Legal Affairs Staff

Thomas C. Shanahan
Senior 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
Vice President for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel | 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.

T. Brooks Skinner
Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs | 919-549-7806 (UNC-TV)
As associate general manager, Mr. Skinner supervises all finance, human resources, and technology functions at the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television (UNC-TV), and advises the general manager on operational matters across the UNC-TV organization.  In his role as UNC-TV general counsel, Mr. Skinner provides comprehensive legal and policy advice in all apsects of network operations.  Mr. Skinner is also a member of the Division of Legal Affairs, serving as the in-house counsel for UNC-TV. 

Michael R. Delafield
Associate General Counsel | 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 Division of Legal Affairs at UNC General Administration, advising on matters of academic and student affairs, campus safety, and data security.  Mr. Delafield serves as the co-chair of the State Residence Committee.

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

Carolyn C. Pratt
Staff Attorney | 919-962-3406

John Dougherty
Staff Attorney| 919-962-4588

Anne Phillips
Legal Fellow | 919-962-4588

Karin Szypszak
Legal Assistant/Paralegal to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel | 919-962-4587

Ruth A. Brill
Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel | 919-962-4588