Vice President & General Counsel, Duke University

Ms. Bernard is responsible for overseeing a variety of legal issues, including litigation, student and employment issues, health law, research, taxation, insurance, athletics, corporate and transactional matters and liability issues for both Duke University and Duke University Health System.  Prior to coming to Duke, she was Vice President and General Counsel to the University of Florida and directed its governing board operations.

Ms. Bernard is a past President of the National Association of College & University Attorneys and was awarded NACUA’s Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the field of higher education law practice.  She has served on numerous national committees or task forces over the past three decades, including the Association of American Governing Boards, the American Association of Research Universities, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.  She is a frequent speaker on legal issues and has authored numerous papers and other publications relating to higher education and policy.