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Lillian Burroughs, M.S. Director of Operations
Bryn Mawr and Haverford College

Lillian Burroughs is the Director of Operations at Bryn Mawr and Haverford College Campus Safety Departments.

Lil was Director of Public Safety at Cabrini College from 2007 until 2012. Prior to Cabrini, she was the Associate Director of Safety & Security at Philadelphia University after serving as a police officer for the City of Philadelphia.  Lil has a Master of Science in Public Administration from St. Joseph’s University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Temple University.

A resident of Huntington Valley, PA, Lil is a past president and current member of the Board of Directors of the Campus Security Directors Association of the Delaware Valley, and a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement (IACLEA), and the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Lil is also a certified RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor. Lil has served as the Women in Security Liaison (WIS) for the ASIS Delaware Valley Chapter for over two years.


Kathleen Conn, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M. Of Counsel, Adjunct Professor
King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Widener University School of Law, Delaware and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA

Scientist, educator, consultant, and attorney, Kathleen Conn is currently Of Counsel with the Education Law Practice Group of King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Ms. Conn earned her B.S. in Physics from St. John’s University, New York, an M.S. in Medical Physics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and a dual Ph.D. in Physics/Biology at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Pennsylvania. She earned her J.D. and LL.M. degrees at Widener Law in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and is admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Conn’s professional experience includes full-time college and university teaching, most recently for seven years in the Graduate Education program at Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania. Before her appointment at Neumann, she served for 18 years in public school districts in Pennsylvania, as a high school science teacher, K-12 curriculum supervisor, and elementary school principal. She is also a consultant and expert witness on issues of school safety, students’ First Amendment rights, bullying, cyberbullying, and sexual harassment. Conn currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Public Health and Biology Departments at Muhlenberg College

Conn has authored three books, as well as an ever-increasing list of invited book chapters, articles and commentaries in peer-reviewed law journals. She is on the Authors’ Committee of West’s Education Law Reporter. An annual presenter at the national Education Law Association (ELA) Conference, Conn has also served on the Executive Board of ELA. She has presented on both scientific and legal topics at various international conferences in Europe, China, New Zealand, and Australia.


Courtney Cioffredi, J.D. ADA/504 Coordinator
University of Vermont

Courtney Cioffredi joined the University of Vermont in October of 2014 as the ADA/504 Coordinator.  Prior to coming to UVM Ms. Cioffredi received her Bachelors in Sociology and Education from Mount Holyoke College, her Masters of Science in Higher Education from Drexel University, and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. It was at Stetson that Ms. Cioffredi became aware of her future career combining Higher Education and Law, through many conversations in and out of classes with Professor Peter Lake. Ms. Cioffredi has been working on a number of projects across campus, is involved in reviewing building plans for new construction or alterations, and has been the chair of the Accessibility Review Committee which is assessing UVMs technology accessibility this fall.


Thomas Dorer, J.D. Principal
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Thomas Dorer is a Principal in the Hartford, Connecticut, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on representing colleges and universities in student and academic affairs and in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. Mr. Dorer serves as co-lead of Jackson Lewis’ Higher Education Group.

Before arriving at Jackson Lewis, Mr. Dorer served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at the University of Hartford, where he was responsible for the full scope of legal issues impacting higher education, including employment law, student and academic affairs, regulatory compliance, Title IX, intercollegiate athletics, risk management, privacy law and corporate governance. As a member of the University President’s senior management team, Mr. Dorer provided leadership in policy formation and consensus-building on a range of issues critical to the University mission.

Prior to joining the University of Hartford, Mr. Dorer served as general counsel at West Virginia University (WVU). At WVU, he played a lead role in situation management, external and governmental relations and policy development, and advised the administration, board and faculty on a wide range of legal matters, such as employment law, student and academic affairs, public record and open meeting laws, constitutional law, athletics and legislative analysis. Mr. Dorer was previously an associate counsel for the University of Massachusetts, an associate attorney at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson in Washington, DC and a law clerk to the Hon. Anne E. Thompson, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Before attending law school, Mr. Dorer served in university administration at Brown University and Ohio University.

