Welcome to The NCHERM Group, LLC

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Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.
President & CEO
W. Scott Lewis, J.D.
Partner
Saundra K. Schuster, J.D.
Partner
Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D
Managing Partner

The NCHERM Group is the umbrella for eight linked organizations which serve to advance holistic, proactive prevention and risk management within K-12 schools and on college and university campuses. The NCHERM Group is both a law and consulting practice that has served the education field for more than 15 years. As a law firm, The NCHERM Group represents more than 50 colleges and universities as outside counsel, making it one of the largest higher education-specific law practices in the country. As a consulting group, The NCHERM Group’s twenty-four consultants have provided services to more than 3,000 clients, giving it unparalleled reach and impact on the field. The NCHERM Way has become the risk management touchstone for schools, colleges and universities across the country. We invite you to learn more about The NCHERM Way by exploring our mission & story and our site.

      • Risk Management Consultation and Expertise
      • Investigations, Compliance Audits and Assessments
      • Legal Representation and Retainers
      • Expert Witness and Litigation Services
      • Model Policies, Procedures and Publications
      • Training, Prevention and Professional Development

EXPERTISE

The NCHERM Group offers expertise for high-risk campus health and safety issues such as:

  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Investigations
  • Problem Drinking
  • Conduct Training
  • Student Org. Risk Management
  • Psychological Distress
  • Student Suicide
  • Disruptive Students
  • Policy/Program Review
  • Culture Change Initiatives
  • Conduct Code Development
  • Campus Safety
  • Title IX, ADA and FERPA
  • Hazing
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Red Flags Rule
  • Classroom Management
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Clery Act Compliance
  • Strategic Prevention
  • Threat Assessment
  • Litigation Management
  • First Amendment
  • …and more

The NCHERM Group/ATIXA One Policy, One Process Model

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The NCHERM Group/ATIXA Model Policy and Procedure for Civil Rights Equity Grievance Resolution for all Faculty, Students and Employees

The NCHERM Group and ATIXA have developed an approach called the One Policy, One Process Model permitting all discrimination complaints (age, race, sex, gender, nationality, etc.) to be resolved using one institution-wide policy, and one stand-alone resolution process, applied to all complaints involving faculty, students and staff. Visit our website to learn more.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Extended by Popular Demand: Special Flat-Fee Pricing for “Final Eyes” Service: Off-Site Investigation Review

You’ve come to the end of the investigation, hearing or appeal on a sexual misconduct complaint, and you want to be sure you’ve got it right. That’s what the experts at The NCHERM Group are here for.  You’ll have the confidence that one of the nation’s foremost experts on Title IX has laid final eyes on your findings, sanctions and/or remedies, and thinks you are on the right track.  Final Eyes guarantees that an NCHERM Group partner will review your decision by phone and/or email, and let you know how they see it.  Final Eyes is the reassurance you need in a time when there is zero margin for error on campus sexual misconduct cases. This service is usually billed hourly.  But from now until September 30th, you can subscribe to Final Eyes for a flat fee of $5,000 for the entire year, with no limit on how often it can be used.

To access Final Eyes on demand for your campus, click here.

Announcing NCHERM Resolution Services: The NCHERM Group to Indemnify Colleges on Sexual Misconduct Claims

It is clear from recent press accounts that higher education is at a crisis point with sexual misconduct cases.  Administrators report that they are drowning in caseloads.  Students and alumni continue to express dissatisfaction in a variety of ways.  The hearing process is under attack from those who think that campus panels are poorly trained and simply not up to the task of addressing sexual misconduct. The issue of campus sexual misconduct appears to have become a pressure cooker that is about to explode.  More and more campuses have realized that what they are doing isn’t working and they are turning to the NCHERM Group for help.

In response, the NCHERM Group recently announced its new Resolution Services, allowing campuses to put difficult sexual misconduct cases into the hands of objective, trained and respected experts.  NCHERM Group President, Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., stated that he is confident in the ability of his team to resolve the toughest cases, and he’s willing to indemnify those campuses that entrust their sexual misconduct complaints to his firm.

“An Open Letter to Higher Education about Sexual Violence,” from Brett A. Sokolow, Esq. and The NCHERM Group Partners

Click here to read this important resource.

