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Legal Affairs - Our Team


Maura C. Copeland
Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs

Maura Copeland was named Associate Vice President for Legal Affairs in April 2011. Prior to her current position, she had served as Associate University Attorney since 2007. Earlier in her career, she served as a law clerk in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and the State Court of Hall County, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Furman University and earned her Juris Doctor from Mercer University School of Law and a LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law.

Geoffrey V. Carson
Associate University Attorney

Geoffrey Carson is a 2001 graduate of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, and he earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, GA in 2006. He joined Georgia Southern University staff as Associate University Attorney in September 2011, prior to which Mr. Carson was a general practice litigator in southeast Georgia.

Amber J. Culpepper
Assistant University Counsel

Amber Culpepper received her Bachelor of Arts from Georgia Southern University in 2006 and her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., in 2009. While in law school, she completed a summer internship with the Office of Legal Affairs, and she returned to serve as Assistant University Counsel in February 2015.

Shirley Inman
Executive Administrative Assistant

Shirley Inman has served Georgia Southern since 1992 and has been with the Office of Legal Affairs since the beginning.

Teresa Tatmon
Administrative Assistant III 

Teresa Tatmon has served in the Armstrong State University Legal Affairs Office since 2015.