Ms. Richard provides legal counsel and advice to every department of the College. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees and the Office of the President, Ms. Richard and her team handle all in-house legal issues, including Board of Trustee resolutions and matters, employment issues, contract review, academic and student issues, and public record requests. In addition, Ms. Richard oversees the College's Records Management Department, which includes the College archives, and sets policies related to records retention and storage.
Ms. Richard comes to the College after being a Partner with Roetzel & Andress, LPA, in their Public Finance Department. While with Roetzel she focused her practice on public law and public finance. She has experience serving as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, bank counsel and placement agent's counsel. Ms. Richard managed both tax-exempt and taxable bond financings from the initial structuring session to the bond funding and closing. Her financings included various revenue and general obligation financings, including industrial development revenue bonds, housing revenue bonds, special assessments, water revenue bonds, airport revenue bonds, conduit financings and 501(c)(3) bonds. She worked extensively with municipal and state governments, nonprofit organizations, housing finance agencies, housing authorities, institutions of higher education and community development corporations.
Ms. Richard served for two years as general counsel to the Cleveland Citywide Development Corporation and served for four years as general counsel to the Cuyahoga County Housing Consortium. She also served on numerous boards and audit committees, including the Economic Development Loan Review Committee for the Cuyahoga County Community Improvement Corporation.
Ms. Richard worked in a similar capacity with the following law firms: Squire Sanders (2000-2007) Senior Associate, Calfee Halter (1992-2000) Associate and Benesch Friedlander (1989-1992) Associate. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Richard was a Principal in the Cleveland Accounting firm Watson, Rice & Co.