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About Legal Affairs

The Legal Affairs Division provides legal counsel to the board of governors, the chancellor, and Chancellor's Office staff as requested; drafts and reviews proposed legislation and regulations; reviews all contracts and grants entered into by the agency; coordinates with the Attorney General's Office in litigation where the board of governors is a party; and anticipates the need for and recommends new legal policy.

The division also provides advice and assistance to community college district officials on the interpretation and implementation of laws affecting community colleges.

General Counsel for the Chancellor's Office

Marc LeForestier

Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office in 2017, Marc had a seventeen-year career in the California Attorney General’s Office. Early on, as a deputy attorney general, he developed expertise in federal Indian law, acted as legal counsel to the Governor’s Office during tribal-state gaming compact negotiations and litigated a number of significant cases before all levels of state and federal courts. Marc also served two attorneys general as Director of Legislative Affairs, responsible for representing the California Department of Justice before the State Legislature and in Congress. Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office, he was a supervising attorney in the Government Law Section, representing the state’s constitutional officers and various state agencies in constitutional litigation and other governance and public law matters. Marc was a Fellow in the National Association of Attorneys General, Supreme Court Project, during the October 2005 Term, and has received a number of awards for his work in the Attorney General’s Office. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. .