairs and support for those engaged in this field. It was presented for the first time in the fall of 1997, at the committee’s “Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law” conference.

In lieu of a plaque, a contribution was made in Mueller’s name to the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation.

Mueller became director of the FBI on Sept. 6, 2001, one week prior to the attacks on Sept. 11. He is widely credited not only for leading the FBI during an extremely challenging time, but also with transforming the bureau from a traditional law enforcement agency to an intelligence-based national security organization.