Need Advice?

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 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.)

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.

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.

Are calling regarding an existing matter and an attorney is already assigned to your issue, please see our directory for individual contact information.

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.

Students seeking personal legal advice may contact the University Legal Clinic.

UWM employees seeking personal legal advice may contact UWM’s Employee Assistance Program, Kepro.

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.

Notary Services

The Office of Legal Affairs provides notary services to current UWM students and staff in Chapman Hall, between 8:30am and 4:00pm on Mondays through Thursdays. 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 call before arriving to confirm a notary is available.

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 does 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.

For information about remote notarization please see:

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