Legal Affairs Staff

Thomas C. Shanahan
Vice President and General Counsel | 919-962-4588
Mr. Shanahan serves as the University’s senior legal officer, providing advice and counsel to the president, Board of Governors, and senior staff on all legal and policy issues affecting the University.  He oversees the development and implementation of policies and procedures to promote University-wide awareness of and compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and administrative requirements. 

Joanna Carey Cleveland
Senior Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs | 919-962-0533
Ms. Cleveland provides legal advice and Legal Affairs Division leadership in a variety of areas, including employment law, student affairs, University policy development, and campus services. 

David Lombard Harrison
Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs | 919-962-0330
Mr. Harrison provides legal advice and assistance concerning intellectual property, information technology, research regulations, technology transfer, purchasing, and finance-related issues.  He also serves as counsel for the North Carolina Arboretum, the University of North Carolina Press and the Umstead Panel.

T. Brooks Skinner
Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs | 919-962-4551
Mr. Skinner provides legal advice and counsel for property management, procurement, construction, insurance/risk management, ethics and public records.  He is the in-house counsel for the North Carolina Center for Public Television (UNC-TV), providing comprehensive legal and policy advice to UNC-TV’s management team in all aspects of network operations.  

Michael R. Delafield
Assistant Vice President for Legal Affairs | 919-962-6162
Mr. Delafield serves as chief legal counsel for the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), and provides advice to the Chancellor and the Chancellor's management team on a full range of legal and policy issues.  He also works with the Office of Legal Affairs at UNC General Administration advising on matters related to student affairs and campus safety.  

Bridget Bishop
Immigration Staff Attorney | 919-962-0444
Ms. Bishop assists campuses with immigration law-related matters.  

Carrie O. Johnston
Staff Attorney | 919-445-0473

John Dougherty
Legal Fellow | 919-962-4588

Legal Assistant to the Vice President and General Counsel | 919-962-4587

Ruth A. Brill
Executive Assistant | 919-962-4588

Pratibha Sirdeshmukh
Administrative Support Associate | 919-843-6997