Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who does the Office of the General Counsel represent?
  • Can I obtain personal legal advice and services from the Office of the General Counsel?
  • Is my conversation with an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel confidential?
  • Can I retain outside counsel for a University matter?
  • What should I do if someone tries to serve me with a subpoena, complaint or other legal document?
  • What should I do if I receive a phone call or letter from a lawyer wanting to discuss the University or a University matter?
  • What do I do if I receive a letter requesting records maintained by the University pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act or the California Public Records Act?
  • Who is authorized to sign contracts for the University?
  • What should I do if I have a contract that needs to be signed by someone in my department?