Emory University has awarded its highest alumni honor, the Emory Medal, this year to two lawyers, David Adelman, 89L, and Richard Hubert, 60L, for their service to Emory and their communities.
Adelman, now a partner at Reed Smith in New York, was the U.S. ambassador to Singapore from 2010 to 2013, where he started the U.S.-Singapore Strategic Partnership Dialogue and a regional training program to address health, educational and environmental needs, earning a U.S. State Department Superior Honor Award and the U.S. Navy Distinguished Service Medal. At Reed Smith, he advises on trans-Pacific trade and investment. He also teaches international relations at New York University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Adelman served eight years as a Georgia state senator while a partner at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, now Eversheds Sutherland, before becoming ambassador, where he was known as a legislator who worked across party lines. He has served on numerous Emory boards, and he and his wife have hosted Emory events in Atlanta, Singapore and New York.
Hubert has spent years fulfilling his parents’ vision to help the sick and feed those in distress as the head of his family’s Hubert Foundation, which established the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.
More than 700 Emory public health students have done fieldwork worldwide on O.C. Hubert Fellowships in International Health. The foundation has also helped with cancer research, improved prenatal care in China and created a goat farm in North Korea.
Hubert is also the former treasurer and an emeritus board member of Global Health Action, which operates in Africa, China, the Caribbean and the U.S.
Closer to home, as a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka handling land use matters, Hubert represented his neighborhood, Druid Hills, in its successful and landmark legal efforts to save Olmsted Linear Park on Ponce de Leon Avenue.