Office of the General Counsel

Office Profile

UNCG's Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for providing legal advice to UNCG's Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty and staff on a broad spectrum of legal issues including contracts; intellectual property and copyright issues; equal employment and personnel matters; University, UNC system and state policies; compliance; public records and open meetings laws. OGC also works closely with the North Carolina Department of Justice Attorney General's Office on tort claims and other litigation involving the University pending in federal and state courts or before administrative agencies such as the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings and Industrial Commission.

See the Staff Biographies section for information regarding practice areas and contact information for OGC attorneys and staff. Please direct all general inquiries to Carolyn Coppedge, Assistant to Legal Counsel, at (336) 334-3067 or cpcopped@uncg.edu.

Staff Biographies

General Counsel
Imogene L. Cathey

Imogene Cathey Ms. Cathey initially joined OGC in November 2010 as Associate General Counsel and was promoted to Interim General Counsel in February 2012, and General Counsel in September 2013.

As General Counsel, Ms. Cathey oversees OGC and serves as the chief legal advisor to the University. She provides legal advice and counsel to the Chancellor, Board of Trustees, Executive Staff, Dean’s Council, and other administrators on all matters affecting the legal rights and responsibilities of the University with an emphasis on various compliance matters; policy drafting and interpretation; personnel and other complex legal matters. She advises numerous University committees and working groups. She also serves as the Ethics Liaison to the NC State Ethics Commission, and coordinates with the UNC Office of Legal Affairs on legal matters impacting the UNC System.

Prior to her tenure at UNCG, Ms. Cathey served as Assistant General Counsel at The University of Florida for six years where her practice focused on employment, business, finance, compliance and transactional matters. Before specializing in higher education law, she worked in private practice for law firms in Florida. She is admitted to practice law in North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and Florida. Ms. Cathey received her B.A. degree from Florida A & M University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from The University of Florida Levin College of Law, with honors.

Ms. Cathey is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), a national professional association for higher education lawyers. She has served on NACUA committees and task forces, and has also made presentations at NACUA conferences. Ms. Cathey is also involved with the Guilford County Black Lawyers Association and the Minority Focus Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Ms. Cathey can be reached at (336) 334-4328 or via email at ilcathey@uncg.edu.

Associate General Counsel
Michael Jung

Michael Jung Mr. Jung (Mike) initially joined OGC as Assistant General Counsel in July 2011 and was promoted to Associate General Counsel in April 2012. His practice focuses on transactional matters in technology transfer, research-related matters, copyright and other intellectual property, the review and negotiation of contracts and related business transactions, as well as advising on federal and state regulatory matters.

Prior to coming to UNCG, Mr. Jung was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for ten years, where he served as Associate Counsel advising MIT on legal issues relating to intellectual property, sponsored research, technology licensing, procurement, and technology-related matters. Prior to joining MIT, he practiced in Boston as senior legal advisor for MyCounsel.com, and as in-house counsel for Quinlan Publishing.

Mr. Jung graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, where he was note and comment editor for the Buffalo Law Review.

Mr. Jung is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, currently serving on its Committee on Web Page Legal Resources and has previously served on the Committee on Publications. He also serves on the North Carolina Bar Association's Technology Committee.

Mr. Jung can be reached at (336) 256-2582 or via email at mrjung@uncg.edu.

Associate General Counsel
Todd E. Davis

Todd Davis Mr. Davis joined OGC as Associate General Counsel in June 2014. His practice focuses on matters related to business affairs, student affairs, and athletics. He also handles tort claims and issues related to the North Carolina Public Records and Open Meeting Laws across all divisions.

Prior to coming to UNCG, Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the General Counsel where he practiced in the Division of Business & Administrative Law for four years. His work at the Department included Contracts, Appropriations, Employment, Tort Claims, Social Media Licensing Agreements and the Federal Real Property Assistance Program. He also gained a wide base of knowledge on issues related to Title IX, Clery, FERPA and Gainful Employment matters. Prior to his service at the Department, he worked for Unisys Federal Systems in Reston, Virginia where he focused on Contracts and Procurement. He began his legal career at a small general litigation firm in McLean, Virginia.

Mr. Davis graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, where he served as President of The Association for Public Interest Law and was a member of Moot Court.

Mr. Davis is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Contracts Law.

Mr. Davis can be reached at (336) 334-3757 or via email at tedavis4@uncg.edu.

Assistant to Legal Counsel
Carolyn P. Coppedge

Carolyn Coppedge Carolyn joined OGC in October 2008 as Business Officer and Assistant to Legal Counsel. Her primary responsibilities include review of clinical and instructional agreements and alcohol requests; budget and resource management; scheduling and administrative support; and office management. Carolyn currently serves as a member of the Human Resources Liaison Group and as Department Technology Coordinator in conjunction with ITS. She previously served on the Banner HR Advisory Group helping to implement the Banner Human Resources System. She was a founding member and is currently serving on the UNCG Staff Senate.

Prior to her assignment in OGC, Carolyn held positions in the UNCG Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, and most recently as Business Officer in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. She also worked in Raleigh for several years in the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Community Colleges. Carolyn has over 30 years of state service, the majority of which has been at UNCG.

Ms. Coppedge can be reached at (336) 334-3067 or via email at cpcopped@uncg.edu.