To preserve by rule of law the mission of BYU.

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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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U.S. Department of Education Withdraws 2011 "Dear Colleague Letter" and 2014 Q&A on Sexual Misconduct; New Guidance Document Issued

In a move that was foreshadowed by statements from the new administration, by letter dated September 22, 2017, the U.S. Education Department, Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") announced the withdrawal of the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter ("DCL") on sexual misconduct as well as the April 29, 2014 Questions ... Read More

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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