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Erin Sine, J.D.

  • Vice President, Legal Affairs
“Always approach challenges with integrity, an open mind, and a productive attitude.”

Contributions to Administration

Ms. Sine “leads a team of experienced attorneys, nurse risk managers, and support staff who help ensure the University’s institutional missions are advanced in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies,” she said. In her position, she “provides legal guidance to executive leaders, faculty, and staff. I represent the University and its employees in litigation, administrative, and regulatory matters. I am a trusted legal advisor, a flexible problem solver, and a knowledgeable and ethical leader.”

Early Influences

“I wanted to be an attorney since I was a child,” Ms. Sine recalled.

“My parents taught me that women were valuable, and I could be anything I wanted to be if I set my mind to it. When I graduated from college, I went into marketing and public relations, not law. But after three years, I realized it was time to pivot back to my childhood dream. I quit my job, packed up my things, and moved to a new city to attend law school – it was one of the best decisions of my life.”

Advice to the Next Generation

“They do not teach you how to be a good leader in law school. Leadership is something I have had to intentionally develop over time. It takes practice, self-awareness, and discipline,” Ms. Sine said. “My advice for young girls and younger women is that your career, and life, will not necessarily be in a straight line. Stick to your goals, but also give yourself space and grace.”

The UT Southwestern Difference

The legal work at UT Southwestern is “challenging, interesting, and complex,” Ms. Sine said. “My Legal Affairs team does work that matters – helping advance UT Southwestern’s important missions. I will never forget the day a Nobel Laureate first called to ask me for legal advice!” Ms. Sine is “honored and humbled,” to participate in the Celebrating Breakthroughs Together Project, where she is “surrounded by this group of extraordinarily accomplished women.”

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