An active volunteer and current Board member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Mr. Dorer regularly presents at national and regional conferences on topics such as academic affairs, legal ethics, risk management and disability law.  He has also served on the NCAA General Counsel Advisory Board (2004-2007, 2011-2016), and the steering committee of the Boston Bar Association, College and University Section (2000-2002).  He received a BA from Brown University, an EdM from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley


Megan C. Farrell, M.B.A., J.D. Of Counsel
Hirschfeld Kraemer

Megan C. Farrell serves as Of Counsel to Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP in their San Francisco office, where she provides advice to educational institutions across the country on legal and compliance matters.  Megan has been working in the higher education sector for over fifteen years and has served both private and public institutions as University Counsel, full-time Faculty, and Title IX Coordinator.  She also worked with universities and K-12 schools nationally as Claims Counsel for United Educators Risk Retention Group and as an Education Practice leader for Marsh, Inc.  Megan holds a law degree from Widener University, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University.  She is a member of the bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.


Ann Franke, M.A., J.D., LL.M. President
Wise Results, LLC

Ann H. Franke provides consulting services to colleges and universities through her firm Wise Results LLC. Her expertise spans academic issues, risk management, student affairs, and governance. Clients value her depth of knowledge and practical approach.

Ms. Franke previously held senior management positions with United Educators Insurance and the American Association of University Professors. She earned tenure at AAUP and, during a sabbatical year, received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to study the development of private universities in Australia. She is a Fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and received a national award from the Stetson University College of Law for her innovative approach to campus risk management.

Among her interests, Ms. Franke works on the protection of minors, consulting with colleges and universities nationwide to safeguard the vulnerable populations with whom they interact. In 2013 she founded the Youth Protection Network for Higher Education and serves pro bono as its coordinator.

Ms. Franke received her B.A. (magna cum laude, general honors), M.A., and J.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an LL.M. from Georgetown University.


Seth Gilbertson, J.D. Associate Counsel
State University of New York, Upstate Medical University

Seth F. Gilbertson is an Associate Counsel for the State University of New York’s Office of General Counsel.  Seth handles labor and student affairs matters for SUNY’s western campuses (Westcam) and specializes in records management and international programs issues for SUNY on a system-wide basis.  Before joining SUNY, Seth was a court attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department.  In a previous life, he was the Mountain Manager of Apple Mountain Resort in Freeland, Michigan.  Seth earned his B.A., cum laude, from Saginaw Valley State University and his J.D., cum laude, from Albany Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Review.  Seth is active in both the New York State Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


Leslie Gomez, J.D. Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Leslie M. Gomez is a partner is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, based in Philadelphia.  She is a member of Pepper’s Education Counseling, Litigation and Investigation Services and White Collar Litigation and Investigations Groups, and  is co-chair of the firm’s Child Advocacy Practice Group and the first Pepper Latino/a Caucus. Ms. Gomez focuses her practice on the institutional response to sexual misconduct. She provides consulting, counseling and legal advice on all issues related to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and child abuse.

Ms. Gomez helps institutions develop comprehensive policies, procedures, systems and training programs in compliance with Title IX, the Clery Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, and state and local laws. Ms. Gomez has more than two decades of experience investigating sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and stalking, first as a career prosecutor and Chief of the Juvenile Unit with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and later as counsel to colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other institutions.  Ms. Gomez directs internal investigations, coordinates communications and interactions with law enforcement, assists in the design and implementation of disciplinary proceedings, and provides advice about the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings. She has led numerous highly complex investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct at educational and religious institutions.  Ms. Gomez also assists colleges and universities in meeting federal compliance obligations and responding to investigations by the Office for Civil Rights.

Ms. Gomez is also a nationally recognized expert in child abuse and child protection, including the dynamics of child abuse, child protective services laws and the coordination of investigations with child protective services and local, state and federal law enforcement.   She is a faculty member for ChildFirst Pennsylvania, which teaches forensic interviewing to multi-disciplinary team law enforcement and child protective services teams.  Ms. Gomez served as an expert on the stalking subcommittee of the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.  She is a volunteer child advocate attorney through the Support Center for Child Advocates and a member of the boards of the Center City Crime Victims Services and the Joseph J. Peters Institute, a nonprofit providing outpatient assessment and treatment in the area of sexual abuse. Ms. Gomez is a graduate of Yale Law School (J.D. 1995) and Brown University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1992).


