What AG Staff Need To Know

Sexual and Interpersonal Violence on College Campuses: What Attorney General Staff Need to Know

December 7-8, 2017

SUNY Global Center
1116 E 55th St.
New York, NY 10022

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The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute and the State University of New York present a comprehensive two-day training on Sexual and Interpersonal Violence on College Campuses: What Attorney General Staff Need to Know in New York City this December. Please find event and nomination details below. There is a brief nomination period and a limited number of scholarships available for this training.

If you or anyone in your office has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Molly Flanagan at mflanagan@naag.org.

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Keynote Address

Please join us for Catherine Lhamon’s Keynote address
to SUNY and the National Association of Attorneys General.

Thursday, December 7, 11:00 AM (Please arrive by 10:30 for seating)
Central Synagogue (next to the SUNY Global Center)
652 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

Attendance is free, but registration is required in advance.

Register for your free ticket.

Speakers (alphabetical)

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Chantelle Cleary

Assistant Vice President for Equity and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
University at Albany

Chantelle Cleary is the Assistant Vice President for Equity and Compliance and the Title IX Coordinator at the University at Albany. In this role, Chantelle is responsible for overseeing the university’s responses to unlawful discrimination, including sexual violence. This includes coordinating sexual violence prevention and education programs as well as conducting prompt, equitable, and thorough investigations into allegations of unlawful discrimination and sexual violence occurring within the campus community. Chantelle also serves as a faculty member for the National Center for Campus Public Safety’s trauma informed sexual violence investigation and adjudication institutes. In that role Chantelle travels to institutions throughout the United States to teach higher education professionals how to conduct sexual violence investigations in accordance with best practices.

Prior to joining the University at Albany in January of 2015, Chantelle spent a decade as an Assistant District Attorney assigned exclusively to the prosecution of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and crimes against children. In that role, Chantelle was able to develop expertise in conducting thorough and trauma informed sexual violence investigations. Chantelle received her B.A. from Binghamton University and her J.D. from Albany Law School.

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Marc Cohen

SUNY Student Assembly

Marc Cohen was elected President of the Student Assembly in April 2016 and took office as President and Trustee on June 1, 2016. In April of 2017 he was elected for a second term to end May 31, 2018. He recently graduated summa cum laude from the University at Albany with a BA in Political Science, and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Rockefeller College. In addition to his service on the SUNY Board, Marc is a Trustee of the state’s Higher Education Services Corporation and an ex-officio member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.

Marc previously served the Student Assembly as Chief of Staff to President Thomas Mastro, acting as his principal advisor on internal and external affairs. He also held responsibility for overseeing the Cabinet and serving as a liaison to various external organizations on behalf of the President.

Marc was first involved with the Student Assembly as a Representative of undergraduate students at Doctoral Granting Institutions throughout the SUNY system, before spending one year as Senior Director of External Relations and then being appointed Chief of Staff. At the University at Albany, Marc served the Student Association for each of his four undergraduate years, as a Senator, Director of Legislative Affairs, and Chief of Staff before being elected Vice President for his junior year. In his final year Marc served as Counselor to the President and as the student representative on the University Council.

Marc has been involved with numerous governing organizations, including holding board and committee seats on the University Auxiliary Services Board of Directors, University Senate, Purple and Gold Ambassadors, and the Rockefeller College Dean’s Leadership Council. Marc is a former intern of both Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and former Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, and previously served the College Democrats of America as the National Deputy Director of Development and Advisor to the President.

Marc grew up in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo. He graduated in 2012 from Williamsville East High School.

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Elizabeth Cronin

New York State Office of Victim Services

Elizabeth Cronin is Director of the New York State Office of Victim Services. She was appointed in 2013 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Previously, Ms. Cronin was the Director of the Office of Legal Affairs for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In that capacity, she was responsible for the operation of the Staff Attorney’s Office and Office of Staff Counsel (Circuit Mediation) and overseeing all of the legal work produced by the Office. Her duties included supervising staff, recruitment, training, budget, handling attorney and judicial misconduct cases, and overseeing the Pro Bono Panel, among other duties. In addition, Ms. Cronin is a published author and frequent public speaker on legal and administrative topics, including prosecuting domestic violence cases, immigration law, and evidence, among others. She served on a number of advisory groups including for the Administrative Office for the U.S. Courts. She is a past president of the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys.

