James Casey

State Bar of Wisconsin

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Candidate for President-elect

James J. Casey Jr.

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

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It is an honor to run for the post of President-elect of the NRLD. The diverse tri-sector (university-government-industry) and multidisciplinary career I have enjoyed – including serving on two non-profit boards as well as several academic leadership teams – since becoming a member of the Wisconsin Bar in 1990 has prepared me well to represent NRLD members and help expand upon the Division’s past success.

In my present role as Pre-Award Team Manager in the Office of Sponsored Programs at Carnegie Mellon University, I am responsible for managing the activities of 5 pre-award (proposal submission) staff and being involved in our global research portfolio. Over the years I have worked with numerous attorneys, including university general counsel and patent attorneys.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, where I was a member of the Dayton Law Review, my academic credentials include: B.A., cum laude, UW-Whitewater; M.A., Marquette University; and M.P.A., University of Dayton. Early in my career I practiced law in Wisconsin and worked in local government; the past twenty years I have worked in university research administration. I have extensively taught and published in areas as diverse as international/industry collaboration, bioscience and biosecurity, and Milwaukee freeway planning and history.

My State Bar service includes writing book reviews in the 1990s - 2000s; serving on the Communications Committee from 2010-13, including chairing the Hon. Charles Dunn Author Award Subcommittee the last year (and achieving a 100% Wisconsin Lawyer editorial review completion rate over three years); and sharing my reflections as a jury foreman in an article published in the September 2012 Wisconsin Lawyer. For the latter I received a certificate of commendation from the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Twice I have been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council of University Research Administrators and once to the Executive Board of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (part of The National Academies). In 2009 NCURA awarded me their Distinguished Service Award for sustained and distinctive contributions to the organization.

I have been a member of the NRLD for the majority of my career and have benefited from that membership. It would be a distinct honor and pleasure to serve as President-elect. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.