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President James Wright announced today that Robert B. Donin has been appointed General Counsel at Dartmouth College, effective August 1, 2000. As Dartmouth's principal legal officer, Donin will provide general legal guidance and advice to the Board of Trustees, the President and other administrative officers, and to the faculty with respect to all legal issues affecting the College.
Donin comes to Dartmouth from Harvard University, where he has advised on legal issues since 1984. Deputy General Counsel there since 1997, he has also served as University Attorney and Administrative Coordinator in the Office of the General Counsel (1993-1997) and was University Attorney from 1984 to 1992. "Robert Donin is a distinguished attorney," said Dartmouth President James Wright. "Because of his broad and varied experience in higher education, he will be a superb colleague and valued advisor to me and to the entire Dartmouth community."
A native of New Rochelle, NY, and a 1971 graduate of Colgate University, Donin obtained his J.D. in 1974 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his L.L.M. in 1978 from the University of London, where he was a Fulbright/Hays Scholar in International Law. He served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1974 to 1977 and was an associate and then partner in the Washington, D.C., firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard & McPherson until 1984. With areas of practice in civil litigation, administrative law and environmental law, he participated in the Transportation Department's Honors Program (1974-1975) and received from that agency both the General Counsel's Special Achievement Award (1976) and the Secretary's Award (1977).
At Harvard, he supervised the Office of the General Counsel and has been involved in a broad variety of challenging legal issues affecting institutions of higher education, including student affairs, affirmative action, and intellectual property. He served on the Committee on Patents and Copyrights and the Committee on Research Policy, and was Intellectual Property Counsel to the University Committee on Information Technology. As Deputy General Counsel, he introduced a number of new programs, including an annual series of legal seminars for university managers and a series of on-line publications on legal issues in higher education.
"I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve Dartmouth," Donin said. "I very much look forward to joining President Wright, Provost Prager, and the other members of the faculty and administration as Dartmouth undertakes new programs and initiatives to build on its tradition of excellence."
Donin is the author, with Robert Starr, of Doing Business in the United States: An Executive's Guide (London, Oyez Publishing Ltd., 1979) and has published articles in the American Bar Association Journal and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. He has served on the Program, Professional Development, and Finance Committees of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and was a judge in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition for the Northeast Region in 1997. Robert Donin is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Massachusetts Bars and serves on the College and University Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association.
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