Ms. Cronin was an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department at Pace University and taught classes to graduate and undergraduate students in the subjects of domestic violence, criminal justice, criminal law and law enforcement ethics. She also holds two certifications in coaching.

Prior to joining the Second Circuit, Ms. Cronin served as an Assistant District Attorney and Deputy Bureau Chief, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office where she specialized in the prosecution of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sex crimes. She tried all levels of felonies and worked closely with crime victims. Her experience included handling homicide, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, child abuse, physical assault, computer crimes, and others. She lectured and consulted extensively including with Victims Assistance Service, domestic violence shelters, hospitals, the police academy, and Lehman College among others. She also worked on developing grant proposals and assisted in drafting legislation. Ms. Cronin served as a law clerk after law school in the Connecticut courts and was an associate attorney for a Connecticut firm before joining the D.A.’s Office and finding her passion. She received a B.A. in Politics from Fairfield University and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law.

After having spent almost her entire career in public service, Director Cronin will continue to serve the public by ensuring that OVS remains true to its mission of providing compensation to innocent victims of crime in a timely compassionate, and efficient manner; fund direct services to crime victims through its network of community based programs; and advocate for the rights and benefits of all innocent victims of crime. As Director, she will serve as the Office’s representative on numerous committees and task forces, including the: OVS Advisory Council; NYS Domestic Violence Advisory Council; NYS Public Safety Accountability Task Force; National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards; and the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators.

As Ms. Cronin leads and works with the experienced and talented OVS staff and the advocacy community, OVS will continue its important mission of faithfully and effectively serving those who have been victimized by violent crime in New York State.

Shelby Foster
Shelby Foster

Associate Attorney
New York State Office of Victim Services

Shelby Foster, Esq. is an Associate Attorney with the New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS or Office, formerly the Crime Victims Board). Ms. Foster is responsible for developing and providing training to attorneys, victim advocate programs and members of the law enforcement community regarding the issue of restitution in criminal matters and human trafficking awareness. She is also responsible for providing guidance and training to the health care community and victim advocates regarding the Forensic Rape Examination Direct Reimbursement Program, as well as general oversight of the program for the Office. Ms. Foster also conducts and determines administrative appeals and assists investigators making complex, domestic violence decisions. She provides supervision and guidance to the Office’s academic interns.

Prior to joining the Office, Ms. Foster was a Senior Attorney with the New York State Department of Financial Services where she worked to implement Federal healthcare reform in New York State and assisted individuals and providers in appealing healthcare denials. Before joining the Department of Financial Services, she provided financial counseling and legal guidance on issues involving estate settlement, employee benefits, taxes and insurance as a Staff Attorney and Financial Planner with the Ayco Company. Ms. Foster holds a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School, Union University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Sociology from SUNY Albany

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Kristina Johnson

State University of New York

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Ilse Knecht
Ilse Knecht

Director of Policy & Advocacy
Joyful Heart Foundation

Ilse Knecht is the Policy and Advocacy Director for the Joyful Heart Foundation, one of the nation’s leading organizations working toward comprehensive rape kit reform. Ilse is recognized across the country as an expert on ensuring that victims’ rights and needs are met during the process of eliminating the untested rape kit backlog. She leads Joyful Heart’s efforts to reform policies and practices related to the testing of rape kits and victim notification. Before coming to Joyful Heart, she worked for 16 years at the National Center for Victims of Crime and long served as director of the National Center’s DNA Resource Center, an education initiative aimed at maximizing the potential of DNA technology to solve and prevent crime. At the National Center, Ilse was the project director for an Office on Violence Against Women Training and Technical Assistance grant to ensure a victim-centered response to the problem of backlogged and untested sexual assault kits (SAKs). She has served on several advisory committees for projects related to sexual assault, forensic exams, and sexual assault response teams and speaks extensively in the media about these issues.

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Catherine E. Lhamon

United States Commission on Human Rights

Catherine E. Lhamon is the Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. President Obama appointed Lhamon to a six-year term on the Commission on December 15, 2016, and the Commission unanimously confirmed the President’s designation of Lhamon to chair the Commission on December 28, 2016. Lhamon also litigates civil rights cases at the National Center for Youth Law, where she has been Of Counsel since October 2017.

Before coming to the Commission, Lhamon served as the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education until January 2017. President Obama nominated her to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights position on June 10, 2013, and she was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 1, 2013. Immediately prior to joining the Department of Education, Lhamon was director of impact litigation at Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. Before that, she practiced for a decade at the ACLU of Southern California, ultimately as assistant legal director.

