Benefits

The University of California offers a wide array of high quality employee benefit plans, including health and welfare insurance plans, a pension plan, and retirement savings programs. The Benefits group provides support to Human Resources and the Office of the Chief Investment Officer on legal issues affecting UC’s retirement and health and welfare benefits.

Allison Woodall, Deputy General Counsel

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Business Transactions

The Business Transactions Group provides general corporate and business transactional advice and support to the Office of the President, including the Office of the Chief Investment Officer,  the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and the campuses, medical centers, and national laboratories. The group advises on: business and corporate structures; commercial contracts; complex business, finance and investment transactions, including early stage and venture capital; energy projects; public debt issuances and compliance; innovation and commercialization efforts, including acceptance of equity; and international initiatives.

Charles Sandel, Deputy General Counsel

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Construction

The Construction Group provides construction-related legal services to UC's multi-billion dollar annual construction program on the campuses and medical centers. The group's transactional work includes working with clients to develop strategic policies, contracts, and procedures (including competitive bidding) for the university's numerous construction projects. Much of the group's work involves analyzing and resolving disputes with architects, contractors, and surety bond companies. The group also provides legal support in proposing and opposing legislation affecting the university's construction program.

Margaret Wu, Deputy General Counsel
 
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Education Affairs

The Education Affairs Group advises and counsels campuses and the Office of the President on a wide variety of issues involving students, faculty, and academic life, such as admissions, fees, financial aid, housing, student conduct, research compliance, conflicts of interest, governance, faculty, and Academic Senate matters.

Attorneys in the group serve as the general legal advisers for the Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources, and for Privilege and Tenure Committees throughout the system.

Allison Woodall, Deputy General Counsel

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Health Affairs

The Health Affairs Group supports the medical centers, medical schools and faculty practice plans operated by the University of California as well as its student health and counseling centers. The group also supports units of the Office of the President including: UC Health; Research Policy, Analysis, and Coordination; and Information Technology Services. The Group also supports Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services, Risk Services, and Federal and State Government Relations personnel with respect to health care and biomedical research matters.

Attorneys in the group handle complex health care transactions, represent the University in connection with government investigations, and provide regulatory advice on a complex array of federal and state laws governing the operation of hospitals, health systems, faculty practice plans, the furnishing of health care services, health professions education, and biomedical research.  

Rachel Nosowsky, Deputy General Counsel

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Intellectual Property & Innovation

The Intellectual Property & Innovation Group advises the university on a full range of patent, copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property matters, including intellectual property-related collaborations, transactions, policy, consultations, and dispute resolution.

Charles Sandel, Deputy General Counsel

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Laboratory Affairs

The university is responsible for the management of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under a management and operations contract with the Department of Energy. The university also participates as a major partner in the limited liability companies established for the management of the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories under contracts with the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. The Office of the General Counsel provides support in coordination with laboratory counsel for the national laboratories.

Charles Sandel, Deputy General Counsel

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Labor, Employment & Benefits

The Labor and Employment Group advises the 10 campuses, the Office of the President, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on a full range of employment, labor and benefits matters affecting the university's 190,000 person workforce.

Allison Woodall, Deputy General Counsel

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Land Use and Environment Health & Safety

The Land Use and Environmental Health and Safety Group works with the Office of the President, the ten campuses, associated Natural Reserve System holdings, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to provide legal advice and support for environmental and land use review of campus construction and real estate projects, and environmental health and safety matters.

Margaret Wu, Deputy General Counsel

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Litigation

The Litigation Group represents the university and oversees outside counsel in a broad range of adversarial proceedings, including affirmative and defensive litigation, writs, internal administrative hearings, depositions, and trials. The Litigation Group also works in cooperation with the Intellectual Property, Business Transactions, and Land Use Groups on patent, construction, and environmental cases.

Margaret Wu, Deputy General Counsel

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Nonprofit Organizations & Charitable Giving

The Nonprofit Organizations & Charitable Giving Group provides advice and support to the Office of the President, campuses, medical centers, national laboratories and various auxiliary and affiliated organizations on federal tax-exempt organization and nonprofit corporation issues, including working with the Business Transactions Group to advise on complex business transactions, innovation activities and corporate governance.  The Group also supports Institutional Advancement at the Office of the President and development efforts of all ten campuses, medical centers, campus foundations and affiliated entities by providing advice on significant charitable gifts and charitable trust law issues.

Charles Sandel, Deputy General Counsel

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Procurement

The Procurement Group supports the Office of the President and campus procurement teams to standardize policies, practices and agreements to facilitate doing business with the University. Advice and counsel the Group provides supports the procurement teams in delivering savings and efficient procurement services across the University of California system which contribute to expanded opportunities for teaching, research and public service.

Charles Sandel, Deputy General Counsel

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Public Accountability and Governance

The Public Accountability and Governance Group's primary practice areas are public accountability laws (Public Records Act and conflict of interest laws); governance (Open Meeting laws, delegation of authority, parliamentary issues, and review and interpretation of Regents items); and privacy (FERPA and the Information Practices Act). The group provides primary support to the Regents, as well as the Office of the President and the campuses.

Allison Woodall, Deputy General Counsel

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Real Estate

The Real Estate group provides legal advice and assistance to campuses and the Office of the President on a wide variety of real estate transactions. The group negotiates and drafts major commercial leases, acquisition agreements, and ground leases. On many transactions, the group does not retain outside counsel but instead uses in-house legal expertise to provide cost-efficient service to the university's clients.

Margaret Wu, Deputy General Counsel

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Trusts and Estates

The Trusts and Estates Group works with the ten campuses, medical centers, and the Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources to facilitate and accelerate the timely distribution of gifts from trusts and estates in support of the University’s mission.  The Group centrally administers all trust and estates matters and litigation in which a deceased donor has named the UC Regents, its campuses, departments, or medical centers as a beneficiary under the donor’s estate planning documents or retirement assets.  The Group also advises the campus foundations in trusts and estates matters and supports the University’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s Financial Accounting department with fulfilling the University’s accounting compliance and financial reporting requirements involving split interest gifts.

Charles Sandel, Deputy General Counsel

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Technology & Research

The Research & Technology Group handles complex transactions and investigations and provides regulatory advice in connection with basic, animal, and human subjects research and the funding of that research; major technology transactions; and cybersecurity matters, including counsel in connection with complex security incidents and related regulatory actions. The group supports UC Health, the Office of Research & Graduate Studies including its Research Policy, Analysis & Coordination unit and its Research Grants Program Office, and the University’s Information Technology Services organization.

Rachel Nosowsky, Deputy General Counsel

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