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Vice Chancellor and General Counsel

 

Nancy S. Footer
Nancy S. Footer has been Vice Chancellor and General Counsel since March 2004. Previously, Ms. Footer was General Counsel for Bowling Green State University, where she also served as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development teaching higher education law. Prior to her tenure at BGSU, she served as Associate General Counsel for the University of Houston System. Ms. Footer was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys from 1995-98 and is a past president of the Texas Association of State University Attorneys. She received her J.D. from the University of Houston College of Law and her B.A. in History with special honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where she gave the History Department commencement address in May 2007. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Attorneys

 

Monica Barnard
Monica L. Barnard joined the Office of General Counsel in February 2015 as Associate General Counsel, focusing on student affairs and international programming. Prior to joining the UNT System, she served for 10 years as the General Counsel for Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas. During her time at LCU, Ms. Barnard's practice area included student affairs, academic affairs, real estate, employment, contracts, policy, compliance and risk management. Ms. Barnard received her J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2005 and her B.A. in Psychology magna cum laude Lubbock Christian University in 2002. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education administration at Texas Tech University.

 

Lindsey Bartula
Lindsey F. Bartula joined the Office of General Counsel in July of 2011 as an Assistant General Counsel. Prior to joining the UNT System, she was an associate in the law firm of Jones Day in Dallas where she practiced in the health care section. Ms. Bartula received her J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where she was a member of the Law Review and worked in the Law Clinic's Workplace Justice program. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Dolly Garcia
Dolly Garcia joined the Office of General Counsel in September 2009 as an Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining UNT System, she served as a judicial law clerk for a United States District Judge, and a Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Dolly also practiced law for 3 1/2 years at Hermes Sargent Bates, L.L.P. in the Appellate/Litigation Support Section. Her practice involved a variety of civil litigation issues in the areas of employment and labor law, commercial litigation, insurance coverage, worker’s compensation, contracts, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, transportation, construction, products liability, premises defects, and personal injury. Before relocating to Dallas, Texas, Dolly served as an Assistant Solicitor General and an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General in Austin, Texas. During her 7 1/2 years of service, she represented various governmental agencies including higher education institutions in state and federal courts. Dolly is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame School of Law, and a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Stephen Gleboff
Steve Gleboff joined the Office of General Counsel in 2015 as a Senior Associate General Counsel. Before joining the office, Mr. Gleboff practiced law in Dallas for twenty-six years, primarily in the area of commercial litigation. He tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal court, and represented clients before state and federal administrative agencies. Mr. Gleboff’s practice included securities and corporate governance disputes, intellectual property matters involving copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, and class actions. He led internal investigations into a wide range of employee and management misconduct for both public and private entities, and represented other lawyers in litigation and administrative proceedings. Mr. Gleboff received his J.D. from the SMU School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Southwestern Law Journal and member of the Order of the Barristers, and his B.B.A., magna cum laude, from SMU. He is admitted to practice in Texas, in each of the federal district courts in Texas, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Gleboff is also a member of the Florida Bar.

 

Katherine Green
Katherine Antwi Green joined the Office of General Counsel in August 2015 as an Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining UNT System, she served as an Assistant Vice President in the Office of Institutional Equity at The University of Texas at Austin, handling a broad range of equity, diversity and compliance responsibilities. Previous to this position, Ms. Green served in The University of Texas System Office of General Counsel, as General Counsel for the Texas Commission on Human Rights, and with the Office of the Attorney General. Her practice involved a variety of legal issues involving employment and labor law, faculty and student affairs, human resources, equal employment opportunity, constitutional law, risk management, and civil rights. During her legal career, Ms. Green has also worked in private practice for a school law and litigation firm. Additionally, she has taught a Legal Foundations of Education course at Concordia University. Ms. Green is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She received her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, and a B.S. in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

