Office of General Counsel

About General Counsel

Joy White brings over 12 years of experience to her post as Interim General Counsel, where she manages the operations of the Office of General Counsel and Compliance. Ms. White also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer with responsibility for ensuring the development and reinforcement of a compliance culture at the College, including primary responsibility for overseeing Title IX, institutional research compliance issues, and all compliance matters affecting Morehouse College. 

Ms. White is a highly skilled civil litigator and businesswoman with a proven track record of providing meaningful and strategic legal advice to companies and organizations of all sizes ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations in a variety of industries, including, hospitality, educational institutions, transportation, healthcare, real estate, and financial institutions. 

As a proud Spelman College alumna (c/o 02’), Ms. White received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, summa cum laude, before continuing on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee.


General Counsels Office

Terraine Bailey most recently served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Respondents Parents Counsel where she was responsible for the oversight and management of court-appointed attorneys in juvenile cases, and developing practice guidelines, training and investigating grievances. Prior to joining the ORPC, Terraine was in private practice where she specialized in domestic relations, criminal and regulatory law. She brings over 15 years of experience investigating sex assault allegations, and advocating for both victims and defendants. 

Terraine is a graduate of Spelman College. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Ohio Northern University. Prior to relocating to Atlanta, Terraine was an active member of the Colorado legal community. She is the immediate past president of Colorado's Black Bar Association, and was appointed to the Executive Board of the Office of the Child's Representative and Child Protection Ombudsmen's Advisory Council. Committed to leadership and equitable process, Terraine has served on the Colorado Bar Association President's Diversity Council, Minority Over-Representation Committee and moderated social justice panels. She has also developed and presented diversity, implicit bias and access to justice trainings for the courts and legal professionals. 

Here in Georgia, Terraine has just joined the board of All Grown up, Inc., a character development and financial literacy program for teenage girls.


General Counsels Office

Rahn L. Gatewood serves Morehouse College as Senior Counsel in the Office of The General Counsel and Compliance.  He oversees the College’s contract review and approval process, supervises pending litigation, identifies risks and legal liability for the College, and provides legal support on ethics, compliance, and policy matters.  He also provides legal oversight for student-based academic and summer programs.  

For over a decade, before joining Morehouse, Rahn worked in private practice and supervised a business and commercial litigation practice in Atlanta, Georgia.  He primarily represented Fortune 500 companies and financial services industry participants, including national financial institutions, insurance companies, and mortgage servicers.  He also worked as general counsel for two highly successful Atlanta-based companies where he advised his clients on a variety of contractual and employment related issues, licensing compliance, premises liability, operating agreements, and commercial leases.  

Rahn is a proud graduate of an HBCU, Dillard University (New Orleans, Louisiana), with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Public Policy, summa cum laude.  From there, he attended Emory University School of Law (Atlanta) as a University Fellow and earned his degree of Juris Doctor.  Rahn remains committed to mentorship, civic engagement, and community service throughout the Atlanta area in various professional, leadership, and service capacities. 


Heather Tate, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, earned an Associates Degree in Business Management. After years in the Banking Industry – working as a Project Manager, Administrative Assistant, Office Manager – she went on to pursue a second career with a non-profit organization who helps runaway kids as an Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and realized the position was an excellent fit and decided to continue working in the position but in a warmer climate, so she moved her family to Atlanta, GA.

Heather is passionate about working with students/youth and loves to support and help whoever is in need and is excited about working here at Morehouse College in the President’s Office full time as the Executive Assistant to the Interim General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer.