The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) provides comprehensive legal advice and assistance to the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, the other senior administrators of the University, and through them, to the University’s faculty and staff, only on legal matters involving or affecting the institution.
While all the attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs are generalists, each attorney has specific subject areas in which they regularly practice. The Attorney Practice Areas page provides brief descriptions of those practice areas, divide those practice areas into sub-categories, and indicate the attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs that are best suited to provide legal advice in those areas, including a primary attorney designation in each sub-category.
No. The Office of Legal Affairs cannot advise students or employees on any personal legal matters or any matters that would conflict with the Office's obligation to UNC Charlotte. The Office of Legal Affairs provides services on legal matters involving or affecting the institution to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, the other senior administrators of the University, and through them, to the University’s faculty and staff.
Yes. The Office of Legal Affairs represents the University to a variety of external regulatory and law enforcement agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). This function requires responding to inquiries, charges, or complaints registered by or with such organizations, usually through conducting internal investigations, marshaling evidence, and developing and articulating University positions and responses in consultation with appropriate University Administrators. In addition, the Office of Legal Affairs works with the Office of Ethics & Compliance to promote and support an academic and working environment that reflects the University’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of integrity and ethical standards in the conduct of its operations.
The Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel is the official process agent on behalf of the University upon whom court papers (including legal summons and complaints) should be served.