Life as a University In-House Counsel

Fascinating article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about life as an in-house university counsel. Among the legal issues that an in-house counsel encountered:

· What should I do if an alligator hiding in an on-campus lake devours a poodle?

· Advising researchers whose project breeding and releasing endangered butterflies was blocked by an injunction

· A campus building on fire. What should I do? [My advice: get out of the building!]

It’s not all sexy work—as the article says, much time is devoted to employment matters. But I think the article captures some of the fun and allure of being an in-house counsel—especially in an university environment.

(I’ve posted some of my bizarre stories as in-house counsel here and as an outside counsel here (see particularly Sec. 6)).