Anne Milgram ('96) is a Senior Fellow at the Center.
Prior to joining NYU, Milgram served as New Jersey’s Attorney General from June 2007 to January 2010, where she headed the 9,000-person Department of Law and Public Safety. Milgram became Attorney General after serving from February 2006 to June 2007 as First Assistant Attorney General. As Attorney General, Milgram supervised eight divisions and multiple commissions and boards, including: the Division of Criminal Justice; the Division of Law; the Division of Consumer Affairs; the Bureau of Securities; the Division of Civil Rights; the Juvenile Justice Commission; the Division of Gaming Enforcement; the Division of Highway Traffic Safety; the Racing Commission; and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Milgram also supervised the Division of the New Jersey State Police and its 3,000 sworn members and the Camden Police Department.
Milgram served as the state’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, overseeing and directing the 21 New Jersey county prosecutors and the approximately 30,000 state and local law enforcement officers. She spearheaded investigations into street gangs, public corruption, gun violence and trafficking, securities fraud, and mortgage fraud. She also implemented a statewide program to improve public safety through prevention of crime, criminal justice and law enforcement reform, and re-entry programs and services. As Attorney General, Milgram oversaw affirmative and defensive civil litigation for the state, providing legal representation to all state departments and agencies in approximately 25,000 civil matters each year. She also served as a member of the U.S. Attorney General’s Executive Working Group on Criminal Justice and as a co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Criminal Law Committee.
From May 2005 to January 2006, Milgram served as Counsel to United States Senator Jon S. Corzine, briefing and advising the Senator on issues of judicial nominations, criminal justice, homeland security, technology, law enforcement, and civil rights.
From January 2001 until May 2005, Milgram served as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Section of the United States Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, prosecuting complex international sex trafficking, forced labor and domestic servitude human trafficking cases. She also prosecuted hate crimes and official misconduct cases nationwide. In 2004, Milgram was promoted to become the lead federal prosecutor in the country for human trafficking crimes. Milgram was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice Special Commendation for Outstanding Service in December 2004 and the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award in September 2006.
Milgram began her prosecution career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office where she served from September 1997 until January 2001. As an Assistant District Attorney, Milgram prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases from investigation through indictment and trial. She handled violent crime, domestic violence, child abuse, narcotics, illegal gun possession, and white collar cases.
Milgram graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers College in 1992 with a degree in English and political science, and received a masters of philosophy degree in social and political theory in 1993 from the University of Cambridge in England. She received her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1996 and clerked for United States District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton, New Jersey from 1996 to 1997.