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Joel I. Klein accepts the 2011 Chesterfield Smith Award

On April 13, 2011, Joel I. Klein—CEO Educational Division, News Corporation & former Chancellor, The New York City Department of Education—was presented with Street Law's 2011 Chesterfield Smith Award.

In January 2011, Joel I. Klein became CEO of the Educational Division and Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, at News Corporation.

Prior to that, Mr. Klein was Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education where he oversaw a system of over 1,600 schools with 1.1 million students, 136,000 employees and a $22 billion budget.  He launched Children First in 2002, a comprehensive reform strategy that has brought coherence and capacity to the system and resulted in significant increases in student performance.

Under Mr. Klein's leadership as Chancellor, the New York City Department of Education instituted extensive programming designed to educate young people about law and the legal system.  The school system currently operates both charter schools and career and technical education programs with law themes that prepare students for careers and further studies in the law, public safety, corrections and security.  In addition to law-related curriculum, NYCPS also make other opportunities such as the visits to federal courts, partnerships with law firms and corporate legal departments, and a city-wide Mock Trial Competition available to students.

Mr. Klein is a former Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, Inc., a media company, and served as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice until September 2000, and was Deputy White House Counsel to President Clinton from 1993-1995.  Mr. Klein entered the Clinton administration after 20 years of public and private legal work in Washington, D.C.  He attended New York City's public schools and graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School.

He received his BA from Columbia University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1967, and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971, also graduating magna cum laude.  He has received honorary degrees from Columbia University, Duke University, Amherst College, Manhattanville College, Georgetown Law Center, Fordham Law School, New York Law School, and St. John's School of Education.  He received the Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City from New York University for his work as Chancellor.

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