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Anne Milgram
Attorney General
2007
-2010

     
  Anne Milgram was sworn in as New Jersey’s 57th Attorney General on June 29, 2007 after serving for the previous 17 months as the First Assistant Attorney General. As the State’s chief law enforcement officer, Milgram heads the 9,000-person Department of Law and Public Safety, one of the largest agencies in New Jersey state government.  
  The department includes nine divisions as well as independent commissions and boards. The Attorney General oversees the state’s criminal justice system, the Division of State Police, and defends the state against lawsuits.  
  Milgram has spearheaded investigations into gang violence, public corruption, gun trafficking, and mortgage foreclosure and debt reduction schemes. Investigations have led to state grand jury indictments of state legislators, mayors and municipal council members on a variety of misconduct and conspiracy charges. Milgram forged an unprecedented partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (AFT) to trace the ownership of guns used in the commission of crimes in New Jersey and she is in charge of the implementation of the Governor’s Strategy for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods, which is aimed at street gangs and violent criminals.  
  A series of initiatives undertaken by county prosecutors throughout the state in 2008 and 2009 have led to the arrest of nearly 5,000 criminals, charged with a variety of offenses including murder, attempted murder, illegal narcotics distribution and possession, and illegal weapons charges. Milgram successfully advocated for tougher penalties for the illegal possession of weapons and has the leading role in coordinating crime prevention programs to help at-risk youth and convicted offenders re-entering society.  
  In 2007, she launched an affirmative litigation section in the Division of Law to aggressively pursue legal action to protect the public in New Jersey. The section has pursued mortgage fraud cases against nearly 100 defendants who attempted to exploit homeowners facing foreclosure. She also spearheaded New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation statewide mandatory mortgage foreclosure mediation program, which provides homeowners in foreclosure with free housing counselors and attorneys to help workout loan modifications with mortage servicers.  
  She has pursued both criminal and civil investigations in policing the Internet and created a first in the nation reporting mechanism for the users of social networking sites to report instances of on-line abuse and cyber bullying.  
  Milgram began her career as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in New York in September 1997. In 2001, she went to work in the criminal section of the United States Department of Justice's civil rights division, where she rose to become the lead federal prosecutor in the nation for human trafficking crimes. Milgram was awarded the Department of Justice Special Commendation for Outstanding Service in December 2004 and the Director’s Award in September 2006. Milgram left the Department of Justice in 2005 and became counsel to then U.S. Senator Jon Corzine and returned to New Jersey when Corzine was elected governor.  

Milgram graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers College in 1992 with a degree in English and political science, and received a master 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 in 1996 and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton from 1996 to 1997.

 
     
 

 

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