The Office of General Counsel ("OGC") has responsibility for all legal affairs affecting the University. OGC strives to provide timely and high quality legal advice and counsel to the University, senior leadership, and other campus partners.

OGC performs a wide variety of legal services. These include: managing litigation and government agency complaints; advising on legal and regulatory compliance; preparing and negotiating contracts; supervising the activities of outside counsel; and preventive law initiatives.

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Legal Staff

General Counsel
Nancy Morrison O'Connor 
B.A. Gettysburg College, J.D. Notre Dame.

Prior to joining the University, O'Connor was a partner at Bracewell LLP, where she represented clients in compliance, internal investigations, transactions, and litigation.

Prior to joining Bracewell, O’Connor served as the deputy general counsel and vice president for human resources and employee benefits at Allbritton Communications Company in Washington, D.C. Her experience also includes 17 years at Norton Rose Fulbright (Houston and Washington, D.C.) and a federal appointment at the Office of Research Integrity. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught Intensive Trial Advocacy since 2004. She has served on the Board of the National Veterans Legal Services Program since 2014 and currently serves on the DC Circuit Credentials Committee for the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She served as chair of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Commission on Human Rights and its Case Review Board.

Major areas of practice: Counsels the Catholic University President, Vice Presidents and Provost; Development; Faculty Affairs, Human Resources, Administration, Litigation Management; EEOC investigations and mediation; sexual harassment and sexual assault claims; employment matters, and constitutional/First Amendment issues.