The general counsel serves the college by:
- Advising the the president, vice presidents and department heads
- Providing proactive legal services and responding to specific problems as they arise
- Managing legal claims made against the College by securing and managing litigation attorneys and other consultants as needed
- Participating in the development of financial and contractual relationships by, for example, negotiating and conceptualizing contractual content
- Providing seminars as requested on processes or matters with significant legal implications for the College
- Managing the College's Document Retention/Records Management Program
The general counsel also serves as clerk of the College and as such is a corporate officer. The bylaws of the college describe the primary responsibilities of the corporate officers.
The Office of the General Counsel represents the College, not individual students, faculty or staff; unless those individuals are named as defendants in litigation as a result of actions they took during the course and scope of their employment or institutional representation.