Legal Subjects Handled by the OLA

The Office of Legal Affairs provides advice to UNC Charlotte administrators on a wide variety of issues affecting the University.  The list below is illustrative and not exhaustive, but it is intended to give members of the University community an idea of the breadth of legal subjects that arise on a university campus.  

Specific areas of practice for each attorney in the OLA are listed here: Practice Areas of Attorneys in Office of Legal Affairs

  • Administrative Law
  • Admissions
  • Advertising
  • Affiliation Agreements
  • Affirmative Action
  • Agency Issues
  • Alcohol
  • Alumni Relations
  • Antitrust
  • Arrests
  • Assaults
  • Athletics
  • Bailments
  • Bankruptcy
  • Battery
  • Bonds
  • Borrowing
  • By-laws
  • Cemeteries
  • Civil Rights
  • Classified Research
  • Coach Contracts
  • Communications law (licensing, violations)
  • Compliance with state and federal law
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Consortiums
  • Constitutional law, including:
    • 1st Amendment--speech, association, assembly, religion.
    • 4th Amendment--search, seizure
    • 9th Amendment--privacy
    • 11th Amendment--federal jurisdiction immunity
    • 14th Amendment--due process, equal protection
  • Contracts
  • Construction
  • Copyrights--grants and licenses, fair use, reproductions, registrations, enforcement (DMCA)
  • Corporations
  • Criminal law
  • Defamation
  • Development
  • Disabilities--ADA, FHA
  • Discipline--students and employees
  • Discrimination--students and employees
  • Drugs--testing, abuse
  • Due Process
  • Easements
  • EEOC cases
  • Employment--EPA, SPA, faculty, discrimination, termination, grievances, pensions, benefits, wages, FLSA, Equal Pay Act, FMLA
  • Equity
  • Estates
  • Exports
  • Facility Use
  • Faculty Issues--employment, tenure, hearings, grievances, discipline
  • False Arrests
  • FERPA (privacy of student records)
  • Financing statements
  • Fraud
  • Garnishments
  • Gifts--tax consequences, documents, policies
  • Governance
  • Grievances and Grievance Procedures
  • Guarantees
  • Hazardous wastes and substances
  • Hearings and Hearing Procedures
  • HIPAA--privacy and security regulations
  • Human Subjects Research
  • Indemnity
  • Independent Contractors
  • Immigration
  • Information Security
  • Injunctions
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property (Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks)
  • International Programs and Education Abroad
  • Internet
  • Investments--statutory and other constraints
  • Judgments
  • Know-how: protecting technology
  • Landlord/tenant--evictions, leases, regulations
  • Legislation
  • Libel
  • Library
  • Licensing
  • Liens
  • Litigation Management and Litigation Holds
  • Lobbying
  • Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicles
  • NCAA Compliance
  • Negligence
  • Nuisance
  • Office for Civil Rights cases (OCR)
  • OSHA
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Parking
  • Partnerships
  • Patents--ownership, licensing, infringement, misuse
  • Pensions
  • Personnel Records Act
  • Placement and Counseling
  • Planned Giving
  • Political Activities
  • Policies--drafting, redrafting, interpretation
  • Pooled Income Funds
  • Principal and Agent
  • Private Foundations
  • Privacy
  • Promissory Notes
  • Property--real and personal
  • Public Records Act
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Records Retention
  • Regulations
  • Releases and Waivers
  • Research
  • Restitution
  • Search and Seizure
  • SEC
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment and/or Discrimination
  • Slander
  • Social Security
  • Solicitation and Acceptance of Gifts
  • Statutes--drafting, interpreting
  • Statutory Compliance--state and federal
  • Student Issues--academic and disciplinary hearings/decisions, dismissals, discrimination, financial aid, grades, grievances, housing, organizations, residency, taxation of stipends/awards/fellowships, FERPA, Clery Act, Title IX
  • Subpoenas
  • Taxes-foreign, federal, state, city, income, withholding, estate, gift, excise, sales, use, Single Business Tax, property
  • Technology Transfer
  • Tenure Policies, Regulations, and Procedures
  • Title IX
  • Torts
  • Trademarks--use and registration, enforcement
  • Treaties--tax and other
  • Trespass
  • Truth-in-lending
  • Trusts
  • Umstead Act
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Unitrusts
  • Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBIT)
  • Use of facilities-peddling, religious groups, student groups, political activity
  • Usury
  • Utilities
  • Venture Program
  • Wage and Hour laws
  • Waivers
  • Warranties
  • Wills
  • Witnesses and Evidence
  • Work Study
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Zoning