Mr. Fenner received his B.A. degree (with distinction) from Stanford University in English in 1973 and his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1976. He joined Stanford’s Office of the General Counsel in 1985, and became Deputy General Counsel in 2001.
In recent years, Mr. Fenner’s practice has focused on the academic areas of the University, including faculty, student, research and policy matters. He served from 2000 to 2003 on the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).
Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel, Mr. Fenner practiced with a Portland, Oregon law firm, where he specialized in business litigation and served as a member of Oregon’s Board of Bar Examiners. Before entering private practice, Mr. Fenner clerked for Thomas H. Tongue of the Oregon Supreme Court, and for Edward Leavy (then U.S. Magistrate, District of Oregon--now Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals).