As General Counsel, Marianne is responsible for overseeing all legal issues affecting the University. Her duties include: drafting and reviewing policies to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations; assisting in formulating and implementing institutional strategies for avoiding future legal problems; coordinating and managing litigation matters involving the University and retaining, coordinating and supervising outside counsel as required; drafting, reviewing and negotiating legal documents such as leases, sales and services agreements, settlement agreements and sponsored research agreements; advising on tax exempt status issues, charitable giving, and trusts and estates matters; providing advice with respect to internal dispute resolution and judicial proceedings, such as student disciplinary matters and employee grievances, suspension or termination matters; coordinating the response to subpoenas and other requests for information; and responding to administrative complaints and participating in administrative hearings, such as before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Before becoming General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Saint Joseph’s University, Marianne served as the first General Counsel for Saint Mary’s College of California for nearly 10 years. Prior to that, she was a trial lawyer for the Office of General Counsel for the Regents of the University of California system. Earlier in her legal career, she was a partner in the trial department of the Portland, Ore., firm of Spears, Lubersky (now Lane Powell Spears Lubersky).
A native Pennsylvanian, Schimelfenig earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Marywood University in Scranton, a master’s in American history from the University of Scranton, and her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Ore. She has been actively involved in the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) for over 20 years and served as President and Chairperson of the NACUA Board of Directors in 2010-2011. She is also a member of the ABA, University Of Pennsylvania Inn of Court and is admitted to active practice in Pennsylvania, California, New York, the District of Columbia and Oregon.
Trish joined the Saint Joseph’s community in 1997 as an Admissions Coordinator in the Undergraduate Admissions office. In 2004, Trish received her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies and a Paralegal Certificate from Saint Joseph’s. Shortly thereafter, Trish was promoted to Legal Administrative Assistant in the newly created Office of the General Counsel. Trish continues to assist the General Counsel by performing diverse legal and administrative tasks.