Raben received a B.S.E. degree from the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, and a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1988. After clerking on the Supreme Court of Mississippi, Raben worked as an associate at the Arnold and Porter law firm in Washington, D.C. (1990-1993).
Raben has also been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University School of Law since 1992, and served as an instructor at the University of Miami School of Law and as a clerk to Justice James L. Robertson of the Supreme Court of Mississippi.
From 1993-1999, Raben served as Judiciary Committee Counsel to Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA). On that Committee, Raben has worked closely with Democratic and Republican members and their staffs. He has had to deal with highly controversial and potentially volatile issues.
From 1995-1997, he served as the Committee's Democratic Counsel for the Subcommittee on the Constitution. He served as the Democratic Counsel to the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property of the House Committee on the Judiciary from 1997-1999.
Raben was confirmed by the Senate on October 7, 1999, to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice. From May 1999 until his confirmation, Raben served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in that office.
Robert Raben, openly gay, former U.S. assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, is the founder and president of the Raben Group, a Washington legislative consulting and lobbying practice that develops strategies to achieve complicated public policy goals. Mr. Raben creates bipartisan issue campaigns for clients, using law, communications and advocacy to meet needs.