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Conversation with General Counsel of University of the District of Columbia

July 12, 2022 at 12:00 pm EDT


Tuesday, July 12
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join Offit Kurman attorney Mo Syed for an interview with Avis Russell, the General Counsel of UDC.

What is it like being a leader at a university? What are some current business and legal issues faced by universities? Join us as Ms. Avis Russell, General Counsel of the University of District of Columbia (UDC), takes us through her own professional journey and how she helps UDC navigate business and legal challenges. The webinar will benefit not only professionals and businesses in the academic industry, their vendors and suppliers but anyone interested in gaining insights to rapidly changing and evolving organizations such as universities.

The webinar will survey a range of legal issues, such as what happens when contracts relating to federal grants for research need to be drafted; the university opening a new mixed-use building and the commercial tenants all needing leases; a student organization wanting to advocate for rights of immigrant communities in D.C.; a business wanting to use the university’s logo on its marketing material; international students having questions about work authorization.

In addition, Ms. Russell will discuss:
• Her career progression
• Her role and responsibilities of a General Counsel; General Counsel in higher education
• The impact of COVID 19: 2020-2022 and beyond
• Outside counsel supporting the General Counsel
• The role of a university lawyer as a valuable facilitator for university work
• If a CLE existed in University/Higher Education Law – what would it consist of?


Headshot of Mohammad Ali Syed, principal attorney with the Employmeny Law Group Practice in Bethesda, MD

mo.syed@offitkurman.com | 240.507.1784

Mohammad (Mo) Ali Syed is a principal attorney in Offit Kurman’s Immigration Law practice group.  He has over 21 years of legal experience.

His primary focus is on business and employment-related permanent and temporary visa matters.  He typically assists: (1) U.S. employers in getting visas to employ non-U.S. nationals in professional and non-professional positions; (2) non-U.S. businesses and individuals to secure visas to live and work in the U.S.; (3) multinational companies with intracompany transfers of employees and principals to their U.S. offices, existing and startups.


Avis Russell

Avis Russell is the General Counsel for the University of the District of Columbia. An experienced litigator and transactional attorney, Ms. Russell was appointed General Counsel at the University in March 2020. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and received her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. She is admitted for practice in the District of Columbia and Louisiana.


Offit Kurman, a full-service AmLaw 200 law firm with offices throughout the East Coast and in Southern California, serves dynamic businesses, individuals and families. Founded in 1987, the firm’s 280+ attorneys counsel clients across more than 30 areas of practice. Offit Kurman helps maximize and protect business value and personal wealth by providing innovative and entrepreneurial counsel that focuses on clients’ business objectives, interests and goals. The firm is distinguished by the quality, breadth and global reach of its legal services and a unique operational structure that encourages a culture of collaboration.


July 12, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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