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Name and title: Marvin Krislov, vice president and general counsel Age: 44 Michigan Wolverines: Established in 1817 by the Michigan Territorial Legislature, the University of Michigan is one of the United States’ first public universities. Originally on Chippewa, Ottawa and Potawatomi tribal land in Detroit, U of M’s main campus is now in Ann Arbor, with complementary campuses in Dearborn and Flint. Total enrollment for the trio of locations is 54,205, with 7,698 faculty members and graduate-student instructors. It is the nation’s largest prelaw and premedicine university. Full-spectrum duties: Unlike “today’s lawyers, [who] are so narrow and specialized,” Krislov is very much a generalist. The school is in the top three of colleges receiving federal research dollars, so integrity and compliance concerns generate “a huge volume” of work with “huge stakes.” Technology transfer patents and copyright fair use issues also create legal work in the burgeoning intellectual property arena. Real estate, housing and construction are significant areas for the legal team, as are student liability incidents, disciplinary cases and health maintenance organization-related matters. Krislov also tracks USA Patriot Act restrictions, and interprets immigration-related legislation for foreign students and researchers. He has upped his involvement in education and training, believing that a GC’s office adds value to an institution by taking a proactive stance on privacy, ethics and regulatory issues. He participates in university presentations on such matters, and also teaches courses on in-house counseling and congressional oversight. Affirmative action: One impetus for Krislov to join U of M was “the very public set of lawsuits” that rose all the way to the Supreme Court in determining whether diversity was a justification for any consideration of race in college admissions. Gratz v. Bollinger involved undergraduate admissions and Grutter v. Bollinger involved law school admissions. Krislov arrived at the district court stage and, with his colleagues, devised internal and external communications strategy, reviewed legal pleadings and decided who would be called and what arguments they might make. With then-President Lee Bollinger, the provost and board members also involved, Krislov said that “it is rare for general counsel to have responsibility for something that was so high on the agenda for the leadership of an academic institution.” Amicus briefs played a key role, and Krislov’s input in one representing the military establishment was critical. H. Norman Schwarzkopf and Wesley Clark, among others, addressed the divisiveness and threat to national security resulting from the enmity between Vietnam-era white officers and black enlistees and draftees. The armed forces later embarked on an affirmative-action strategy in its academies and Reserve Officer Training Corps, with positive results. “There were very apt parallels to some of the issues we were discussing,” said Krislov. “We were arguing the cases at the time we went to war in Iraq. The military context was on everyone’s mind.” Krislov feels vindicated by the court’s ultimate split decision. “If I had to quantify it, I would say we won 80% of what we had asked for. Diversity is important, and in some cases, can only be achieved by a degree of race consciousness.” With Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s majority opinion in the Grutter ruling-”in very strong language on the importance of diversity”-still ringing in his ears, Krislov said, “It’s hard to beat the sense that we had done something very important that a lot of people didn’t think we would achieve.” GC and NCAA: U of M is an athletic powerhouse, with the most football wins in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history and a 110,000-capacity stadium, so sports-related matters are also on Krislov’s plate. His “most sustained piece of work” for the Wolverines revolved around improper loans allegedly made by a university booster to basketball star Chris Webber and others. The school self-imposed a one-year penalty and the NCAA added other punitive components, including a two-year post-season ban. Krislov, partnering with Mike Glazier of Syracuse, N.Y.-based Bond, Schoeneck & King, and working with the university’s president, board of regents and athletic director, successfully appealed the NCAA ban to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. Krislov provides general legal advice to the athletic director, deals with Title IX and other sports compliance issues and maintains a long-standing licensing deal with Nike Inc. Legal team: Krislov’s office dispenses legal services for the entire university. He oversees a 40-person staff, 20 of whom are lawyers, and he reports to President Mary Sue Coleman. Ruled to be a fourth branch of government by the Michigan Supreme Court, U of M has constitutional autonomy, unusual for a state public university. The state attorney general’s office, therefore, does not litigate for the school and doesn’t necessarily determine its legal positions. Krislov normally hands the litigation off to in-state firms: Butzel Long; Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone; Dickinson Wright; and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, all Detroit- based. In its landmark affirmative action cases, university attorneys partnered with Maureen Mahoney of Latham & Watkins and John Payton of then-Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. For medical malpractice and other specialty areas, Krislov turns to smaller boutique firms. Route to the top: Krislov has degrees from Yale University (1982) and Yale Law School (1988). He also attended Oxford University, from 1983 to 1985, as a Rhodes scholar. After law school, Krislov clerked for U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the Northern District of California, in San Francisco. In 1989, and until 1993, he served in an honors program at the U.S. Department of Justice, focusing on cases involving racial violence and police brutality. A three-year detail at the White House counsel’s office followed, after which Krislov moved to the U.S. Department of Labor. By 1997, he was acting solicitor, “a pretty significant job,” in his words. He assumed his current duties at the university in 1998. Personal: Krislov and his wife, Amy Sheon, are the parents of three: Zac, 11; Jesse, 7; and Evie Rose, 4. Baltimore-born Krislov likes to work out and loves theater. Last book and movie: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . And Others Don’t, by Jim Collins, and Sideways.

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