Regents Policy 4000: POLICY ON UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LEGAL SERVICES
Approved February 18, 1993
Amended September 22, 2005
The provisions of this statement shall be subject to, and shall in no way modify, the provisions of Section 21.2
of the Bylaws of The Regents of the University of California.
Pursuant to Section 21.2, The General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Affairs (GC-VP) is the chief legal
officer of the University of California. The GC-VP has a dual reporting relationship: the GC-VP is a Principal
Officer of The Regents and reports directly to The Regents on matters governed by The Regents, and
reports directly to the President as an Officer of the University. The GC-VP has responsibility for all legal
affairs of the University and all legal proceedings affecting it and, subject to the direction of the President,
oversees the provision of all legal services to the University.
The GC-VP is assisted by and directs the work of attorneys in the immediate office of the GC-VP and outside counsel
as may be retained by the GC-VP from time to time. In addition, the GC-VP is assisted by and directs substantively
the work of resident counsel.
The immediate office of the GC-VP is directly responsible for all services required by The Regents, the President,
and Vice Presidents; all litigation and other legal proceedings affecting the University, including The Regents,
the Office of the President, campuses, and laboratories; non-litigation services in specialized areas of practice
where such expertise is established within the office; in collaboration with resident counsel, all other non-litigation
services required by campuses and laboratories; and supervision of outside counsel.
Resident counsel positions at the campuses or laboratories may be established by the GC-VP and the Chancellor or
Laboratory Director with the approval of the President. Resident counsel are members of the staff of the GC-VP,
and report substantively to the GC-VP, and administratively to the appropriate administrative officer. Resident
counsel functions are subject to delegations of authority from the GC-VP. Appointment and compensation actions
require the concurrence of the GC-VP.
Each attorney for the University is charged to exercise independent and professional judgment on behalf of the client,
the University of California. The University acts in some circumstances through the Board of Regents. In most, the
University acts through the President, the Chancellors, the officers of the Academic Senate, or their authorized
representatives. The GC-VP shall have full access to the Office of the President, the Chancellors, campus
representatives, and the officers and members of the Senate for all purposes associated with the GC-VP carrying
out the legal responsibilities of the office.
The Regents shall have full access to the GC-VP for legal advice and services as required. The GC-VP may initiate
contact with The Regents when, in the judgment of the GC-VP, such communication is required in the best interests
of the University. The GC-VP shall attend meetings of the Board and its committees. Reports and recommendations
concerning litigation shall continue to be submitted to The Regents in accordance with current practice.
The budget for legal services required by the University shall be established by the President after consultation
with the Regents, with the advice of the GC-VP. The GC-VP shall prepare and periodically revise a comprehensive
plan, subject to the approval of the President, for the personnel and budgetary resources necessary for meeting
the legal services requirements of the University in an efficient and cost-effective manner taking into account
the roles of the immediate office of the GC-VP, resident counsel, and outside counsel. To the extent related
to legal services required by The Regents, such plan and resulting budgetary allocations shall be reviewed by
The Regents as appropriate.
Appointment and termination of the appointment of the GC-VP shall be by The Regents upon recommendation of or following
consultation with the President.
Evaluation of the GC-VP and the provision of legal services to the University generally shall be the responsibility
of The Regents and the President as they shall determine from time to time.