Kevin S. Reed serves as vice president and general counsel for the University of Oregon. He is responsible for the management of the legal affairs of the university, including the provision of legal guidance to all university units, schools, and colleges. His work involves drafting and counseling on a wide array of issues facing a large public research university, ranging from government ethics, procurement policy, research compliance, athletics compliance, IP protection, employment and labor issues, Title IX, free speech, academic freedom, governance, and promotion of diversity. Additionally, Kevin oversees the Office of Public Records and the university’s purchasing and contracting services office.
Kevin previously served as vice chancellor, legal affairs at UCLA, where he oversaw UCLA’s provision of campus-wide legal assistance and ombuds services, the prevention of sexual harassment and compliance with Title IX. Prior to joining UCLA in March 2008, Kevin was acting general counsel and then general counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation’s second largest school district. In nearly five years there, he directed LAUSD legal affairs, conducted litigation for the district and oversaw the work of 40 outside law firms and 40 in-house attorneys. He also oversaw the District’s Ethics Office, Educational Equity Compliance Office, and directed collective bargaining with the District’s 11 employee units. A civil rights lawyer by training, from 1996 through 2004, Kevin was a partner at Strumwasser & Woocher LLP, a Santa Monica law firm, where he successfully challenged the state of California’s distribution of funds for school construction, resulting in $600 million in state funding for LAUSD. He previously spent six years as the managing attorney for the western regional office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Los Angeles. Kevin received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia.