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15 Minutes With The New York Public Library's GC

By Michele Gorman (September 4, 2018, 1:07 PM EDT) -- Before moving in-house, Michele Coleman Mayes served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. attorney in both Brooklyn, New York, and Detroit, where she rose to chief of the Civil Division.

When she took on her first in-house role in 1982, she said the world seemed to slow down because she was accustomed to a fast-paced environment in the U.S. attorney's office.

Michele Coleman Mayes

Currently: Vice president, general counsel and secretary, the New York Public Library

Previously: Executive vice president and general counsel, the Allstate Corp.

Law school: University of Michigan Law School

"It was like slow...

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