Renaldo L. Stowers
Renaldo L. Stowers is Senior Associate General Counsel. Before joining the office in 1997, he was a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas where he defended state officials and agencies against employment and constitutional law claims and an Assistant General Counsel for a state regulatory agency. Prior to entering state government, Mr. Stowers was a Field Artillery and a Judge Advocate General officer in the U.S. Army. As a military attorney, Mr. Stowers served as an administrative law officer, senior criminal defense attorney and a senior prosecutor. During his legal career he has taught legal courses for Central Texas College and currently teaches a sports law course at UNT. Additionally, he is a frequent speaker on topics such as equal opportunity and discrimination, employment law, and risk management. Mr. Stowers is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and U.S. military courts. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He received his B.A. with high honors in political science and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Alan Stucky
Alan Stucky is a Senior Associate General Counsel. Mr. Stucky previously served as in-house counsel and risk manager for Hillcrest Health System in Waco, and was also in private practice with Dunnam & Dunnam, LLP, in Waco, and with Brown & Fortunato, P.C., in Amarillo, with a legal practice in the areas of real estate, business, corporate, construction, and health care law. He received his J.D. from Baylor University Law School, and his B.S. from Bethel College. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Stucky worked for the Dallas County Juvenile Department. Mr. Stucky taught real estate law at Amarillo College for several years, and currently teaches business law in UNT’s College of Business Administration.

 

S. Michelle Williams
S. Michelle Williams is Associate General Counsel. Ms. Williams joined the office in 1992. Immediately after graduating from law school, Ms. Williams was an associate with the Dallas law firm of Gardere & Wynne, where she practiced in the area of litigation. Ms. Williams received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. with honors in both international studies and history from the American University in Washington D.C. In addition to her responsibilities as Associate General Counsel, Ms. Williams has taught various legal courses as an adjunct professor for the UNT Department of Criminal Justice.

   

Staff

   
 

Deborah Bliss
Deborah Bliss joined the UNT System Office of General Counsel in December 2012 as a Legal Secretary. She received her paralegal certificate from the Professional Development Institute. Ms. Bliss has worked as a corporate legal secretary with companies in the Dallas Fort Worth area for over twenty years. In her most recent position she was employed by Carrington, Coleman, Sloman and Blumenthal as legal assistant to the Executive Director.

 

Cheryl Finley
Cheryl Finley is Executive Assistant to Nancy Footer. Ms. Finley attended Brookhaven Community College, Paris Junior College and received her Paralegal Certificate in Allentown, Pa. Prior to working for the Office of General Counsel she was Executive Administrative Assistant for 10 years in the Bond Counsel Division of Fulbright & Jaworski in Dallas, Texas.

 

Alice Elizabeth Hawes
Alice Elizabeth Hawes joined the UNT System Office of General Counsel in October 2012 as a Legal Secretary. Ms. Hawes received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Texas in May 2009 and a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Southern Methodist University in February 2012. While a student at UNT she worked for the Department of Housing. After graduating, she worked at Denton County MHMR in Medical Records as the Local Authority Team Leader.

 

Tina Sikes
Tina Sikes rejoined the Office of General Counsel as a Paralegal in July 2014, after having previously worked in the office as an Administrative Associate for 2 years. Tina graduated summa cum laude in May 2014 from Texas Woman's University with her B.A. in Engish. Prior to working in the Office of General Counsel, she worked in the District Court offices of Denton County, Texas and Palm Beach County, Florida. Tina also has extensive administrative experience in the corporate sector, including Brinker International and Zale Corporation.

 

Stephanie Zaleskin
Stephanie Zaleskin joined the UNT System Office of General Counsel in July 2015 as a Senior Paralegal.  Ms. Zaleskin received her Certificate of Paralegal Studies from the University of Oklahoma Law Center in Norman, Oklahoma.   She has worked as a Litigation Paralegal in Dallas for over sixteen years.  Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, Ms. Zaleskin worked for firms such as Hughes & Luce, LLP, Little Pedersen Fankhauser, LLP and Stephen G. Gleboff, PLLC.

   

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