Charles Barber was appointed Vice President and General Counsel in May 2022. He previously served in the role in an interim capacity. Prior to that, he served as Deputy General Counsel at GW, a position he held since 2007. Charles has worked in higher education law for more than 35 years. Prior to GW, he worked in the Office of the General Counsel at Howard University, and spent four years in the New York City based firm of Debevoise & Plimpton.
Charles has handled wide a variety of higher education legal issues, while taking the lead on legal issues related to campus real estate development, tax and business regulations, and major GW transactions. He has taught higher education law in the Graduate School of Education and the School of Law. Charles was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and graduated summa cum laude from Howard University School of Law.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal guidance and helps resolve legal disputes on a broad range of matters affecting the university. OGC advises on legal and regulatory questions associated with the university’s activities, represents the interests of the university in administrative and judicial proceedings, and supervises the activities of outside counsel.
All attorneys are generalists and provide legal advice on a variety of matters. Below is a list of the attorneys' regular practice areas.
Charles Barber, Vice President
and General Counsel
Charles Barber is responsible for:
Richard Weitzner, Interim Deputy General Counsel
Richard Weitzner is responsible for:
Mary Lynn Reed, Senior Counsel
Mary Lynn Reed is responsible for:
Abbey Richards, Senior Counsel
Abbey Richards is responsible for:
Betsy Wanger, Senior Counsel
Betsy Wanger is responsible for:
Stephanie Baldwin, Associate General Counsel
Stephanie Baldwin is responsible for:
Charlie Pollack, Associate General Counsel
Charlie Pollack is responsible for:
Zahraa Zalzala, Associate General Counsel
Zahraa Zalzala is responsible for:
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