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Cheryl Cash, Interim General Counsel
Cheryl Cash serves the University as Interim General Counsel.   Ms. Cash brings a diverse range of experience to the office, having worked for several years in the private sector and with the City of Houston.   As a Senior Assistant City Attorney, Ms. Cash had extensive experience in the field of Labor & Employment law.  She conducted many arbitration proceedings and litigated discipline & termination hearings, whistleblower and Title VII claims in state and federal district and appellate courts.    Ms. Cash graduated with honors from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.   Working in the Office of General Counsel since 2009, Ms. Cash assists with coordinating services to all units of the University and assists with providing legal advice to University administration and staff, in their official capacities on matters involving or affecting the University.  She is a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the National Association of University and College Attorneys.

Kenneth A. McKanders, Deputy General Counsel
Kenneth A. McKanders joined Texas Southern University’s Office of General Counsel in 2011. Prior to his arrival at Texas Southern University, he served as General Counsel at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) for 22 years.   During the period of his EMU employment he also served as a part-time Lecturer within the Departments of Leadership and Counseling and Associated Health Professions. Prior to EMU, he served as Executive Director of Legal Affairs at Wayne County Community College and as Assistant General Counsel at Wayne State University. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and has served on its Board of Directors. He has chaired and/or served on several NACUA committees and has made presentations on a variety of legal topics at NACUA conferences and workshops. In 2009 he was a recipient of NACUA’s Distinguished Service Award. He obtained his J. D. degree from Wayne State University and his B. A. degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. In his capacity as Associate General Counsel, Ken assists with the coordination and delivery of legal services to all units of the University and assists with providing legal advice to University administrators and staff, in their official capacities on matters involving or affecting the University.

Yolanda Buckner, Attorney Fellow of the Office of General Counsel
Yolanda Buckner serves the University as Attorney Fellow of the Office of General Counsel. Prior to joining the University, Ms. Buckner worked in private practice as a solo practitioner where she gained experience in real estate law, contracts law, entertainment law, and business litigation. Ms. Buckner graduated with honors from Florida A&M University with a Bachelors degree in political science. She later graduated with honors from TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. She is a member of the National Association of University and College Attorneys.


Staff

Kedric Patterson, Legal Assistant
Kedric has been with the Office of General Counsel since May 2002. Prior to that, he worked for the City of Houston Municipal Court system.  Kedric previously worked in the University’s Department of Academic Affairs under the direction of Dr. Bobby Wilson and is a graduate of Texas Southern University with a B.A. degree in Administration of Justice.

 

 
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  Cheryl Cash, Interim General Counsel
Hannah Hall, Office 310B
Office Extension: 4216
email: cashcg@tsu.edu

  Kenneth A. McKanders, Deputy General Counsel
Hannah Hall, Office 310C
Office Extension: 1818
email: mckanderska@tsu.edu

  Yolanda Buckner, Attorney Fellow
Hannah Hall, Office 310D
Office Extension: 7893
email: Yolanda.Buckner@tsu.edu

  Kedric Patterson, Legal Assistant
Hannah Hall, Suite 310 (Front Desk)
Office Extension: 7950
email: pattersonkl@tsu.edu