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MIT's senior counsel named vice president of University of Florida

Jamie Lewis Keith, MIT's senior counsel and managing director for environmental programs and risk management since June 1999, has been named vice president and general counsel of the University of Florida starting in October.

Ms. Keith, who has a background in both private practice, as a junior partner at Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr), and in government as general counsel of a major state agency in Massachusetts Gov. William Weld's adminstration, came to MIT to establish the Senior Counsel's Office, which was MIT's first primary inside counsel's office. The office serves the senior officers and provides a broad range of Institute-wide legal services.

"Over the past seven years, Jamie has helped MIT to navigate an increasingly complex legal landscape," said Executive Vice President and Treasurer Sherwin Greenblatt. "MIT has benefited greatly from her extraordinary dedication and high standards."

Ms. Keith's accomplishments have included the creation of MIT's first unified Environment, Health and Safety Office and the filing of the Institute's amicus brief in the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court cases regarding affirmative action in admissions. She has also been closely involved in the establishment of major international and inter-institutional research and education collaborations.

At the University of Florida, Ms. Keith will be responsible for all legal matters for the university, its board of trustees and its affiliated organizations. She will oversee a General Counsel's Office of 12 attorneys.

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