Amanda Cochran-McCall serves as the Vice President for Legal Affairs, where she performs the duties of chief legal officer, general counsel and chief ethics officer to The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, she serves the institution as in-house counsel guiding its course on a broad array of legal issues including constitutional, civil rights, employment, athletics, business contracts, real estate and litigation strategy. Amanda collaborates daily with University leadership in the executive administration, colleges, schools, and business units to support their needs and goals. By identifying legal issues and risk, providing a thorough analysis of options, and recommending solutions on the issues at hand, she works to support the University’s goal to be the world’s highest impact public research university. She also has the honor of leading the day-to-day operations of the University’s Legal Affairs team in support of its mission to deliver excellence in legal services to every part of campus.
Prior to joining the University, Amanda served in various roles over almost a decade at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. She managed and directed twelve civil litigation divisions of over 600 employees, 30,000 active litigation matters and a $40 million budget. She also provided strategic legal guidance and direction on various matters including First Amendment, Due Process, Equal Protection, Title IX, employment law and higher education issues for university systems and component institutions, state elected and appointed officials, and state agencies. As trial attorney, she directed and performed all aspects of litigation in state and federal court.
Amanda is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma City University School of Law.