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Mission

The mission of the Office of Legal Affairs is to educate the East Georgia State College community as to the laws and regulations applicable to the college's operations. Legal Affairs also works to manage legal issues and facilitate transactions, to provide advice and counsel, to foster sound decision-making and creative problem-solving, and to provide legal representation, all of which to facilitate the college's pursuit of its mission.

It is the goal of the Office of Legal Affairs to provide counsel to minimize legal risks and costs, reduce litigation exposure, and ensure legal compliance, and to do so efficiently, expeditiously, reliably, and professionally.

In serving the college's interests, Legal Affairs pursues excellence in the quality of services provided to its clients and maintains the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity. Such services include, but are not limited to:

  • Advise, assist, and train administrators, faculty, and staff with respect to legal issues that arise during the course of their employment duties with East Georgia State College;
  • Develop and assist with the development of policies that align with the college's mission while preserving the legal, ethical, and financial integrity of the college;
  • Assist departments with administration and negotiation of third-party contracts;
  • Assist in the risk management analysis for college operations and events; 
  • Manage the college's compliance calendar and advise the college on compliance matters;
     

The office is located in Gambrell Building, Room J562. Please contact the Office of Legal Affairs with any legal questions concerning college business.

The Office of Legal Affairs serves as East Georgia’s liaison to the Board of Regent's legal staff and the Georgia Attorney General’s office. Please consult the Office of Legal Affairs with your concerns or questions prior to contacting the Board of Regent's legal staff.   

We cannot provide legal advice or services to students. Likewise, we cannot offer services or advice to faculty or staff regarding their own legal concerns. If you are unable to pay for legal services, you may be eligible for assistance through the Georgia Legal Services Program: (800)-498-9469.

Our mailing address is:
Office of Legal Affairs
East Georgia State College
131 College Circle
Swainsboro, Georgia  30401

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  • Mary C. Smith

    Mary C. Smith

    President's Office/Chief of Staff / Legal Counsel

    Chief of Staff & Legal Affairs

    Phone: 478-289-2165

    Email:

    Campus: Swainsboro

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