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Name and title: Robert W. Iuliano, vice president and general counsel Age: 45 First in higher education: Established in 1636, Harvard University is the United States’ oldest institution of higher learning. Occupying nearly 5,000 acres in Cambridge, Mass., it is home to 20,042 students who receive instruction from approximately 2,497 nonmedical faculty members and 10,674 faculty at affiliated teaching hospitals. Harvard numbers seven U.S. presidents among its graduates, including John Adams, class of 1755. In fiscal year 2006, it generated $3 billion in income (offset by $3 billion in expenses) and its endowment was worth $29.2 billion. Its name derives from John Harvard, a minister who was the college’s first benefactor. General duties: “One of the charms of working at a university is the stunning breadth of activity,” Iuliano said. In a variety of roles in Harvard’s Office of General Counsel, he has overseen a wide array of legal matters and, now as head of the department, he is responsible for all of Harvard’s legal affairs. He heads the day-to-day management of the office, providing counsel and legal advice to the school’s president, deans and governing boards. Iuliano’s cadre of lawyers is continually working to keep abreast of campus activities, including oversight of the Harvard International Office, which is responsible for the visa work essential to the university’s foreign students. Higher education and the government, he said, have collaborated to achieve a better balance in this area since the tight restrictions imposed following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In this regard, Iuliano emphasized “the truly vital role foreign students and scholars play in American universities and the economy.” Additional responsibilities: Student affairs, tenure issues and incidents of scientific misconduct all are concerns. Federal investigations and audits, police and security matters and labor and employment issues involve Iuliano as well. Intellectual property and sponsored research are priorities. Since Harvard is a large research facility, its general counsel must ensure that the university adheres to the substantial requirements related to research sponsorship, paying particular mind that federal dollars are spent appropriately. Sarbanes-Oxley regulations do not apply directly to the nonprofit Harvard, but they “influence governing boards and senior management,” Iuliano said. Athletics are another area of focus-according to Iuliano, Harvard has “the largest number of athletic programs of any Division I school in the country,” referring to the top level of competition of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The school lacks fraternities and sororities, so “Greek”-related legal issues are not a factor. Recently, Iuliano spearheaded Harvard’s filing of an amicus brief in the consolidated University of Michigan admissions affirmative action cases- Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger-with Harvard affirming the value of diversity. Occasionally, in-house matters rise to the national spotlight, such as a recent discrimination case in which a librarian alleged that a supervisor told her she was “too sexy to be promoted at Harvard.” (A federal jury decided for the university.) Iuliano is studying the implications of the USA Patriot Act for higher education. He described academic freedom as “a vital subset of the First Amendment.” Since 2000, Iuliano has lectured at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, teaching a course called “Higher Education and the Law.” He taught from 1998 to 2001 at the Harvard Extension School, where he designed and offered “Introduction to Law.” Legal team and outside counsel: Harvard’s law department is staffed by 10 university lawyers, assisted by three associate attorneys. A search is progressing for an additional attorney to focus on transactional and international issues. At present, Iuliano reports to Interim President Derek Bok, but will report to Drew Faust upon her installation on July 1 as Harvard’s first female president. Incidentally, Iuliano helped staff the search process that resulted in Faust’s hiring. “The mix of activities at a given moment” determines whether work is handled in-house or outside, he said. Harvard tends to “hire the lawyer more than the law firm,” he stressed, but often turns to the following firms when in need: Goodwin Procter; Ropes & Gray; and Choate, Hall & Stewart, all of Boston; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; and McDermott, Will & Emery. Route to present position: Iuliano received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1983 and, three years later, his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. He was editor in chief of the Virginia Law Review. Iuliano commenced his career as a law clerk for Levin Campbell, then chief judge of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He later entered private practice at Choate, Hall & Stewart. From 1991, until joining Harvard, Iuliano investigated and prosecuted criminal cases for the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston. He took his current job in June 2003, although he had been performing many of the job’s duties beginning the previous year. Starting at Harvard in 1994 as a university attorney, he was named deputy general counsel in 2000. Personal: Iuliano and his wife, Susan, are the parents of sons Jeff, 15, and Ben, 12. The native of Waltham, Mass., enjoys running, photography and piano playing in his spare time. Last book and movie: Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information Is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, From Our Brains to Black Holes, by Charles Seife, and The Deer Hunter.

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