University of Vermont

Office of the President

Contact Information

(v) 802-656-8585

Administrative Assistant

Dencie Mitchell
(v) 802-656-1298

Vice President for Legal Affairs & General Counsel



The Office of the General Counsel is committed to advancing the educational mission of UVM through the effective provision of legal services. Our purpose is to provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for the University, and to assist in minimizing legal risks and costs efficiently, reliably, and professionally.

The Office of the General Counsel represents UVM as an institutional client, the institution acting through its authorized officials, including the Board of Trustees, the President, the Provost and Senior Vice President, Vice Presidents, Deans and Directors, and other persons responsible for the management of academic and administrative units. The Office does not provide personal legal advice or representation to UVM administrators, faculty, students, or staff.

The Office of the General Counsel is exclusively responsible for engaging the services of outside law firms for specialized legal needs.

The Office of the General Counsel provides a wide array of legal services. Among other activities, the Office:

  • Anticipates and advises UVM officials and personnel on the legal implications of policy and other administrative decisions;
  • Drafts, reviews, and makes recommendations to UVM officials regarding institutional contracts, policies and operating procedures;
  • Represents or oversees the legal representation of UVM in significant commercial transactions, litigation, and agency proceedings;
  • Advises and assists UVM officials in understanding and managing legal risks associated with personnel, student, commercial, and other matters;
  • Offers advice and drafting assistance to UVM officials engaged in significant internal personnel processes;
  • Offers and participates in educational programs regarding laws and legal issues affecting higher education; and
  • Monitors and communicates with clients proactively regarding legal developments relevant to University operations and campus life.

Related Links:

Office of the General Counsel
Board of Trustees' Policies, Planning, and Procedures Manual
Bylaws, University
Policies, University

Last modified July 05 2017 09:08 AM