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Louis J. Petrizzo, Esq.

College General Counsel

(631) 451-4235


Alicia S. O'Connor, Esq.

Deputy General Counsel

(631) 451-4711


Ashley C. Pope, Esq.

Deputy General Counsel

(631) 451-4251


Kathryn Mattia

Sr. Legal Secretary

(631) 451- 4250


Gail Kenehan

Secretarial Assistant

(631) 451-4235



SCCC/Office of Legal Affairs

533 College Road


Selden, NY  11784

Fax: (631) 451-4974

Welcome to the Office of Legal Affairs


The Office of Legal Affairs strives to promote the mission of Suffolk County Community College by providing services related to all legal matters and specializing in laws affecting institutions of higher education.  


The Office of Legal Affairs is responsible for providing support and advice to the College's Board of Trustees, President, administration, faculty and staff on a broad range of issues having legal significance through counsel and representation, litigation and risk management, interpretation of and compliance with state and federal laws, formulating and issuing legal opinions and reviewing and/or drafting contracts and policies.


The Office of Legal Affairs does not provide legal services to employees or students in their personal capacities.

Christina Vargas

Chief Diversity Officer /

Title IX Coordinator

(631) 451-4950


Dionne Walker-Belgrave

Affirmative Action Officer

(631) 451-4051


Benjamin Zwirn

College Director -

Legislative Affairs

(631) 451-4867


David Schneider

Executive Director

Risk Mitigation

North Bldg., Room 1

(631) 451-4619