Kelly Capen Douglas became the general counsel at the University of San Diego in 2005. As general counsel, she oversees and manages all legal affairs for the university and is responsible for a wide range of legal issues that relate to the university’s activities and operations, including: employment and faculty matters, student issues, policy development, intellectual property matters, contract development and review, campus safety, athletics, government regulations, and other matters pertinent to institutions of higher education.
Douglas serves as the primary legal adviser to the board of trustees, and is responsible for the management and oversight of the institution’s outside legal service providers to ensure that the service provided is efficient, cost-effective and fosters constructive outcomes for the university. Prior to joining USD, Douglas was a partner at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP, where she specialized in employment law, served as the leader of the labor and employment law practice group, and was a frequent speaker to various human resources and business organizations.
Douglas has been an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys since 2005. She currently serves on NACUA’s board of directors. Over the years, she also has served on various NACUA committees and currently is the vice chair of NACUA’s committee on strategic planning. Douglas is a member of the San Diego chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. An active volunteer in the San Diego community, Douglas serves on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of San Diego and Imperial counties, and as a board member of Christ Church Day School.
Douglas earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University. She received her J.D. degree with high honors from the Duke University School of Law and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Douglas and her husband, JD, have two children, Courtney and Collin.