LOS ANGELES, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pacific Council on International Policy will host Hillary Rodham Clinton in Los Angeles on May 8, 2013 as she accepts the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award from the Pacific Council at a gala event.
"The Christopher Award seeks to honor the lifetime achievements of former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, the long-time Chair of the Pacific Council's Board of Directors, and to recognize the public service of others whose work reflects his distinctive leadership qualities," said Council President and CEO Jerrold Green. "His career was defined by commitment to international affairs, to high ethical standards, to promotion of the common good, to equality and fairness, and to government service as a noble pursuit. We are pleased to recognize Secretary Clinton as the first recipient of this award."
Secretary Warren Christopher's career spanned service as a young Naval officer, an attorney at O'Melveny and Myers, the nation's top diplomat (U.S. Secretary of State), and the head of what came to be called the Christopher Commission in the wake of the Rodney King incident. As Deputy Secretary of State, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom—the nation's highest civilian award—by President Jimmy Carter on January 16, 1981 for his role in negotiating the release of 52 American hostages held in Iran for 444 days.
Secretary Hillary Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator. She stepped down from her post as Secretary in February.
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