Office of Legal Affairs Staff Members

Attorneys

James E. S. (Jesh) Humphrey IV
Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
jesh.humphrey@uncc.edu

Jesh Humphrey joined UNC Charlotte in 2006 and was appointed Vice Chancellor and General Counsel in 2016. As Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Humphrey supervises the attorneys and staff in the Office of Legal Affairs, including the Director of University Compliance and the University Public Records Officer. The Office of Legal Affairs is dedicated to...


Amy S. Kelso
Senior Associate General Counsel
Asheville, NC
828-232-4990
Amy.Kelso@uncc.edu

Amy S. Kelso joined the UNC Charlotte Office of Legal Affairs in September 1997 after clerking for Chief Judge Gerald Arnold at the NC Court of Appeals for two years. As a transactional attorney, she advises University administrators on a variety of legal issues in public higher education law, including policy development, contract drafting and negotiation, student conduct, education abroad, athletics, governance and accountability, and compliance...


Jeffrey N. Jensen
Senior Associate General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
Jeffrey.Jensen@uncc.edu

Jeff Jensen came to the Office of Legal Affairs in December 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in legal and regulatory compliance in public higher education, having worked previously at the University of North Dakota and with the University of Wisconsin System.  He received his JD and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Jensen's practice at UNC Charlotte includes student affairs, employment and personnel...


Samantha (Sam) Sears
Senior Associate General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704-687-5732
ssears4@uncc.edu

 

Samantha Sears is Senior Associate General Counsel, and her practice primarily includes providing legal advice and counsel to Research & Economic Development and Academic Affairs. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as Associate General Counsel at the University of Oregon and Assistant General Counsel at Oregon State University and as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in...


Sarah O. Edwards
Associate General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
sarah.edwards@uncc.edu

Sarah Edwards joined the Office of Legal Affairs in 2012 after a one-year fellowship in UNC Chapel Hill's Office of University Counsel and two years clerking in the North Carolina appellate court system.  She earned her BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University and her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law.  Edwards focuses her practice on institutional compliance (including Title IX and the Clery Act), review and negotiation of contracts, policy...


Catherine Mitchell
Assistant General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
cmitch71@uncc.edu

Catherine Mitchell joined the Office of Legal Affairs as Assistant General Counsel in August 2016 after serving for two years as its Higher Education Legal Fellow. She received her BA in Political Science with a Second Major in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Following her undergraduate career, she attended the UNC School of Law where she pursued a dual degree, earning a JD as well as an MA in Sport Administration. During...


Compliance

Susan Burgess
Susan Burgess
Director of University Compliance
Cato 3rd Floor
704-687-1774
Susan.Burgess@uncc.edu

Susan Burgess joined the Office of Legal Affairs as Director of University Compliance in September 2014.  She is a recognized expert in the field of corporate compliance and auditing.  Her career as a compliance professional spans the course of two decades. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Temple University and a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law.   Burgess served as Associate Dean for Administration at Drexel University School of...


Staff

Tina Dadio
University Public Records Officer and Legal Specialist
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
T.Dadio@uncc.edu

Tina Dadio is the University Public Records Officer and has served as the Paralegal for the Office of Legal Affairs since July 2010. She has over twenty years of experience in the paralegal field, having worked previously at litigation law firms in North Carolina and Connecticut.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Dadio has been a council member on the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division since 2014 and...


Melanie White
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
MelanieWhite@uncc.edu

Melanie White serves as the Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs. In that role, White focuses on personal management of the Vice Chancellor’s time and workflow, manages the day-to-day coordination of the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel's schedules, and composes and edits correspondence and various reports. She joined the University in October of 2003. Prior to working in the Office of Legal Affairs, White worked in the...


Amanda Simpson
Paralegal
Cato 3rd Floor
704-687-6119
amanda.simpson@uncc.edu

Amanda Simpson joined the University in August of 2013 and in March 2017 became Paralegal in the Office of Legal Affairs. Prior to working in the Office of Legal Affairs she held a position within the Belk College of Business. Amanda is a graduate of East Carolina University and holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Appalachian State University. Prior to her career in academia she earned a Paralegal Certificate and served seven years as a paralegal in a law firm. She has...