John Hasman, J.D. Partner
Armstrong Teasdale

John “J.P.” Hasman is a former National Labor Relations Board attorney who has unique insight into the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and conducting NLRB-supervised elections. Now, J.P. uses that insider’s perspective to effectively represent corporate clients before the NLRB and in their labor relations.

His extensive experience includes serving as chief negotiator in union negotiations and representing numerous clients before the NLRB and courts. J.P. successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the fourth Circuit that President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by appointing three people to the board while lawmakers were on break, bypassing Senate confirmation.

In his practice, J.P. negotiates union contracts, handles unfair labor practice charges, resolves grievances, represents clients at grievance arbitrations, and manages secondary picketing issues and other strike-related litigation and matters. In addition, J.P. assists nonunion employers with union avoidance efforts, and advises and counsels employers during union campaigns.

As co-chair of the firm’s Higher Education industry group, J.P. helps lead the firm’s multi-disciplinary representations of some of the country’s largest and most esteemed colleges and universities. J.P. has counseled multiple higher education clients regarding adjunct faculty organizing efforts and all of their traditional labor needs.

Furthermore, J.P. counsels employers on all aspects of the employment relationship and defends them in state and federal courts against discrimination claims and other workplace-related allegations. In addition to his litigation successes, J.P. keeps clients out of the courts while helping them accomplish business goals, manage workforces and grow their business.

J.P. began his career with the NLRB as an intern in the Office of the Solicitor for a year and half before becoming a field attorney in Region 14, St. Louis. After four years in that position, he practiced at another local firm exclusively representing management in labor matters.


Steven Healy, Managing Partner
Margolis, Healy & Associates

Steven J. Healy is a managing partner and co-founder of Margolis Healy and is a nationally recognized expert on campus public safety, Title IX and the Clery Act. From 2003 through 2009, he was the Director of Public Safety at Princeton University where he led the University’s safety, security, and law enforcement programs and is credited with enhancing and expanding the department’s overall professionalism and capabilities through improved leadership, additional personnel, significant strategic investments in training, updated equipment, new computer systems and a relocation to a technologically advanced facility. Prior to Princeton, Steven was the Chief of Police at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. He also served as Director of Operations at the Department of Public Safety at Syracuse University for five years.

A past president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), Steven served as a member of the association’s Government Relations Committee for 13 years, and was the IACLEA Regional Director for the North Atlantic Region during his tenure at Wellesley. As president of IACLEA, Steven contributed significantly to the national dialogue about campus safety and security in the aftermath of the tragic rampage-shooting incident at Virginia Tech University in April 2007. As the Immediate Past President of IACLEA, Steven led an IACLEA special panel reviewing post-Virginia Tech challenges and concerns for the higher education community. He also served as IACLEA’s representative to the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) “National Campus Safety and Security Project” and to EDUCAUSE’s “The IT Role in Campus Safety” project. He was a featured speaker and panelist with Dr. Margolis on emergency response and recovery at the NACUBO annual meeting. In 2009, he was named a Fellow at the Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. Steven is also a past president of the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Steven J. Healy serves as a subject-matter expert for the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice. He testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the topic of “Security on America’s Campuses” and testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor on the topic of “Best Practices for Keeping America’s Campuses Safe.” At the request of the U.S. Department of Education, he was asked to serve on a special working group developing emergency management planning guidelines for the higher education community.

Steven has been a featured presenter at several ACE Annual Meetings, addressing various issues of related to campus safety, security, emergency management, and regulatory compliance. He served as chairperson of the National Center for Campus Public Safety Advisory Board and was responsible for leading the development of a strategic plan and framework for the National Center for Campus Public Safety. Steven is currently the Chair of the Advisory Board for the National Center for Campus Public Safety, which was funded by Congress with bipartisan support in 2013.

Steven is a frequently requested and nationally recognized consultant, presenter, and trainer who speaks on issues related to campus safety and security. He has appeared on numerous national news programs and talk shows including CNN, ABC Nightly News, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. Steven was named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry” by Security Magazine.

Steven J. Healy is a 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He spent 10 years on active duty with the United States Air Force as Security Police Officer. From 1992 to 1995, He was the Operations Officer for the 95th Security Police Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base.


