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University Counsel Timothy Meacham photo‌Timothy E. Meacham, JD

University Counsel
Singleton Building 110  |  843-349-2876  |  tmeacham@coastal.edu


Timothy E. Meacham of Georgetown has been University counsel at Coastal Carolina University since July 2009. His duties include review of contracts and legal advice in such areas as human resources, student affairs and student conduct, as well as providing counsel to University President David DeCenzo.

Meacham has worked as a prosecutor, a trial attorney in general practice, a municipal attorney and as manager of a legal services agency. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and is a member of the Horry County Fee Resolution Panel. Additionally, Meacham is a former circuit court arbitrator and family court mediator. He has also served as a teaching associate in Coastal Carolina University's Department of Politics since 2004 and was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2005. Meacham served as president of the University's Alumni Association in 1997-1998.

As an undergraduate student, he was president of Student Government Association and editor of The Chanticleer student newspaper. He was elected to Coastal Carolina University's chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and received the outstanding student award in the Department of Politics.

Meacham is licensed to practice in South Carolina and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Katherine Brooks imageKatherine Brooks, JD

Associate University Counsel
Singleton Building 109  |  843-349-2628  |  kbrooks@coastal.edu


Katherine Brooks serves as associate University counsel, a position she has held since November 2016. In addition, she serves as the University's FOIA officer, directing all Freedom of Information Act requests. Brooks is responsible for contract management, including the implementation of the electronic contract management system used university-wide. Coastal Carolina University was the first institution of higher education in South Carolina to implement an electronic contract management system. She worked in University Counsel in the areas of risk management and contract management in 2015-2016. In addition, she served as a compliance intern at CCU in the summer of 2014.

Brooks is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and The Coastal American Inn of Court. She has completed training as a Title IX Coordinator through the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and sociology from the University of South Carolina in 2012, and her juris doctor from Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, where she served as editor-in-chief of The Federal Courts Law Review and was a recipient of the “Giving Back Award” for outstanding efforts in public service and leadership.

Brooks is licensed to practice in South Carolina and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of South Carolina, as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals..

Louis "Tripp" Hutto imageLouis "Tripp" Hutto, JD

Staff Attorney
Singleton Building 108  |  843-234-3449  l  lhutto@coastal.edu


Louis “Tripp” Hutto was named to the position of staff attorney within the Office of University Counsel at Coastal Carolina University in 2018. His duties include serving as a legal officer of the institution, managing and performing legal reviews on contracts, as well as performing legal reviews of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. He will also assist CCU’s university counsel and associate university counsel in rendering legal advice to the institution.

He has served CCU as assistant director of residency in the Office of Admissions for the past three years. Prior to working at CCU, Hutto was in private practice for more than 20 years, serving as shareholder for 16 years, with a primary focus in the areas of estate planning, probate administration, residential and commercial real estate, and business organization.

He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Hutto earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Wofford College, a master’s degree in business from Webster University, a juris doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

Hutto is licensed to practice in South Carolina.

Melissa JarrardMelissa Jarrard

Paralegal/FOIA Officer
Singleton Building 110  |  843-349-3449  |  mpjarrar@coastal.edu


Melissa Jarrard serves as paralegal for the Office of University Counsel. She is responsible for contract management, assisted in the implementation of the electronic contract management system, and serves as the University's FOIA Officer, directing all Freedom of Information Act requests. Jarrard earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Coastal Carolina University, graduating summa cum laude, and earned a degree in paralegal/legal assistant programs from Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Prior to her position at CCU she served the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office as a paralegal and victim's advocate for over 15 years. She is a member of Higher Education Legal Managers.