Higher Education Legal Solutions, Inc
 
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Abigail Byman



Senior legal professional with more than 30 years of experience as in-house counsel as well as other administrative positions in Higher Education. 


Strengths lie in serving the legal needs of all levels of the organization, facilitating transactions by developing contact review and approval systems, developing policies to govern the management of employees, intellectual property, information and documents, and insuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. 


Recognized as instrumental in organizing review and approval processes for contracts and policies, establishing training for supervisors with the goal of avoiding or reducing legal liability, and being responsive to employees when legal issues are raised. 


Regarded as a skilled communicator, a client-centered problem solver, and a team player with a strong commitment to quality and ethical business practices.

 

EXPERIENCE AND SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS




North Dakota State University

                                                             

                              Equity Office

                              Institutional Equity and Compliance Officer

 

                              Manage compliance with federal and state equal opportunity laws and university policy, provide training to new and current employees on equal opportunity issues, including Title IX, respond to complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and provide guidance regarding regulatory interpretation and response to agency requests.



California State University 

                                                              

                              Office of Academic Personnel

                              Director of Academic Labor Relations


                     Handled grievances/ complaints brought by or against faculty, provided interpretations of the collective bargaining agreement and the faculty administrative manual, supported deans and department chairpersons in their work with faculty, and provided training and policy development for academic administration. 

 



The University of Scranton  

Scranton,  PA   

                                                                          

General Counsel and University Secretary 

 

Created the Office of General Counsel with the University as the primary client. Provided legal services to the Board of Trustees, the President, the Vice Presidents, other administrators, and professional staff who raised questions relating to the interests of the University. Areas of practice included agreements and contracts, intellectual property, real estate, taxation, federal and state agency discrimination charges, and legal issues affecting employees and students.

 

  • Supervised outside counsel and worked as a team to defend litigation; all cases were either won or settled appropriately.
  • Advised on negotiation and management of collective bargaining agreements and served on management table team; drafted mutually advantageous provisions.
  • Conducted avoiding legal liability and legal briefings for supervisors which constituted, along with policy development, the best defense against preventable claims.
  • Revised or created policies on information security, computer use, conduct, conflict of interest, record retention, sexual harassment, and intellectual property, among others.

 Loyola University of Chicago  


                            Office of the General Counsel as Staff Attorney as             Assistant General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, and Acting General Counsel

                                                                                                                                          

Scope: Worked in wide range of areas concerning higher education and corporate law, including real estate, state and local taxation, contracts, faculty and student matters, agency discrimination charges, personnel matters and intellectual property.


Responsibilities: Provided legal advice to university administrators, faculty, and staff, drafted and reviewed contracts, pleadings, and other documents, negotiated with adverse parties, represented the University in agency matters, and supervised outside counsel.


Examples of Accomplishments: Wrote copyright and patent polices for the University, standardized student academic grievance procedures, obtained real estate tax exemptions on all University property used for educational purposes, successfully resolved many agency complaints in favor of the University, initiated program for use of copyrighted materials in the classroom, set up a system for protection of University service marks.     

 

                                                                                                                                                                                        



EDUCATION

 

1974-1977             University of Denver College of Law                                                

                               Denver, Colorado

                               J.D., June, 1977

                               General Editor, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy.

                               Publication: “The March on the Spanish Sahara: A Test of International Law.”

                               6 Denver JInt’l  L&  Policy 95 (1976).

 

 

1970-1974            Carleton College                                                                Northfield, Minnesota

      B.A. magna cum laude, June, 1974

                  Major: Government and International Relations