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Stony Brook University Appoints Suzanne V. Shane Chief Campus Counsel

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Suzanne shaneSTONY BROOK, NY — December 13, 2023 — Stony Brook University has appointed Suzanne V. Shane Chief Campus Counsel. In this role, Shane will serve as the university’s lead attorney managing and supervising the Office of General Counsel (OGC) including legal oversight for Stony Brook Medicine and its health sciences schools, hospitals and the Long Island State Veterans Home. Shane had been serving as Interim Chief Campus Counsel since September 2022 and will continue to report to both Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis and Kapil Longani, Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at the State University of New York. 

In addition to representing the University before New York State and Federal agencies, Shane will continue to advise on governance matters including policies of the SUNY Board of Trustees, the Stony Brook Council and serve as a liaison to the Attorney General of New York State. Shane was previously named Assistant Chief Campus Counsel in 2015 and has been a member of the OGC at Stony Brook since 2010.

“Working closely with Suzanne, I have witnessed a collaborative leader committed to advocating in the best interests of Stony Brook and its students, faculty and staff,” said President McInnis. “Her strong analytical skills combined with her thoughtful legal counsel on operational and governance issues continue to guide and strengthen our university,” said President McInnis.

Prior to joining Stony Brook, Shane served as Associate Counsel at Long Island University from 2004-2010 where she assisted General Counsel in management of the university’s legal affairs department and provided advice and counsel on a broad range of issues with specific emphasis  on transactional and contractual matters. She also served as a Partner at the law firm of Twomey, Latham, Shea & Kelley and as an Associate at Power, Weiss & Marks and Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller.

Shane earned her Juris Doctor degree at New York Law School and is a proud Seawolf, graduating from Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Business. She is a fourth generation Setauket resident as well.

Photo Credit: Susan Elise Schiebler

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