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Request for Attorney Referral

Please understand that the attorneys in the AAUP legal office represent the Association itself and therefore cannot, and do not, give specific legal advice to nor represent individual faculty. If you are represented by a union at your institution, we cannot provide an attorney referral and you should contact union staff or leaders regarding potential representation.

The AAUP maintains a list of attorneys throughout the country who have, we believe, experience in higher education and employment matters.

Please be aware that attorney names are provided as referrals, not as recommendations or endorsements. They are merely a way of beginning the process of finding a lawyer acceptable to you.

To obtain an attorney referral, please email us at [email protected] and provide only the following details:

  1. first and last name;
  2. name of institution/university;
  3. state; and
  4. the type of issue you are experiencing, selected from the topics below.
  • academic freedom/First Amendment
  • contract/faculty handbook
  • discrimination/harassment/Title IX
  • employment law (general)
  • intellectual property/copyright/patent issues
  • tenure/dismissal

We endeavor to respond to submissions within ten business days; due to the office’s small size, immediate responses are rarely possible.

For more information and further resources on a variety of issues, please visit and

Additionally, if you have not already done so, you may also want to contact our staff colleagues in the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance. While they are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice, they may be able to assist you regarding AAUP policies and the policies and procedures of your institution. You may contact them directly at [email protected].

We hope these suggestions and information will be of some assistance to you.