Attorneys and Staff

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The Office of Counsel includes two attorneys and two support staff.  While the attorneys have areas of emphasis (research, contracts, student affairs, etc.), either of them may be contacted by UAH personnel for assistance.   Please feel free to call on any member of the office if you need any kind of job-related legal services.

 

John O. Cates

John O. Cates
Chief University Counsel
catesj@uah.edu

  • Received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama (B.A., 1972), and law degree from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (J.D., 1978), where he was on the Law Review and inducted into Curia Honoris
  • Served as Legal Counsel at UAH from 1984 to 1988, returned to the position in 2004
  • Practiced law in Huntsville, Alabama for many years with local firms
  • Teaches part-time in the College of Business Administration since 2004, having earlier taught there part-time from 1984 to1988

John O. Cates

William B. Woodward, Jr.
University Counsel
woodwaw@uah.edu

  • Received his undergraduate degree from University of North Alabama (B.A., 1965), law degree from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (J.D., 1968) and graduate law degree from New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1973)
  • Served 24 years on active duty with the Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army.  Completed Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, 1965; Judge Advocate General's Corps Basic Officer Course, 1968; Judge Advocate General's Corps Advanced Officer Course, 1974; and Command and General Staff College, 1981. Served as Instructor/Assistant Professor in the Law Department, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, 1970-73; Chief, Military and Medical Jurisprudence Branch, Health Care Administration Division, Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam Houston, TX 1981-1984; Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea, 1984-86
  • Joined Office of Counsel in January 1989
  • Teaches part-time in the College of Business Administration since 1989.  
  • Served as Acting Chair, Department of Accounting and Business Legal Studies, AY 1995-96
  • Co-author of Campus Legal Guide, with Bob Rieder and Mike Spearing 

John O. Cates

Kerry Mitchell
Administrative Assistant
kerry.mitchell@uah.edu

  • Hired as Legal Secretary for the Office of Counsel in August 1995
  • Promoted to Legal Assistant November 1999
  • Notary Public for State of Alabama at Large
  • Prior experience:  Employed as Office Receptionist for one year and Administrative Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Askew's Office Supply for two years

John O. Cates

Patti A. Weldon
Legal Secretary
patti.weldon@uah.edu

  • Graduate of Auburn University Montgomery (AUM), B.A., 1977
  • Paralegal Certificate, Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama, 1986
  • Prior Experience: Legal Secretary, Kaufman & Rothfeder, P.C., Montgomery, Alabama, 1994-1998; Legal Secretary, Law Offices of John N. Pappanastos, Montgomery, Alabama, 1982 - 1994
  • Joined Office of Counsel staff in July 2005
  • Notary Public for State of Alabama at Large