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August 3, 2017

Cozen O’Connor Acquires Margolis Healy

Cozen O’Connor Acquires Safety and Security Consulting Firm

Margolis Healy & Associates serves universities, colleges, K-12 schools, government agencies, and private entities across the country on matters of safety and security
 
Philadelphia, August 3, 2017 - Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the acquisition of Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC, a leading consulting firm specializing in safety and security and regulatory compliance in the United States. This acquisition by a business subsidiary of Cozen O’Connor comes six months after Cozen O’Connor launched the country’s premier Institutional Response Group led by Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez. The highly accomplished attorneys in the Institutional Response Group provide legal advice and guidance to assist institutions in preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of interpersonal violence. The new entity will be known as Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC. 

“Over the years we have worked with Gina and Leslie at multiple institutions and been impressed by their holistic approach to navigating complex institutional issues,” said Steven J. Healy, CEO of Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC. “This is a partnership formed by longstanding respect and shared commitment to improving institutional responses. We are excited to officially join their team.”

The Burlington, Vt. based Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC was founded in 2008 by Gary J. Margolis and Steven J. Healy, both of whom are experienced law enforcement officers, serving as police chiefs at the University of Vermont and Princeton University before developing a national consulting firm dedicated to improving campus and institutional safety and security. Margolis Healy & Associates has personally managed or been intimately involved with numerous high profile higher education cases, including at institutions undergoing U.S Department of Education Clery Act and Title IX compliance reviews. A significant amount of their work is with institutions taking proactive steps to enhance compliance and improve campus safety and security.

"I am very excited that Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC will become a part of the Cozen O’Connor family,” said Gary J. Margolis. “Cozen O’Connor’s IRG team shares our approach to this important work, ensuring Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC will continue to serve our clients at the highest possible level.” Margolis will continue to focus on his role as CEO of Social Sentinel, Inc.

Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC provides their clients with a wide range of services, including campus safety and security assessments, including management reviews; Title IX and Clery Act assessments; emergency management risk and hazard assessments; emergency preparedness and crisis response systems and exercises; implementation of lethal and less-than-lethal force options; litigation consultation; and special investigations/independent reviews. Healy will remain as the company’s CEO and continue to provide direct services to clients.

“The services provided by Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC are a natural complement to the legal guidance and advice provided by the Institutional Response Group. We welcome the opportunity to combine the unique skill sets and services offered by Cozen O’Connor with the diverse services available through Margolis Healy and Associates,” said Gina Maisto Smith, Chair of the Institutional Response Group at Cozen O’Connor. “The business services that the team at Margolis Healy and Associates provides to educational institutions, government agencies, and private companies dovetails perfectly with the legal work we have been doing at the firm.”

Cozen O’Connor’s Institutional Response Attorneys have decades of experience conducting high-profile sexual violence and child abuse investigations, and assisting institutions in implementing trauma-informed, fair and impartial processes for the prevention and resolution of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of misconduct. The IRG has 10 pillars of practice: policy development and audit; design of infrastructure, systems, and protocols; investigations; training and education; Title IX, Clery and other regulatory compliance; coordination with law enforcement and parallel investigations; counseling and advice; institutional governance; community engagement; and public service.

In 2013, with a grant from the U.S. Justice Department, Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC opened the National Center for Campus Public Safety. The new entity will continue the operation of this center.

About Cozen O’Connor

Established in 1970 and ranked among the top 100 law firms in America, Cozen O’Connor has more than 650 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 25 offices across two continents.

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Michael Webster of McDaniel College to Join Margolis Healy – November 6, 2014

Burlington, VT— Margolis Healy, a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12, has announced that Michael Webster will join the team as Director of Regulatory Compliance beginning January 1, 2015. “Mike Webster is a long-time senior associate of Margolis Healy. His experience in higher education and vast knowledge of campus safety and security, and the Clery Act is an immeasurable benefit to our clients. We are excited and honored that Mike has agreed to join us,” said Margolis Healy Managing Partner Steven Healy.

Mike Webster is the current Director of Campus Safety at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, a position he has held since 1991. His near 25-year tenure at McDaniel has included varied responsibilities from developing the campus safety department into a multi-faceted operation that addresses security, law enforcement, fire and crime prevention, safe transportation and EMS to staff development, fundraising for two capital campaigns and serving on a variety of campus-wide committees, including behavioral assessment, student life, and athletics. In addition, Mike has been an adjunct faculty member since 2001 in the Sociology Department.

