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Higher Education Law 2015: Current Issues & Recent Developments

 
Author(s): Frederick P. Schaffer
Practice Area: Pro Bono
Published: May 2015
PLI Item #: 58426
CHB Spine #: H978

Frederick P. Schaffer is General Counsel and Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs of The City University of New York. In this position, he is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and the University on a wide range of issues and supervising a legal department of 20 lawyers.  Mr. Schaffer also serves as General Counsel to the CUNY Construction Fund, a public authority that finances capital construction at the University.  Previously, Mr. Schaffer was a litigation partner in the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where he specialized in commercial and securities litigation and employment law.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Schaffer served as Counsel to Mayor Koch, Chief of Litigation in the Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York and Assistant U.S. Attorney in Manhattan.  He also was an Associate Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Mr. Schaffer has served as Chairman of the Legal Aid Society and is currently a Trustee of the Practising Law Institute and a Director of Citizens Union, where he also co-chairs the Municipal Affairs Committee.  He has previously served as Chairman of NYC Public/Private Initiatives, Inc. and a Director of the University Settlement Society.  He is also active in the New York City Bar Association, where he currently serves as a member of the Committee on Government Ethics and has previously served as a member of a number of committees, including the Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee and as Chairman of the Committee on Education and the Law.  Mr. Schaffer received his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Francis L. Van Dusen, Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Mr. Schaffer was a recipient of one of the 2011 Awards for Excellence in Public Service from the New York State Bar Association.