Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo)

The American Bar Association announced Friday that it would award its highest honor to Hillary Rodham Clinton, recognizing the former secretary of state for her legal career and for helping women lawyers advance.

The ABA, which represents more than 400,000 lawyers nationwide, will honor Clinton with the ABA Medal at its annual meeting on Aug. 12 in San Francisco. Before serving more than three decades in public life, Clinton, a graduate of Yale Law School, worked as a counsel on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation and also was an attorney in private practice in Arkansas.