Richard L. Thornburgh: The Independent Institute

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Richard L. Thornburgh
Richard L. Thornburgh

Richard Thornburgh (1932 – 2020) served as Governor of Pennsylvania, Attorney General of the United States, and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Later Of Counsel to the international law firm, K&L Gates LLP, he also served as U.S. Attorney, Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Adjunct Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. Educated at Yale University, he received his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he was editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.

Awarded honorary degrees by thirty other colleges and universities, Mr. Thornburgh has been a director of the Elan Corporation, Urban Institute, Henry L. Stimson Center, DeWitt Wallace Fund for Colonial Williamsburg, Washington Legal Foundation, and the Dole Foundation for the Employment of People with Disabilities. He is also Chairman of the State Science and Technology Institute, Co-Chairman of the State-Federal Technology Partnership and Vice Chairman of the World Committee on Disability. He is also the author of the book, The Future of Puerto Rico: A Time for Change.