Council Emeritus
Life Member

Roswell B. Perkins

New York, NY
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Harvard Law School

Roswell Perkins is a retired partner of the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. His practice was primarily corporate and corporate finance. He served as President of the American Law Institute for 13 years (1980-93) and thereafter as Chair of the Council until 2008. In 1954, he was appointed by President Eisenhower to the sub-cabinet post of Assistant Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, and he served in that position until 1956. He also served as Counsel to New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller at the outset of his governorship in 1959. He was Co-Chair of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law (1973-75), and has received awards from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and the American Judicature Society. Having persuaded his firm to open a Moscow office, he headed that office from late 1997 to mid-2001. 

EDUCATION: Harvard College, B.A.; Harvard Law School, J.D.  

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