Earlier in her career, Lhamon was a teaching fellow and supervising attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at Georgetown University Law Center, after clerking for The Honorable William A. Norris on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2016, Politico Magazine named Lhamon one of Politico 50 Thinkers Transforming Politics and the National Action Network honored Lhamon with their Action & Authority Award. In 2015, Yale Law School named Lhamon their Gruber Distinguished Lecturer and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities awarded Lhamon their Special Recognition Award. Chronicle of Higher Education named Lhamon to their 2014 Influence List as the Enforcer. The Daily Journal listed her as one of California’s Top Women Litigators in 2010 and 2007, and as one of the Top 20 California Lawyers Under 40 in 2007. In 2004, California Lawyer magazine named Lhamon Attorney of the Year for Civil Rights.

Lhamon received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate, and she graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College.

Hedda Litwin
Hedda Litwin

NAGTRI Program Counsel and NAAG Cyberspace Law Chief Counsel
National Association of Attorneys General

Hedda Litwin is Cyberspace Law Chief Counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), as well as a Program Counsel for NAAG’s Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), where she is responsible for developing cybercrime, electronic discovery and crime victims services training programs and supporting the Attorneys General cyberspace initiatives. She writes the bi-monthly NAGTRI Cybercrime E-Newsletter and the monthly Privacy Law Newsletter and E-Discovery Bulletin. She authored the NAGTRI publication Preparing for the Unexpected on disaster preparation and recovery for state Attorneys General Offices. At NAAG, she staffs the Internet Safety/Cyber Privacy & Security Committee and the Gaming Committee. She is a frequent speaker at bar associations on cyber issues and has served on several cyber-based task forces. Most recently, she spoke on digital evidence issues at the International Association of Prosecutors Conference in Beijing. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Florida State Bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Emily Myers
Emily Myers

NAGTRI Program Counsel
National Association of Attorneys General

At NAAG, Emily focuses on attorney general powers and duties and provides assistance to attorney general offices as they consider these issues. She is editor of NAAG’s third edition book, "State Attorneys General Powers and Responsibilities" She also assists states with multistate antitrust enforcement, including litigation, competition advocacy in both federal and state courts and cooperation with the federal antitrust agencies. She maintains the NAAG Multistate Litigation Database, a comprehensive database of state antitrust cases since 1990. She is the author of chapters on state antitrust enforcement in American Bar Association and state bar publications. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in history from Brown University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was an Arthur B. Littleton Legal Writing Fellow. She worked as an antitrust attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C., until joining NAAG in 1993.

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Joseph B. Porter

Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of the University
State University of New York

Joseph Porter joined the State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration as Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel in June 2015. In this position, Mr. Porter serves as chief legal officer of SUNY and principal legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, senior officers in system administration and the presidents of the state operated SUNY campuses. Mr. Porter also provides general legal guidance and assistance to the presidents of the community colleges operating as part of the SUNY system and participates in SUNY administration as a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet. In January 2016, Mr. Porter became Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel and in January 2017, he was appointed Secretary of the University.

Prior to that, Mr. Porter served for ten years as Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Excelsior College, one of the most innovative institutions of higher education in the nation offering online degrees and competency-based education. In that position, he directed Excelsior's legal operations, participated in the administration of the college as a member of the executive staff, and served as secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Immediately prior to joining Excelsior College, Mr. Porter served in the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for 12 years, first as deputy counsel and later as executive director of the New York State Office of Teaching. During his years with NYSED, Mr. Porter authored innovative regulations and legislation on a wide variety of education issues and led a series of teams responsible for implementing the Regents' education reform agenda. He also served as legal advisor to the Board of Regents' Task Force on Teaching as it drafted groundbreaking reforms of New York's standards for the preparation and certification of teachers.

Prior to his work at NYSED, Mr. Porter served as deputy counsel and legislative representative of the New York State School Boards Association, where he advised and represented more than 700 school districts in New York. Mr. Porter began his career as general counsel and legislative representative for the New York State Conference of Mayors, where he advised and represented the mayors of New York's cities and villages.

Mr. Porter has lectured extensively throughout the State over the last 30 years on a variety of education issues and served as adjunct instructor of education law in the Graduate School of Educational Administration of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, from 1996 to 2010.

