As Interim Vice Chancellor-Legal Affairs, L. Amy Blum oversees UCLA’s provision of campus-wide legal assistance and ombuds services. She also serves as interim associate general counsel of the University of California.
An attorney in UCLA’s Office of the Campus Counsel since 2004, Ms. Blum has served as senior campus counsel since 2008 and was recently promoted to managing campus counsel. She advises Chancellor Block and other campus leadership on a broad range of legal matters, including academic and staff employment matters for the health sciences and campus, student conduct and student affairs policy and compliance, copyright and other legal compliance, computer security and notification requirements, information privacy, public records, workplace violence prevention, and litigation and risk management.
Ms. Blum has served on numerous UCLA committees, including the Data Governance Task Force, Board on Privacy and Data Protection, Steering Committee on Online Teaching and Learning, Administration-Senate Academic Freedom Task Force, and the Workplace Violence Prevention Committee and Behavioral Intervention Team. Outside UCLA, she actively served on various committees for the National Association of College and University Attorneys from 2006 to 2013, and she has presented and published on various topics such as managing oral history rights, filming and photography on campuses, protecting animal research programs, copyright and file sharing, and information security breaches.
Ms. Blum received a B.A. in environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz and a J.D. summa cum laude from the Santa Clara University School of Law. Prior to joining UCLA, she worked for more than 15 years at Reed Smith Crosby Heafey in Los Angeles and was an equity partner and trial market practice group leader.
The focus of the UCLA Office of Legal Affairs is threefold:
- Provision of legal services to the campus
- Provision of legal services to the health sciences
- Provision of ombuds services
As members of the Office of the General Counsel of The Regents of the University of California (OGC), the UCLA attorneys who comprise the staff of the Office of Legal Affairs provide legal services to the UCLA campus and UCLA health sciences.