Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.
President & CEO
Brett Sokolow is the President & CEO of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (The NCHERM Group), a national multidisciplinary risk management consulting firm. The NCHERM Group has consulted with over 2,200 colleges, universities, schools and military institutions in the US and Canada. In addition, Sokolow has provided strategic prevention programs to students at more than 2,000 college and university campuses.
He is an expert in preventive law and risk management. He has fourteen years of experience helping clients to enhance the safety and security of their communities by strategically addressing high-risk health and safety issues.
The NCHERM Group serves or has served as outside counsel/advisor to the following colleges and universities:
* Current relationships. Our full client list is posted on our Clients page.
Mr. Sokolow is a risk management consultant, author, editor, and higher education attorney admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from the College of William and Mary (1993), and a Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law (1997). Mr. Sokolow founded NCHERM in 2000. The NCHERM Group provides specialized consulting, seminars, training and publications on:
- Sexual Misconduct
- Internal Investigations
- Conduct Training
- Psychological Distress
- Disruptive Students
- Culture Change Initiatives
- Campus Safety
- Sexual Harassment
- Problem Drinking
- Drug Abuse
- Student Organization Risk Management
- Student Suicide
- Behavioral Intervention
- Campus Mental Health
- The Clery Act
- Title IX
- Threat Assessment
- Civil Rights
- Free Speech
- Negligence and Liability
- Strategic Prevention
Through The NCHERM Group, Mr. Sokolow has published twelve books and more than 50 articles on student affairs, campus safety, liability and risk management topics, including several peer-reviewed journal articles. He is a regular blogger on the NCHERM RiskMaBlog. He provides expert witness services, and lobbying efforts for campus crime and sexual assault-related legislation. He is a frequent keynote and featured presenter at regional and national conferences.
Mr. Sokolow holds memberships to the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the Association for Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA, formerly ASJA), the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA), the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (IACLEA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA, where he serves on the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues and served from 2006-2007 as Vice President for Education of the Commission for Campus Judicial Affairs and Legal Issues), the Association of College and University Housing Officers- International (ACUHO-I), the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and the Council on Law in Higher Education (CLHE), where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
He serves on the Advisory Board of SCOPE, the School and College Organization for Prevention Eduators. He is Editor Emeritus of the Report on Campus Safety and Student Development published by the Civic Research Institute. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the College and University Legal Advisor, also published by the Civic Research Institute. He served as Legal Issues Editor of the CLHE Student Affairs Law & Policy Weekly and was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The NCHERM Chronicle of Campus Conduct, which is now out-of-print.
Under Sokolow’s stewardship, The NCHERM Group has grown from a two-person organization to its current roster of twenty-four consultants, five executive staff, and five office staff.
In addition to his activities for The NCHERM Group, Sokolow also serves as Executive Director of NaBITA, the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association and ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators. Sokolow helped to found both associations.