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Nov. 8,  2010

Sencer Named General Counsel of Emory

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Stephen D. Sencer, interim general counsel of Emory University, has been named senior vice president and general counsel of the university.

Sencer served as deputy general counsel at the university from 2002 until August, when he was named interim general counsel after the departure of Kent Alexander.

As deputy general counsel, Sencer played a significant role in the negotiation of Emory research collaborations and licensing agreements, and in the $540 million monetization of royalty rights to the anti-HIV drug Emtriva, which at the time was the largest ever royalty sale by a university.

"Steve Sencer provided leadership in addressing a broad range of legal issues affecting the university, and has been an integral part of administrative and academic initiatives that have furthered Emory’s mission in research, teaching and service," says Emory President James W. Wagner. "We are delighted to have him take on this important new role."

Sencer came to Emory in 2001 as associate general counsel. Prior to that he practiced at King & Spalding and Williams & Connolly, and served as an assistant district attorney in DeKalb County from 1996-1998.

An honors graduate of Wesleyan University, Sencer received his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Michigan Law School and served as a clerk for the Hon. Amalya Lyle Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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