Legal Services

Aerial Shot of SUU's CampusThe Office of Legal Affairs provides legal counsel and representation to Southern Utah University on all legal matters.

Responsibilities of the attorneys in our office include:

  • Client counseling
  • Legal research
  • Litigation in state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies
  • Advocacy and assistance in internal dispute resolution arenas
  • Policy review and drafting
  • Contract review and negotiation
  • Legal presentations and training seminars
  • Other duties concerning the full array of legal issues arising in the context of higher education

We provide advice and representation on topics including:

  • Employment
  • Constitutional rights
  • Discrimination
  • Tort liability
  • Intellectual property
  • Contracts
  • Immigration
  • Real estate
  • Tax and other legal matters

For purposes of litigating matters in court, the attorneys in our office serve as Special Assistant Attorneys General by appointment of the Attorney General of the State of Utah.

Working with the Legal Office

Southern Utah University is our one client. Any University administrator or employee who is acting on behalf of the University is our client. Sometimes “who is acting on behalf of the University” can shift in a matter, so we always have to ask ourselves who is the decision maker(s) acting on behalf of the University at any given time and stage of a matter.

We cannot give legal advice for personal matters, whether for employees or students. You may consult with an attorney of your choosing.  You may also utilize the Utah State Bar to find an attorney at the following website:  https://www.utahbar.org/public-services/

University administrators, deans, and department or unit heads are generally the appropriate persons to ask our office for legal advice. In addition, generally speaking, deans or unit administrators are in the best position to know when the unit should seek legal counsel. Program coordinators and others also may contact our office directly, for example, with questions about waivers, affiliation agreements, internships, and the like.

If you would like to contact our office with a question or to schedule a meeting, please direct inquiries to our office staff at legal@suu.edu or (435) 586-7738. Please provide necessary background information such as the contract, policy, communication, or type of situation about which you are inquiring. This helps us to determine the best and most efficient way to handle your question, including which attorney should be involved. This helps us provide a timely and efficient response and appropriate follow-up.

Our paralegal may communicate with you directly. The paralegal is trained in and bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the attorneys. The paralegal can often help you locate the policy, office, document or other resource that can answer your question (but they cannot give legal advice).

If you have already discussed the matter with a particular attorney, or if you have a reason for addressing your question to a particular attorney, you may contact that specific attorney through our office staff as described above, or you may contact the attorney directly if you prefer.

The SUU Legal Office supports the University by providing legal advice to foster sound decision-making in all areas of operation, instruction, research and administration. We provide, manage and coordinate a full range of quality legal services to employees acting on behalf of the University—including legal counsel and representation, legal risk management, policy review, defending against administrative complaints and lawsuits, contract and waiver drafting and review, and compliance advice. In doing so, we aim to help client representatives accomplish their goals in sound, sustainable ways. The majority of our work is proactive and we welcome the opportunity to help at all stages of ideas and matters.