Academic and Student Affairs

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
Academic FreedomFrank Lancaster; Lela YoungDavid Whitcomb
Accreditation & Other Academic Affairs IssuesFrank Lancaster; Lela Young
Academic Misconduct – StudentsRachel Powell; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)David Whitcomb
Clery ActRachel Powell; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)David Whitcomb
Graduate Medical EducationMark PetzingerLela Young; Frank Lancaster
FERPARachel Powell; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)David Whitcomb
Research MisconductLela Young; Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)Frank Lancaster
Student Affairs
(e.g., housing; health; student conduct; disability accommodations)
Rachel Powell; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)David Whitcomb
Title IXDavid Whitcomb; Rachel Powell; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)

 


 

Athletics

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
GeneralRyan Stinnett; David Whitcomb; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC)
ComplianceDavid WhitcombRyan Stinnett
Athletics Game ContractsRyan StinnettDavid Whitcomb
Athletics Employment AgreementsRyan StinnettDavid Whitcomb

 


 

Business Transactions, Real Property and Construction

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
Accounts Payable/CollectionsKatie Lane; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)Ryan Stinnett; Walt Schuler (UTHSC)
BankruptcyKatie Lane; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)Ryan Stinnett
ConstructionRyan Stinnett; Katie Lane
ContractsKatie Lane; Frank Lancaster; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Walt Schuler (UTHSC)Ryan Stinnett
Contracts – Health Care Related
(e.g., affiliation agreements; graduate medical education residency & rotation agreements; professional services; management services; billing services; business ventures; faculty practices)
Walt SchulerRyan Stinnett; Katie Lane
Contracts – ResearchKatie Lane; Frank Lancaster; Walt Schuler (UTHSC)Ryan Stinnett
Debt Financing/Bond IssuesKatie Lane
Estates & GiftsKatie Lane
Financial AidKatie LaneRyan Stinnett
Information TechnologyKatie LaneRyan Stinnett
InvestmentsKatie Lane
Payroll, Benefits, & RetirementKatie LaneMike Fitzgerald
ProcurementKatie LaneRyan Stinnett
Real EstateKatie LaneRyan Stinnett
TaxKatie Lane

 


 

Conflicts of Interest and Commitment

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
General Ryan StinnettDavid Whitcomb; Katie Lane

 


 

Employment, Human Resources, Benefits and Immigration

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
Background ChecksMike Fitzgerald; Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)David Whitcomb
Disability AccommodationsMike Fitzgerald; Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)David Whitcomb
Diversity & InclusionDavid Whitcomb; Lela Young; Frank Lancaster
Employment Policies & Disputes – FacultyLela Young (UTK); Mark Petzinger (UTHSC); Frank Lancaster (UTM, UTC)David Whitcomb; Lela Young (UTHSC, UTM); Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Frank Lancaster (UTK)
Employment Policies & Disputes – StaffMike Fitzgerald; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)David Whitcomb
ImmigrationMike FitzgeraldDavid Whitcomb
Worker’s CompensationJosh Walker; Becky Tuttle (UTHSC)Mike Fitzgerald

 


 

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
First AmendmentFrank LancasterDavid Whitcomb; Lela Young
Use of University Property for Free Expression ActivitiesFrank LancasterDavid Whitcomb

 


 

Government Relations and Legislation

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
General Ryan StinnettDavid Whitcomb; Katie Lane

 


 

Healthcare

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
Healthcare Compliance, Regulation, & ContractingWalt SchulerRyan Stinnett; Katie Lane
Healthcare – Corporate/ Business
(e.g., faculty practices; business ventures)
Walt SchulerRyan Stinnett; Katie Lane
Healthcare – Compliance & Regulatory
(e.g., False Claims Act; Stark and Anti-Kickback Laws; HIPAA; faculty practice plans; business ventures; health professional licensure and scope of practice issues; student licensure exemptions and supervision requirements)
Walt Schuler

 


 

Intellectual Property

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
Copyrights & PatentsFrank Lancaster
Trademarks & LicensingFrank LancasterKatie Lane

 


 

Litigation

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
General LitigationDavid Whitcomb; Harold Pinkley
Employment & Civil RightsDavid Whitcomb; Mike Fitzgerald; Yousef Hamadeh (UTC); Mark Petzinger (UTHSC)
Tennessee Claims Commission
(Healthcare Liability/Malpractice; Personal Injury; Breach of Contract)
Josh Walker; Becky Tuttle; Heather ColturiDavid Whitcomb
Subpoenas and ComplaintsDavid Whitcomb

 


 

Open Meetings and Public Records

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
GeneralRyan Stinnett; Frank LancasterDavid Whitcomb

 


 

Policies and Policy Development

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
Policy Drafting and DevelopmentKatie LaneRyan Stinnett; David Whitcomb
Board of Trustees PoliciesRyan Stinnett; Katie Lane
General PoliciesKatie LaneRyan Stinnett
Fiscal PoliciesKatie LaneRyan Stinnett
Human Resources PoliciesMike FitzgeraldDavid Whitcomb
Information Technology PoliciesKatie LaneRyan Stinnett
Research PoliciesKatie LaneRyan Stinnett; Walt Schuler
Safety PoliciesKatie LaneDavid Whitcomb

 


 

Political Activity

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
General Ryan Stinnett; Frank LancasterDavid Whitcomb

 


 

Privacy

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
General Katie LaneRyan Stinnett
Privacy and Security – Health Information
(e.g., HIPAA, FERPA, state confidentiality laws)
Walt SchulerKatie Lane
EU GDPRRyan Stinnett; Harold PinkleyKatie Lane

 


 

Research and Research Compliance

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
Research Compliance
(e.g., Animal Subjects; Conflict of Interests; Export Controls; Human Subjects; Laboratory Safety)
Ryan Stinnett; Katie Lane; Walt Schuler (UTHSC)Lela Young
Environmental ComplianceFrank Lancaster
Occupational Health and SafetyKatie LaneRyan Stinnett

 


 

Rulemaking

Legal TopicPrimary Contact(s)Secondary Contact(s)
General Ryan StinnettDavid Whitcomb