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Public Papers - 1989

Continuation of Abraham D. Sofaer as Legal Adviser at the Department of State


The President today announced that Abraham D. Sofaer will continue to serve as Legal Adviser at the Department of State.

Since 1979 Judge Sofaer has served as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He served as hearing officer for New York State in an action by the department of environmental conservation from 1975 to 1976. Judge Sofaer served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 1967 - 1969, and as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr., of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1966 - 1967.

Judge Sofaer graduated from Yeshiva College (B.A., 1962) and New York University (LL.B., 1965). He served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, 1956 - 1959. Judge Sofaer was born on May 6, 1938, in Bombay, India. He is married, has four children, and resides in New York.

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