Michael J. Hill, CPP Director of Public Safety
Swarthmore College

Michael has been in the private security and public safety profession for 30 years.  He has served as Director of Public Safety at Swarthmore College since 2012.  He previously served the Public Safety Department at Bryn Mawr College, ultimately as Director and then Director of Operations, Campus Safety, at both Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges.  Michael is focused on building and strengthening community partners, both on and off campus, as well as creating community training programs that focus on crime prevention and education, such as, RAD, emergency response, alcohol awareness, intimate partner violence, social media and identity threats.

In collaboration with Montgomery County (Pa.) Victim Services, he provided training for students and officers in domestic violence hotline services. For his work in victim support, he received the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County Matty Muir Award. Michael has presented and led panel discussions on issues around diversity and dealing with protest groups on campus.  In addition, he is an assessor with IACLEA’s Loaned Executive Management Assistance Program (LEMAP).

Michael earned a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania on a Kay Scholarship.  He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a Certified Protection Professional with the American Society of Industrial Security.  Michael is also a retired 25-year veteran from the United States Army Reserve. Among his assignments were Drill Sergeant, during which he taught basic soldiering skills and combat tactics. He was also selected to join the Warrant Officer Corps and served in Iraq as a Chief Warrant Officer during Operation New Dawn.  Throughout his military career, he was awarded numerous commendations, including two Meritorious Service Medals and the Adjutant General’s Corps President Theodore Roosevelt Medal.  He is currently president of the Campus Security Directors Association of the Delaware Valley.


Cheri Jack, M.S. Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Associate Dean of Students
Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus

Cheri Jack is currently a deputy Title IX Coordinator and the Associate Dean of Students overseeing the daily operations for Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus. Her role is to advocate for student success, support the teaching and learning environment, serve as a conduct officer, and address Title IX complaints. Cheri has worked in higher education for more than twenty-five years at both community colleges and four-year institutions. Her background includes professional experience in the areas of Discipline, Advocacy, Academic Advising, Student Life, Counseling, Student Unions, Career Services, Housing, and Leadership. Cheri has also taught part-time for ten years as an associate faculty member.

She has presented at regional and national conferences including: the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO), the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA),   the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA), the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the Texas Higher Education Law Conference.

Cheri earned a M.S in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she has a B.S. with a double major in psychology and communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Adam Jussel, J.D. Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Student Conduct
Washington State University

Adam Jussel is an assistant dean of students and director of student conduct for Washington State University (WSU). He previously represented WSU as an assistant attorney general, and his clients included disability services, athletics, student affairs, and student conduct.  Jussel received his juris doctorate from Seattle University and a certification in higher education law and policy from NASPA.  Adam has spoken in several venues, including the National Conference on Law and Higher Education, University of Vermont Legal Issues Conference, and the National Conference on Campus Sexual Assault and Violence.  Outside of work, Adam enjoys bluegrass music, Olympic weightlifting, and reading historical fiction.


Alyssa Keehan, J.D. Senior Risk Counsel
United Educators Insurance

Alyssa Keehan is the Director of Risk Research at United Educators Insurance where she supervises a team of attorneys to produce written publications, webinars, and online courses on risk management topics impacting colleges and universities; topics include student sexual assault, threat assessment teams, Title IX, the Clery Act and its VAWA amendments, and contracts. Prior to working in risk management, Alyssa was a claims attorney where she handled hundreds of general liability claims filed against colleges and universities. Alyssa received her BA from Princeton University and her JD from Loyola University Chicago. Alyssa will be talking at the conference on the pre and post-DCL studies of UE’s student sexual assault claims. She will discuss claims trends and lessons learned.


Jeanne Kincaid, J.D.  Attorney
Drummond Woodsum

Jeanne Kincaid is a nationally known disability lawyer and consultant, representing colleges and universities nationwide and public and independent schools regionally on a host of disability and special education issues, including the physical accessibility requirements imposed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

Jeanne has been a special education hearing officer and mediator for the State of New Hampshire, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire’s Graduate School of Education, Antioch University and the University of New Hampshire’s School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).

Jeanne worked in an advisory capacity with AHEAD, a national organization whose membership consists of higher education staff that coordinate services for students with disabilities. She has held staff attorney positions with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the Oregon Department of Education, and served as a hearing officer for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and the New Hampshire Department of Education. She has been a contributing author to “Section 504, the ADA and the Schools” and “Disability Compliance for Higher Education.”

