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Taffora is choice for UW legal counsel


MADISON (WKOW) -- Former Deputy Attorney General, Raymond Taffora, is the new UW , Vice Chancellor for legal affairs.

"As a top research university, we face challenging and complex legal questions on a variety of fronts. Ray Taffora's experience will provide a strong foundation for our work, " says Rebecca Blank, new chancellor of UW-Madison.

"It's rare to have the opportunity to be general counsel for a great public research university," says Taffora. "I'm looking forward to using my experience in state government, as well as private practice, in service of the university, addressing the myriad of issues that arise in conjunction with the university's place in state and national affairs."

Taffora served as Deputy AG under current Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen and is currently a partner at the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich.

The university says the principal duties for vice chancellor for legal affairs include directing the legal affairs of the UW-Madison campus and serving as senior counselor to the chancellor and other top university officials.  

The others finalists were Thomas Dorer, vice president and general counsel at the University of Hartford; Corey Finkelmeyer, director of civil litigation at the Wisconsin Department of Justice; Judith Leonard, general counsel at the Smithsonian Institute; and Nancy Lynch, associate director of the Office of Administrative Legal Services at UW-Madison.


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