Anne Milgram

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Anne Milgram
57th Attorney General of New Jersey
In office
June 29, 2007 – January 18, 2010
GovernorJon Corzine
Chris Christie
Preceded byStuart Rabner
Succeeded byPaula Dow
Personal details
Born1970/1971 (age 49–50)[1]
East Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materRutgers University (BA)
University of Cambridge (M.Phil)
New York University (JD)

Anne Milgram is an American attorney, politician, legal thinker, and academic. As 57th Attorney General of New Jersey from 2007 to 2010,[1] she reformed the Camden Police Department and injected data and evidence into decisions about how to fight crime and make communities safer.

Milgram is currently a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law.[2] Most recently, she was the founding head of the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.[3]

Milgram began her career as a state, federal, and local prosecutor. Today, her work focuses on re-inventing the criminal justice system through the strategic employment of smart data, analytics, and technology.

She serves as a member of the Covenant House International Board of Directors, the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors, and the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution Advisory Board. Milgram is a former TED speaker and published author. She has received the United States Department of Justice Director's Award, and the Department of Justice Special Commendation for Outstanding Service.

Milgram currently serves as a law professor at New York University School of Law and as special counsel at Lowenstein Sandler.[4]


Early life and education[edit]

Milgram grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey,[5] the daughter of Gail (née Gleason) and William "Bill" Milgram.[6][7] Her mother was a professor at Rutgers University and her father was an engineer.[6] She has one sister Lynn Milgram Mayer who is a college professor.[6]

Milgram served as a congressional page while attending East Brunswick High School, building on her family's tradition of public service.[8] She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers College in 1992 with a degree in English and Political Science, where she was also a member of the Cap and Skull Senior Honor Society. She earned her Master of Philosophy in social and political theory from the University of Cambridge in 1993 and subsequently received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1996.[9]

Early career[edit]

Milgram clerked for United States District Court Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton, from 1996 to 1997.[9] In 1997, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Milgram later worked in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, where she served as the Special Litigation Counsel for Human Trafficking and led the Department's human trafficking prosecutions. Milgram was counsel to Senator Jon Corzine during his final year in the United States Senate.[9]

Attorney General of New Jersey[edit]

Milgram became Acting Attorney General on September 1, 2006, following the resignation of former Attorney General Zulima Farber.[10] From 2007 to 2010, Milgram served as New Jersey's Attorney General,[11] where she led the 9,000-person Department of Law & Public Safety. She was New Jersey's Chief Law Enforcement Officer. In that capacity, she directed the State Division of Criminal Justice and had oversight responsibility for the prosecutors and nearly 30,000 local law enforcement officers statewide. Milgram led investigations into street gangs, violent crime, public corruption, securities fraud and organized crime. She implemented a statewide initiative to improve public safety and reduce violent crime through crime prevention, law enforcement, and re-entry. She also oversaw and reformed the Camden Police Department.[citation needed] In doing so she reduced murders in Camden, NJ by 41% and all crime by 26%.[citation needed] Anne Milgram is a Democrat.

Intergovernmental Cooperation[edit]

In 2007, Milgram announced a partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) to allow New Jersey to trace the sources of illegal firearms through real-time electronic access to BATF's E-Trace system, a nationwide data base that lists a firearm's first purchaser, date of purchase, and the retailer from which the gun was purchased. As Attorney General, Milgram directed all police departments in New Jersey to forward all gun tracing information to E-trace to build a New Jersey database.[12]

Arnold Foundation[edit]

Milgram has championed the use of smart data, analytics, and technology as a way to reinvent the criminal justice system. At the Arnold Foundation, she led the creation, development and national implementation of a new pretrial risk assessment tool to provide judges with more information for when they decide whether to release or jail people who have been arrested.[13]

