Robert Raben honed an aggressively bipartisan approach during a highly respected legislative career that began on the staff of Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and culminated in the endorsement by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL) of his appointment to the Justice Department as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs.
Raben served as counsel to Congressman Frank for seven years, advising Mr. Frank on issues before the Judiciary Committee, and on national civil rights policy. The quality of his work soon carried Raben to the Committee itself, where he served as Democratic counsel for the Subcommittee on the Constitution, and later, the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property.
Raben built a reputation for collegiality and effectiveness through his collaboration with Republican members and staff on issues including the omnibus patent reform bill, database protection standards, and copyright liability for Internet service providers. His work caught the eye of the White House, and in 1999, he was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and, subsequently, Assistant Attorney General.
After a unanimous confirmation vote, Raben was charged with overseeing Attorney General Janet Reno’s legislative initiatives. He dealt extensively with both chambers and both sides of the aisle as chief lobbyist and strategist on a range of issues, including intellectual property, federalism, tort reform and cybercrime.
After graduating from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law, Raben was an associate with the law firm of Arnold & Porter. Soon after, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University Law School as an adjunct professor, a position he continued to hold until his confirmation as Assistant Attorney General.
Today, Robert Raben is the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington, D.C., and chairs the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Endorsement Committee. He serves on the boards of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.