Meet the Experts

Aileen Gelpi, Esq.

Aileen Gelpi has been practicing law since 2008. She has acted as Legal Editor to many educational publications in the past and is now Co-Editor of Campus Legal Advisor and Editor of the The FERPA Answer Book for Higher Education Professionals and The FERPA Bulletin. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Aileen has a bachelor of arts from the U.P.R., and a M.A. from New York University, where she also engaged in doctoral studies.
She is admitted to practice in Florida and Puerto Rico, and the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.
Claudine McCarthy

Claudine McCarthy brings more than two decades of extensive and varied experience in journalism and publishing to Campus Legal Advisor.

Claudine has had frequent articles published in many national and regional publications. She’s written booklets for the International Newspaper Marketing Association and brochures for advertising agencies. She’s edited everything from e-books to graduate-level textbooks for major publishing houses and individual authors. Claudine also worked as corporate communications manager for a major home builder.

 She has also spent several years serving as Editor of both Student Affairs Today and College Athletics and the Law, two other higher ed publications published by Jossey/Bass, A Wiley Brand.

Claudine keeps up with the ever-changing world of higher education by staying in close contact with her Advisory Board members and other legal experts on various hot topics and by attending professional conferences. She consistently provides readers with timely and practical advice, best practices and proven strategies.

 As Editor of Student Affairs Today, Claudine received corporate Outstanding Achievement and Editorial Honor Roll Awards. And she received the APEX award for Best Writing Series in 2013 and for Best Individual Profile in 2011, plus awards from The Newsletter on Newsletters’ national competition in 2010 and 2011. 

Claudine holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Media from Douglass College at Rutgers University.

Advisory Panel

Kathleen C. Boone, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer
Daemen College

Kathleen C. 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

Michele Graham 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
Valparaiso University

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 Kansas.
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 Bar Association. 

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.
Managing Partner
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 Business.

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

Kimberly A. 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

Timothy J. 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 Super Lawyer."
Michael Porter, Esq.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Oregon

Michael Porter 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 compliance.

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.

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