Reporting to the Managing Counsel - Education Affairs & Governance, this position independently handles a range of legal matters and projects in the Education Affairs practice area, to include the most complex and that of substantial importance and impact. The primary responsibility for the Counsel 4 - Educational Affairs is to advise campus academic senate committees (e.g. Privilege & Tenure Committees) with jurisdiction over faculty grievance cases (faculty member claims injury through violation of his or her rights); and faculty disciplinary cases (faculty member accused of violating the faculty code of conduct). This position will advise on pre-hearing and hearing procedures (particularly on questions of due process), attend pre-hearing conferences and hearings; review and edit final Committee findings and recommendations to campus Chancellor; provide orientations for committee members; participate in meetings of System-wide P&T Committee; and coordinate the work of other attorneys in the Education Affairs group who may also perform these functions from time to time as necessary. This position will follow a strict legal firewall between this function and that portion of the General Counsel's Office that prosecutes matters before the hearing committees. This position requires regular travel to UC campuses, although the majority of work will be performed in the Oakland office.
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This position interprets complex facts and the law in areas of high ambiguity, provides functional advice, training and/or guidance to clients and to less-experienced attorneys. The Counsel 4 - Educational Affairs reviews and revises a variety of instruments involving the University's interest such as advice memoranda, policies and contracts. Responsibilities also include advising on laws, regulations and policies applicable to a range of education affairs issues including, but not limited to, free speech, academic freedom, admissions, financial aid, student conduct, FERPA, Title IX, Clery Act, etc.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) delivers ethical, timely, efficient and high quality legal services to the University of California's ten campuses, five medical centers, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as well as to the Board of Regents, the President, the Chancellors and other officers of the University. By practicing OGC's established Values, this position contributes to a workplace that is collaborative, supportive, respectful of differences, and committed to fairness, diversity and inclusion in all interactions, both within and outside the team. It also supports OGC's commitment to increasing and maintaining diversity in the legal profession.
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