Yale names new common counsel

Alexander Dreier LAW ’95 has been named Yale’s new vice president and basic counsel.

Come March 23, 2015, Dreier will substitute Dorothy Robinson as the University’s best legal counsel. The information was announced by University President Peter Salovey in an e mail to the Yale Community Thursday afternoon.

“[Dreier] has worked with universities all more than the country and internationally in places crucial to Yale,” Salovey said, citing civil rights, research regulation and worldwide schooling as amongst Dreier’s areas of expertise. “His expertise of increased education will be extremely useful to us.”

Dreier’s appointment comes at a particularly contentious time for the common counsel’s office. From heightened scrutiny over campus policy on sexual misconduct to final year’s suit towards three faculty members in the College of Management in which the plaintiff claimed she had not been reappointed to her professorship since her gender and age, the workplace is no stranger to nuanced and challenging troubles.

At present a companion at the law company Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., Dreier’s practice focuses on advising universities, healthcare centers and other educational and study institutions, in accordance to his skilled profile on the firm’s internet site. Dreier has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as other federal and state courts, in litigation including affirmative action, civil rights, college funding, employment discrimination and unique schooling. He also has experience advising universities and their governing boards on troubles relevant to endowment management, conflicts of interest, international initiatives and pupil affairs.

Amid his latest endeavors, Dreier and other partners at Hogan Lovells filed an amicus curiae short in the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas, which involved a challenge by a white pupil, who was denied admission to the university, to its policy of contemplating race as a single element in its admissions calculus. Dreier and his colleagues represented 40 associations of schools, universities, educators, trustees and other representatives of greater education in supporting the University’s admissions policy.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Dreier was assistant to the provost and adjunct professor of law at the University of Oklahoma and clerked in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be returning to Yale in this new position,” Dreier said in an e mail to the News. “I loved New Haven as a law student, and am searching forward to currently being element of the Yale community yet again.”

Senior Advisor to the President Martha Highsmith said Dreier’s appointment was finalized more than the previous week. When Dreier assumes workplace in mid-Spring, acting common counsel Cynthia Carr will return to her place as deputy common counsel.

Ahead of coming to Yale Law College, Dreier studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, exactly where he obtained an M.A. in philosophy and politics. Dreier finished his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, the place he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

In addition to his skilled practice, Dreier is a member of the Nationwide Association of College and University Attorneys, as effectively as the American Health Lawyers’ Association. He frequently speaks on behalf of each organizations about legal developments of curiosity to consumers in research and education. Kathleen Santora, chief executive officer of the NACUA, mentioned Dreier has been an lively and engaged member of the association since 1997.

“Alex is an excellent speaker, author and volunteer and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position of vice president and standard counsel at Yale,” Santora stated.

Dreier’s appointment comes seven months right after Salovey announced Robinson’s departure at the finish of April. Robinson was the 2nd woman ever to be appointed vice president of the University, and via her time as common counsel supported a selection of University initiatives — between them partnerships with New Haven, on the web schooling, policies on sexual harassment and the return of ROTC to Yale.

“It really would be extremely hard to isolate a certain set of events, as my time right here has been extraordinarily total, not only with unique moments, but with impressive people through several alterations at Yale and in the legal landscape of larger education,” Robinson explained.

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