The Office of General Counsel ("OGC") has responsibility for all legal affairs affecting the University. OGC strives to provide timely and high quality legal advice and counsel to the University, senior leadership, and other campus partners.

OGC performs a wide variety of legal services. These include: managing litigation and government agency complaints; advising on legal and regulatory compliance; preparing and negotiating contracts; supervising the activities of outside counsel; and preventive law initiatives.

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Legal Staff

General Counsel
Nancy Morrison O'Connor 
B.A. Gettysburg College, J.D. Notre Dame.

Prior to joining the University, O'Connor was a partner at Bracewell LLP, where she represented clients in compliance, internal investigations, transactions, and litigation.

Prior to joining Bracewell, O’Connor served as the deputy general counsel and vice president for human resources and employee benefits at Allbritton Communications Company in Washington, D.C. Her experience also includes 17 years at Norton Rose Fulbright (Houston and Washington, D.C.) and a federal appointment at the Office of Research Integrity. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught Intensive Trial Advocacy since 2004. She has served on the Board of the National Veterans Legal Services Program since 2014 and currently serves on the DC Circuit Credentials Committee for the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She served as chair of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Commission on Human Rights and its Case Review Board.

Major areas of practice: Counsels the Catholic University President, Vice Presidents and Provost; Development; Faculty Affairs, Human Resources, Administration, Litigation Management; EEOC investigations and mediation; sexual harassment and sexual assault claims; employment matters, and constitutional/First Amendment issues.  

Deputy General Counsel
Scott Goldschmidt
B.A., The George Washington University, J.D., The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

Scott Goldschmidt is Deputy General Counsel at The Catholic University of America. Scott advises the University on a broad range of legal matters, in particular contract development and review, labor and employment matters, athletics, student affairs, compliance, and litigation management. Prior to joining the University, he worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Education Office of the General Counsel, was a research assistant for the Fifth Edition of The Law of Higher Education, and served a City Year corps member in a Washington, D.C. public school.

Associate General Counsel for Policy and Compliance
Peg O'Donnell
B. S., University of Virginia, J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School.

Her prior work experience includes working as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for Dane County, Wisconsin as well as in a small law firm in Madison, Wisconsin. Peg authored an article on FERPA for the Journal of College and University Law. Peg answers questions on FERPA, ADA, policy development, bequests, data security, federal regulation, affiliation agreements, immigration, contracts, and copyright law. 

Legal Assistant
Ed Schaefer

Ed Schaefer is a retired Navy Commander, cryptologist for 20 years, 2 months and 16 days. Ed has five children, including four CUA graduates. He and his wife Ellen are also CUA alumni. Ed is the Veteran's Affairs Coordinator for the University. He has worked in various departments in the University since 2005.