The Legal Division is committed to service, knowledge of the law, and facilitating the educational mission of state colleges, universities and community and technical colleges. The division’s function is to provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for these institutions and to minimize legal risks and costs efficiently, reliably, and professionally.

Each of the division’s attorneys has primary responsibility for representing state-funded colleges, universities, and community and technical colleges in grievances, human rights complaints, unemployment, writs, and other types of litigation for which damages are not sought against the institution. In addition, the division answers general legal questions that these institutions may have.

The division may not represent individual students, faculty, or staff except when these individuals are named as defendants in litigation as a result of actions or omissions within the course and scope of their employment or institutional representation. For personal legal advice, employees and students are encouraged to consult a private attorney. The division does not give private advice to individual students, faculty, staff, private institutions of higher education, or the general public.

Any state-funded college, university or community and technical college wishing to request representation in a legal matter is asked to complete a Request for Representation Form and submit it electronically with all other documentation to


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Kristin Boggs, General Counsel

304-558-2102 ext. 26348

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Gretchen Murphy, Assistant Attorney General

304-558-2102 ext. 26421

Sam Spatafore, Assistant Attorney General (Morgantown-based)


Victoria Timbers, Office Administrator

304-558-2102 ext. 26324