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About the Office


8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Office Location (map)

The attorneys and support staff in the Office of the General Counsel are located in 2100 West End Avenue, Suite 750. Ruby Z. Shellaway, the Vice Chancellor, General Counsel, and University Secretary, has her office in 305 Kirkland Hall.


The mission of the Office of the General Counsel is to provide excellent, timely, responsive legal advice to support Vanderbilt’s goals in research, education, and healthcare.  Our dedicated staff offers proactive, collaborative solutions to the wide range of legal matters affecting the University.

We carry out our responsibilities in an ethical, positive way that furthers the University’s values of equality, excellence, compassion, and intellectual freedom.

Our office works closely with Risk Management and the Compliance Office. Ms. Shellaway is also responsible to the Office of the VU Board of Trust.

Historic Vanderbilt


historic slideshow
(Slideshow of historic Vanderbilt photos from the 19th and 20th centuries)

The Office of the General Counsel upholds the ideals of Vanderbilt University and its legal traditions. These traditions reflect the ideals of humane learning, the value of reason, and the significance of history in justifying laws. Law is, in many ways, the enactment of tradition. In honor of Vanderbilt's rich and growing history, we present a slideshow of historic photos from campus life. We extend our thanks to the Vanderbilt Photography Archives for their help in searching out and assembling these images.