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Assistant General Counsel

Marquette University

Position Overview

The Assistant General Counsel works together with the Vice President and General Counsel and other university attorneys and staff to provide a high level of professional legal services to the University. The Assistant General Counsel will interact with and advise University personnel on legal aspects of University policy and operations; handle legal questions, issues, and matters as assigned; and interact with other members of the legal profession, officials of governmental entities, and other stakeholders in order to perform the position’s duties and responsibilities. The Assistant General Counsel’s responsibilities will emphasize matters involving contract drafting and review, oversight and management of contract approval and retention processes, litigation support, subpoenas and record requests, preparation of regulatory and governmental filings, student organizations and student conduct, academic clinical operations, review of university handbooks and publications, university policy and procedure drafting and review, and interaction with risk management personnel. However, responsibilities will, from time to time, include all areas of higher education legal practice, such as intellectual property, innovation initiatives, purchasing and licensing, real property, leases, institutional advancement and philanthropy, liability and workers’ compensation claims, intercollegiate athletics, and faculty governance.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Receive and respond to inquiries from University personnel on legal matters and proactively provide legal advice on matters and decisions related to University activities and policies, primarily in the areas of legal specialization listed above.
  2. Draft, review and negotiate contracts, agreements, and other documents with legal implications.
  3. Draft, review, and recommend changes to University policies and publications.
  4. Interact with legal professionals, governmental officials, and other stakeholders in the community.
  5. Oversee the work of outside counsel as necessary.
  6. Review and provide legal advice on required regulatory filings.
  7. Design and deliver appropriate training on legal aspects of University operations.
  8. Serve on University committees as legal advisor.
  9. Participate in Enterprise Risk Management and compliance assessments and planning.
  10. Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Must be a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin or be eligible for admission to the bar within a reasonable time of hire.
  • Two or more years of progressively increasing responsibility in legal practice involving contract drafting and review, litigation support, liability assessment, and client communication.
  • Must have experience in or familiarity with contract drafting and review, litigation support functions, identification and interpretation of governmental regulations, and assessment of potential liability in diverse situations.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, multi-tasking abilities, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituencies.
  • Must have good judgment and analytic ability and must be willing and able to handle a diverse workload and to participate in collaborative decision making related to University policies and operations.
  • Must have the initiative and ability to work independently and develop an expansive range of expertise.
  • Must be motivated to assume a significant level of responsibility and to confidently represent the University’s interests to internal and external parties.
  • Excellent time management skills required.
  • Must appreciate the University mission and guiding values and work as part of the University to foster and promote that mission and those values.
  • Must work effectively with officials and executives in government, business, and educational organizations.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Legal experience representing institutions of higher education or other non-profit institutions.
  • Proven ability to navigate a wide range of legal issues in a complex organization with multiple stakeholders

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