As Vice Chancellor-Legal Affairs, Kevin S. Reed oversees UCLA’s provision of campus-wide legal assistance and ombuds services, the prevention of sexual harassment and compliance with Title IX. He also serves as associate general counsel of the University of California.
Prior to joining UCLA in March 2008, Reed served as acting general counsel and then general counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation’s second largest school district. In nearly five years there, he directed LAUSD legal affairs, conducted litigation for the district and oversaw the work of 40 outside law firms and 40 in-house attorneys. He also oversaw the District’s Ethics Office, Educational Equity Compliance Office and directed collective bargaining with the District’s 11 employee units.
A civil rights lawyer by training, from 1996 through 2004, Reed was a partner at Strumwasser & Woocher LLP, a Santa Monica law firm, where he successfully challenged the state of California’s distribution of funds for school construction, resulting in $600 million in state funding for LAUSD. He previously spent six years as the managing attorney for the western regional office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Los Angeles.
Reed received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A. with distinction, from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the California, New York and Massachusetts state bars.
The focus of the UCLA Office of Legal Affairs is fourfold:
- Provision of legal services to the campus
- Provision of ombuds services
- Prevention of sexual harassment
- Title IX compliance
As members of the Office of the General Counsel of The Regents of the University of California (OGC), the four UCLA attorneys who comprise the staff of the Office of Legal Affairs provide complete legal services on many matters without the need for consultation outside the University. The campus attorneys are also frequently involved in daily triage and strategic problem solving, using the Office of the General Counsel in Oakland as a resource for expertise on select matters (particularly those with system-wide impact) or, if necessary, requesting the retention of outside counsel by the Office of the General Counsel.