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Job Summary

The University of Michigan (U-M) Office of the Vice President and General Counsel (OGC) provides legal counsel to U-M’s Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses.
Established in 1817, the University of Michigan (“the University” or “U-M”) is a world-class research institution known for academic excellence and its positive contributions to the state, nation, and world. The University enrolls more than 60,000 students across its three campuses and 28 schools and colleges.

OGC is seeking an attorney who will provide legal and policy advice regarding student affairs. This attorney will work closely with student affairs professionals on all three University campuses, schools and college administrators, and others who provide student-related services, such as in the offices of the Dean of Students, Student Conduct, Registrar, and Admissions. This position has an important role in protecting the University’s interests by promoting effective risk management and compliance related to student academic and non-academic misconduct, accommodations for students with disabilities, student groups, club sports, and crisis management planning. Other responsibilities will include service on University committees, policy development and review, education/training, and monitoring state and federal legal developments. In this dynamic and fast-paced workplace, the attorney should be enthusiastic about taking a collegial and business-oriented approach to representing one of the world’s great public universities in all student-related matters.

Responsibilities*

  1. Provide legal advice to student affairs professionals.
  2. Provide legal advice to administrators on non-academic misconduct proceedings against students.
  3. Provide legal advice to school and college administrators and faculty committees regarding student academic concerns/dismissals and academic misconduct proceedings and appeals, including attendance at hearings when students are represented by counsel.
  4. Provide legal advice as appropriate to sponsored student organizations, including student government.
  5. Provide legal advice to University officials handling student complaints of discrimination.
  6. Advise U-M standing and ad hoc committees, including the Dean of Students Behavior Intervention Team and the Fraternity and Sorority Life Task Force.
  7. Provide legal advice regarding U-M policies affecting students, including policy development and review.
  8. Develop and deliver timely and relevant trainings to clients, including student arbiters in nonacademic misconduct cases and student and faculty honors council members investigating academic misconduct allegations.
  9. Monitor state and federal legal developments and advise clients on relevant changes.
  10. Supervise outside counsel on student-related litigation and work with staff paralegals and clients on various document productions, subpoena responses, and sensitive FERPA and FOIA requests.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  1. A J.D. degree and at least five years of experience as an attorney.
  2. A commitment to the mission of higher education and public research institutions.
  3. Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage and prioritize multiple, complex, often timesensitive assignments with a high degree of organization and effectiveness.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and clients, both internal and external.
  5. Demonstrated ability to listen and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  6. Good judgment and creative problem-solving skills.
  7. Strong interpersonal skills and sensitivity to diversity.
  8. Collegiality and a willingness to support colleagues.
  9. Commitment to expeditious, high-quality service to our clients and the dedication to work the hours it takes to meet those expectations.
  10. Integrity and a strong moral and ethical compass.
  11. Admission to the State Bar of Michigan, or eligibility for admission.
  12. Law degree from an accredited law school.
  13. Excellent academic credentials.

Desired Qualifications*

  1. Professional experience at a large public university, preferably as in-house counsel.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of higher education law, including FERPA, civil rights laws, financial aid and/or constitutional law.
  3. Experience in litigation and/or advocacy in administrative matters (e.g. OCR and MDCR).

Additional Information

Salary is commensurate with experience.

The University of Michigan is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and believes that diversity, broadly defined, is integral to institutional excellence.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.