Law alumnus Alexander Dreier named as Yale’s next general counsel

Alexander Dreier, an attorney with an international practice in higher education, will be Yale’s next vice president and general counsel, effective March 23, 2015, President Peter Salovey announced.

Aexander Dreier

Currently a partner at the law firm of Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., Dreier advises universities on civil rights, research regulation, conflicts of interest, clinical trials, governance, international education, risk management, privacy, and other matters central to many of the key legal and policy issues faced by Yale. He has published and spoken extensively on these topics and worked with many universities across the country.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Dreier holds an A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he received an M.A. in philosophy and politics. He began his professional career as an assistant to the provost at the University of Oklahoma, advising the president and provost on policy matters, helping to establish an honors college, and teaching corporate governance. He then clerked on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before joining Hogan.

“Alex comes from an ‘education family’: His mother was a teacher and principal, his sister is a teacher, his brother is a professor of philosophy, and his father, who is retired, was a psychologist. Alex’s goal, from his earliest legal career, was to practice education law, and I am delighted that this path has brought him to Yale,” said Salovey.

The President added, “I would like to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude again to Dorothy Robinson for her three decades of service to Yale; to thank Cynthia Carr, who is providing exemplary leadership as acting general counsel; and to extend my appreciation to all members of the Office of the General Counsel for their dedication and contributions to Yale. I look forward to having Alex join this excellent group.”

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