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 Office of the General Counsel

Karla Mitchell Gowen
General Counsel

The mission of the office is to provide superior legal counsel, guidance and policy analysis to the colleges, satellite campuses, WYCC, WKKC, the District Office, and the Board of Trustees to ensure that the District’s decisions and actions comply with federal, state, and local law.

The Office performs a wide variety of legal services including, but not limited to: litigation, litigation management, supervision of outside counsel, collective bargaining, labor and employment matters, contract review (construction, professional services, clinical and training agreements, facilities use agreements, intergovernmental, etc.) property tax disputes, real estate matters, commercial transactions, student and general records access, privacy issues, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests​​​​, subpoenas, personal injury defense, workers’ compensation, student discipline oversight, accreditation support, intellectual property matters, board protocols, policy and procedure analysis, corporate counseling, and a vast array of miscellaneous legal matters.   ​​

Faculty & Staff

​Karla Mitchell Gowen ​General Counsel
Katherine Cosic Associate General Counsel
Valerie Harper ​Associate General Counsel
​Christopher Jensen Associate General Counsel
​Atonio Littleton ​Associate General Counsel
​Chandra Toussaint ​Associate General Counsel
​Michelle Crawley ​Paralegal
​Maria Salinas-Beltran ​Office Administrator
​Marcia Lewis ​Executive Office Manager
​Ralph Passarelli ​​Director of Risk Management

Contact Information

(312) 553-2920
(312) 553-2539


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