Kathleen C. Boone, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer
Boone is associate vice president for academic affairs at Daemen
College, Amherst, N.Y., a private liberal arts institution near Buffalo
with approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students.
She has been associate chief academic officer of Daemen since 1994,
with responsibilities including oversight of academic support services,
accreditation and new program development. She also serves as
institutional compliance officer for all federal and state statutes
concerning nondiscrimination, including Title IX and 504/ADA. She chairs
the college’s Equity and Diversity Initiatives Council.
Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
She has provided faculty-staff development workshops and trainings on
sexual harassment prevention, accommodation of students with
disabilities, and best practices in search, hiring and personnel
evaluation. Her areas of particular interest and expertise include
mediating student-faculty conflict, conducting investigations, and
working with students with behavioral concerns, including students on
the autism spectrum and those with mental health diagnoses
.Prior to his reporting and editing work in behavioral healthcare, he was a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in South Florida and for City & State, a state and local government trade publication produced by Crain Communications.
Michele Graham Bradford, J.D.
Director of Legal Affairs
Gadsden State Community College
Bradford is director of legal affairs at Gadsden State Community College. She earned a bachelor of
science degree from Livingston University (University of West Alabama)
and a juris doctor from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.
Bradford has more than 20 years of experience in risk management,
including sexual harassment, employment discrimination, ADA, human
resources and student affairs. She also served a three-year term as a
municipal court judge for the city of Gadsden, Ala. Bradford is a member
of the Alabama State Bar, the National Association of College and
University Attorneys — where she serves on the Continuing Legal
Education Committee and the editorial board for the Journal of College
and University Law — and the National Association for Diversity Officers
in Higher Education
.Sarah has a diverse professional background, including freelance reporting for professional and trade publications; food and travel writing; and recruitment advertising for a number of biotechnology firms. She launched a non-profit project in San Francisco that brought volunteer writers into Bay Area nursing homes to record and write the residents’ memoirs. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies.
Pamela W. Connelly, J.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion
University of Pittsburgh
Pamela W. Connelly is associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that, she was associate general counsel at the University of Pittsburgh since 2002.
Previously, for more than a decade, Pamela represented the University of Pittsburgh in all aspects of litigation and agency proceedings, including employment, student and contract-related litigation. She also worked with and managed outside counsel in select cases assigned to outside law firms.
Pamela received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Honors College at The Pennsylvania State University and graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state of West Virginia. She's also a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of College and University Law, and is an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Darron C. Farha, M.B.A., J.D.
Vice President and General Counsel
Darron C. Farha
is vice president at Valparaiso University and its first general
counsel. Prior to joining Valpo in 2009, he was general counsel for
Pittsburg State University and an associate attorney with the Wheeler
& Mitchelson law firm in Pittsburg, Kan. His areas of practice were
in commercial law, civil litigation, corporate law, employment law,
taxation and real estate. Farha is licensed to practice law in Indiana
and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana. He is a
member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Porter County Bar
Association, and the National Association of College and University
Attorneys. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree from
Pittsburg State University, a master of business administration degree
from Washburn University, and a juris doctor from the University of
Laverne Lewis Gaskins, J.D.
Senior Legal Advisor
Georgia Regents University
Laverne Lewis Gaskins is the senior legal advisor for Georgia Regents University. Previously, she served as the university attorney for Valdosta State University. Before specializing in education law, Laverne was in private practice for several years.
She serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of College and University Law,
and she is a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Georgia
Bar Foundation. She is also a member of the Valdosta Rotary and Florida
State University’s College of Law Alumni Board. She is a former
president of the AAUW’s Valdosta Branch and a former member of the State
Bar of Georgia’s Board of Governors.
Laverne holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master of education from
Valdosta State University. She received a juris doctor degree from
Florida State University’s College of Law. She is a member of the
Georgia Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the Valdosta
Laverne has authored several articles for national and state publications and is a 2009 recipient of the State Bar of Georgia’s Justice Brenham’s Award for Community Service. In
2008, she was elected to serve as a Delegate to the National Democratic
Convention and currently serves as Deputy General Counsel and Secretary
of the Democratic Party of Georgia.
