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Former Justice Department official David Remy has been tapped to serve as the NCAA General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs. The Washington Post reports that David Remy will start his new job on March 14. He is set to replace Scott Bearby who has been serving as Interim General Counsel and Managing Director of Legal Affairs for the NCAA.
According to the NCAA, David Remy will now be a member of the senior management group and will direct NCAA's internal and external legal teams. He will now oversee all aspects of the NCAA's legal program such as litigation response, contract negotiations, and advise to membership on Association issues.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to provide the NCAA seasoned legal counsel and strategic advice to assist in the organization's goal to enhance the environment in which student-athletes thrive both academically and athletically," Remy told the Chronicle of Higher Education. The NCAA is currently fighting a difficult legal battle and criticism over its current policies.
Their selection of a lawyer that specializes in regulatory matters and internal investigations reflects the organization's move to ensure that its legal department can handle such criticisms and legal issues.
While David Remy does not have much collegiate sports legal experience, he does have over 20 years of legal experience; particularly in the government. He worked for 6 years at Fannie Mae, 3 years at the Department of Justice, and he is a partner at the large law firm Latham & Watkins.
New NCAA President Mark Emmert had this to say about the new talent that Mr. Remy will bring: "His formidable legal talents, coupled with his longstanding commitment to amateur athletics, make him the ideal candidate for serving on my team."