General Counsel

The General Counsel serves as the College's chief legal officer, and performs the following functions:

  • provides general legal counsel to the President, the College's other officers, and the Board of Trustees, and advises on the legal ramifications of College policy and decision-making. 
  • performs the traditional functions associated with in-house counsel including the negotiation of contracts; advice on human resource matters; review of relevant state, federal and local laws and regulations, and provides the functions of a general-practice law.
  • engages and supervises the work of outside law firms, taking into account both the nature of the services they can provide and the fees they charge. Once engaged, the General Counsel insures that services are provided in a manner that serves the College's interest.

The Office's objectives are to advance the mission of the Barnard College, and to provide useful and timely legal advice in support of that mission.

The materials on this site and related links are for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice. The Office of the General Counsel cannot provide legal advice to students or employees of Barnard College on personal matters.

If you have such questions, you should consult your personal counsel or contact the New York State Bar Association.  


The Office of the General Counsel represents Barnard College, not individual students, faculty or staff, except when legal issues arise as a result of actions taken during the course and scope of employment or while acting for the College.

This website is maintained by the Office of the General Counsel. If you have any questions regarding its content, please contact our office.