Office of Legal Affairs

The University of Texas at Tyler

Mission Statement

The University of Texas at Tyler Office of Legal Affairs supports the university’s mission to provide a uniquely balanced student experience in an environment of innovative teaching and research. The Office of Legal Affairs manages most legal services including legal advice, litigation, negotiation, contract reviews and TPIA requests for our clients: the university’s faculty, staff and administrators. Our mission is to provide timely legal assistance with a focus on customer service.

Legal Affairs Team

Carl Baranowski
Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
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Lindsey Birdsong
Deputy Chief Legal Officer
Academic Enterprise
Kate Starnes
Deputy Chief Legal Officer
Health Affairs
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Grace Knight
Donna Patillo
Legal Assistant
Health Science Center
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Teri Taylor
Academic Enterprise
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Misty Weber
Administrative Assistant
Office of Legal Affairs
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FOIA/TPIATexas Public Information Act

Under the Texas Public Information Act (the Act), each person is entitled to complete information about the official acts of public officials and employees. File a Request


Title IXTitle IX/Compliance

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal finance assistance.”


Handbook of Operating ProceduresHandbook of Operating Procedures

The Handbook of Operating Procedures establishes procedures for students, faculty and staff of The University of Texas at Tyler.

Regents Rules and RegulationsUT System Regents’ Rules and Regulations

The official copy of the Regents' Rules and Regulations is maintained by the Office of the Board of Regents.