The Division of the Vice President and General Counsel comprises three offices under the leadership of Vice President and General Counsel, Dorothy K. Robinson:  the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Enterprise Risk Management, and the Office of Federal Relations. 

Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal counsel, representation, and oversight of work on the wide range of legal matters affecting Yale University and its component organizations.  OGC's staff of professional attorneys advise administrators and faculty on legal and regulatory questions related to Yale’s activities, including transactional matters, dispute resolution, and policy formulation. They also represent the interests of the University in administrative and judicial proceedings.

Office of Federal Relations

The Office of Federal Relations (OFR) coordinates the University’s federal relations efforts. OFR monitors developments in federal legislative and administrative policies and advocates for policies and programs benefiting higher education and research and further the University’s mission. OFR follows a broad range of issues including student financial aid, funding for research, and legislation and regulation affecting intellectual property, immigration and visas, and tax rules affecting charitable organizations, as well as many other topics.

Office of Enterprise Risk Management

The Office of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) coordinates the University’s risk management efforts and directs a comprehensive enterprise risk program. ERM is a resource for University managers and other members of the Yale community to obtain risk management advice so that they can carry out University activities in a manner that adequately considers safety, financial, reputational, and other risks.  ERM also has primary responsibility for negotiating and ensuring the sufficiency of the University’s insurance portfolio and other risk and loss control programs.

What's New?

Revisions to HIPAA Regulations

The deadline for compliance with the majority of new HIPAA privacy and security requirements is fast approaching.  By September 23, 2013, covered entities and their business associates must comply with these new requirements mandated by the HITECH Act and the Genetic...

Robert Bienstock Honored for Service to Higher Ed Community

Senior Associate General Counsel Robert Bienstock has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the National Association of College and University Attorneys' (NACUA's) Distinguished Service...

Guide to Rights Clearance

A new resource is now available that is designed to assist members of the Yale community in understanding legal issues that may arise in the context of producing and disseminating digital content.  This...