GOVERNANCE, POLICY, COMPLIANCE AND AUDIT GROUP

Lead Attorneys: Jerry Blakemore; Kristen Bonatz

Primary Clients: Chancellor; Chief of Staff; Provost; Chancellor’s Council

  • Board of Trustees
  • Open Meetings
  • Policy and Compliance Development and Coordination
  • Legislation
  • Risk Management
  • Compliance Program in General
  • Youth Programs
  • Ethics
  • HIPAA
  • Alcohol Requests**

BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS AND RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY GROUP

Lead Attorney: Enyonam Williams

Primary Clients: Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement; Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services

  • Sponsored Research/Grants
  • Fee for Service
  • Research
  • Tech Transfer
  • Outside Activities for Pay
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Confidentiality/Nondisclosure Agreements
  • Purchasing/Procurement
  • Contracts, Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding
  • Information Technology Services (including Software licensing)
  • Affiliated Entities
  • Advancement/Fundraising
  • Law Student Residents and Internship Program

REAL PROPERTY GROUP

Lead Attorney: Toni Douglas

Primary Clients: Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

  • Capital Projects
  • Real Estate, Facilities and Leasing
  • Umstead Act

ATHLETICS GROUP

Lead Attorneys: Jerry Blakemore; Kristen Bonatz

Primary Client: Athletics Director

  • NCAA Compliance
  • Coaches Contracts

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND EMPLOYMENT GROUP

Lead Attorney: Kristen Bonatz

Primary Clients: Provost; Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

  • Equal Opportunity/EEOC
  • Political Activities
  • Faculty Tenure, Promotion and Grievances
  • Employment Contracts (including Head Coaches’ Agreements)
  • State Human Resources Act Employment Matters (subject and exempt)
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Immigration in Employment
  • Constitutional Law/First Amendment Issues

STUDENT AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC SAFETY

Lead Attorney: Toni Douglas

Primary Clients: Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management; Chief of Police

  • Enrollment Management (Registrar, FERPA, Financial Aid, Scholarships)
  • International Programs
  • Student Affairs (Student Conduct, Title IX)
  • Graduate School
  • Civil Rights (Office of Civil Rights, Student Freedom of Expression)
  • Academic Integrity
  • Technical Standards
  • Threat Assessment
  • Affiliation/Internship Agreements*
  • Campus Safety and Emergency Management*

LITIGATION AND RECORDS MANAGMENT

Lead Attorney: Kristen Bonatz

  • Litigation
  • Subpoena Responses
  • Media Relations
  • Public Records Requests *
  • Tort Claims*

PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

*Julie Allen reports to Deputy General Counsel Kristen Bonatz as the office’s paralegal.  She also serves as the University’s public records officer.   Julie provides paralegal support to all the attorneys in the office and is the primary contact for tort claims.  She also serves on the Emergency Planning and Response Team. Please submit all public records requests at https://uncgreensboro.nextrequest.com/ 

** Elizabeth Restivo reports directly to General Counsel Jerry Blakemore as the office’s Executive Assistant and provides support for the General Counsel and attorneys. Additionally, Elizabeth supports the Compliance, Audit, Risk Management and Legal Committee of the Board of Trustees and the Internal Audit function. She is also responsible for the review of alcohol requests, office management, scheduling, and general administrative support. Elizabeth is the primary contact for the intake of new matters, collection activities, and alcohol requests.