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When the Boss Is in a Tricky Spot, What’s a General Counsel to Do?

By Josh Keller

General counsels who learn of potential wrongdoing by high-ranking college officials find themselves in a delicate position. Who should be told? When does attorney-client privilege apply? How can lawyers protect their own reputations?

Such situations are rare, but they are high-stakes. “They are the types of things that can end your career, end your relationship, or significantly change your relationship” with a university leader, said Jerry D. Blakemore, general counsel at Northern Illinois University.

At the annual meeting of Nacua, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, panelists offered advice for how university lawyers should handle revelations of potential executive misbehavior and when they should go up the ladder.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/When-the-Boss-Is-in-a-Tricky/128071/

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