David Harrison

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David Lombard Harrison is General Counsel for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The mission of the General Counsel Office is to facilitate creativity and innovation at UNCSA, while balancing and preserving opportunities inherent in risks. The General Counsel fulfills this mission by providing legal and risk management advice, and higher education counsel, to the Chancellor, Board of Trustees, university administrators, and faculty and staff who are acting on behalf of UNCSA.

Harrison has an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, teaching Copyright and the Music Industry.

Prior to joining UNCSA, he was Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs, at the University of North Carolina General Administration (2001-2015).

David is a former law clerk to Justice James H. Brickley in the Michigan Supreme Court, and partner of a Grand Rapids, Michigan, law firm. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan and North Carolina, and as a member of the Tribal Bars of the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Tribe.

His board experience includes the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Triangle Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, and the Town of Carrboro Human Services Commission.

He has published law review journal articles and papers on various topics, including intellectual property, music copyright, information technology, social media, online education, privacy, and research regulations, and gives frequent presentations for national conferences in these areas.

Harrison has published monthly essays and articles for two national outdoor magazines, was contributing editor for River Explorer Magazine, a newspaper and magazine cartoonist, and a performer and composer on a record album.

He is currently playing tenor, baritone, and concert ukulele – remarkably well, mind you, but still, the ukulele.

Specialties: Higher Education Law, Nonprofit Organizations, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Arts Law, the Entrepreneurial Campus, Employment, Regulatory Compliance, and Governance.


J.D. LawUniversity of Toledo College of Law

B.A. PhilosophyGrand Valley State University