A graduate of Albany Law School, Mr. Porter also holds a bachelor's degree in History and American Studies from Manhattan College in New York City.

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Brittany Schoepp-Wong

Assistant General Counsel
Fashion Institute of Technology

Brittany Schoepp-Wong is an Assistant General Counsel at the Fashion Institute of Technology, representing and advising the college on all legal matters including Clery Act compliance and conduct matters. She began her career in higher education at the Pennsylvania State University, where she was a Law Fellow. Previously, Brittany was a litigator in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. She also clerked for the Hon. Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum and the Hon. Gregory H. Woods, both of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Brittany received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and an editor of the Columbia Law Review. She received her B.S., with distinction, in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brittany is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and has served on its Committee on Web Page Legal Resources.

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Andrea I. Stagg

Deputy General Counsel
Barnard College

Andrea Stagg is Deputy General Counsel at Barnard College. Previously, she advised the SUNY Colleges at New Paltz, Oneonta, and Plattsburgh on all legal matters and served as the State University's System-wide expert in Title IX compliance, including negotiating SUNY's resolution agreement with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. Andrea co-coordinated a working group that created SUNY's sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and response policies, which formed the basis for New York Education Law Article 129B. Andrea graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high honors from Rutgers University and received her law degree from The George Washington University, where she was an intern in the Office of General Counsel. Before law school she worked in federal higher education lobbying for Rutgers University.

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Joseph Storch

Associate Counsel, Office of General Counsel
State University of New York

Joseph Storch is an Associate Counsel in the SUNY Office of General Counsel and Chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group. He has testified before the United States Senate and regularly advises legislators and staff at the federal and state level on best practices in drafting and analyzing pending domestic and international campus violence prevention legislation. In 2014, Joe received the Commissioner’s Award from the State University Police for contributions to safety on campus. In 2015, the National Association of College & University Attorneys awarded him its First Decade Award. Starting in 2016, he coordinated the SUNY’s Got Your Back program which has donated well over 10,000 comfort bags to victims and survivors of violence. In 2017, the One Love Foundation recognized his work in relationship violence prevention with its Unsung Hero Award. Joe is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of SUNY Oswego where he served as Vice President of the Student Association, of the University at Albany with a Masters of Public Policy, and of Cornell Law School where he served as Moot Court Board Chancellor. After graduating, he clerked for the New York State Appellate Division, 3rd Department. He is the author of more than 50 articles and book chapters in law reviews, practitioner journals, and popular media, most centering around campus safety or copyright law.

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Josie Torielli

Assistant Director
New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

Josie Torielli, LCSW currently works with the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault, where she directs the training institute and survivor support programs. She is also an adjunct lecturer at Columbia School of Social Work. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her watching reality television, eating ice cream, and answering the question “why” for the gazillionth time (she has young children).

An important component of her work includes mind-body healing for both clients and fellow practitioners. Of particular interest is trauma work with communities, activism, supervision, development of professional self, and the recognition of vicarious trauma. Josie earned her BA from Syracuse University, her MSSW from Columbia University, and has completed post-graduate training in Advanced Trauma Treatment. Prior experience includes work with the Training Institute for Mental Health, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Aldea Counseling Services, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Safe Horizon and The Long Island College Hospital.


This CLE eligible training will be offered by public and private college attorneys, Attorney General staff, and State agency professionals who work in this area. The material will be offered to new attorneys and seasoned professionals alike.


Sexual and interpersonal violence on college campuses has caught the attention of the media, student activists, and government officials. A shocking number of students are subject to such violence, but that is the tip of an iceberg where individuals are exposed to such violence and abuse across ages, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, and education levels. This conference will take a deep dive into the issues of appropriate campus and criminal justice response to sexual and interpersonal violence, using examples of colleges and universities to elicit lessons both for students and society-wide.


The training will begin in the morning on Thursday, December 7 with registration at 8:00 am and end in the afternoon on Friday, December 8.


The SUNY Global Center, located at 116 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022


This training is co-branded and co-funded by NAGTRI and the State University of New York. With this funding NAGTRI and SUNY will provide a small number of scholarships to selected participants to attend the training; the program is also open to participants who can provide their own travel arrangements with no registration fee. There are a limited number of scholarships available. If there is more than one applicant from a state, we ask that state "rank" them in the order of acceptance. Please note that offices are not guaranteed a slot; merely, offices may submit a nomination. Students must attend the whole training.