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General Counsel, Dartmouth College
Sandhya Iyer joined Dartmouth in July 2017, bringing extensive legal expertise in higher education to Dartmouth. She joined Oberlin as general counsel in 2008, and before that was chief attorney for the U.S. Department of Education Cleveland Office for Civil Rights. There, she managed teams investigating federal civil rights violations by educational institutions.
Iyer earned a B.S. summa cum laude in chemistry and women's studies and a J.D. from Yale, before gaining experience in litigation at the firm Ropes & Gray in Boston, and clerking for the Honorable Sidney Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
In 1998 she became policy counsel for the National Partnership for Women and Families (formerly the Women's Legal Defense Fund) and worked to improve family and medical leave policies at the state and federal level. She also co-authored an amicus curiae brief for a U.S. Supreme Court case recognizing a Title IX cause of action for peer sexual harassment.
In 2000, she joined the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division's special litigation section, ultimately serving as special counsel there. She received five performance awards while there and at the Department of Education, which she joined in 2005. At the Justice Department, she also received a special achievement award and a special commendation for outstanding service.
Iyer has served on the board of directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and currently serves on the board of the Yale Law Journal.