To preserve by rule of law the mission of BYU.

Led by General Counsel Michael Orme, the Office of the General Counsel is a team of attorneys that represents the legal interests of Brigham Young University and the other higher education institutions affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Legal Updates

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One Activist Has Hundreds of Colleges Under the Gun to Fix Their Websites

After the 2016 presidential election, Marcie Lipsitt looked up the alma maters of Donald J. Trump's chief advisers and persuaded the Education Department to investigate them for illegally having websites inaccessible to people with disabilities. At the height of this year's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, she similarly triggered ... Read More

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The Supreme Court Sided with Trinity Lutheran Church. Here's why that matters.

The Supreme Court's ruling on a high-profile case involving a church's day-care playground surfaces will likely be used in church-state battles in the future, experts believe. The decision, released on Monday, involving a church in Missouri was seen as a victory for many advocates and a blow to those who ... Read More

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Education Dept. Closes Title IX Investigation of Liberty U.

The Education Department's civil-rights office has closed a Title IX investigation of Liberty University that had been triggered by a sexual-assault claim. The office cited a lack of jurisdiction. In a letter addressed to President Jerry L. Falwell Jr., Letisha Morgan, a team leader in the Office for Civil Rights, wrote ... Read More