Office of General Counsel

Questions?

  • Office of General Counsel
    202-885-3285
    lawyers@american.edu

Mailing Address
  • GC American University
  • GC Friedheim
  • GC Katzen
  • GC Ward
  • GC Bender

Mission Statement


The Office of General Counsel of American University is committed to service, knowledge of the law, and facilitating the educational mission of American University. It is our function to provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for the university and to minimize legal risks and costs efficiently, reliably, and professionally.

Our Representation


The attorneys within the Office of General Counsel are licensed in the following states: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Each attorney is responsible for providing legal support to specific divisions; as outlined below.  

The Office of General Counsel represents American University and may not represent individual students, faculty, or staff except when these individuals are named as defendants in litigation as a result of actions or omissions within the course and scope of their employment or institutional representation. For personal legal advice, employees and students should consult a private attorney.

Subject Matter Assignments


Mary E. Kennard, Vice President & General Counsel

Subject Matter
Division
Real Property
Office of Finance and Treasurer
International Agreements
Office of the Provost
DC Regulatory Matters
President's Office
Governance & Higher Education President's Office


Bethany J. Bridgham, Senior Associate General Counsel

Subject Matter Division
Environmental Law
Office of Facilities Management
Commercial & Transactional Law
Office of Finance and Treasurer
Employee Benefits (Tax Related)
Payroll Office
Taxation Office of Finance and Treasurer
Trust & Estates
Office of Development


Hisham Khalid, Associate General Counsel

Subject Matter Division
Litigation Office of General Counsel
Police & Safety
Public Safety
Campus Plan
Office of Facilities Management
Employment & Labor Law
Human Resources
Debt Collection & Bankruptcy
Human Resources & Office of Finance and Treasurer


Thi Nguyen-Southern, Associate General Counsel

Subject Matter Division
Discrimination Claims
Human Resources & Office of Campus Life
Faculty Relations
Office of the Provost
Immigration Law
Office of the Provost & Office of Campus Life
Telecommunications WAMU
Tuition & Financial Aid
Office of Enrollment


Justin Perillo, Assistant General Counsel

Subject Matter Division
Athletics
Athletics
Commercial & Transactional Law
Office of Finance & Treasurer
Intellectual Property
Office of Sponsored Research
Scientific Research
Office of Sponsored Research
Student Cases
Office of Campus Life
Student Organizations
Office of Campus Life

Strategic Plan

AU's strategic plan, Leadership for a Changing World, outlines goals and objectives for the next decade at American University. Visit american.edu/strategicplan for more information. (myAU.american.edu login required for some documents)

Read the Strategic Plan


Campus Plan

The 2011 Campus Plan is a "roadmap" that details proposals and objectives to enhance and build upon our campus facilities for the next decade. An overarching theme is to bring more undergraduate students back to live on campus.

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