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Judith E. Leonard, General Counsel

Judith E. Leonard is general counsel of the Smithsonian Institution. Leonard reports to Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough and serves as the principal legal advisor to the Secretary; the Board of Regents, the Smithsonian’s governing body; and other officials on legal matters. The Smithsonian’s general counsel directs and coordinates all legal matters and prepares legal opinions relevant to the operations of the Institution; coordinates Smithsonian litigation with the Department of Justice and represents the Institution in administrative proceedings; and manages the activities of the office, which consists of 17 lawyers and support staff, as well as outside counsel.

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