Vice President and General Counsel
Dorothy Kathryn Robinson, B.A., J.D.
Dorothy K. Robinson, Vice President and General Counsel of the University, was appointed Yale's General Counsel in 1986. The following year, she was named an officer of the Corporation -- the second woman officer in Yale's history. As Yale's chief legal officer and legal counselor to the Corporation, she oversees all of the University's legal affairs, and directs its Office of the General Counsel. In addition, she oversees the University's federal relations and its program of enterprise risk management.
Ms. Robinson earned her B.A. with honors in economics at Swarthmore College, and her law degree at the University of California's Berkeley Law School. Before coming to Yale in 1978, she practiced law with Hughes Hubbard and Reed in New York City. After arriving at Yale, she served as Associate General Counsel until she was named Deputy General Counsel in 1984, and Director of Federal Relations the following year.
Ms. Robinson has served on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She has also served on numerous policy task forces and special committees of higher education associations, including task forces of the Association of American Universities and the Association of American Medical Centers on accountability in research and financial conflicts of interest. Most recently, since 2008 she has been a member of the Committee on Management of University Intellectual Property under the auspices of the National Academies of Science's Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy and its Committee on Science, Technology and the Law.
Since 2007, Ms. Robinson has served as a trustee of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, which with the College Retirement Equities Fund is the nation's leading provider of retirement plans for academia and the nonprofit sector. She has served as a board member of several local and community-based organizations, including the Hopkins School, the Connecticut Mental Health Center, Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance.
Ms. Robinson is a member of the bar of Connecticut, New York, California and various federal courts.