Speaker Biographical Information
Jerry D. Blakemore is Vice President and General Counsel for Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and General Counsel for Southern Illinois University and before that served as Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority. He also was a managing partner with the firm of Sales Goodloe Golden & Blakemore in Chicago, and was Of Counsel at the firm of Carney & Brothers, Ltd. Mr. Blakemore also has served as Assistant Secretary of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC, and as Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Blakemore is a former State of Illinois Deputy Governor and General Counsel. Mr. Blakemore currently serves as Secretary of the NACUA Board of Directors. He also currently services as Chair of the NACUA Advisory Group on Compliance Initiatives. Earlier this year, Jerry was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as an alternate representative (along with fellow NACUA member Dana Scaduto) for institutional attorneys before its Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to address changes to the campus safety and security reporting requirements of the Clery Act made by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). Other volunteer service has included serving as Chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and as Chair of the Midwest Higher Education Commission.
Robin L. Parker is General Counsel of Miami University in Oxford, OH. She has served in that position since 1994. Prior to that, she was a principal of the firm Martin, Pergram, Browning and Parker, Co., L.P.A. She currently serves as an at-large member of the NACUA Board of Directors. She also serves on the NACUA Advisory Group on Compliance Initiatives. She speaks frequently at NACUA meetings, most notably on the topics of FERPA and the Clery Act, and has served as a discussion group leader, moderator, and speaker on more than 20 occasions; other topics on which she has spoken include Campus Safety and Regulation; Students with Criminal Backgrounds; and Title IX. In addition to her extensive NACUA service, Ms. Parker has served as Chair of the Inter-University Council (IUC) Legal Counsel Committee, and as Legal Counsel Chair of the IUC Insurance Consortium. She is a frequent speaker on legal issues impacting campus safety and compliance with the Clery Act. During the past year, she was called on to work with other NACUA members to provide expertise on this year's U.S. Department of Education's Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to implement the Campus SaVE Act.
Dana Scaduto is General Counsel for Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. She has served in that position since 2002. Prior to serving as in-house counsel, she was a partner in the firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC. She was Chair of the firm's Education Practice Group and a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups. Ms. Scaduto served as an at-large member on the NACUA Board of Directors from 2007 – 2010 and was elected as Chair of the NACUA Board of Directors in 2012-2013. Earlier this year, Dana was nominated by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and then appointed by the U.S. Department of Education as the representative (along with fellow NACUA member Jerry Blakemore) for institutional attorneys before its Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to address changes to the campus safety and security reporting requirements of the Clery Act made by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). Other volunteer service has included serving as Pro Bono Counsel for Planned Parenthood of the Harrisburg, PA Capital Region; as Deputy Prosecutor for the Marion County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in Indianapolis, IN; and as a member of the Boards of Directors of the United Methodist Home for Children and Youth (including as its President) and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania.
Joseph Storch is Associate Counsel for the State University of New York (SUNY) in Albany, NY, and is the Chair of the SUNY Student Affairs Practice Group. In addition to comprehensive legal representation for SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, Morrisville State College, and the SUNY Institute of Technology, he concentrates on student affairs and digital defamation. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the New York State Appellate Division, 3rd Department. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy with a Higher Education Policy concentration at the State University of New York at Albany. His writings have appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, the Albany Times Union, the Orlando Sentinel, the Albany Law Review, the Medical Trial Techniques Quarterly, and Court Review: the Journal of the American Judges Association. He also has authored several NACUANOTES on a wide range of topics. Considered an expert on the Clery Act, Joe served as an instructor for NACUA's online course on The Fundamentals of Clery Act Compliance for Campus Counsel and Administrators and has presented at previous NACUA virtual seminars on the topic of the Clery Act. During the past year, he was called on to work with other NACUA members to provide expertise on this year's U.S. Department of Education's Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to implement the Campus SaVE Act. In March 2014, he served as a facilitator at a conference of the Forum on Education Abroad on the topic of U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad.