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M. Maran White

Auburn University – General Counsel’s Office
101 Samford Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
(334)844-5176 / mmw0012@auburn.edu

Maran is a 2007 graduate of Harvard Law School where she was a Subciter for Journal of Law & Public Policy, a HL Central, Firm Liaison and Section Representative, and a 3L Class Committee member. She is a 2003 summa cum laude, with honors, graduate of University of Georgia. Maran held a triple major of Classical Culture, Ancient Greek, and Art History. In 2006, she was a summer associate for Kilpatrick Stockton LLP where she worked extensively on Trademark and Labor and Employment teams. Her next career move was to Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP where she successfully defended commercial clients and product manufacturers in all aspects of litigation. In 2010 she made her move to Auburn University as Staff Counsel. Maran is admitted to the Bars in Georgia and Alabama.

Maran is the recipient of the Manson A. Stewart Scholarship from the Classical Association of the Midwest and South. She participated in the University of Georgia Honors Program and UGA Classics in Rome Study Abroad Program, was VP of Eta Sigma Phi Classics Society and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was co-curator of Special Exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art. At Auburn, Maran works on a wide variety of legal issues encountered by the University, including contract and form review, subpoenas and record requests, student conduct and academic honesty, ethics, compliance with newly-enacted laws, and human resources. She has taken the lead on handling charges before the EEOC, and serves on various committees devoted to drafting new University policies.

The General Counsel who recommended Maran said, “I have known Ms. White for approximately three years, since I hired her as an attorney in my office, the Office of General Counsel of Auburn University. Because I know that Ms. White is a strong leader with excellent character, I recommend her to you without reservation. It has been my experience that few individuals possess the even temper, drive, skills, intelligence, character, and leadership qualities necessary to serve as a notable leader in the legal community. It is my firm belief that grace under pressure, self-control, reserve, and judgment are the hallmarks of such an attorney. Even fewer individuals possess these attributes in combination with approachable humility. Ms. White is one of these rare persons. Her outstanding representation with her associates and ‘clients’ on campus is surpassed only by her affable demeanor, charismatic wit, and outstanding character. Perhaps the most notable of Ms. White’s exceptional attributes is the positive, professional manner in which she approaches even the most trying tasks. Ms. White has as keen an aptitude for leadership in a pressure cooker as she has for deliberate planning in peaceful times. The Leadership Forum would be a wonderful opportunity for Ms. White to improve those leadership skills and to learn how better to use them in service to the Bar and the State. As a recent contributor to your Auburn forum last year, which forum I must say was an exceptional tribute to your program, I know with certainty that Maran would be an asset to her class. ”

In her own words Maran said, “Prior to applying for the ASB’s Leadership Forum, I indulged in what I admit is my weakness: I Googled. It’s rare that I undertake any assignment or work with any person without doing some preliminary online research. After typing ‘servant leadership’ into the search box and hitting enter, I ended up at a Wikipedia page full of intriguing information. Without being conscious of it, I have been striving to practice the art of servant leadership in my current position as Staff Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at Auburn University. However, I know that my ability to shape myself is limited by my experience, and the Leadership Forum would provide me with a full set of skills I need to become an effective leader for my client. According to Wikipedia, servant leaders give ‘priority attention to the needs of their colleagues and those they serve’ and are the ‘humble stewards of their organization’s resources.’ Those values are key to my position as an in-house attorney for a large public university, and both my client and the community it serves stand to reap significant benefits from being led by servant leaders. Active leadership, strong ethics, and unshakable professionalism are characteristics essential both to my short-term success as a practicing attorney and representative of the Alabama State Bar and to my long-term goal of becoming an invaluable asset to my client. Each day that I come to the office, I encounter a variety of people with vastly different personalities, backgrounds, and work styles. If I cannot effectively communicate with and guide every member of the Auburn University community, I cannot be successful in serving my client. Sometimes my job involves telling folks exactly what they do not want to hear and persuading them that my recommendation is in the best interest of Auburn University. It is important that I master the art of providing effective guidance with a strong leader’s voice while always ensuring that my client’s interests remain paramount. If the members of the Auburn University community do not consider me a capable leader, I cannot properly provide the guidance necessary to guard the legal interests of my client. I am fortunate to practice law in a position that allows me to contribute directly to my community simply by serving my client. In fact, my client IS a community. Not only is Auburn University responsible for educating its students and sending them into the world well-prepared to be good citizens, but it also engages in immense outreach activities that affect and improve the lives of people all over the state. It is rewarding to work daily to ensure that the community-benefitting activities my client provides are able to operate without legal impediment. You will see form my resume that I attended Harvard Law school. I was part of a small minority in my law school class as a student from the Southeast and with public school background. It was an unexpectedly important and fulfilling experience for me to act as a representative of our area amongst my law school peers, both in the classroom and in social interactions. After graduating, I was part of an even smaller minority of students from my class who elected to practice law in the Southeast. I aim to contribute to the legal profession in the Southeast by incorporating the knowledge and varied perspectives that I was exposed to in law school in my practice. I am confident that if I am chosen as a member of Class 9 of the Leadership Forum, I will gain important leadership skills that I can use advantageously in both my professional and personal life. Prior to coming to Auburn University, I worked as a junior associate at a mid-sized law firm in Atlanta. That position provided little opportunity to have direct interaction with clients or to make an individual difference in a client’s business, There was little personal pressure or encouragement to be a leader at work. Now, as one of only three in-house attorneys serving a large University, I have neither the desire nor the option of hiding in the background. Because of our limited resources, it is key that I am able to approach any situation that I am tasked with as a confident and capable representative of the General Counsel’s office. Accordingly, the Leadership Forum would benefit me personally by increasing my ability to be successful professionally. And more importantly, my improved professional performance would result in a benefit to the community by ensuring that my client is able to operate effectively. Thank you for your consideration of my application.”