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Laure Bachich Ergin

Vice President and General Counsel
302-831-7364/ lbergin@udel.edu

Laure Bachich Ergin joined the University of Delaware in 2010 and was appointed Vice President and General Counsel in November 2015. Prior to joining the University of Delaware, she served for thirteen years as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office at Drexel University, also serving for four of those years as Drexel’s chief compliance officer. Laure is an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, has lectured for Drexel’s School of Education, and is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Association of Governing Boards. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from Saint Louis University.

Jennifer Becnel-Guzzo

Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
302-831-7367/ jbg@udel.edu

Jennifer Becnel-Guzzo joined the University of Delaware in 2013 as Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining the University, she spent nine years in the Wilmington, Delaware offices of two national law firms representing commercial entities, charter schools, and higher education institutions in all of the Delaware courts. Before entering private practice, Jen served as a law clerk to the Honorable William L. Witham, Jr. in the Delaware Superior Court. She is admitted to the bars of the State of Delaware, the District of Delaware and the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Jen is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She serves as volunteer guardian ad litem through the Office of the Child Advocate and is the past president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association. Jen earned a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Fatimah Stone

NIIMBL Sr. Legal Counsel; Assistant General Counsel
302-831-7361/ fstone@udel.edu

Fatimah Stone joined the University of Delaware in 2015. Prior to joining the University, she was an attorney at a law firm in New Orleans, handling all aspects of commercial transactions, and spent two years as a human resources consultant in higher education. She currently devotes all of her time to the National Institute of Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), which is a member of the Manufacturing USA network of institutes funded by the federal government to advance United States competitiveness in advanced manufacturing innovation. Fatimah is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She earned her undergraduate degree at Fairleigh-Dickinson University and a law degree from Tulane Law School.

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Arlene Simbulan

Assistant to the Vice President and General Counsel
302-831-7365 / amrsim@udel.edu

Arlene Simbulan serves as Assistant to the Vice President and General Counsel and joined the University of Delaware in 2013 as Administrative Assistant in the Office of General Counsel. Prior employment includes Senior Personnel Assistant at Philam Savings Bank, a member of the Marketing staff at JAKA Investments Corporation, and a member of the Human Resources staff at Asian Institute of Management, all in the Philippines. Arlene graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of the Philippines.

 

Daisy Tapel

Administrative Assistant IV
302-831-7366 / daisyt@udel.edu

Daisy serves as Administrative Assistant in the Office of General Counsel and joined the University of Delaware in December 2015.  Previous University of Delaware position has been in the Provost Office as Administrative Assistant III.  Prior employment outside of the university has included Part-time Medical Receptionist and Billing Assistant at various Healthcare offices.  Daisy graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Miriam College in the Philippines.