Prior to his time at McDaniel College, Mike was the Assistant Director of Public Safety at Emerson College and the Campus Police Operations Supervisor and a Campus Police Officer at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Mike Webster’s work on campus safety issues is second to none. He is an active speaker and presenter at national and regional conferences on a wide variety of topics with particular strengths in the Clery Act, Title IX, and organizational effectiveness and motivation. In 2014, Mike had the opportunity to participate in the Negotiated Rulemaking sessions for the VAWA Amendments to the Clery Act.

As the former Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and member of the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP), he was the representative at the Special Issues Sub-committee for Negotiated Rulemaking Sessions for the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. He was also a content reviewer and contributor for the Campus Crime Reporting Handbook, and the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting, published by the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate compliance with the Clery Act requirements. Mike remains active with the American Society of Industrial Security, Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, and the Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administration (Chesapeake Region).

Mike holds a MS in Human Resources Development from McDaniel College and a BS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He is a graduate of the Maritime Law Enforcement School at Camp Otis, Massachusetts and was a member of the US Coast Guard Reserve. Mike is a certified protection professional (CPP). In 2012, he received the President’s Award from IACLEA in recognition of his outstanding and exemplary service to the organization for leadership in the government relations effort, notably passage of legislation creating the National Center for Campus Public Safety.

About Margolis Healy
Margolis Healy is a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12. With more than 15 years each of providing consulting services to clients in the education, public and private sectors, Dr. Gary J. Margolis and Mr. Steven J. Healy’s combined experience has quickly earned Margolis Healy recognition as one of the leading professional services firms for safety and security needs in North America. For more information: www.margolishealy.com.


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Margolis Healy Names Kim Vansell to Lead the National Center for Campus Public Safety – April 4, 2014

Richmond, VT — Margolis Healy, a leading campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance firm for higher education and private and public K-12 school systems, has named Kim Vansell the inaugural Director of the National Center for Campus Public Safety (National Center). Chief Vansell is currently the Director of Public Safety at the University of Central Missouri and will begin her new position with the National Center on May 1, 2014.

“After a lengthy and thorough national search, we have selected Kim Vansell to lead the National Center,” said Managing Partner Gary Margolis. “Kim’s long tenure with the University of Central Missouri made her a leading candidate during our search.” Managing Partner Steven Healy added, “Kim’s deep experience with leadership initiatives, collaborative efforts, and professional organization involvement truly epitomized what we were looking for in a director for the National Center. We couldn’t be happier she has accepted the position.”

Reporting to Dr. Margolis and Mr. Healy, Ms. Vansell will be responsible for leading and administering the National Center including hiring and developing of staff, managing the budget, overseeing the conditions of the cooperative agreement, and ensuring the National Center operates successfully within the strategic and tactical goals that have been articulated for the National Center by Congress. She will facilitate the National Center’s mission of providing an array of services to campus public safety agencies, members of campus communities, advocacy organizations, professional associations, and government entities. Ms. Vansell will be based out of the National Center’s Burlington, Vermont offices.

About Margolis Healy
Margolis Healy is a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12. In September 2013, the US Department of Justice awarded Margolis Healy with an initial $2.3M grant to establish and lead a new National Center for Campus Public Safety based in Burlington, VT. With more than 15 years each of providing consulting services to clients in the education, public and private sectors, Dr. Gary J. Margolis and Mr. Steven J. Healy’s combined experience has quickly earned Margolis Healy recognition as one of the leading professional services firms for safety and security needs in North America

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Margolis Healy Announces New Hire: Paul Verrecchia – December 2, 2013

Richmond, VT— Margolis Healy, a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12, has announced the addition of Paul V. Verrecchia to the team. Verrecchia will join Margolis Healy as Director for Organizational Assessment & Regulatory Compliance beginning December 1, 2013.

Verrecchia has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, with over ten years experience in campus law enforcement/public safety. Most recently, he was the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief of Police at the College of Charleston (Charleston, SC), where he oversaw the College’s law enforcement, security, fire safety and emergency medical services programs.  He was also the chair of the College’s Emergency Management Team. After the Virginia Tech tragedy, he oversaw the development of the institution’s Emergency Preparedness and Implementation Plan.  Prior to being at the College of Charleston, Verrecchia was the Chief of Police & Director of Public Safety at Brown University (Providence, RI) for eight years.  He was the chief architect of the implementation plan for arming Brown’s campus police officers.

Paul Verrecchia was also a member of the Providence (RI) Police Department for 22 years, rising to the rank of Major. As a Major, he held positions as Director of the Patrol and Traffic Services Division and Director of the Administrative-Staff Division. During his career with the Providence Police, he was assigned to the organized crime intelligence unit, the narcotics unit, and the Neighborhood Services Bureau, which was responsible for the investigation of bias-related crimes and community relations.

