Attorneys and Staff
The Office of University Counsel provides assistance in the areas listed below.
Paul Tanaka, University Counsel
- University policies and procedures
- Faculty personnel
Keith N. Bystrom, Associate Counsel
- Student affairs
- Risk management
Paula K. DeAngelo, Associate Counsel
- Business and research contracts and transactions
- Research compliance
Kathryn Atkinson Overberg, Associate Counsel
- Personnel and labor
Sheryl Rippke, Policy Administrator
Sharon Zenor. Sharon is our Office Manager and secretary to University Counsel Paul Tanaka and Keith Bystrom. She is responsible for the Office of University Counsel's budgets and reporting.
Melanie Rogotzke. Melanie is secretary to Kathryn Overberg, Paula DeAngelo and Sheryl Rippke. Her duties include reception and managing the web page for the office.
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
The Iowa Department of Justice handles litigation in court for ISU and provides advice to the Iowa Board of Regents. The Office of University Counsel coordinates and works with the Department of Justice on university litigation.
DOJ staff handling matters for ISU include:
- Special Assistant Attorney General, Diane Stahle
- Assistant Attorney General, George Carroll
- Assistant Attorney General, Jordan Esbrook
On matters involving personal injury or property damage, members of the Iowa Department of Justice Special Litigation Division may represent the University.
If you have a question regarding whether a matter is being handled by the Iowa Department of Justice, please contact the Office of University Counsel.
From time to time the University will hire lawyers in private practice to advise or represent the University. Such attorneys are hired most often in specialized areas of the law such as intellectual property, broadcasting, benefits and federal taxation. OUC negotiates agreements with outside counsel and oversees their work.
Hiring of outside attorneys requires consultation with the Office of University Counsel. (See Legal Counsel, Policy Library.) If you believe your unit requires specialized legal advice, please consult with us.
We can also answer questions whether a private attorney has been retained by the University.