William Josephson is a retired partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP. He was a major architect of the Peace Corps and its founding counsel from 1961 to 1966. From 1999 to 2004 he served as head of the New York State Law Department Charities Bureau. He lives in Brooklyn.
In his first State of the Union Address, President Kennedy said that when the problems "are towering and unprecedented — the response must be towering and unprecedented as well." His words ring true today.