Sandra brings extensive and varied experience in higher education and compliance to her clients. Having served in senior leadership roles as Deputy and acting General Counsel for the State University of New York (SUNY) system and College Counsel to Siena College, Sandra understands issues of critical importance to those working in higher education. 

Sandra’s appreciation for the uniqueness of New York State higher education enables her to provide knowledgeable counsel on general legal issues, policy development, compliance issues, bond financing, capital projects, student conduct matters, faculty concerns, ethics and current legislation facing institutions of higher education, among others. She has drafted and reviewed board of trustees’ resolutions and policies, and advised trustees on governance issues; been involved with various types of litigation primarily relating to employment and student conduct; and provided legal support to the START-UP NY program, which created tax-free zones for start-up businesses on SUNY campuses.

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  • Outstanding Partnership Award, SUNY Business Officers Association (SUBOA), 2018
  • Special Recognition Award, Siena College Vice President for Student Affairs, 2012
  • Member, Legal Advisory Committee for United Educators, 2008-2010

  • Co-author (with Katherine C. Krebs and Sally Crimmins-Villela), The Senior International Officer and Legal Counsel, Collaboration for Internationisation Risk Management, Internationisation of Higher Education, Vol. No. 2, 2018
  • Co-author (with Ellen Badger), New Lessons to Learn: Major Student-Related Provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, 16 Immigration Law Report, No. 15, August 1, 1997
  • Author, Dealing with Confusion: Admission of Undocumented Aliens into Public Postsecondary Institutions, 15 Immigration Law Report, No. 12, June 15, 1996
  • Contributor (William Kaplin and Barbara Lee), The Law of Higher Education (3rd Edition 1995), contributed to chapters on financial aid and student associations

  • “Navigating the Legal Terrain of Mental Health Issues on Campus,” SUNY Office of General Counsel’s Conference, 2020
  • SUNY Office of General Counsel’s First Amendment Conference, 2018