Pamela J. Bernard

Vice President and General Counsel

Pamela J. Bernard is responsible for a wide variety of legal matters, including student and employment issues, health law, research issues, tax-exempt organizations, athletics, corporate matters, and coordinating litigation for the university. Prior to coming to Duke, she served as vice president and general counsel to the University of Florida.

Bernard is past president of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and has served on its governing board, numerous committees and task forces over the past two decades. She received NACUA’s 2004 Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the field of higher education law practice. Bernard is a frequent speaker on legal issues, and also has authored papers and other publications. She currently authors the “Legal Standpoint” column for Trusteeship magazine.

Bernard served on Florida’s United States Federal District Court Civil Justice Reform Advisory Group and the Bench and Bar Fund Administration Committee. She was a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Committee on Amateurism, and currently serves on the NCAA’s General Counsel Advisory Board. She is past chair of the Florida Bar Committee on Education Law.

Bernard received her J.D. and B.A. degrees from the University of Florida. Before becoming a lawyer, she was a private investment trustee.