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Assistant General Counsel

Orange, CA
Full Time
02-26-2021
Practice Areas: Transactional Job #: 20170905 Exp.: 4+ Years
Description:
Summary:
Support the legal department’s transactional practice by reviewing a high volume of agreements for the institution efficiently and pragmatically. Provide high level legal research, writing and analytical support to the University’s Vice President and General Counsel (“VPGC”) and institution on a wide variety of legal matters.

Provide consultation to campus clients on a wide variety of legal issues including, but not limited to, copyright, intellectual property, sponsored research, federal contracting, compliance, real estate, student affairs and other matters. Draft and review a wide variety of contracts, affiliation agreements and other transactional documents. Advise clients on recommended changes and draft language consistent with the University’s position.

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 VPGC.

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 VPGC 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. Perform other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities:
Contract Review and Transactional Work
  • Efficiently draft and review a wide variety of contracts, affiliation agreements and other transactional documents.
  • Advise clients on recommended changes and draft language consistent with the University’s position.
  • Work collaboratively with clients

Consultation and Project Assignments
  • Provide consultation to campus clients on a wide variety of legal issues primarily in the areas of copyright, intellectual property, sponsored research, federal contracting, compliance, real estate, student affairs, and other matters.
  • Work in interdisciplinary groups on a wide variety of higher education as assigned by the VPGC
  • Provide training campus legal issues as assigned by the VPGC

Legal Research and Writing
  • Conduct legal research of state and federal legislation and administrative and court decisions; conduct analysis and make recommendations on matters assigned by VPGC
  • Assist in drafting legal analyses of a wide variety of university issues in areas including application of law, impact of court decisions including matters related to labor and employment law, insurance, benefits, discrimination, privacy, copyrights and patents, contracts, immigration, student affairs, faculty affairs, and other areas related to the institutional management and administration
  • Contribute to the development of University policies and procedures. Reviews and recommends revisions as necessary

Litigation Support
  • Coordinate Discovery requests. Review and revise pleading papers
  • Assist VPGC and outside counsel with case strategy and evaluating legal claims; monitor case status

Required Qualifications:
  • J.D. from top tier ABA-accredited school with superior academic achievement and member in good standing of the California State Bar.
  • Three or more years of experience practicing as a member of the bar in a university’s office of general counsel or 4 years in a top tier law firm with significant transactional experience.
  • Experience reviewing and revising contracts, affiliation agreements, leases and other transactional documents.
  • In-depth knowledge of institutional structures, policies, regulations, and procedures in higher education.
  • Outstanding legal writing and research experience gained from the practice of law.
  • 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. Ability to work efficiently is required.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communications skills.
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications:
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants for Staff and Administrator positions must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Chapman University does not sponsor applicants for Staff and Administrator positions for work visas.

The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.





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