Office of Campus Counsel

Diane Fields Geocaris

Diane Fields Geocaris

Chief Campus Counsel

Bio

  • J.D., Stanford University (Stanford Law Review, Administrative Editor)
  • A.B., Stanford University
  • Admitted: California; Illinois (inactive); S.D. Cal.; N.D. Ill.; D.D.C.; District of Columbia (1978-2014)

Ms. Geocaris has served as the first Chief Campus Counsel at UC Irvine since 1990, when she was hired by then - Chancellor Jack W. Peltason. Ms. Geocaris provides legal advice and counsel to the Chancellor and his/her senior management staff in all areas affecting the campus, such as health sciences, research regulation and compliance, staff and academic employee relations, student affairs, land use, gift matters, contracts, and constitutional law. She also serves as a senior advisor on institutional policy and decision-making that require a legal perspective and is a member of Chancellor's Cabinet and Chancellor's Advisory Council. She is a member of the campus's Whistleblower Investigations Work Group, the Consultation (behavior intervention) Team, Audit Committee and the Compliance and Ethics Risk Committee. She oversees the Office of Campus Counsel consisting of three attorneys and two staff.  From July 1, 2007 through July 2008, Ms. Geocaris served as Interim Associate Chancellor (Chancellor's Chief of Staff).

Before joining the University, Ms. Geocaris was a partner with Rudnick & Wolfe in Chicago (now DLA Piper). Previous to that, she was an associate with Sidley & Austin (Chicago and D.C.), and Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye (now also DLA Piper) in San Diego. 

Recent Significant University Service

  • UCI Search Committees:
    • Art Museum Registrar (2017); Vice Chancellor, Administrative & Business Services (2016); Executive Directors, Human Resources (Chair 2016); Chief of Police (2015); Executive Director, Alumni Association (2014); Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications (2011); Associate Chancellor (Chair, 2008); Law School Dean (2007)
  • Other UC Search Committees:
    • Chief Campus Counsel, UC Riverside (2014); Deputy General Counsel, Educational Affairs, Office of General Counsel (2012); Vice Chancellor Legal Affairs, UCLA (2007)
  • Office of General Counsel Workgroup on Students & Employees in Distress (current)
  • Office of General Counsel Copyright Working Group
  • UCI Task Force on Ensuring a Positive Climate for the Campus Black Community (2015)
  • Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Selection Committee (2008)
  • UCI Living Our Values Nomination Committee (2007-2008)

Recent Significant Community Service and Honors

  • Orange County Bar Association, Masters Division, Board Member (2014 to 2016)
  • Stanford Alumni Association Sierra Programs LLC, Board of Directors, Vice Chair and Secretary (September 1998 to present)
  • Recipient, The Stanford Medal (2007)
  • Finance Committee, Sage Hill School, Newport Beach, CA (2006 to 2011)
  • President, Stanford Associates Board of Governors (2004 to 2006), member (2002 to 2006)