Office of the Campus Counsel

Welcome to the UC Davis Office of the Campus Counsel.  We hope this website provides a valuable first resource for legal matters concerning UC Davis.

The Office of the Campus Counsel supports the mission and purpose of the UC Davis campus and professional schools.  Chief Campus Counsel and Associate General Counsel, Jacob A. Appelsmith, reports to UC Davis Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter and Charles F. Robinson, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs for the Regents of the University.

UC Davis Campus and Health System-based attorneys provide legal advice and assistance on a wide range of matters affecting UC Davis faculty, researchers, students and staff, including academic affairs, research, compliance, student affairs, business transactions, and labor and employment.  Additionally, the Health System- based attorneys provide legal advice and assistance for the UC Davis School of Medicine and Health System.

The mission of the Office of the Campus Counsel is to work collaboratively with our campus clients to advance the University’s mission through problem solving, skilled advice, vigorous advocacy and effective, proactive counsel. Our goal is to be valued and trusted partners, recognized for our creativity, expertise, and commitment to our clients’ objectives.  We are dedicated to delivering quality, timely and responsive solutions to our clients.

If you think you have a legal issue related to University business, you should first discuss it with the head of your unit or supervisor.  Together you can decide whether you need to involve an attorney.  If you decide to contact an attorney, you should start by contacting our office and we involved attorneys and other professionals as appropriate.  Please note that the Office of the Campus Counsel does not provide personal legal advice to University faculty, staff, or students.