Jeanne represents institutions of higher education before the Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice. She has an active practice serving in a consulting capacity to the Office of General Counsel for numerous private universities throughout the country. An engaging presenter whose improvisational comedic background affords participants a unique approach to understanding complex legal issues, Jeanne has shared her expertise in dynamic presentations on hundreds of campuses from coast to coast.


Tom King, M.Ed.  Senior Risk Counsel
United Educators Insurance

Tom is the Director Campus Safety at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. He has 40 years experience in law enforcement, including 20 as a police officer, detective, and detective supervisor with the Philadelphia Police Department.  For four years, he was one of two Deputy Chiefs at the University of Pennsylvania Police Department.

He has been Director of Campus Safety at Haverford College for the past 16 years, and assumed the oversight of Bryn Mawr College’s department 8 years ago.

Tom has a BA in Criminal Justice from Temple University, and an ME from Holy Family University.  He taught Education Law in the Graduate Education Department at Holy Family for 13 years.  He is a Certified Protection Professional with the American Society of Industrial Security, and a member of their School Safety and Security Council.  Tom is a past President of the Campus Security Directors Association of the Delaware Valley, and still serves on the Board.


Gary Margolis, Ed.D. Founder, President and CEO
Social Sentinel, Inc

Dr. Gary J. Margolis is the President & CEO of Social Sentinel, Inc. and co-founded Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC. He has more than 20 years of distinguished experience in law enforcement and public safety, and over a decade in higher education safety and security. Under his leadership as Chief of Police at the University of Vermont (1998 – 2009), UVM Police Services became a three-time internationally accredited police agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In addition, he has served as a police executive, police academy administrator, police officer and deputy sheriff.

A highly-respected and sought after consultant, speaker, educator, and trainer, Dr. Margolis’ areas of expertise include crises response and communications; security technology application; emergency response and recovery planning; and preventing sexual and gender violence. He is called upon by the US Departments of Justice, Education and Homeland Security as a campus security expert and has testified before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Shortly after the 9/11 tragedies, Dr. Margolis was appointed by former Vermont Governor James Douglas to serve on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

Dr. Margolis traveled to Israel as an invited guest of the Israeli Government and Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) to study terrorism and share his expertise with the Israel National Police and Israel Defense Forces. He has led or been involved in several national and international initiatives for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Dr. Margolis is on the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and is a Past General Chair of the University & College Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the oldest and largest police association in the world. He is a former member of the association’s executive committee, and a founding faculty member of the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women sponsored by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Dr. Margolis has been a featured presenter for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA); the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO); the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS); The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA); and the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA). His work has been featured in American Council of Education (ACE), Police Chief magazine, the Campus Law Enforcement Journal magazine, and Campus Safety Magazine.  He has appeared in the New York Times and various nationally recognized media outlets, including National Public Radio.

Dr. Margolis held a Research Associate Professor appointment in the University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services, and an adjunct professor at Norwich University for many years. He has taught leadership and policy studies for masters and doctoral students in UVM’s Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program, and organizational development and policy administration for master’s students in Norwich University’s Masters of Justice Administration program.

Dr. Margolis has a Masters Degree in Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont. He is a graduate of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program.


Steven J McDonald, J.D. General Counsel
Rhode Island School of Design

Steven J. McDonald has served as general counsel of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) since 2002. In that role, he is the college’s primary legal counsel and manages its legal affairs, providing legal services to trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, student leaders, and affiliated entities in connection with their activities on behalf of the institution.

For the decade before he came to RISD, Steve served as associate legal counsel at The Ohio State University. He began his legal career at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where among other things he successfully represented CompuServe in Cubby v. CompuServe, the first online libel case. He also taught at Ohio State’s College of Law and at Capital University Law School.

An active participant in the higher education legal community, Steve is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), the editor of the NACUA publication The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Compendium, one of the developers of its NACUANOTES legal information service, and a regular leader or member of its committees.

Steve also presents and writes frequently on issues of higher education law. He has spoken at ACE, AGB, CUPA-HR, EDUCAUSE, IAPP, ICPL, NACUA, NACUBO, NASAD, NASPA, NERCOMP, URMIA, and United Educators programs, among others, as well as at the Stetson, University of Vermont, and Valencia higher education legal issues conferences. In addition, his articles have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and other publications. He served on the legal advisory boards for the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. At RISD, he often lectures on intellectual property law and artistic freedom.

