Office of the University Counsel

Providing Top-Quality, Timely, Effective and Efficient Legal Services to the University Community

The University Counsel's office provides legal services to the President and other authorized members of the University community, including University leadership. 


The University Counsel serves as a member of the President's executive leadership team and works closely and collaboratively with senior administrators, and other authorized University employees, faculty and staff, and advises various standing and ad hoc University committees, including the University's conflict of interest evaluation and human subject committees. The University Counsel also reviews, drafts and negotiation contracts, and reviews University policies and procedures.


For many employees, the most important function University Counsel will serve will be providing legal representation and advice during a lawsuit or administrative agency matter. The University Counsel also serves as legal counsel during an on-site investigation or audit by an external enforcement agency such as the Department of Labor, the United States Department of Education, the EEOC, or the NCAA, and acts as litigation counsel and a liaison between the employee and the Tennessee Attorney General's office during litigation.  


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