April 17, 2014 | President's Office
Lynette M. Phillips, an attorney who has specialized in higher education law for more than 15 years, joins CUNY as Legal Counsel for Guttman Community College, the Graduate Center, the Graduate School of Journalism, Macaulay Honors College and the School for Professional Services. As a member of President Evenbeck’s leadership team, she will be working at the college two days a week.
Before joining CUNY, Ms. Phillips served as University Counsel at Long Island University where she managed all legal matters associated with daily and long term institutional operations, including external litigation, preventative law initiatives, commercial transactions, human resource and student life matters, risk management, procurement, fundraising issues, academic misconduct, university governance, public safety, policy development and regulatory compliance. She handled many of the same issues as Associate Counsel at Stony Brook University, the State University of New York, from 2002 to 2010.
Ms. Phillips began her legal career in Maryland, working for the Maryland General Assembly, the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Licensing, Regulation and Labor before joining DLA Piper, a leading business law firm. After transferring to Piper’s New York office with an advisory and litigation practice in employment, commercial contracts and business torts, she joined the New York Attorney General’s Education Division. Her significant cases included implementation of the Regency Examinations, faculty certification requirements, tenure issues, Title VII and intellectual property claims. Ms. Phillips graduated from John Hopkins University with honors, and received her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.
“I look forward to working at Guttman and immersing myself in the legal nuances of a two-year college,” commented Lynette M. Phillips.