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Office of General Counsel
Kansas State University
111 Anderson Hall
919 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS  66506



Shari F. Crittendon

General Counsel

Shari F. Crittendon

Shari was appointed General Counsel of K-State in June 2020. She earned her law degree from the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree in communication and rhetorical studies/public policy from Syracuse University. Prior to K-State, Crittendon served as senior corporate counsel and director of outreach and compliance for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America. Previously, Crittendon was vice president, general counsel and secretary of the corporation of the United Negro College Fund, Inc., known as UNCF, where she served as strategic advisor and counsel to the president and CEO, senior management and the board of directors regarding legal, regulatory, governance and legislative matters. As principal of her own firm, Crittendon represented tax-exempt organizations and school systems on employment, governance and compliance matters. Earlier in her career, Crittendon was assistant general counsel at Morgan State University and also practiced in the commercial litigation groups of two Mid-Atlantic law firms.

Blake Billings

Deputy General Counsel

Blake Billings joined the Office of General Counsel in 2021. Before joining K-State, he served as an attorney for Texas Tech University, where his experience included matters ranging from employment, student affairs, and athletics, to contracting, compliance, and litigation. Blake began his career in private legal practice with two Texas law firms, where his clients included colleges, athletics conferences, government entities, non-profits, and public-private partnerships. He received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University, where he served as Managing Editor of the SMU Law Review, and his B.B.A. in finance from Texas Christian University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in higher education research at Texas Tech.

Robert C. Large

Senior Associate General Counsel

Robert Large

Robert Large returned to the Office of General Counsel on a telecommuting basis in September 2019. He most recently served as an Associate General Counsel for Florida State University. Prior to that, Robert served as an attorney in the K-State Office of General Counsel, as a staff attorney and later Chief Legal Counsel for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, as a civilian attorney with the Fort Riley Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, and as an Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Department of Education. Robert earned his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law in 2007 and his B.S. in Finance and Political Science from Florida State University in 2004.


Erin Sommer Good

Associate General Counsel

Erin Good

Erin Good joined the Office of General Counsel in 2018. She earned her J.D. from Washburn University, where she graduated with Dean's Honors and served as Managing Editor of the Washburn Law Journal. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Kansas. Before joining the legal team at K-State, Erin spent five years in private practice with a litigation firm in Wichita. She also served as a research attorney for the Honorable Patrick McAnany with the Kansas Court of Appeals.



Aaron J. Good

Associate General Counsel

Aaron GoodAaron Good joined the Office of General Counsel in 2019. He earned his J.D. from Washburn University, where he graduated with Dean's Honors and served as a Research Editor of the Washburn Law Journal. Aaron graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in history prior to attending law school. Before joining the legal team at K-State, Aaron spent over seven years in private practice with a litigation firm in Wichita.




Office Staff

Deb Simone, Executive Assistant

Deb joined the Office of General Counsel in November 2020. She has served the K-State community in multiple office and leadership support roles since 2003, including the Office of Institutional Equity, Global Campus Dean's Office, and the former College of Human Ecology Dean's Office.

Samantha L. Tiroch, Paralegal

Samantha joined the Office of General Counsel in February 2020. She attended Upper Iowa University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in accounting. She has over two years of legal experience working for the magistrate judge at Geary County District Court.



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