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Iris Brest leaves Stanford after 24 years"

STANFORD -- Associate General Counsel Iris Brest is leaving on May 5 after 24 years with the university to become general counsel for SyStemix, a small biotechnology company in Palo Alto.

Brest has worked in the central legal office since 1979 and has been involved in a variety of areas, from sexual harassment cases to a recent lawsuit challenging the Grey interpretation of the Fundamental Standard, the university's code of student conduct.

From 1969 to 1978, she worked as an attorney in the Office of Development, primarily on gift, estate and tax matters, including the establishment of Stanford's first pooled life-income fund and its first forms for unitrust and annuity trust gifts in the wake of the 1969 tax reform act.

She also worked on projects for the president's legal adviser, such as the question of whether a faculty member could use the text of a speech by Ezra Pound over the protest of his estate.

In 1978-1979, Brest served as assistant to counsel to the president of Yale University while on leave from Stanford.


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