Tuesday, January 31, 2017 10:17 PM | Anonymous

Associate General Counsel
Chapman University
Orange, California


Lead the University’s transactional practice, draft and review a wide variety of contracts, affiliation agreements, leases and other transactional documents.   Advise clients on recommended changes and draft language consistent with the University's position.  Provide consultation to campus clients on a wide variety of legal issues such as copyright, intellectual property, real property, landlord tenant issues, Title IX investigations, privacy, student conduct, sponsored research, leaves of absence, ADA, employee discipline, compliance and other matters. Work in interdisciplinary groups on a wide variety of higher education issues.  Provide training to the campus on legal issues.  Conduct legal research of state and federal legislation, laws, administrative and court decisions; conduct analysis and make recommendations on matters assigned by the University's Vice President and General Counsel and campus clients.  Assist in drafting legal analyses of a wide variety of university issues.  Contribute to the development of University policies.  Assist in litigation support and oversight of litigated matters. Coordinate discovery requests. Review and revise pleading papers. Assist the General Counsel and outside counsel with case strategy and evaluating legal claims. Monitor case status. Occasionally act as a management advocate in administrative proceedings or make court appearances to obtain restraining orders, and other limited appearances. Perform other duties as assigned.

This position may require occasional evening and weekend work hours.  It may require providing own transportation to travel to off-campus meetings.


Required: J.D. from ABA-accredited school with superior academic achievement and member in good standing of the California State Bar (or membership in another state bar with eligibility to obtain membership in the California Bar within a reasonable period of time after hire). Substantial experience performing tasks related to the primary functions of the position in a college or university or for college or university clients. In-depth knowledge of institutional structures, policies, regulations, and procedures in higher education. Outstanding legal writing and research experience. Demonstrated ability to work independently and evaluate data, assess alternatives and formulate logical and sound recommendations. Excellent planning and organizational skills to prioritize multiple projects under pressure and shifting demands, and to meet critical deadlines. Advanced analytical, problem solving and counseling skills. Proven ability to understand and handle political and practical ramifications of recommendations and act with tact and diplomacy. Experience working in a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with diverse individuals at all organizational levels, both inside and outside of the University. Ability to maintain highest level of confidentiality. Strong commitment to teamwork and customer service. Demonstrated skill in using software applications including spreadsheet, word processing, and database applications, preferably of Microsoft Office Suite software.  Knowledge of statistical methods and techniques desirable.

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