Storrs Mansfield, Tolland County
Apr 04, 2014

The University of Connecticut invites applications for an experienced attorney to serve in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in the position of Attorney. UConn's OGC is an energetic, collaborative office that provides legal advice to the University's Board of Trustees, the President and a broad range of academic and administrative offices. The General Counsel reports to the President. 

The OGC is a fast-paced, high volume work place. Its attorneys handle multiple, unrelated matters concurrently. The successful candidate must be able to complete complex projects both independently and in close collaboration with the General Counsel and/or Associate General Counsel. 

The successful candidate will work with a variety of university administrators, and must have, or develop knowledge of, legal areas that may include but are not limited to those which arise in a multi-million dollar enterprise, such as  commercial and financial matters, contracts, intellectual property, employment  and compliance, and also those which arise specifically from being a public institution of higher education, including civil rights, Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act, the Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act (FERPA), student affairs, Title IX and the Clery Act.  This position does not involve trial work or other representation in court or at depositions because the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General (AGO) is responsible for all matters involving litigation to which the state, including UConn, is a party. The position may include litigation-related work, as well as collaboration with the AGO and/or outside counsel on matters in litigation or in other dispute resolution contexts.  

Candidates must demonstrate superb judgment, excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and impeccable professional discretion.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to solve problems by developing practical solutions that are based on a thorough understanding of legal considerations but which apply the legal analysis in the context of, and with sensitivity to, the programmatic and policy objectives of the University. 

Candidates must have the ability to work with a broad array of interpersonal and communication styles, and to help drive multiple internal constituencies to a mutually acceptable resolution

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. J.D. from an accredited law school;
  2. Member of the Connecticut Bar in good standing, or demonstrated ability to waive in promptly in accordance with Connecticut requirements; 
  3. Minimum of five consecutive years of recent work experience as a practicing lawyer;
  4. Diverse experience across multiple substantive areas of law;
  5. Demonstrated ability to independently manage a significant caseload of diverse matters;
  6. Experience drafting legal documents;
  7. Experience in resolving disputes;
  8. Experience in commercial and/or transactional matters;
  9. Superb written and oral communication skills, including strong public speaking and presentation skills;
  10. Demonstrated ability to function well in both leadership and collaborative roles;
  11. Ability to interact with colleagues and superiors in a positive and constructive manner even in the face of competing deadlines or significant workload;
  12. Highly motivated, self-directed execution of routine and special projects;
  13. Strong work ethic and attention to detail;
  14. Ability to work weekends and evenings (when necessary).

Preferred Qualifications: 

  1. Seven to ten or more consecutive years of recent legal experience;
  2. Experience in business and commercial matters, including transactional experience;
  3. Significant trial experience or other experience in litigation or other disputed matters, including taking and defending depositions and representation in court;
  4. Experience advising an institution of higher education;
  5. Experience with the statutory requirements applicable to the operations of Connecticut state agencies;
  6. Experience with intellectual property matters, including fair use;
  7. Experience with technology transfer matters; 
  8. Experience in real estate matters.

Salary is competitive and will take into account the successful candidate's relevant qualifications, with a benefits package as a Connecticut State employee.   

To ensure full consideration, please submit electronically through Husky Hire, a resume, a cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references by April 30, 2014. The cover letter should specifically describe the reasons for your interest in the position and explain how your relevant work experience satisfies the minimum and, if applicable, preferred qualifications. If you are not admitted to the Connecticut Bar, please provide information to demonstrate your ability to waive in promptly.

Finalists will be required to submit one sample memorandum of law and one example of a finished final work product (for example, a transaction document, brief, mediation statement), that demonstrate the applicant’s knowledge and skill.  Screening of applications will begin immediately.  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 PM eastern on April 30, 2014.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at 

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff.  The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community.  As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.