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Jacqueline (Jackie) Simmons became Indiana University’s Vice President and General Counsel on July 1, 2012, after a national search that resulted in more than 100 applications and nominations for the position. She serves as chief legal officer, representing and directing representation of IU in all legal matters. She is legal advisor to the President, The Board of Trustees, and senior university administrators, as well as primary resource person on legal matters of institutional procedure and governance.
Jackie directs the University’s in-house counsels and outside counsel retained to represent the university’s interests. She oversees the offices of Institutional Equity, University Compliance, Internal Audit, and joint oversight of the University Chief Privacy Officer in coordination with the Vice President for IT & CIO.
Prior to coming to Indiana University, Jackie practiced law with Faegre Baker Daniels where she became managing partner of the Indianapolis office after having served as practice group leader of the firm’s international practice area. She worked closely with numerous universities and for-profit educational institutions regarding establishment of global alliances, contracts, environmental matters, international employment and technology licensing issues.
Joining Reilly Industries, Inc. in 1994, Jackie served as General Counsel, providing legal counsel to the corporation and its Board of Directors and managing all legal matters for the corporation. Subsequently, she became Vice President and General Manager in 2001, administering all aspects of sales, manufacturing, commercial negotiations and global profits and losses for three strategic business units.
Jackie has been an adjunct faculty member in the Maurer School of Law since 1991, teaching a variety of environmental-related courses. She has also taught at the Lex Mundi Institute in California. Additionally, Jackie currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the IU Maurer School of Law, is a Board Member of the American Law Institute, and the IU Foundation Women’s Philanthropy Council, of which she is a founding member.
Jackie received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame and earned her JD with honors at the IU Maurer School of Law.