In 2007, NACUA named Steve a Fellow in recognition of his “extensive scholarship in higher education law over an extended period of time.” In 2016, NACUA granted him its Distinguished Service Award for “extraordinary service both to NACUA and to institutions of higher learning over an extended period of time.”

Steve received his AB in political science from Duke University and his JD from the Yale Law School. In State, ex rel. Thomas v. The Ohio State University, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that he really is a lawyer


Marla N. Presley, J.D. Principal and Litigation Manager
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Marla is a Principal and the Litigation Manager of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Presley practices exclusively in the area of employment litigation, with a focus on issues affecting institutions of higher education. Her practice includes representation of employers in single-plaintiff litigation arising under Title VII, the ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, Title IX, and comparable state laws. She also has substantial experience defending employers in class and collective action disputes, including wage and hour litigation involving claims of allegedly unpaid rest and/or meal periods; unpaid overtime; and/or exempt status misclassification.

Ms. Presley frequently presents to colleges and universities on academic freedom, policies and procedures, and wage and hour issues affecting faculty and staff. She is admitted to practice before the state and appellate courts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Northern District of West Virginia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ms. Presley is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and American Bar Associations. Ms. Presley is a Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association and a past council member of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She is a member of the ACBA’s Gender Equality Committee, Labor and Employment Section Council, and the Women in the Law Division Council. Ms. Presley actively volunteers with Neighborhood Legal Services handling Protection from Abuse hearings. She is an adjunct professor of Legal Research and Writing at Duquesne University School of Law, which has been recognized as one of the preeminent Legal Writing programs in the country.

In 2015, Ms. Presley was named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by the Legal Intelligencer, and since 2010, Ms. Presley has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Philadelphia Magazine. She was also inducted as a Young Lawyer Fellow by the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and Young Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Ms. Presley was the recipient of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s 2012 Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award. Ms. Presley is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell. Ms. Presley received her B.A. from the University of Mount Union and her J.D.from Duquesne University School of Law where she was a member of the Louis L. Manderino Honor Society and the recipient of the Lynette Norton Award for Excellence in trial advocacy.


Joshua W. B. Richards, J.D. Partner
Saul Ewing LLP 

Josh Richards focuses his practice on commercial and appellate litigation with a particular emphasis on matters involving higher education. Josh advises educational institutions in matters of litigation, compliance, and/or government investigations involving Title IX and other federal statutes, employment disputes, student conduct matters, faculty relations, board governance, minors on campus, and civil tort claims, including student death and abuse matters. Josh regularly conducts on-site training sessions for higher education clients regarding compliance with civil rights statutes and the Clery Act, and also advises them on policy matters.

In addition to his work representing clients in a variety of commercial disputes, Josh has also litigated a number of appellate matters, including cases before the Second, Third, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and Pennsylvania’s appellate courts.


Gina Smith, J.D. Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP 

Gina Maisto Smith is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, based in Philadelphia.  Ms. Smith is a member of Pepper’s Education Counseling, Litigation and Investigation Services and White Collar Litigation and Investigations Groups. Ms. Smith developed and leads a national practice dedicated to the institutional response to all aspects of sexual misconduct matters. Ms. Smith assists hundreds of colleges and universities and other educational institutions in developing informed, coordinated and integrated responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and interpersonal violence and child abuse.

Ms. Smith spent nearly two decades in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she developed unmatched experience in the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and homicide. Her 30 years of experience in investigating sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence provides an unparalleled understanding of both the regulatory and legal landscape, and the dynamics of sexual and interpersonal violence and its impact on individuals and communities. Ms. Smith leverages this depth of knowledge to understand the unique culture, climate, history, resources, and personnel of each client in order to develop tailored and effective assessments and recommendations.

Ms. Smith conducts audits to inform the development of policies, procedures and practices; provides legal advice regarding the integration of Title IX, Clery and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013; assists boards of governors and institutional leaders in understanding and assessing the complex regulatory and psychological issues attendant to the effective response to sexual and gender-based harassment and interpersonal violence; and represents institutions in responding to Office for Civil Rights investigations.

