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January 11, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Luger Named UNC Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
CHAPEL HILL – Laura Bernstein Luger, an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice of Durham, has been named vice president for legal affairs and general counsel of the multi-campus University of North Carolina. The appointment, effective February 1, was announced today by UNC President Erskine Bowles. Luger succeeds Leslie Winner, who resigned from the post last month to become executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
In her new position, Luger will serve as the University’s senior legal officer, providing advice and counsel to the president, the UNC Board of Governors, and senior University staff on all legal and policy issues affecting the University. She also will oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures to promote University-wide awareness of and compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and administrative requirements.
Speaking to the UNC Board of Governors at its January meeting, Bowles said of the appointment, “Laura Bernstein Luger is a seasoned negotiator, mediator, and litigator who brings to the University a proven understanding of the legal issues facing large, complex organizations such as universities, hospitals, municipalities, and research entities. Having practiced for more than 25 years in two of North Carolina’s most prestigious law firms, she has earned the trust and respect of the state’s legal and business communities, and we are delighted that she has agreed to join our leadership team.”
Luger holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Bryn Mawr College and earned her J.D. at the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. A business attorney with a strong background in both litigation and transactional work, she joined Womble Carlyle in 2003 after spending more than two decades with the Durham office of Moore & Van Allen. Twice named one of North Carolina’s “Super Lawyers” on the basis of peer evaluations conducted by Law & Politics, Luger has taught legal writing and research at UNC-Chapel Hill and served as faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. A state-certified mediator and past chair of the NC Bar Association’s Construction Law Section, she currently serves on the advisory board of the Center for International Understanding. A founding member and former board chair of the Global Fund for Children, she also has served on the board of Special Olympics of North Carolina and chaired the board of the North Central Legal Assistance Program.
The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 209,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.