“That no free government, nor the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles; and by the recognition by all citizens that they have duties as well as rights, and that such rights cannot be enjoyed save in a society where law is respected and due process is observed.”
Article I, Section 15, Constitution of Virginia
The University is an educational institution and agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, organized as a public corporate body pursuant to statute. Lawyers in this Office are appointed by the Attorney General of Virginia and are engaged as employees for the sole and exclusive representation of George Mason University.
The Office of University Counsel provides legal consultation and representation for George Mason University. The Office is available to all officers and employees acting on behalf of George Mason University. The attorneys are prepared to address all general legal questions of state and federal law, and to practice before state and federal courts. Specialized expertise, as needed, is available to the Office of University Counsel through the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia.
The Office of University Counsel cannot provide legal consultation or representation to individuals on any matters outside the scope of their employment by George Mason University. Unrelated legal matters must be addressed by private counsel and links are provided to referral services for those who need and do not otherwise have their own lawyer.