As a 2010 recipient of a Fulbright grant, Laverne traveled to
Hungary to present a series of lectures on the intersection of race,
gender and the law.
William F. Maderer, Esq.
Saiber LLC, of Florham Park and Newark, New Jersey
Bill Maderer is
Managing Partner of Saiber LLC of Florham Park and Newark, New Jersey.
He specializes in higher education law, employment and complex business
litigation, corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense.
Before entering private practice, Bill was an Assistant U.S. Attorney
and Chief of the Special Prosecution Division, U.S. Attorneys Office,
District of New Jersey.
Bill has successfully tried employment, business and criminal cases
to verdict in both federal and state courts, including cases involving
higher education employee and student claims. He has also been retained
by universities to conduct independent investigations relating to
employee misconduct and compliance issues. Bill is listed in The Best
Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for
In October 2012, Bill moderated the NJ State Bar Association’s Higher
Education Committee Conference on "Lessons Learned from Penn State: A
Comprehensive Review of University Practices and Responsibilities in the
Aftermath of the Sandusky Sex Abuse Scandal." He has spoken on a
variety of other panels and has authored articles on higher education
and trial practice. Bill is an affiliate member of NACUA.
Kimberly A. McCabe, Ph.D.
Professor of Criminology
Lynchburg College, Virginia
McCabe is professor of criminology at Lynchburg College in Virginia.
Kimberly has published numerous articles and four books: Child Abuse and the Criminal Justice System (2003), School Violence, the Media, and Criminal Justice Responses (2005), The Trafficking of Persons. National and International Responses (2008), and Sex Trafficking: A Global Perspective (2010).
She is a consultant to federal, state and local agencies regarding
criminal justice and public safety programs, strategic planning,
recruitment and problem-solving plus lectures on victimization and
management strategies in higher education.
Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University. She earned a master’s in criminal justice and a
doctorate in sociology from the University of South Carolina.
Timothy O'Brien, Esq.
O’Brien Sports Group and Libby O'Brien Kingsley & Champion
O'Brien, Esq., is a partner in O'Brien Sports Group. He is also a partner
with the law firm of Libby O'Brien Kingsley & Champion, where his
primary practice areas include Sports Law and Labor/Employment Law.
His expertise in Sports Law includes advising college and university
athletics departments across the country on legal issues ranging from
Title IX to drug testing. As a trial attorney, Tim has also worked with a
number of universities on Title IX litigation matters.
Tim has been active nationally in sports law matters with the American
Bar Association’s Sports Law Committee and as co-author of a monthly
column in College Athletics and the Law.
He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the New England
School of Law. Tim has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in
America (2006–2009) and was distinguished by his peers as a "New England
Michael Porter, Esq.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Oregon
is a partner at the Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP law firm in Oregon. He
practices employment law, labor relations and education law. Since
2000, Porter has worked with public and private employers in all areas
of labor and employment law.
Porter regularly defends wage-and-hour class actions, employment
discrimination claims, and constitutional claims asserted against public
entities. He represents employers dealing with traditional labor
issues, ranging from negotiating with unions, arbitrating grievances,
and in matters involving the National Labor Relations Act and the Oregon
Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act.
Porter’s practice also focuses on serving public school districts,
private schools and higher education institutions on issues involving
student affairs, employment, including tenure issues, student rights and
discipline, education programs, and federal and state regulatory
Kevin B. Scott, Esq.
Fox Rothschild LLP
Kevin is a
partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, a Philadelphia based law firm. His
practice involves the general representation of nonprofit organizations,
municipal finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Kevin represents
underwriters and other participants in tax-exempt financing with an
emphasis on higher education and health care. He has
significant experience assisting colleges and universities — as well as
other nonprofit organizations — in all phases of their operations,
including corporate compliance, charitable giving and finance.
Kevin is the chair of his firm’s Public Finance Group. He
is a member of the National Association of Bonds Lawyers, the National
Association of College and University Attorneys, and the Pennsylvania
Association of Bond Lawyers.