Tamara Britt Appointed General Counsel

In this newly created position, Britt will serve as the College’s principal legal officer.

Tamara J. BrittTamara J. Britt, Esq., has been appointed as general counsel at Manhattan College, President Brennan O’Donnell announced. Britt comes to the new position from Rutgers University, where she served as associate general counsel and as counsel to the Rutgers University Foundation.

As chief legal officer of the College, Britt will report directly to the president and be a member of the cabinet. She will oversee and manage the provision of all legal services to the College, and will be responsible for providing strategic guidance, consultation, and support on a comprehensive range of legal and associated issues involved in carrying out the College’s mission. In addition, she will represent the College’s interests with government agencies, serving as adviser on government affairs.

Her legal experience previous to her position at Rutgers includes more than four years as a practicing attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, LLP, where she had responsibility for a broad range of matters, including work with multinational corporations on regulatory, governance, compliance, and white-collar defense issues.

Before earning her law degree from Rutgers, Britt held various roles related to nonprofit management, child advocacy, fundraising, and alumni relations, including service as program director for the Latimer-Woods Economic Development Association, Inc. in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Among her many awards are several recognitions for her extensive pro bono work, on behalf of disadvantaged clients, including the Legal Aid Society of New York Pro Bono Award.

A graduate with honors from Hampton University, Britt also holds a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University, where she was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, and a juris doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Law–Newark, where she was an editor of the Rutgers Law Review and an Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow.  

Britt has co-authored several articles, Guide to Human Research Subject Protections Laws in West Africa, published in the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics; At the Border Your Laptop is Wide-Open, published in The National Law Journal; and Why Financial Statements Matter: Enforcement and Litigation Implications, published in The Banking Law Journal.

Britt is an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers, where she teaches a course on higher education law, and has also served as a guest lecturer in an introduction to public administration course. She is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for New Jersey and the Southern District of New York.

By Pete McHugh