Former United States Senator and Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen was the recipient of Atlantic Legal Foundation’s Annual Award at a sold-out reception and banquet on June 21, 2001 in New York City. Secretary Cohen, currently Chairman and CEO of The Cohen Group, an international consulting firm, was introduced by Atlantic Legal Director Charles Work.
Atlantic Legal Board Chairman Hayward D. Fisk presented the award, which honors a person who exemplifies the ideals and principles of public service and private enterprise. Accepting the engraved Tiffany mantel clock, Secretary Cohen saluted the work of the Foundation. His remarks focused on the unique role of the United States regarding the world order and the challenges the corporate community faces in competing in an increasingly global marketplace.
The evening included recognition of Atlantic Legals Twenty-fifth Anniversary by proclamations from New York Governor George Pataki and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, United States Senator Arlen Specter and New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani. Governor Ridges Proclamation captured the sentiment expressed in others:
For 25 years, the Atlantic Legal Foundation has advocated principles that have enabled this nation to flourish limited government, individual rights and free enterprise….The Foundation has offered legal counsel and has brought cases in state and federal courts throughout the country on behalf of the corporate community, distinguished scientists, educators, and governmental leaders, as well as individuals sti- fled by overzealous regulation.?