About the Office

The Office of Legal Counsel provides legal services and advice to the University of Chicago. The University’s Vice President and General Counsel, Kim Taylor, and eight other attorneys in the Office of Legal Counsel are all members of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. We handle the following matters:

Athletics and Title IX Compliance Contracts Faculty Matters, including promotion, tenure, and academic freedom
Benefits Development, Fundraising, Charitable Gifts Financial Aid
Campus crime/Clery Act compliance Disabilities Governance
Civil Rights Diversity and Affirmative Action Government Contracts
Community Affairs Employment HIPAA
Compliance, Oversight, Audits Environmental Matters Immigration
Conflicts of Interest Export Controls Information Technology
Intellectual Property, including Patents, Copyrights, and Technology Transfer Laboratory and Charter School Matters Real Estate, Land Use, Zoning, and Construction
Insurance Coverage Licensing Risk Management
Institutional Review Board Matters Litigation, Administrative Proceedings, and Subpoenas Safety, Security, and Police Matters
Institutional Policies and Procedures Medical Center issues, in conjunction with Medical Center counsel Scientific Misconduct
Internal Investigations Museum and Library Administration Research
International Activities and Operations National Laboratories Student Matters, including discipline and privacy issues
Investments Not for profit corporation law Taxation
Labor Relations Personal Injury Tax Exempt Financing
Training    

We work with senior officers, administrators, faculty, staff, and students across our campuses. But our ultimate responsibility is always to the University and its Board of Trustees. Should a conflict of interest arise in our work with any member of the University community, our attorneys will identify the conflict as soon as possible, address it directly and, ultimately, represent the institution’s interests.

We also coordinate our efforts with the Medical Center’s Office of Legal Affairs. Typically, matters relating to clinical activities should be directed to Medical Center counsel and faculty, research, and academic matters to the University’s Office of Legal Counsel. Both of our offices recognize, however, that the distinction between University and Medical Center matters may at times be subtle. The most important thing is to seek legal advice when it is needed, so all employees are urged to contact either office with legal questions or problems; the matter will be promptly forwarded internally to the most appropriate attorney.

The Office of Legal Counsel does not provide legal advice to individual officers, employees, or students on non-University matters. In situations posing no potential conflicts of interest for the University, we may be able to refer you to outside attorneys, but our office would have no further role in any subsequent engagement.