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Post date: June 14 2004

Rosenberg Named To Head State Charities Bureau

Attorney General Spitzer today announced the appointment of New York lawyer Gerald A. Rosenberg as Chief of the Charities Bureau of the New York State Department of Law.

"I am very pleased that Gerry Rosenberg will be heading the Charities Bureau," Spitzer said. "He is person of impeccable credentials and integrity, and I am confident that he will continue and enhance the office's reputation as a national leader in the field of not-for-profit regulation."

Rosenberg is a long-time partner of a leading New York law firm, KMZ Rosenman, where he specializes in litigation, trusts and estates, non-profit corporation law and tax law.
Before joining the law firm, Rosenberg was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

Rosenberg graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School. He is a member of the American Law Institute, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the Parks Council and the Central Park Conservancy. He is founding director of the Non-Profit Coordinating Committee of New York and a director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Rosenberg will begin in August, replacing William Josephson, who served in the position since 1999.

Josephson, a pioneer in the development of the Peace Corps and other federal programs, was long-time partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen prior to joining the Attorney General's office. He was widely regarded for his work in representing public and private foundations. He is a well-known author of articles on tax exempt organizations, legal ethics and other issues. He served as counsel to leading public agencies and was a member of numerous civic groups.

"Over the past five years, the Charities Bureau has brought precedent-setting enforcement actions and undertaken significant legislative and policy initiatives. Bill Josephson, as the leader of those efforts, has served the people of New York with vigor and distinction," Spitzer said.

The Charities Bureau supervises some 40,000 charitable organizations, foundations and not-for-profit groups operating in New York, ensuring that donors and beneficiaries are protected from unscrupulous practices in the solicitation and management of charitable assets.