Office of Legal Counsel

Office of Legal Counsel

John Jay College’s Office of Legal Counsel provides legal advice and guidance to the College, the President, and College representatives on a wide range of legal matters, including governance, ethics, collective bargaining, employment, information requests, contracts, grievances and litigation, and policy questions affecting the College and its related entities. The office is comprised of:

Michelle Arthurton
Administrative Coordinator

Tony Balkissoon
Vice President and Executive Counsel

Donald Gray
Labor Designee and College Ethics Officer

Jill Maxwell
Deputy Counsel

Members of the College community—students, faculty, and staff—should contact the office immediately if they receive any legal document sent to the College. Please also contact the office for assistance with legal matters affecting the College. The office can be reached at, and the individual members of the office can be reached using the Campus directory. Please note that we cannot provide legal advice or services on personal matters. 

Please follow the links on the left for further information about requesting information from the College, important CUNY and College rules and procedures, and general legal issues related to College business.