Legal Affairs

Legal Affairs

The Office of Legal Affairs provides legal services to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), its Board of Regents, and institutions of the System. The office consists of the Chief General Counsel, a Deputy General Counsel, an Associate General Counsel, and two legal assistants.

In addition to the System level legal office, each System institution has its own Office of General Counsel providing legal services to the institution. The institutional General Counsel reports to both the President and the Chief General Counsel. This structure allows for collaboration and consistency in the legal advice provided across all System institutions. Attorneys at the System office or the campuses do not advise or represent Board members, administrators, faculty, staff or students about personal legal matters.

Core Responsibilities

  • Advising and counseling Board members and System personnel regarding legal questions arising out of their activities on behalf of the System or its institutions

  • Interpreting provisions of the NSHE Code and Board policies

  • Coordinating and supervising legal services provided to the campuses

  • Providing training and programs on legal issues to System employees in order to reduce litigation risks and liability

  • Representing the System in litigation matters and administrative proceedings

  • Managing the use of outside legal counsel

  • Reviewing and routing all contracts requiring Chancellor or Board approval

  • Serving as a resource for problem-solving and decision-making in furtherance of the mission of the System or its institutions

  • Providing legal advice and leadership in all real estate planning and transactions by the System or its institutions.

Office of General Counsel Staff

The attorneys in the NSHE General Counsel’s Office can be contacted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

James Martines

Vice Chancellor and Chief General Counsel

(702) 889-8426

Cathy Bandoni

Legal Assistant

(775) 784-4901
(775) 784-1127

Lynda King

Associate General Counsel

(702) 889-8426

Carrie Parker

Deputy General Counsel

(775) 784-4901