Reporting directly to the President and the Board of Trustees, the Office of General Counsel provides guidance and representation to Northern Illinois University Trustees, administrative officers, faculty, staff and employees regarding official university business and operations. Jerry D. Blakemore, Vice President and General Counsel, currently serves as the chief legal counselor for Northern Illinois University and leads University and non-University legal teams.
The Office of General Counsel assists the University in the areas of policy development and compliance, preparing and reviewing University contracts, direct representation or case management involving outside counsel from both the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and prestigious private firms. Additionally, the office provides related services to the University community including legal counsel, updates on the changing legal environment and training related to compliance.
The Office of General Counsel website provides links to related issues which are not overseen by this office, including important University polices and other information regarding legal issues affecting Northern Illinois University and the higher education community.
The Office of General Counsel cannot provide legal guidance or representation to employees who have claims adverse to the University. Faculty and staff with legal questions that are outside the scope of their employment with the University are generally not eligible to use the services of the Office of General Counsel.