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Wednesday, August 19, 2009


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City of Hope Appoints Attorneys to Leadership Posts


By a MetNews Staff Writer


City of Hope has named a new general counsel after promoting its previous general counsel.

The biomedical research, treatment and education institution, located just northeast of Los Angeles in Duarte, said yesterday that former Chief Deputy General Counsel Gregory Schetina will take the place of Robert W. Stone, who has been appointed to the newly-created position of chief strategy and administration officer.

City of Hope said that Stone, in his new position, will be responsible for helping to identify priorities for the institution’s growth and implementing strategies to achieve those goals. He will also oversee the Department of Human Resources and the offices of the general counsel and board of directors, and will continue in his role as corporate secretary.

City of Hope President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Michael A. Friedman said Stone had provided “invaluable guidance” to the institution for over a decade, and that Stone’s leadership “will help us ensure our strategic growth in such a dynamic environment.”

Friedman added that Stone will “provide us with a focused and coordinated approach to address external challenges such as the fluctuating economy and national health care reform in order to achieve our goals.”

Admitted to the State Bar in 1993, Stone attended the University of Redlands and the University of Chicago Law School.

He joined City of Hope in 1996 as associate general counsel after serving as associate attorney at the firms of Christa & Jackson and Hanna and Morton, and was promoted to general counsel of the institution’s medical center in 2000.

Three years later, Stone was named general counsel for City of Hope, which encompasses the medical center and Beckman Research Institute.

Schetina was admitted to the State Bar in 1984 after graduating from UC Berkeley and Loyola Law School, and joined City of Hope as chief deputy general counsel in 2004.

Friedman said Schetina had been “instrumental in efforts to protect the patents and intellectual property rights of discoveries and innovations by City of Hope physicians and researchers,” adding that Schetina’s “achievements as chief deputy general counsel are testament to the strong leadership he will bring as general counsel.”

Prior to joining City of Hope, Schetina was a partner with the law firms of Jones Day and Tuttle & Taylor.


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