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January 23, 2020

Sally Yates To Receive Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service

ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2020 — King & Spalding Special Matters & Government Investigations partner Sally Yates has been named a recipient of the 21st Annual Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service. The award will be presented at a ceremony at the Omni Hotel Atlanta at the CNN Center on March 14.

The Benham Awards are co-sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism. Since 1998, the awards have honored judges and lawyers who have combined a professional career with outstanding service and dedication to their communities through voluntary participation in community organizations, government-sponsored activities or humanitarian work outside of their professional practice or judicial work. 

Yates, a 27-year veteran of the Department of Justice, rose through the ranks of Assistant United States Attorneys to become U.S. Attorney in Atlanta, Deputy Attorney General, and Acting Attorney General. As Deputy AG from January 2015 through 2017, she served as the second-highest ranking official in the department and was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of DOJ and its 113,000 employees. 

Prior to assuming her duties as Deputy Attorney General, Yates served for five years as the first female U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia and served as the vice chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

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