As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Steve Sencer is the chief legal officer for Emory University, including Emory Healthcare, as well as affiliated entities such as The Carter Center and DRIVE. Sencer is also Senior Advisor to the University President, advising the president on strategic priorities and initiatives. Sencer has taught courses at Emory’s School of Law and the Laney Graduate School, is a senior fellow at Emory’s Global Health Institute, serves on the Global Health Chronicles Advisory Board, and co-founded the Emory-South Africa Drug Discovery Training Program and GAP BioSciences, a life sciences business education program taught in South Africa.
Sencer specializes in legal issues relating to higher education, scientific research, technology transfer, global health, risk management and corporate governance. He serves on the Board of Clifton Casualty Insurance Company and served a three-year term on the Board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He serves on the AAU General Counsel Committee and the United Educators Legal Advisory Board.
Sencer has a BA (Honors) from Wesleyan University and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Michigan Law Review. He practiced law with Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, and King & Spalding in Atlanta, GA, and served as a trial lawyer in the DeKalb County (GA) District Attorney’s office. He clerked for Judge Amalya Lyle Kearse on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, sitting in New York City.