The Legal Aid Society Elects New President; Ted Levine Returns to Private Practice
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009

Alan Levine, Chairman of The Legal Aid Society, announced the election of Blaine (Fin) V. Fogg, who recently became Of Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP after an illustrious career as a corporate partner, as the 28th President of The Legal Aid Society. Mr. Fogg will assume the presidency on July 1, 2009, splitting his time between Skadden and The Legal Aid Society and will serve without compensation. He succeeds Theodore A. Levine, Of Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, who will return to full time practice after serving as Legal Aid's President for three years.

"I am very excited about the election of Fin Fogg as President of the Society and confident about the prospects for his success," said Alan Levine. "Fin has demonstrated his leadership ability in several positions at his firm and has earned the respect of several institutions and not-for-profit boards where he has served with great dignity."

"At the same time, I am sad that Ted Levine has decided to return to the full-time active practice of law. Ted has made significant contributions to The Legal Aid Society for the last three years as our President and prior to that as a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee. We will honor him on May 14 as the Servant of Justice at our Annual Awards Dinner."

Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief, said he welcomed the opportunity to work with Mr. Fogg. "Fin is a superb lawyer with significant business experience and will be a tremendous advocate for The Legal Aid Society and our clients. I look forward to working with him and building on the tremendous achievements during Ted's tenure."

"I believe that the Legal Aid Society plays an essential role in discharging society's obligation to provide quality legal representation to those who cannot afford to pay for it. In so doing, the Society helps to make our system of justice both fair and effective," Mr. Fogg said in a statement. " For that, all New Yorkers owe a debt of gratitude to Ted Levine, Steve Banks and their talented and committed staff, and I look forward to joining them on July 1st."

In his letter to staff, Ted Levine wrote that the decision to step down as President "has been an extremely difficult one. . . I am exceedingly proud of the accomplishments of The Legal Aid Society over the past three years and the spirit of collegiality and the good times we have shared. We have a well-deserved reputation for outstanding professionalism, high quality of service to clients, superb advocacy and the expanded use of technology in carrying out our mission."

"Fin has made an indelible mark on our firm, and we expect he will do the same in his capacity as President of The Legal Aid Society," said Eric J. Friedman, Executive Partner at Skadden. "We are proud of the contributions our lawyers have made to The Legal Aid Society over the years, and congratulate Fin on his appointment."

"Fin has been integral to the development of Skadden, Arps and, by his example, has made a valuable contribution to the legal profession as a whole," said Robert C. Sheehan, Pro Bono Partner at Skadden. "He is a superb lawyer, an exceptional leader and dedicated community advocate."

Skadden Corporate Lawyer Named Legal Aid President
The New York Law Journal
by Daniel Wise

Blaine V. Fogg, a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, will succeed Theodore A. Levine, a securities lawyer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, as president of the Legal Aid Society on July 1. Mr. Fogg, like Mr. Levine, who has been Legal Aid's president for the last three years, will be spending at least one-third of his time functioning as Legal Aid's chief executive officer overseeing finances and administration, said Alan Levine, the chairman of Legal Aid's board and a partner at Cooley Godward Kronish. Both Mr. Fogg and Mr. Levine, the outgoing president, are of counsels at their firms and are volunteering their time to Legal Aid, an 850-lawyer non-profit providing free civil and criminal representation to the poor. Mr. Fogg was a partner at Skadden Arps for 33 years specializing in mergers and acquisition. He became of counsel in 2004 when he was assigned to head the Paris office. Mr. Levine came to Wachtell Lipton as of counsel in 2003 after 10 years as chief legal officer at UBS Paine Webber. Mr. Levine and Kenneth Cole, the designer, will be honored at Legal Aid's annual Servant of Justice Award dinner on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Waldorf-Astoria.