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Stephanie Graham Named Associate Vice President

Deputy general counsel to help lead University legal office

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Stephanie M. Graham, currently deputy general counsel at Northwestern University, has been promoted to associate vice president and deputy general counsel for Northwestern University, effective Jan. 1, 2016, Philip Harris, Northwestern’s vice president and general counsel, announced today.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Graham received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. She is a member of the bar in Illinois and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

“Stephanie Graham is a true legal scholar and a gifted leader with a deep understanding of the complex legal issues in higher education,” Harris said. “She will continue to play a key leadership role in the Office of General Counsel.” 

After working in private practice, Graham joined Northwestern as an assistant general counsel in 1993. She was promoted to associate general counsel in 1996 and deputy general counsel in 2001. As deputy general counsel, Graham has been the lead attorney on a number of issues, including working with deans and vice presidents to develop legal strategies and solutions. Her areas of expertise include litigation and counseling regarding employment discrimination, research compliance, Title IX matters, conflict of interest, athletics and affirmative action relating to admissions and financial aid.

Graham has served on numerous University committees, including the strategic planning committee, the leadership and ethics task force, the risk initiative steering committee and many others. She also is an adjunct instructor in the School of Education and Social Policy.

Graham and her spouse, Jim, live in Wilmette. They have a daughter who is a junior in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, a son who will be a freshman in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences next year, and a son in junior high school. 

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