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Michael Hoffman Posner, American federal agency administrator, lawyer. Bar: California 1975, Illinois 1976, United States Dist Court Northern District Illinois 1976. Member of Council Foreign Relations, American Bar Association.


Posner, Michael Hoffman was born on November 19, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Harry Randolph and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Posner.


University of Michigan (Bachelor of Arts). University of California Boalt Hall School of Law (Juris Doctor).


Research assistant International Commission Jurists, Geneva, 1974. Associate Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, Chicago, 1975-1978. Executive director Human Rights First, New York City, 1978—2005, president, 2005—2009.

Assistant secretary for democracy, human rights & labor United States Department State, Washington, since 2009. Visiting lecturer Yale Law School, New Haven, 1981-1984, Columbia Law School, New York City, since 1984. Board directors Fair Labor Association.


Member Council Foreign Relations, New York City. Member American Bar Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, skiing, hiking.


Married Deborah Korzenik, December 12, 1986. Children: Alexander Posner, Hannah Posner, Daniel Posner.