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Deborah Lathen

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Bananas
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Nobody Gets It All.

Birthplace

Born:
3/28/1953
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Bananas
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Nobody Gets It All.

Birthplace

Born:
3/28/1953
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Attorney and former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Cable Bureau Chief, Deborah Ann Lathen was born on March 28, 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from Cornell University with her B.A. degree in 1975, Lathen went on to earn her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1978.

Lathen then practiced law at the law offices of Foley and Lardner LLP, and of Keck, Mahin & Cate. In 1982, she became a litigation attorney at The Quaker Oats Company where she was honored with the Quaker Oats Chairman’s Award in 1988. That same year, Lathen was hired as the Senior Counsel for TRW, Inc.

In 1991, Lathen began working as managing counsel for the Nissan Motor Corporation and specialized in the provision of legal services in the areas of general corporate law, logistics, finance, environmental compliance and other general business matters. Lathen worked for the Nissan Corporation until 1998, when she was hired at the FCC as bureau chief of the Cable Services Bureau. In addition to advising the chairman and commissioners on issues related to internet industries, broadband and cable, as bureau chief, Lathen oversaw some significant changes in the communications industry such as the America Online and Time Warner merger, the implementation of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHIVA) and the federal regulation of instant messaging.

In 2001, Lathen founded Lathen Consulting in Washington, D.C. and began providing consulting services to telecommunications and media companies. In 2007, she was asked to serve as a board member for British Telecommunications (BT), where she serves on the Remuneration Committee.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Deborah Lathen describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Deborah Lathen talks about her mother's upbringing in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Deborah Lathen describes her mother's later adolescence in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Deborah Lathen describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Deborah Lathen talks about her father's childhood in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Deborah Lathen talks about her father's education at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, and his teaching career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Deborah Lathen recounts how her parents met and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Deborah Lathen recalls her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Deborah Lathen remembers the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Deborah Lathen talks about her earliest school years in Momence, Illinois, Kankakee, Illinois, and Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Deborah Lathen recalls her hobbies and interests during her childhood in Elgin, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Deborah Lathen reflects upon her family's engagement with the Civil Rights Movement during her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Deborah Lathen talks about her determination, from an early age, to attend Harvard University Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Deborah Lathen describes her years at Larsen Middle School and Elgin High School in Elgin, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Deborah Lathen recounts her decision to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Deborah Lathen describes her parents' response to her 1970 decision to attend Cornell University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Deborah Lathen recalls her discouraging guidance counselor at Elgin High School in Elgin, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Deborah Lathen describes her teachers at McKinley Elementary School and Elgin High School in Elgin, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Deborah Lathen recalls her professors and classmates at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, including HistoryMaker Yosef Ben-Jochannan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Deborah Lathen describes Ujamaa, the black residential community at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Deborah Lathen talks about studying abroad in Europe and Africa during her years at Cornell University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Deborah Lathen recalls her acceptance into Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Deborah Lathen recalls her professors and classmates at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Deborah Lathen describes her coursework at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Deborah Lathen talks about how she worked in corporate law at Foley & Larnder in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1978
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Deborah Lathen describes working for the Quaker Oats Company in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Deborah Lathen talks about living in Chicago, Illinois from 1980 to 1988
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Deborah Lathen describes working for TRW, Inc. and Nissan in Long Beach, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Deborah Lathen describes negotiating a contract between Nissan and the Ford Motor Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Deborah Lathen describes her relief efforts with HistoryMaker Cecil L. "Chip" Murray's First A.M.E. Church during the 1992 Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Deborah Lathen recounts how she became head of the FCC's cable bureau in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Deborah Lathen describes working at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Deborah Lathen talks about FCC regulation in the early years of high-speed Internet
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Deborah Lathen talks about leaving the FCC in 2001 and reentering the private sector
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Deborah Lathen describes working for British Telecom and her service with Rails to Trails
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Deborah Lathen talks about her hopes for HistoryMaker Barack Obama and the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Deborah Lathen reflects upon her life and legacy