Professional Staff

Melissa Jackson Holloway, General Counsel, joined the Office of Legal Affairs in May 2019 as General Counsel. She came to North Carolina A&T State University from Ball State University, in Muncie Indiana, where she served as Deputy General Counsel. Melissa also served as General Counsel at North Carolina Central University and Chief Legal Affairs Officer at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Melissa is a 1996 honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Syracuse University in 1991. In 1993, Melissa earned as M.A. in Public Administration and from Binghamton University. Before her career in higher education, Melissa was an associate attorney with the firm of Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Melissa currently serves on the National Association of College and University Attorney’s (NACUA) Board of Directors, as Chair of the NACUA Committee on Membership and Member Services, and is a member of the NACUA Board Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusivity.

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Sheena J. Cobrand, Deputy General Counsel, joined the Office of Legal Affairs as Deputy General Counsel in April 2020. Immediately before joining the office, Sheena was an attorney with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security (DES). Her representation included judicial review proceedings, injunction matters, employment grievances, discrimination claims, and confidentiality matters. As DES’s Rulemaking Coordinator, Sheena drafted and oversaw the adoption of more than 100 rules in the North Carolina Administrative Code. She also led a multi-work unit team that brought DES into compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) second-level appeal standards after more than 30 years of monthly noncompliance. The process changes implemented have allowed DES to remain compliant since 2014.

Sheena has litigated hundreds of cases including employment, unemployment insurance benefits and tax, dependency, termination of parental rights, and criminal matters. She also presided over and participated in hundreds of administrative hearings.

Sheena is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law where she was a member and Articles and Notes Editor for the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law. She also earned a journalism degree from Florida A&M University. Sheena is a North Carolina-certified public manager and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in North Carolina. She is also admitted to the Florida Bar and State Bar of Tennessee.

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Josephine Tetteh, Associate General Counsel, joined the Office of Legal Affairs as Associate General Counsel in March 2019. Immediately prior to joining the office, Josephine was a Special Deputy Attorney General with the North Carolina Department of Justice where she represented multiple divisions of the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer’s Office. Josephine’s experience includes complex audit, information technology, and multi-party contracts. She is a seasoned litigator and is admitted to practice in all federal courts in North Carolina.

Josephine is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where she was president of her third-year class, member of the National Moot Court Team and Publication Editor for the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. Josephine is a 2003 graduate of Brenau University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

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Samuel Richardson III, Interim Title IX Coordinator, was born and raised in Winston-Salem and Rural Hall, NC. He attended the UNC-CH as a Morehead-Cain Scholar and midshipman in the Navy ROTC Program. Upon graduation, Samuel received a commission in the United States Marine Crops where he served as an officer of Marines for six years. Following his time on active duty, Samuel attended George Washington School of Law located in Washington, DC.

Samuel practiced law full-time with Tuggle, Duggins, and Meschan in Greensboro, NC for several years before accepting a position as the Department Chair of the Paralegal Department at Guilford Technical Committee College. Samuel served as a Department Chair at Guilford Technical Community College for 13 years before joining NC A&T State University as the Assistant Title IX Coordinator and Employee Relations Counselor. 

Samuel is married to Kathy Richardson, MD, and they have three wonderful daughters together: Hayley, Zoey and Kelsey.

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Saundra D. Ross, Executive Assistant to the General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs

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Contact Information:
The Office of Legal Affairs is located:
Dowdy Administration Building, Suite 422
1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, North Carolina 27411

Telephone: (336) 334-7592 Fax: (336) 334-7194