Stephen P. Tuttle
General Counsel and Secretary of the College
Stephen was appointed to the position as the College’s chief legal officer and as a member of the president’s cabinet in the fall of 2011. Before joining FIT, Stephen was senior vice president and chief legal officer for operations at Forest City Ratner Companies, the regional subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, a publicly traded real estate development company. His responsibilities included management of a team of professionals that provided legal support on all matters related to the ownership and operation of more than thirty commercial properties in the New York metropolitan area inclusive of office buildings, shopping centers, residential developments, and hotels. In addition to real estate matters, his responsibilities extended to providing counsel on a broad range of general corporate matters and initiatives. He also served as the company’s senior legal counsel providing services to several subsidiary service companies and support departments, including information technology and human resources. Stephen’s career also includes more than 12 years of corporate and investment related in-house services to the New York Life Insurance Company. Prior to assuming in-house positions, Stephen was an Associate in the Banking and Finance practice group of Dreyer and Traub. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Syracuse University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College.
Associate General Counsel
Rina joined our office in the fall of 2014. Immediately prior to FIT, Rina was an Associate in the Florham Park, New Jersey office of the law firm of Saiber, LLC. Her practice was focused on the representation of both public and private colleges and universities. She has extensive litigation experience that includes employment matters in both New York and New Jersey in both state and federal courts. In addition to litigation matters, her representation of higher education institutions has included counseling on client matters such as student and employee disciplinary issues, disability accommodations, governance, compliance issues relating to FERPA, the Clery Act, Title IX, and privacy concerns. Prior to private practice, Rina was Law Clerk to the Honorable Ariel Rodriguez, an Appellate Division Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Rina received her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Tejuana A. Roberts
Assistant General Counsel
Tejuana joined our staff in the fall of 2015. Immediately prior to joining FIT, Tejuana completed an internship at Princeton University, serving as Assistant University Counsel. Her role was essentially that of a generalist, addressing issues for a variety of clients across the university ranging from the drafting and negotiation of contracts to matters involving international programs, to compliance considerations such as Dodd-Frank, Title IX, Title VII, HIPPA, ADA, FERPA, and EEOC policies. Tejuana also provided legal support to Princeton’s museum and its endowment organization. Prior to Princeton, Tejuana was a corporate associate with the New York City office of the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP, where she worked on a variety of matters including mergers, acquisitions, and project financings. Tejuana received her Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School, where she was an editor on the Cornell Law Review, and received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, magna cum laude.
Assistant General Counsel
Brit joined our office in the fall of 2015. Immediately prior to joining FIT, Brit completed an internship at Penn State University, serving as a Law Fellow. Her responsibilities included interaction with senior administrators and deans on matters ranging from faculty misconduct to federal compliance and policy issues for human resources and student affairs matters. She also provided legal support to the university in equity issues in procurement as a member of a Penn State task force composed of senior administrators, purchasing and supplier diversity directors, and LGBT leaders. Prior to Penn State she served law clerkships for two federal judges of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She began her legal career in private practice as an Associate with the New York City office of the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP, in its litigation practice group. Brit received her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she was both a James Kent Scholar, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and an Editor on the Columbia Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with distinction.
Stephen R. Peoples
Office Manager / Paralegal
Stephen Peoples joined the OGC in the fall of 2013. Prior to joining FIT, Stephen worked as a paralegal and legal support professional for several nationally recognized top tier law firms including, among others, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Sullivan & Cromwell, and Debevoise & Plimpton. He also worked in-house in the legal department at Chanel, Inc. Within the Office of the General Counsel, Stephen’s role is to act both independently and/or collaborate on a wide variety of administrative functions to assist the Office of the General Counsel with daily operational matters and to ensure efficient and effective office operations applying a high degree of confidentiality, discretion, responsibility, and judgment. His responsibilities include FOIL requests management, research, analysis, and writing on legal issues and related projects under the supervision of an attorney. Stephen earned his Juris Doctorate from the Howard University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois-at Champaign.
Bafemi Silver joined the College’s Office of the General Counsel in the summer of 2013. Prior to joining FIT, Bafemi was a Research Study Assistant at Memorial Sloane–Kettering Cancer Center. Within the Office of the General Counsel, Bafemi’s role is to perform a full range of secretarial and administrative functions including all aspects of document management and maintaining the offices database system; maintaining current budget information; and monitoring budget expenditures and reports. He also is expected to undertake research, analysis, and writing on legal issues and related projects under the supervision of an attorney. Bafemi is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology.