Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP retired partner William Josephson will receive a Public Service Citation from his alma mater, the University of Chicago, on June 2, 2007. The Public Service Citations honor those alumni who have fulfilled the obligations of their education through creative citizenship and exemplary leadership in service that has benefited society and reflected credit on the University.
Early in his career at the U.S. State Department Josephson co-wrote a paper that became the basis for the creation of the Peace Corps. He served as its founding counsel and later general counsel. As a partner at Fried Frank, he represented New York City's pension funds in refinancing the city debt in the 1970's. In 2004, he retired after five years as assistant attorney general-in-charge of the New York State Law Department's Charities Bureau, where he led investigations of nonprofit organizations and supported federal and state legislation to improve oversight.