Office of the General Counsel

General Counsel Profile

Housed in, and reporting to the Chancellor's Office, UNCG's General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice to UNCG's Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty and staff on a broad spectrum of issues including contracts, federal and state regulations, due process matters, campus security, NCAA rules, equal employment and personnel laws, ADA/504 (handicap discrimination laws), University and UNC system policies, financial aid, OSHA compliance, open meetings laws, Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, etc.

The General Counsel also works closely with the North Carolina Attorney General's Office on litigation involving the University in federal and state courts and in administrative agencies such as the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings.

Imogene Cathey

Imogene Cathey As General Counsel, Ms. Cathey is responsible for management of the Office of the General Counsel and oversees all legal matters concerning the University. Her practice focuses on a wide variety of complex legal issues, including student and employment issues, athletics, and compliance. She also advises numerous University committees and working groups. Prior to her appointment as General Counsel in September 2013, she served as both Interim General Counsel and Associate University Counsel to UNCG.

Prior to her tenure at UNCG, Ms. Cathey served as Assistant General Counsel to The University of Florida. Before specializing in higher education law, she worked in private practice. She is admitted to practice law in North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and Florida.

Ms. Cathey is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorney (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 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

Michael Jung

Michael Jung Michael Jung joined the Office of General Counsel as Assistant University Counsel in July 2011.

Prior to coming to UNCG, Mike was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for nine 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, Mike practiced in Boston as senior legal advisor for, and as in-house counsel for Quinlan Publishing.

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

He 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.

Carolyn P. Coppedge

Carolyn Coppedge Carolyn began work in the Office of the General Counsel on October 1, 2008.  Her primary responsibilities include initial review of all instructional agreements, preparation of position statements to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and response to Office of Civil Rights complaints, research, office management and administrative support, scheduling and management of the Office resources. Carolyn currently serves as a member of the Human Resources Advisory Group and recently served on the Banner HR Advisory Group to help implement the new Banner Human Resources System.  She was a founding member of the UNCG Staff Council and served two terms on that Council.

Prior to her assignment in the Office of the General Counsel, Carolyn held positions in the UNCG Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, and most recently 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 and has worked at UNCG for over 19 of those years.