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New University-Related Legal Matters

Employees of UWM with legal questions arising in the scope of their employment are welcome to contact the Office of Legal Affairs for legal counsel. OLA attorneys rotate the handling of new matters on a weekly basis and each attorney is capable of handling a wide variety of legal matters.

Intake Process

If you need advice regarding a new, University-related legal matter, please call (414) 229-4278 or email nehringb@uwm.edu and indicate that you have a new issue for the intake attorney. Please provide our staff with all relevant background information and documentation to ensure that the intake attorney is best prepared to respond to your inquiry. (Please note that the legal support staff member is able to receive any information you consider to be confidential.)

If you need to schedule a meeting with an attorney, please follow the same procedure outlined above and a legal staff member will coordinate the attorney’s schedule with you. (Our attorneys do not maintain public calendars in Office 365. Please contact our office for attorney availability.)

If you have an extremely urgent matter or have been served with a court order or subpoena demanding immediate access to university records, please disclose this information when contacting the main office and a legal staff member will arrange for an attorney to respond immediately.

Existing Legal Matters

If you have additional questions or are seeking an update on an existing legal matter, please use our directory to contact the attorney assigned to your issue, or contact our main line at (414) 229-4278.

Personal Matters

The Office of Legal Affairs represents the University and is not able to provide legal counsel to faculty, staff, or students in personal legal matters. Individuals seeking personal legal advice are encouraged to contact the State Bar of Wisconsin at (800) 362-9082 or the Milwaukee Bar Association at (414) 274-6768 for a lawyer referral.

If you are a UWM employee, you may also contact the Employee Assistance Program, LifeMatters, at (800) 634-6433.

Students are also welcome to contact the University Legal Clinic at (414) 229-4140.

Notary Services

If you need a document notarized, please feel free to stop by our office in Chapman Hall, Room 380, between 8:30am and 4:30pm on Mondays through Fridays. A photo ID is required; there is no fee for this service. Please refrain from signing the document(s) in question until you are in the presence of a notary.

Please note that our office is unable to make copies, certified or uncertified, of “vital records,” which include certificates of birth, death, divorce, annulments, marriage, etc. Copies of vital records must be obtained from their official custodian, such as a state or county office. Our office also will not certify that copies of documents (such as passports) are complete, full, true, and exact copies of the original document which they purport to reproduce.

Our services are limited to notarization of signatures. We do not offer I-9 (employment eligibility) verification.