Saundra Schuster, J.D.


About Saundra Schuster 

Saunie Schuster is a Partner with The NCHERM Group, a national risk management legal consulting firm.  Ms. Schuster is a recognized expert in preventive and civil rights law for education, notably in the fields of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct and violence, ADA and disability issues.  Ms. Schuster has extensive experience and expertise in, and routinely advises clients on, the First Amendment and campus access issues; risk management and liability; behavior intervention and threat assessment; student discipline and campus conduct; intellectual property and employment issues.  Ms. Schuster provides assistance nationally to both public and private educational entities in policy development, faculty handbooks and employee manuals, and training for state and federal compliance.  She has provided extensive consultation to and training for the U.S. Justice Department, Office of Violence Against Women, the White House Task Force on Sexual Assault and the Futures Without Violence organization.  She also provides litigation consultation, expert witness support, and conducts civil rights-based investigation for educational institutions.  She provided contraceptive support and rape crisis counseling and served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Butler County.

Prior to joining The NCHERM Group in 2009, Ms. Schuster’s higher education legal experience included serving as the General Counsel for Sinclair Community College; as Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio, representing public colleges and universities; and as the Associate General Counsel for the University of Toledo.   In addition to her legal work in higher education, Ms. Schuster has over twenty-five years experience in college administration and teaching, including serving as the Associate Dean of Students at The Ohio State University, Director of the Office of Learning Assistance at Miami University and as Assistant Dean at Western College.  She also served as a faculty member at The Ohio State University, Miami University, and Columbus State Community College.

Ms. Schuster is an author and editor of many publications, including co-author of The First Amendment:  A Guide for College Administrators, and contributing author to Campus Conduct Practice and The Book on BIT:  Forming and Operating Effective Behavioral Intervention Teams of College Campuses, and many published articles and whitepapers.  Ms. Schuster is a founding member and former President of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA, formerly ASJA), and a co-founder and advisory board member of the Association of Title IX Administrators (  She is a Past-President and current Board Member of NABITA (the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association).  She was a longtime member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Ms. Schuster holds Master’s degrees in counseling and higher education administration from Miami University, and completed her coursework for her Ph.D. in Organizational Development at The Ohio State University.  She was awarded her juris doctorate degree from the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University.  Ms. Schuster is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

For more information on bringing Saunie to your campus, contact Kate Halligan, Executive Vice President for Client Relations at 610-579-3725.

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