Office of the Vice President & General Counsel

Welcome to the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at Wayne State University. Louis Lessem is the Vice President and General Counsel and the University's chief legal advisor.

The Office of Equal Opportunity reports directly to the Vice President and General Counsel.  

The OGC provides legal counsel and representation to Wayne State University on the broad range of legal matters affecting the University.  The Office serves the University's Board of Governors, President, administrators, faculty and staff, in their official capacities, to accomplish their institutional objectives.  

The OGC provides legal advice to foster sound decision-making in all areas of operation, instruction, research and administration.  We are committed to providing the highest quality legal services in a responsible, helpful and timely manner; to protecting and promoting the values and interests of the University, including compliance with its obligations; to minimizing legal risks and costs; and to addressing and resolving legal disputes.   

We strive to be problem solvers; to defend the interests of the University and its constituents; to protect and promote the integrity of the University; and to practice preventative law.


The OGC has created this website to allow members of WSU's community to become more familiar with our office, its functions and operations, and to inform members of the WSU community of legal matters of importance to them in their role as faculty, staff or students of the University


All materials provided on this website, including the contents of linked pages, are provided for general informational purposes only. While we seek to provide links to current and authoritative information, neither WSU nor this office guarantees the accuracy of information accessible online; therefore, this information must be relied upon as a substitute for legal advice from a qualified attorney. Please contact a WSU Office of the General Counsel attorney to obtain current legal advice specifically responsive to your question