Office of legal affairs staff
Marcia J. Canning
Chief Campus Counsel - Associate General Counsel
Marcia J. Canning joined the Office of the General Counsel in October of 1981 after serving as a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board.
Ms. Canning's primary areas of practice after joining the OGC included labor relations matters from the commencement of collective bargaining, employment litigation, grievances and administrative hearings involving faculty, residents and staff, advice regarding faculty misconduct cases and Constitutional issues related to privacy rights, drug testing and free speech and advice involving violence in the workplace, disability rights and issues related to the California Information Practices Act and the Public Records Act.
She became General Counsel for UC-Hastings College of the Law in 1998 and became the Chief Campus Counsel for the University of California San Francisco Campus in 2001 providing advice to both the Campus and the Medical Center.
She is a graduate of the University of Holy Names (B.A. 1970) where she graduated cum laude, and the UC-Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 1976). Her current practice includes advising both the UCSF Campus and Medical Center on a range of Medical Staff Issues and issues involving labor and employment, faculty code of conduct, academic affairs, compliance, business transactions, contracts, whistleblower complaints, and affiliation agreements.
Greta W. Schnetzler
Deputy Campus Counsel
Greta Schnetzler was appointed Deputy Campus Counsel at UCSF in March 2005. She was previously a partner with the law firm of Gordon & Rees where she specialized in representing colleges and universities in all aspects of employment, civil rights and education law for twenty years.
In 1992, Ms. Schnetzler worked on a special temporary assignment in-house with the Office of the General Counsel of the Regents of the University of California.
Ms. Schnetzler graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1985. She an active and contributing member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and serves as a neutral evaluator and mediator on the Alternative Dispute Resolution panel of the Northern District Court.
She is a frequent speaker on legal issues affecting colleges and universities. Within the Office of Legal Affairs, Ms. Schnetzler assists campus clients in the area of labor and employment law, medical staff matters, academic affairs, graduate medical education, student affairs, research compliance, international programs and complex contracts.
Deputy Campus Counsel - Health Affairs
Ann Sparkman joined the Office of General Counsel in May 2006, serving as Deputy Campus Counsel for Health Affairs at University of California, San Francisco.
Prior to joining the University of California, Ms. Sparkman was a partner at Hassard Bonnington in San Francisco, defending health plans against bad faith managed care litigation, defending physicians and allied health care professionals in medical malpractice actions, and representing Credentials Committees with Section 805 fair hearings. Ms. Sparkman also served in both the legal and compliance departments of Kaiser Permanente's program office, managing the medical malpractice and managed care litigation for the California, North Carolina and Hawaii regions, and providing health law and regulatory advice and counsel on a wide range of health care issues for all eight regions.
Ms. Sparkman provides a comprehensive range of health law advice to the medical center and campus regarding federal and state regulations affecting the delivery of health care services and human subjects research, including but not limited to the Human Research Protection Program, licensure and accreditation, peer review, medical staff, credentialing, Medicare reimbursement, fraud and abuse, and health plan contracting. Ms. Sparkman is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. - Zoology 1975); the University of California, San Francisco (B.S.N. - Nursing 1979) and the University Of San Francisco School Of Law (J.D. 1987).
Senior Campus Counsel
Diane Wynshaw-Boris joined the UCSF Office of Legal Affairs as Senior Campus Counsel for Business Transactions and Contracts in October 2007. Previously, she headed the Business Contracts Office at the University of California, San Diego. Over the years prior to joining the University, she worked for both public and private entities in the areas of local government, healthcare, biotechnology, international management and consulting, web development, and global telecommunications, with an emphasis on state and local government and commercial contracts.
Diane received her B.A. (English and Italian) in 1977 from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1982. She has been admitted to practice in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Maryland and maintains an active license in California.
Within the Office of Legal Affairs, Diane provides counsel to campus and medical center clients in the areas of business transactions, contracts, procurement, privacy, and conflicts of interest.
- Karen Forte
- Susan Smith
- Thomas Dellner
Office of the General Counsel
The Office of the General Counsel provides legal services to the University, including representation, advice, research, training and opinions to the Board of Regents, administration, faculty and staff, and others acting on the University's behalf. The General Counsel reports jointly to the Board of Regents and the President.