Pursuant to the California Tort Claims Act, the University will provide you with defense in the event you are sued personally for acts and omissions arising out of or performed during the course and scope of your employment by the University. You should contact the UCLA Health Office of Risk Management if you have questions about such defense. Additional information can also be found in the University of California Policy on Insurance Programs, BUS-81.
No, the University's defense and indemnification obligations depend upon whether the conduct at issue occurred in the course and scope of your employment, not whether you are employed by the University at the time of the lawsuit.
No. Retentions of outside counsel for the purpose of providing legal services are managed exclusively by the Office of the General Counsel in accordance with Regental Bylaw 21.2, through attorneys in Oakland, or on the campuses through either the Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs or the UCLA Health Office of Legal Affairs.
Attorneys in the UCLA Health Office of Legal Affairs, who are also members of the University's Office of the General Counsel and the UCLA Office of Legal Affairs, represent the University (including the UCLA hospitals and clinics) as an institution. The University's attorneys also advise and represent University employees acting within the course and scope of their employment in matters concerning the University. They do not, however, advise or represent employees in their individual capacity or on personal matters not involving University business.
If you have an issue related to UCLA Health business, please first discuss it with your supervisor. If you and your supervisor wish to consult an attorney for advice about the issue, please see the intake section of our website, or contact us at (310) 267-7445.