Sunday, March 08, 2009

New Counsel to President Hired at CIRM

After an eight-month search, the California stem cell agency has hired an attorney from Genentech to become counsel to its president.

The name of the lawyer was not disclosed but she is scheduled to start at the beginning of July.

The job has been vacant since Tamar Pachter resigned in August and returned to the California State Department of Justice. Pachter was with CIRM only 16 months and had a salary of $225,000 with the title of CIRM general counsel.

If we were to hazard a guess, the new hire will not be earning that much. She will hold the title of counsel to the president. It appears that the general counsel position has been effectively eliminated.

CIRM is rich in legal talent and spending nearly $1.2 million this year for outside legal help.

CIRM President Alan Trounson disclosed that the new hire had been made at a meeting last week of the CIRM Governance Subcommittee, according to John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, who attended the session.

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