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Vice Chancellor and General Counsel

 

Nancy S. Footer
Nancy S. Footer has been Vice Chancellor and General Counsel since March 2004. Previously, Ms. Footer was General Counsel for Bowling Green State University, where she also served as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development teaching higher education law. Prior to her tenure at BGSU, she served as Associate General Counsel for the University of Houston System. Ms. Footer was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys from 1995-98 and is a past president of the Texas Association of State University Attorneys. She received her J.D. from the University of Houston College of Law and her B.A. in History with special honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where she gave the History Department commencement address in May 2007. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Attorneys

 

Lindsey Bartula
Lindsey F. Bartula joined the Office of General Counsel in July of 2011 as an Assistant General Counsel. Prior to joining the UNT System, she was an associate in the law firm of Jones Day in Dallas where she practiced in the health care section. Ms. Bartula received her J.D. magna cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where she was a member of the Law Review and worked in the Law Clinic's Workplace Justice program. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Dolly Garcia
Dolly Garcia joined the Office of General Counsel in September 2009 as an Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining UNT System, she served as a judicial law clerk for a United States District Judge, and a Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Dolly also practiced law for 3 1/2 years at Hermes Sargent Bates, L.L.P. in the Appellate/Litigation Support Section. Her practice involved a variety of civil litigation issues in the areas of employment and labor law, commercial litigation, insurance coverage, worker’s compensation, contracts, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, transportation, construction, products liability, premises defects, and personal injury. Before relocating to Dallas, Texas, Dolly served as an Assistant Solicitor General and an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General in Austin, Texas. During her 7 1/2 years of service, she represented various governmental agencies including higher education institutions in state and federal courts. Dolly is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame School of Law, and a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Kyle St. Clair
Kyle St. Clair joined the UNT System Office of General Counsel in March of 2013 as an Assistant General Counsel. Prior to joining the UNT System, he served as a Law Clerk for a Senior United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of Texas. Mr. St. Clair received his J.D., magna cum laude, from St. Mary's University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Journal and the negotiations team. Mr. St. Clair obtained his M.B.A. from St. Mary's Bill Greehey School of Business as a Distinguished Graduate and Greehey Scholar. He received his B.S., cum laude, in Business Management from the University of Texas at Dallas where he participated in the Academic Bridge Program.

 

Renaldo L. Stowers
Renaldo L. Stowers is Senior Associate General Counsel. Before joining the office in 1997, he was a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas where he defended state officials and agencies against employment and constitutional law claims and an Assistant General Counsel for a state regulatory agency. Prior to entering state government, Mr. Stowers was a Field Artillery and a Judge Advocate General officer in the U.S. Army. As a military attorney, Mr. Stowers served as an administrative law officer, senior criminal defense attorney and a senior prosecutor. During his legal career he has taught legal courses for Central Texas College and currently teaches a sports law course at UNT. Additionally, he is a frequent speaker on topics such as equal opportunity and discrimination, employment law, and risk management. Mr. Stowers is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and U.S. military courts. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He received his B.A. with high honors in political science and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Alan Stucky
Alan Stucky is a Senior Associate General Counsel. Mr. Stucky previously served as in-house counsel and risk manager for Hillcrest Health System in Waco, and was also in private practice with Dunnam & Dunnam, LLP, in Waco, and with Brown & Fortunato, P.C., in Amarillo, with a legal practice in the areas of real estate, business, corporate, construction, and health care law. He received his J.D. from Baylor University Law School, and his B.S. from Bethel College. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Stucky worked for the Dallas County Juvenile Department. Mr. Stucky taught real estate law at Amarillo College for several years, and currently teaches business law in UNT’s College of Business Administration.

 

S. Michelle Williams
S. Michelle Williams is Associate General Counsel. Ms. Williams joined the office in 1992. Immediately after graduating from law school, Ms. Williams was an associate with the Dallas law firm of Gardere & Wynne, where she practiced in the area of litigation. Ms. Williams received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. with honors in both international studies and history from the American University in Washington D.C. In addition to her responsibilities as Associate General Counsel, Ms. Williams has taught various legal courses as an adjunct professor for the UNT Department of Criminal Justice.

   

Staff

   
 

Deborah Bliss
Deborah Bliss joined the UNT System Office of General Counsel in December 2012 as a Legal Secretary. She received her paralegal certificate from the Professional Development Institute. Ms. Bliss has worked as a corporate legal secretary with companies in the Dallas Fort Worth area for over twenty years. In her most recent position she was employed by Carrington, Coleman, Sloman and Blumenthal as legal assistant to the Executive Director.

 

Cheryl Finley
Cheryl Finley is Administrative Associate I and Assistant to Nancy Footer. Ms. Finley attended Brookhaven Community College, Paris Junior College and received her Paralegal Certificate in Allentown, Pa. Prior to working for the Office of General Counsel she was Executive Administrative Assistant for 10 years in the Bond Counsel Division of Fulbright & Jaworski in Dallas, Texas.

 

Alice Elizabeth Hawes
Alice Elizabeth Hawes joined the UNT System Office of General Counsel in October 2012 as a Legal Secretary. Ms. Hawes received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Texas in May 2009 and a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Southern Methodist University in February 2012. While a student at UNT she worked for the Department of Housing. After graduating, she worked at Denton County MHMR in Medical Records as the Local Authority Team Leader.

   

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