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Lee C. Bollinger is President of the University of Michigan and a member of the faculty of the Law School. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Columbia Law School, where he was an Articles Editor of the Law Review. After serving as law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Chief Justice Warren Burger on the United States Supreme Court, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School in 1973. In 1987 he was named the Dean of the University of Michigan Law School, a position he held for seven years. He became Provost of Dartmouth College and Professor of Government in July 1994 and was named the twelfth President of the University of Michigan in November 1996. His primary teaching and scholarly interests are focused on free speech and first amendment issues, and he has published numerous books, articles, and essays in scholarly journals on these and other subjects. Two highly acclaimed contributions to first amendment literature include Images of a Free Press, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1991 and The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America, published in 1986 by Oxford University Press. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Boards of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

President Bollinger was born in Santa Rosa, California, and raised there and in Baker, Oregon. He is married to Jean Magnano Bollinger, who graduated from the University of Oregon and received a master’s degree from Columbia University. She is an artist with studios in Vermont and Dexter, Michigan. They have two children—a son, Lee, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Michigan Law School; and a daughter, Carey, a graduate of Harvard University and presently a student at Columbia Law School.

April, 2001


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