Kentucky school attorney hired to be lead attorney for UVA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An attorney working at the University of Kentucky has been hired as the new senior attorney at the University of Virginia.

Attorney General Jason Miyares revealed on Friday that Cliff Iler will become the UVA’s senior assistant attorney general and college attorney, The Daily Progress of Charlottesville reported.

The announcement came about three months after Miyares fired Tim Heaphy as the school’s lead attorney.. Academic trustees at public colleges and universities in Virginia are appointed by the Attorney General. Heaphy had been on furlough to work as lead investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection on Capitol Hill.

At the time of the reshuffle, a spokesperson for Miyares – a Republican who took office in mid-January – said the change was made because Heaphy had been a “controversial” hire in 2018. The Democratic predecessor of Miyares, Mark Herring, also “ruled out many qualified internal candidates” at the time, the spokesperson said. Herring’s former chief of staff called this characterization of Heaphy’s hiring inaccurate. Miyares edged out Herring in the November election.

In hiring Iler, Miyares chose someone working in another state. The Louisville native most recently served as associate general counsel for faculty, students, and research at the University of Kentucky and associate general counsel for the school’s healthcare operations and healthcare colleges. Iler, who also spent 16 years in an Atlanta law firm, will oversee a team of nine other attorneys, including three for UVA’s health system.

Iler “is a brilliant lawyer” and “I am confident he will be a great addition to the University of Virginia and serve students, faculty, staff and the Commonwealth well,” Miyares said in a statement. Press.

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