Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Legal Affairs and General Counsel

The chief attorney for WMU

The Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel is committed to act with integrity, knowledge of the law, and reason in support of the dynamic educational, research, and collaborative environment of the University.

The goal of the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel is to provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for the University in order to minimize the institution's legal risks and liability, and to do so in a professional, cost-effective manner.

The Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel interacts with and provides legal counsel to the University through its Board of Trustees, president, and all levels of the administration in numerous areas, including governance, business, employment, contracts, research, student affairs, development, information technology, international affairs, intellectual property, construction, grants, and collaborations with external entities.

Legal services provided by the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel include providing legal advice, counsel, and training to University administrators; assisting in the development of University policy and procedures; advising regarding sensitive employment matters; reviewing contracts and other legal documents; securing and coordinating the services of outside legal counsel when necessary for litigation and matters requiring legal specialization; and helping to resolve disputes, claims, and litigation. The Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel is committed to practicing preventive law and reducing potential legal liability for Western Michigan University in order to further its institutional missions and conserve public resources.

When administrators seek legal advice on behalf of the University from the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, such communications will generally be subject to the attorney-client privilege of confidentiality. It should be noted, however, that the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel cannot provide legal advice to employees or students on personal legal matters.

 

Office of Legal Affairs and General Counsel
1903 W. Michigan Avenue Mail Stop # 5423
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5200 USA
(269) 387-1900 | (269) 387-1904 Fax