The Office of University Counsel provides legal representation and advice to Cornell University on a broad range of legal issues including business transactions, compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, government grants and contracts, litigation, labor and employment, faculty and student issues, privacy, intellectual property, technology transfer, information technology law, safety and environmental law, health law, real estate, international issues, non-profit and tax matters. The office represents the university in litigation and before regulatory agencies, as well as advising on legal exposures and engaging in preventive lawyering, including educational programs. All attorneys are expected to collaborate effectively to address the legal needs of Cornell University.
This position may develop as one full-time position or as two 50% positions, depending on the strengths and interests of applicants. Applicants seeking either a full time or a part-time position are encouraged to apply.
The Office of University Counsel seeks an attorney (or two part-time attorneys) to support a wide-range of corporate law needs including advising and drafting documents related to benefits/ERISA, gifts (including real estate and investment assets), trusts and planned giving instruments, and related income tax matters, as well as providing legal support to the university's investment office. This attorney (these attorneys) will address other legal matters as directed by the University Counsel.
The position responsibilities, title and band will be mapped to the selected candidate(s) qualifications and experience.
J.D. or L.L.B. degree required. The individual must be a member of, or able to obtain prompt reciprocal admission to, the New York State Bar. Five+ years of legal experience (more is desirable), with demonstrated significant expertise in at least one of the above-noted areas.
Experience representing private sector employers, either in a private practice setting or in-house, or some combination thereof.
Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills.
Ability to collaborate with colleagues and with other university professionals across a variety of disciplines.
Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, a concern for others, and interest in learning additional areas of relevant law.
Proficiency with office computer technologies.
Ability to work successfully as a team member in an office that handles a high volume and varied portfolio of legal matters.
Experience in more than a single noted practice area.
Practice experience in higher education (whether as outside counsel or in-house counsel).
Attached cover letter and CV are required at the time of application.
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No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
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