James J. Mingle University Counsel and Adjunct Professor of Law (Fall term)
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Contact Information

Cornell University
300 Comp & Comm Center
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-3903
Fax: (607) 255-2794
Email: jjm19@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

James Mingle serves as Cornell University Counsel and Corporate Secretary; he is an Officer of the Corporation and reports jointly to the President and Board of Trustees. As University Counsel, he supervises and directs all legal services rendered on behalf of the University. As Secretary of the Corporation, he also serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees, heading the office that provides governance advice to and administrative support for the Board.

Prior to joining Cornell in 1995, Jim served as University General Counsel of the University of Virginia. Previously, he was head of the Educational Affairs Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office, where he served as chief counsel to the University of Maryland, the Maryland State Universities and Colleges, Morgan State University, several state higher education boards and commissions, and Maryland Public Television. He has also held management positions at Frostburg State University and the Philadelphia 76ers NBA Club; and he has held adjunct faculty positions at Frostburg State University and the Law Schools of the Universities of Maryland and Virginia.

Over the course of thirty years serving as general counsel, Jim has represented and advised public and private university clients on all aspects of educational policy and institutional operations. He has litigated numerous cases in trial and appellate courts that have entailed, for example, defending academic judgments concerning student admissions and faculty tenure; preserving university autonomy; advancing affirmative action; combatting sexual harassment; protecting intellectual property; affirming university authority over affiliated foundations; and dealing with internet defamation claims filed in foreign jurisdictions. As examples of noteworthy advisory matters, Jim served as lead counsel in crafting legislation reorganizing Maryland's system of higher education; in fashioning a state-wide equal educational opportunity plan following a decade-long dispute with the federal government; in launching a for-profit distance learning subsidiary; and in forging academic alliances with foreign entities.


B.A., 1968, St. Joseph's College
J.D., 1973, University of Virginia