Oral history interview with Alexander Forger, conducted by Martha Bergmark
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A graduate of Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs, Alexander Forger earned his law degree at Yale Law School. He was a Partner with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP since 1958, and served as Chairman of the Firm from April 1984 through April 1992. He now serves as Special Counsel to the Firm. Mr. Forger has extensive experience in trusts and estates and in domestic relations and personal law. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. As a member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Forger has served as the New York Delegate to the House of Delegates; as a member of the Comprehensive Legal Needs Study, the Advisory Committee to the Immigration Pro Bono Development Project and the Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly. He also is Trustee-Emeritus of the National Conference of Bar Foundations. As a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, he has served on the Committee to Enhance Professional Opportunities for Minorities, the Committee on Lesbians and Gay Men in the Profession and currently serves on the Special Commission on Campaign Finance Reform. As a member of the New York State Bar Association, he served as President from 1980 to 1981, and is a member of the House of Delegates. Mr. Forger was a Director of the Legal Aid Society from 1976 to 1993, President from 1977 to 1979 and Chairman of the Board from 1984 to 1993. He served as President of the Legal Services Corporation from 1994 to 1997. He currently serves as a member of the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law, Chair of the Volunteer Lawyers Aids project, Vice President and Director of the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Board of the Children's Advocacy Center, Director of The Gerard B. Lambert Memorial Foundation, Inc. and as National Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Inter Press Alliance. Mr. Forger is Trustee-Emeritus of The Rockefeller University and Trustee and former Chairman of the Board of New York Law School. Forger provided crucial leadership in the early days of the AIDS epidemic in establishing legal services for people with HIV/AIDS. In 2011, the American Bar Association established the Alexander D. Forger Award to recognize and celebrate lawyers and legal service providers who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the advancement of the rule of law for individuals living with HIV and to the provision of direct legal services to individuals infected with, and affected by, HIV. Mr. Forger received the Whitney N. Seymour, Sr. Award, presented by the Federal Bar Council in recognition of public service by a member of the private bar; the Treat Award for Excellence, presented by the National College of Probate Judges in recognition of contributions to the improvement of the law in the probate field; the Servant of Justice Award for the Legal Aid Society, and honorary degrees from Widener University School of Law and the New York Law School.
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