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Name and title: James J. Mingle, university counsel and secretary of the corporation Age: 58 The University: Cornell University of Ithaca, N.Y., was founded by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White in 1865. Today, the Ivy League institution has 260 buildings on its main campus, along with New York City’s Weill Medical College and the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Cornell is a privately endowed university and also functions as the federal land-grant institution of New York state. It encompasses a dozen colleges and schools, four of which are state-assisted. Cornell has 20,000 students in its various facilities and a total of 12,000 faculty members. Satisfied generalist: For General Counsel James J. Mingle, “the appeal of the position is the variety of issues, controversies and cases that is entailed in representing a research university.” It also feeds his yen for public service, “with research of profound public benefit and high public-purpose work with clients, colleagues and trustees.” Corporate issues for Mingle’s office include litigation, research, commercial law, trusts, estates and gifts, employment matters and general legal policy. It also ensures compliance with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, handles coaches’ contracts and attends to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 gender issues. Student-related concerns include financial aid, academic integrity, conduct, fraternities, privacy and safety. Faculty tenure is also on his plate. University lawyers see an estimated 120 personal injury cases yearly, including falls, athletic injuries, hazing episodes, fights and lab accidents. These potentially costly incidents have kindled in Mingle an interest in tort reform, as Cornell, being a private university, lacks sovereign immunity. Mingle is also an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School, focusing on law and higher education. Issues he covers include the First Amendment, diversity, disability, sexual harassment, student and faculty due process, safety and the athletics program. He also conducts seminars and workshops on student and faculty issues. Open records cases: Mingle has directly participated in a pair of cases “that go to the heart of governance” of the university’s four state-assisted “contract” colleges. In 1999′s Stoll v. New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, 723 N.E.2d 65, Mingle successfully argued before the New York Court of Appeals that disciplinary records at contract colleges are not subject to New York state Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) disclosure. Mingle recently filed briefs appealing a negative trial court decision in Alderson v. Cornell University, No. 2000-1150 (Tompkins Co., N.Y., Sup. Ct. Jan. 11, 2002), again arguing that issues concerning research, educational and operational matters at its contract schools are subject only to Cornell’s discretion and authority. Mingle further asserts that the colleges are not state agencies, nor is Cornell bound by the FOIL in these instances, since at Cornell’s founding, management authority over the colleges had clearly been delegated to the university. Cornell and Cornell Research Foundation v. Hewlett-Packard, No. 5:01-cv-1974 (N.D.N.Y.), filed in the U.S. district court in Syracuse, N.Y., is another case on Mingle’s agenda. The university sued Hewlett-Packard Co. for infringing on a computer-processing instruction technique invented by a Cornell professor. Two pretrial rulings have fallen heavily in Cornell’s favor in the case, which is in an extensive discovery stage, said Mingle. Medical research: Cornell receives substantial funding from the National Institutes of Health for its biomedical research programs. Mingle “keeps an eye” on research compliance issues related to institutional review boards, informed consent and medical privacy, research-subject protection, scientific integrity and conflicts of interest. He characterized the whole portfolio of research compliance as “a substantial part, these days, of the compliance side of our legal work.” Legal team: Mingle is atop the Office of University Counsel, which he described as Cornell’s “in-house general practice law firm, essentially a full-service shop.” His team includes 10 Ithaca-based attorneys along with three who staff the Weill Medical College. Michael Kimberly (corporate), Nelson Roth (litigation) and James Kahn (medical college) serve as deputies. Mingle reports to President Jeffrey S. Lehman and the board of trustees. The lion’s share of Cornell’s legal load is performed in-house, according to Mingle. He will go outside, for example, for patent matters, specialized issues related to New York City real estate, collective bargaining with four unions or for selective other cases. Counsel retained by insurers for Weill Medical College or New York- Presbyterian Hospital, an allied institution, handle medical malpractice. External counsel include attorneys from the New York office of Chicago’s Winston & Strawn; Washington’s Hogan & Hartson, including its New York office; the Rochester, N.Y., office of Nixon Peabody; the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood; Rochester’s Ward Norris Heller & Reidy; Roseland, N.J.’s Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman; and New York’s Martinez & Ritorto. Route to the top: Mingle, who has degrees from St. Joseph’s University (1968) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1973), “has been in higher education since I left law school.” He started as an assistant to the president of Maryland’s Frostburg State College, mixing administrative and in-house legal responsibilities, then moved on to the Maryland attorney general’s office in 1977 as a lawyer for the University of Maryland. Four years later, Mingle was appointed chief of the educational affairs division for the AG’s office. In 1989, Mingle became general counsel of the University of Virginia, and he assumed his present position in 1995. Personal: Philadelphia-born Mingle and his wife, Barbara O’Neil Mingle, are the parents of Christina, 29, and Jonathan, 25. He is especially proud of his work as a joint advisory board member overseeing the Qatar program. He also participates in the “Bridging the Rift” program, which provides graduate education for Israeli and Jordanian agricultural life sciences students. He fills his spare time with skiing, working out and reading history. Last book and movie: Washington’s Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer, and Cold Mountain.

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