THE NCHERM GROUP NAMES DANIEL C. SWINTON, J.D., ED.D. MANAGING PARTNER

It is with great pleasure that The NCHERM Group announce the appointment of Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D. as its Managing Partner, effective June 1, 2014. Naming Swinton to Partner serves to recognize his continued leadership of The NCHERM Group as an attorney, trainer, consultant, and vision leader with overall firm management responsibilities.  For the past two years, Swinton has ably served The NCHERM Group as Senior Executive Vice President and as Associate Executive Director of ATIXA. Swinton becomes the fourth partner in The NCHERM Group, joining founder Brett A. Sokolow and long-time partners W. Scott Lewis and Saundra K. Schuster, recognized leaders in the field of higher education risk management. Click here to read the official press release.

THE NCHERM GROUP CO-SPONSORS RAPID RESPONSE WEBINAR WITH ATIXA

The Department of Education has issued answers to 52 Frequently Asked Questions about the April 4, 2011 Title IX Dear Colleague Letter.  These FAQ’s supplement the “Dear Colleague Letter” as significant guidance documents.  Join experts from The NCHERM Group and ATIXA for upcoming rapid response webinars as they analyze the FAQs, share their opinions, and discuss the implications of OCR’s answers. For registration information and to learn more, click here.

NaBITA RELEASES 2014 WHITEPAPER

Click here to read the 2014 whitepaper, Threat Assessment in the Campus Setting. Click here to read the official press release.

ATIXA LEADERSHIP INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE

On March 17, the ATIXA Leadership met with officials from the Office of the Vice President and the Office of Violence Against Women. Click here to read our takeaways from the visit. Click here for the official press release.

STATE OF THE ORGANIZATION INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT & CEO, BRETT A. SOKOLOW, ESQ.

Recently, Student Affairs eNews sat down with our publisher, Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., President and CEO of The NCHERM Group, LLC, for an update on his plans for 2014. Read about what the new year holds in store for The NCHERM Group, changes that impact the field, legal trends and more.

ANNOUNCING THE 2014 WHITEPAPER: EQUITY IS SUCH A LONELY WORD

Co-published by The NCHERM Group and ATIXA, this Whitepaper will be a practical guide to realizing full equity. We may give lip service on our campuses to being communities of inclusion, diversity and social justice, but without real equity, we don’t walk our talk.

INTRODUCING NCHERM-I, EXTERNAL INVESTIGATION SUPPORT SERVICES FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

We have five different investigation services to meet your needs, and can handle investigations of all sizes and complexity with the highest level of expedience, professionalism and organization. When you need investigation support, get it from those who wrote the book (literally). NCHERM-i is a trusted “go-to” firm for the sensitive external investigation needs of colleges and universities across the United States. We can deploy more than twenty trained and experienced attorney investigators at a moment’s notice to unravel what really happened, identify any gaps that led to crisis, and point the path forward to prevent reoccurrence. We provide the highest standards of ethics and integrity, and our clients trust us time and again with their most sensitive investigation needs.

Announcing Online Training from The NCHERM Group: CONTINUING CERTIFICATION CREDIT (CCC) PROGRAM

Have you been certified as a Title IX Coordinator or investigator by ATIXA?  Has your BIT been certified by NaBITA?  Are you considering obtaining these certifications?  Do you benefit from ongoing professional development from The NCHERM Group?

If so, the CCC program is for you.  The NCHERM Group has heard your requests to update and renew your certifications online, and is excited to announce a new online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program.

INTERESTED IN HOSTING AN ON-CAMPUS TRAINING?

Need to get certified but missed us in New Orleans and Phoenix? Host an ATIXA Title IX Certification Course for your staff!

Our Title IX Coordinator and Investigator Certification Courses have quickly become the industry standard in training and instruction. Invite our experts to campus to conduct a certification training and avoid the expense and hassle of traveling to a training location. Ensure your entire staff is educated and certified in Title IX basics by opening the training to an unlimited number of attendees at your institution! Contact Alisha DiGiandomenico, Assistant Vice President for Client Relations, at 610-644-3387.

RETAINER PROGRAM UPDATE

The NCHERM Group’s retainer program continues to expand through strong renewals this year and the addition of new campuses that have retained The NCHERM Group as Special Counsel. This year, The NCHERM Group welcomes Purdue University, St. Mary’s University (TX), The University of Redlands, Whitman College, six campuses of the Concordia University System, Lander University, Texas Woman’s University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine  which join more than 30 campuses already represented by The NCHERM Group in what is one of the largest higher-education specific law practices in the country. By using our flat-fee retainer program, these schools are able to take advantage of The NCHERM Group’s expertise, insight and guidance whenever they need it. They are also able to take advantage of on-site campus visits and consultations with The NCHERM Group’s attorneys and experts, and discounts for NCHERM Group events and affiliated association trainings, events and webinars.

Please contact The NCHERM Group for further details and options for your campus.

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