Jason A. Catz was appointed General Counsel for Southern Oregon University in 2015. He is responsible for providing legal advice and consultation to SOU’s Board of Trustees, administrators, divisions, and departments. Jason serves as an advisor to the President and Board and provides legal counsel and support on a variety of issues across campus, including government ethics, employment and labor issues, student affairs, compliance, procurement, intellectual property, Title IX, free speech, academic freedom, athletics, public records and meetings law, equity and diversity matters, and governance. Jason serves as chair of the SOU Policy Council and also provides oversight to the university’s purchasing and contracting activities.
Jason first came to SOU as a member of the Oregon University System’s legal staff in 2012, where he served as Associate General Counsel and provided legal services to SOU, Oregon Tech, and the OUS Office of the Chancellor. Prior to joining OUS, Jason spent ten years at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in San Francisco, California, where he developed his interest and expertise in education law while representing Stanford University and Stanford Hospital and Clinics in numerous matters. While at Pillsbury, Jason also represented AT&T, Bank of America, Los Angeles Unified School District, Marvell Semiconductor, Union Bank of California, United Way, and numerous pro bono clients referred by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and the Federal Pro Bono Project.
Jason received his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002 and his B.A. from Kenyon College in 1995.