The General Counsel is appointed by the President. The General Counsel is the chief legal officer of the University and represents and advises the University, including the Board of Trustees, officers, and employees, in all matters related to the affairs of the University. The General Counsel is authorized to accept legal process on behalf of the University.
Randy Geller became General Counsel to the University of Oregon on October 15, 2010, after serving as Deputy General Counsel since 2006 and Director of Policy and Legal Affairs between 2003 and 2006. He served the University of Idaho between 1995 and 2003 as Associate University Counsel and then Senior Associate University Counsel. Geller has also been in private practice and served as an Assistant Attorney General in Washington State. Prior to attending law school, he was a staff assistant to the late U.S. Senator Brock Adams of Washington.
Geller is a frequent speaker at national conferences on higher education law. He is the author of Criminal Conduct by Students: the Institution's Response and the co-editor of Intellectual Property in Academe: A Legal Compendium, both published by the National Association of College and University Attorneys in 2007 and 2001 respectively. Geller earned his J.D. from the University of Washington and his B.A. from The Evergreen State College.