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

Staff Biographies

Interim General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel
Michael Jung

Michael Jung Mr. Jung (Mike) initially joined OGC as Assistant General Counsel in July 2011, was promoted to Associate General Counsel in April 2012 and then Deputy General Counsel in December 2015. 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, 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

Associate General Counsel
Kristen Bonatz

Kristen Bonatz Kristen Bonatz joined OGC in January 2016 as Associate General Counsel. Her practice focuses primarily on legal issues related to employment, including Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Equal Pay Act, and other employment matters related both to employees subject to, and exempt from, the State Human Resources Act. Currently, she provides advice regarding fundraising and scholarships, HIPAA, and assists with the review of contracts, memoranda of understanding and affiliation agreements.

Prior to coming to UNCG, Ms. Bonatz was an Associate University Attorney at East Carolina University, where she began working as an Assistant University Attorney in 2006. While at ECU, Ms. Bonatz advised on a broad range of legal and compliance issues ranging from free speech and employment to financial aid. Her practice focused on the application of law and regulations to the Student Affairs division’s policies and procedures, including the ADA, FERPA, Title IX and threat assessment. She also provided counsel on a range of employment issues, and was responsible for the review of general contracts and affiliation agreements, as well as the review and response to requests for records under the North Carolina Public Records Act. Prior to working at ECU, Ms. Bonatz clerked for Chief Judge John C. Martin at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Ms. Bonatz graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she was co-President of the Public Interest Law Group and the Technology Editor of the Connecticut Law Review.

Ms. Bonatz is a member of the Education section of the North Carolina Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Ms. Bonatz can be reached at (336) 334-4328 or via email at

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

Business Officer and 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