The Office of the General Counsel (the "OGC") is MIT's law office. Our mission is to educate as to the laws, policies and procedures applicable to MIT's activities, to prevent legal problems and solve those that occur, to facilitate transactions, and to provide independent, timely and thoughtful advice and representation, to help MIT's faculty, administration, staff, and students fulfill their goals in teaching, research, and service.
OGC attorneys specialize in one or more areas. Anyone unsure which OGC lawyer to call should contact Erin Johnson Ahern at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 715-4081.
All legal process documents (e.g. lawsuits, subpoenas, correspondence from a lawyer) should be delivered to the OGC in 7-206 as soon as you receive them. We will promptly contact you and confer regarding an appropriate response.
Communications with OGC attorneys regarding MIT legal matters are ordinarily protected by the attorney-client privilege. The attorney-client privilege protects the confidentiality of communications between attorneys and their clients about legal matters. The privilege is limited to confidential communications to or from OGC attorneys or outside counsel retained to represent MIT for the purpose of seeking legal advice regarding MIT legal matters, whether oral, written, or electronic, are protected from disclosure to parties outside MIT. Communication between administrators concerning legal matters would typically not be privileged because, for the privilege to exist, the communications must be to, from, or with an attorney. In addition, the communication must be for the purpose of requesting or receiving legal advice.
Because of professional rules of ethics, the OGC cannot provide legal advice to students or other MIT community members in connection with personal legal affairs or questions. However, for many matters, OGC attorneys can offer general help and guidance. For legal advice with personal legal matters, see the Resources for Personal Legal Matters page.