Steve Collins is Special Counsel to the Office of General Counsel and also serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations for The University of Texas System. In addition to bridging the two offices on legal matters related to legislation and interactions with other governmental entities, he performs special projects on assignment from the General Counsel. He previously served the System as Interim General Counsel and has also served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations.
He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (BA in Government with Honors, 1973) and The University of Texas School of Law (JD 1976). His legal specialties include Texas constitutional law, administrative law, and parliamentary law.
Prior to coming to the System, he was Chief Legislative Counsel and Executive Director of the Texas Legislative Council, a 400+ employee legislative service agency providing nonpartisan legal, research, and information technology services for both houses of the Texas legislature. Simultaneous with his council service, he also served as parliamentarian for the Texas House of Representatives and as General Counsel to the Texas House of Representatives.