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Subject Areas

The following is provided as a guide for identifying a legal resource generally. If your issue does not appear to fit within one of the listed categories, please contact the Office of University Counsel for referral to an appropriate attorney.

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Donna Gooden Payne:

  • University policies and procedures
  • Board of Trustees
  • Chancellor's Executive Council & Cabinet
  • Contract review for the Division of Health Sciences
  • Medical and Dental faculty practice plan matters
  • Open meetings law
  • University contracts that exceed $25,000
  • Vidant Health System, Vidant Medical Center, and affiliates

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Kristen S. Bonatz:

  • FERPA
  • Public records requests
  • Service of subpoenas on the University or University employees
  • Affiliation agreements for East Campus internships
  • Contracts less than $25,000
  • East Campus SPA employment issues
  • Policies and procedures relating to Student Affairs Bankruptcy

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Amanda Williams:

  • Policies and procedures relating to employment and academic matters for the Division of Academic Affairs
  • East Campus EPA employment issues
  • Contracts less than $25,000

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Paul H. Zigas:

  • Research, Grants, and Compliance
  • Sponsored Programs
  • Technology Transfer
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurial Projects
  • Intellectual Property (copyrights, patents and trademarks)
  • Division of Research and Graduate Studies Policies and Regulations
  • Division of Research and Graduate Studies EPA and SPA employment issues
  • University-affiliated entities
  • Umstead Act
  • University and Medical Center Institutional Review Board (UMCIRB)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Clinical Trial Agreements

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Kitty Wetherington:

  • Policies and procedures relating to employment, academic matters, student affairs, and¬†student disciplinary issues for the Division of Health Sciences
  • Division of Health Sciences EPA, SPA and CSS employment issues
  • Affiliation agreements for Health Sciences internships
  • Health care law (including HIPAA, Risk Management and Compliance)

If you have a legal question pertaining to the following areas, please contact Steve Serck:

  • Open meetings law
  • FERPA
  • Real estate matters, including leases
  • Litigation and administrative appeals

If you have a question about tort liability and tort claims processing, Claudia D. Peaden can address questions and provide assistance and forms related to accidents involving property damage or personal injury on campus. If you have a question about workers' compensation, you may contact Donna Davis, Environmental Health and Safety, at 328-6166.