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June 17, 2005

Ohio State Counsel Interviews For UI General Counsel Spot

John J. Biancamano, associate general counsel of the Ohio State University, will be the third candidate interviewed to become the University of Iowa's new general counsel. Biancamano will be interviewed June 21 and 22.

Biancamano has worked in the OSU general counsel's office since 1991 as deputy and associate. Before that he worked in the state of Ohio attorney general's office, as an attorney from 1979 to 1982 and again in 1991, and as first assistant attorney general from 1983 to 1990. He also worked as an associate in private practice for a Cleveland law firm.

Biancamano earned his B.A. from Yale and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in India.

The new general counsel will oversee a staff of five attorneys that provide legal services on issues facing the University of Iowa, its colleges and departments. The office also helps develop policies, practices and procedures that reduce the risk of legal problems, and provide legal counsel, representation, interpretation and analysis on a broad array of issues.

The new general counsel will replace Mark Schantz, who is stepping down from the position on June 30. Schantz was appointed general counsel in 1992 by then-President Hunter R. Rawlings, after serving a period on an interim basis. He will rejoin the faculty of the UI College of Law.

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