In addition to developing the Public Safety Risk Assessment tool, Milgram spearheaded more than $55 million in philanthropic grants and operational projects. This included significant efforts to: shift the national focus from the back end of the criminal justice system (probation, parole, and reentry) to the front end of the system (pretrial); expand the research base for criminal justice; create state and local criminal data warehouses; work cross-sector to combine crime, health, education, housing and social service data to identify and test new areas of intervention and diversion; and develop a broader strategy for national criminal justice reform.[14]

Efforts to Transform the United States Criminal Justice System[edit]

Milgram is presently a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law, where she is building a Criminal Justice Innovation Lab, dedicated to using data and technology to transform the American criminal justice system. She teaches seminars on criminal justice policy and human trafficking. In 2020, as part of her work with the Criminal Justice Lab at New York University School of Law, Milgram worked with the city of Indianapolis to redefine public safety within the community, identify key data metrics of government institutions and implement changes to the ways in which law enforcement functions..[15]


In October 2013, Milgram gave a Ted Talk, “Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime.”[16] As of 2016, the talk has gained almost 800,000 views.

In November 2017, she analyzed the prosecution of Donald Trump's former Campaign Manager, Paul Manafort, on the podcast "Stay Tuned with Preet." [17] The podcast was hosted by Preet Bharara, former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She is now the co-host of the CAFE Insider podcast with Bharara.

She is also technical advisor on criminal prosecutions for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Anne Milgram resides in New York City with her husband and son.


  1. ^ a b "State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General". November 9, 2009.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. Retrieved 2015-01-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ O'Sullivan, Jeannie (July 28, 2017). "Former NJ Atty General Affiliates With Lowenstein Sandler". Law360. Archived from the original on October 22, 2018. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Corzine Nominates New Chief Justice and Attorney General" (Press release). Governor of New Jersey. June 4, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-06-11. Retrieved June 22, 2007.
  6. ^ a b c Fisher, Robin L. "General Anne Milgram".
  7. ^ White, William L. (2011). "The Evolution of Alcohol and Drug Studies: An Interview with Gail Gleason Milgram, Ed.D.Professor Emerita Center of Alcohol Studies" (PDF). Rutgers University.
  8. ^ Smith, Jessica. "A.G. has come a long way in a short time East Brunswick native shares her goals for law enforcement effort", Greater Media, July 26, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2019. "Growing up in East Brunswick, Middlesex County, in a family steeped in public service, Anne Milgram knew early on that she would follow a similar path.... Leaving East Brunswick High School to serve as a congressional page at the U.S. House of Representatives, Milgram had her first taste of government work, and knew it was for her."
  9. ^ a b c Official bio, New Jersey Attorney General. Accessed September 23, 2008.
  10. ^ "Farber resigns as attorney general: Independent report cites ethics violations in boyfriend's traffic stop" Archived March 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, North Bergen Reporter, August 20, 2006.
  11. ^ Jones, Richard G. "After One Objection, Senate Confirms Corzine’s Choice for Chief Justice", The New York Times, June 22, 2007. Accessed June 22, 2007. "The Senate voted 36 to 1 to confirm Stuart Rabner, who has been attorney general since September 2006 and was Mr. Corzine’s chief counsel before that. It also confirmed Anne Milgram, Mr. Rabner’s first assistant, to succeed Mr. Rabner as attorney general."
  12. ^ "State of New Jersey". Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  13. ^ Milgram, Anne (October 2013), Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime
  14. ^ "Laura and John Arnold Foundation announces request for criminal justice research proposals - Laura and John Arnold Foundation". 2015-11-10. Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  15. ^ Hill, Crystal. "Indianapolis will review how city and police initially responded to protests, Hogsett says". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  16. ^ Milgram, Anne, Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime, retrieved 2016-07-28
  17. ^ Making Sense of Mueller’s Charges (with Anne Milgram), retrieved 2017-11-03
  18. ^ "Anne Milgram". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-07-28.

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Preceded by
Zulima Farber
Attorney General of New Jersey (acting)
September 2006
Succeeded by
Stuart Rabner
Preceded by
Stuart Rabner
Attorney General of New Jersey
June 29, 2007 – January 18, 2010
Succeeded by
Paula Dow