Further Ms. Smith conducts training for multiple university constituencies and helps institutions integrate the requirements of all federal, state and local regulations with policies and procedures to provide trauma-informed and effective practices. She also conducts internal investigations, interfaces with law enforcement, assists in the design and implementation of disciplinary proceedings, and provides advice about the interplay between education law and criminal process. She has led numerous highly complex investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct in higher education, K-12, and religious institutions.

Ms. Smith is recognized as a thought leader in developing solutions to the complex societal issue of sexual and gender based violence response. She advises state and federal government officials and is a frequent national speaker about effective institutional responses to all forms of interpersonal violence. Ms. Smith served as an expert on the education, prevention and training subcommittee of the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and participated in the development of AGB Advisory Statement on Sexual Misconduct. She is an advisor to the ALI Project on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus: Procedural Frameworks and Analysis and a faculty member for Futures Without Violence National Campus Leadership Institute. Ms. Smith has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.  Ms. Smith serves on the board of directors of The University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research and The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 1987) and Saint Joseph’s University (B.A. 1983).


Angelo A. Stio III, J.D. Partner
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Angelo A. Stio III is a partner in the firm’s Education Risk Counseling, Investigations and Litigation Services Team, resident in the firm’s New York and New Jersey offices. Mr. Stio is an experienced trial attorney who has represented educational institutions in litigations involving board governance, fiduciary duty matters, wrongful death, Title IX, charitable trusts, endowment management, and the First Amendment. Mr. Stio also regularly counsels educational institutions on board governance, student code of conduct issues, and faculty discipline and tenure matters.  Mr. Stio is a former University administrator having served as a development officer, prior to attending law school, and is well versed in the challenges that Colleges and Universities face on a daily basis.


Joseph Storch, M.P.P., J.D. Associate Counsel, Chair
SUNY Office of General Counsel, Student Affairs Practice Group

Joseph Storch is an Associate Counsel in the SUNY Office of General Counsel and Chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group.  He concentrates his practice on student affairs, intellectual property, and campus safety. Joe has provided technical guidance to several higher education institutions and organizations on the Clery Act and Title IX and served as an expert adviser to the VAWA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Counting Clery Crimes. He regularly advises legislators and staff at the federal and state level on best practices in drafting and analyzing pending domestic and international campus violence prevention legislation and provided expert testimony to the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the topic of campus safety.

Joe co-coordinated SUNY’s 2014 University-wide sexual violence prevention policies with the New York State Governor’s Office and stakeholders from inside and outside the SUNY system. The resulting policies were lauded by advocates, institutional professionals, media commentators and members of the U.S. Senate, House and New York’s State legislature.  In 2014, Joe received the Commissioner’s Award from the State University Police for contributions to safety on campus. In 2015, he served as a technical adviser to the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, developing comprehensive legislation that was enacted in July 2015 as 129-B of the Education Law (also called “Enough is Enough”).

Joe has trained thousands of higher education professionals on compliance with the Clery Act, Title IX, and related obligations, having presented in nearly half of U.S. states and moderates a well-regarded webinar series on preventing and responding to violence on college campuses. In 2015, the National Association of College & University Attorneys (NACUA) awarded him its First Decade Award.

Joe graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Oswego where he served as Vice President of the Student Association, from the University at Albany with a Masters of Public Policy, and from Cornell Law School where he served as Moot Court Board Chancellor.  After graduating, he clerked for the New York State Appellate Division, 3rd Department.

He is the author of more than three-dozen articles and book chapters, most centering around campus safety or copyright law, including the chapter on police and security for the ABA volume Town Gown Relationships and articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, the N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law, the Albany Times Union, the Orlando Sentinel, the Albany Law Review, the Medical Trial Techniques Quarterly, and Court Review: the Journal of the American Judges Association.  He is author or co-author of several peer-reviewed Notes and White Papers published by NACUA and URMIA (the University Risk Management and Insurance Association) and co-authored a book review of Jon Krakauer’s book Missoula in the Journal of College and University Law. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, N.P.R., Politico, Daily News, N.Y. Post, Associated Press, P.R. Week, Yahoo! News, W.P.I.X. New York, BronxNet TV, Slate/Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other media sources. Links to the publications referenced above can be found on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/JosephCStorch).