Meryl Kaynard: serves as General Counsel and Special Counsel for Labor/Management Relations at Queens College and is a key member of the executive management team. She provides guidance on all legal matters impacting the student body, faculty and administration. Her responsibilities include support of the college’s international programs (including study abroad, faculty and student exchange programs, and “Year Of” initiatives) as well as faculty and staff immigration matters. Prior to this, Meryl headed the Employment Law and Benefits Group at JPMorgan Chase for 20 years, servicing every line of business, the Corporate Human Resources function, and senior management. She also served as the Director of Diversity & Special Counsel at a global Fortune 100 law firm, Special Counsel at a not-for-profit dedicated to the furtherance of research on women’s issues, an associate at a management labor and employment firm, Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department and a Judicial Clerk to a Federal District Court Judge. In all these roles, Meryl’s focus has been (and remains) on the proactive practice of law, conflict resolution and problem solving and diversity issues.
Meryl’s project for the Year of Brazil Study Tour is focused on the college’s international programs and recruitment efforts. Meryl is also interested in exploring a possible pre-law advisory program with an international law focus.
Given Brazil’s economic development, it is a venue with great possibilities in terms of both partnerships and recruitment, and the lessons learned in this venue will carry over to other international efforts and relationships. Meryl - along with colleagues on the study tour who specialize in ESL, student affairs, global education initiatives, marketing and faculty - will explore ways to expand partnerships with international universities such as exchange programs for faculty and students. She will concentrate on understanding and addressing the programmatic and legal assurances foreign universities are seeking when establishing exchange and other cooperative programs, and on learning how to address potential obstacles to reaching such agreements. Transfer of credit, certification of credentials, immigration/visa issues, regulations and industry standards associated with recruitment, and conforming with CUNY policies are among the issues of interest here.
One overarching goal of the work is to create a checklist of items that would permit future envoys from CUNY/QC to accelerate their ability to enter into meaningful agreements with their counterparts in other universities and countries.