WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Jay B. Stephens has been named the New England Legal Foundation's first annual John G.L. Cabot Award honoree in recognition of his distinguished service and leadership in both the public and private sectors.
"No one epitomizes better than Jay Stephens the qualities that the John G.L. Cabot Award seeks to honor: wise leadership, sound judgment and profound legal knowledge," said Martin Newhouse, president of the New England Legal Foundation, a non-profit, public-interest foundation.
As an active and valued member of NELF's board of directors since 2003, Stephens served as the organization's board chair from 2007 to 2010.
The non-partisan NELF advocates in courts throughout New England
and in the U.S. Supreme Court
for the principles of free enterprise and sound business legal practices.
About Jay B. Stephens
learned early on about the importance of public service, free enterprise, and the qualities that make America a very special place.
Stephens was raised on a farm in Iowa and early in his education attended a one-room school before leaving Iowa to attend Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
He attended Oxford University on a Knox Fellowship, and earned his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.
"My experience growing up gave me a deep sense that America is a very special place, and that we have a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of others, and that we have an obligation to protect and defend America as an exceptional land of opportunity and liberty," Stephens
noted in accepting the Cabot Award.
Stephens has served in a variety of positions with the U.S. Government and in the private sector.
He served in the White House as Deputy Counsel to President Reagan.
Later he was appointed by the President to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia where he led the largest and most active U.S. Attorney's office in the United States.
In 2001, following Senate confirmation, he was appointed by President Bush to serve as Associate Attorney General of the United States.
Stephens has also served in a variety of positions in the private sector.
He was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison, & Sutro, served as corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Honeywell International, and later joined Raytheon in 2002 as the Company's Senior Vice President and General Counsel.