Legal Affairs

The Legal Affairs Office, through the General Counsel, provides legal advice and representation for the Board of Trustees, the President and College administration and staff. In addition, the General Counsel manages and coordinates all legal service providers including outside counsel retained by the College to handle individual matters.

The General Counsel provides legal advice to College administration and staff on any subject matters as such relates to the College's governance and operations. These consulting services include assistance in the negotiation and preparation of contracts and other documents. He also acts as the College's advocate in State and federal courts as well as before administrative and regulatory agencies.

The Associate General Counsel (AGC) provides general consulting and advocacy services in all matters for the College under the supervision of the General Counsel.  The AGC is the primary contact and advisor to staff for the review and management of contracts.  The AGC is also designated as the Records Management Liaison Officer for purposes of managing the receipt and response to public records requests as well as managing responses to subpoenas.

The Legal Affairs Office also utilizes a paralegal intern from Seminole State's Legal Studies Program. The paralegal interns are hired in conjunction with Seminole State's Career Development Center and upon registration in the internship course. Paralegal interns are supervised by the General Counsel. They provide assistance with contract review as well as research support and other tasks as assigned by the General Counsel.


J. Paul Carland, II
General Counsel

Betsy Whittenbarger
Executive Assistant

Jonathan Squires
Associate General Counsel

Seminole State College
Office of Legal Affairs

100 Weldon Boulevard
Sanford, FL 32773-6199