Verrecchia holds a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in Labor Relations, from the University of Rhode Island and two Bachelor’s degrees from Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI). Verrecchia was an adjunct instructor for the Community of Rhode Island for approximately 12 years in both the criminal justice and sociology programs.  He was most recently an adjunct instructor for the College of Charleston Department of Anthropology and Sociology’s Crime, Law and Society program.

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Justice Department Grant Will Fund New, Vermont-Based National Center For Campus Public Safety – September 4, 2013

(WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4, 2013) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $2.3 million grant to establish a new National Center for Campus Public Safety, to be based in Burlington, Vt. Leahy said the grant has been awarded to Vermont-based Margolis Healy & Associates LLC, which will create the center in partnership with the University of Vermont (UVM).

Establishing and leading the National Center is the responsibility of Margolis Healy, a national consulting firm specializing in educational safety and security, headed by former UVM Police Chief Gary J. Margolis and Steven J. Healy, former Director of Public Safety at Princeton University. The National Center will serve the safety and security needs of higher education throughout the United States.  The National Center was chartered by Congress earlier this year with bipartisan support, in the wake of recent school tragedies.

Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department, said:  “The National Center will be a focal point in helping our schools find the training, information and support they need to respond to the security challenges of the 21st Century, and I am proud that Burlington will be the home base where such vital work will be done. Gary Margolis, Steven Healy and their team are superbly qualified to help our education institutions meet these emerging security needs.”

The National Center for Campus Public Safety will be a centralized resource for campus police chiefs, directors of public safety, emergency managers and key campus safety stakeholders at the nation’s colleges and universities. It will bring together many forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand their resources to ensure the safety and security of their students and communities.

The grant will enable the new National Center to promote innovative practices specific to campus public safety efforts and develop comprehensive responses, resources and strategies, drawing from contemporary practices and the latest thinking on school safety and security. Through the National Center, Margolis Healy will deliver essential training and technical assistance to campus security teams, student affairs professionals and key stakeholders and coordinate resources germane to the safety of students and teachers. Leahy said the National Center also will bring jobs to Vermont and support the local economy through its partnership with the University of Vermont, including national meetings and conferences, training programs and related services.

“Those with the vision and foresight to create the National Center did so with the intent of ensuring the safety and security of our nation’s schools. The National Center will serve this need, and more.  Margolis Healy is honored to play such an important role in this vision, and to bring the National Center to Vermont,” said Margolis.

Margolis and Healy founded Margolis Healy in January 2008. They each have more than 15 years of experience in providing consulting services to clients in public and private education sectors.  Dr. Margolis served as chief of police at the University of Vermont for more than a decade.



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Margolis Healy Releases New Staffing Formula for College and University Public Safety Departments – July 10, 2013

Richmond, VT — Margolis Healy, a leading campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance firm for higher education and private and public K-12 school systems, has announced a new, groundbreaking methodology to help higher education institutions determine appropriate public safety staffing levels. The Margolis Healy Bi-Dimensional Staffing Formula (BDSF) is based on a process developed by the founders, Mr. Steven J. Healy and Dr. Gary J. Margolis.

Previous staffing analysis methods have typically focused on reactive shift activity levels, and other factors such as the ratio of officers to population (mathematics). The Margolis Healy Bi-Dimensional Staffing Formula’s analyses takes the analysis to the next level by providing an in-depth, accurate description of staffing needs through the combination of a Space Analysis and a Shift Activity Analysis.

“University and college leadership are challenged at times to identify the appropriate size of their public safety and guard force services. In determining the staffing and deployment strategy, the Bi-Dimensional Staffing Formula allows the institution to map call volume and response needs against the square footage and mission of the campus to arrive at a reasonably identified staffing number and related resourcing," according to Managing Partner Dr. Gary J. Margolis.

Margolis Healy now offers its flat fee Bi-Dimensional Staffing Analysis service in addition to numerous other campus safety, security and regulatory compliance services including Clery Act Compliance Assessment and Training (including Title IX), Emergency Management Risk and Hazard Assessment, Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Response Systems and Exercises, as well as several retainer services.

 

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SCN School Security Webinar—Second Session Announced – January 7, 2013

We are pleased to announce that SCN will be hosting a second School Security Webinar on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2:00PM EST. This webinar will be similar to the webinar presented on January 3rd and is being held for those organizations that were unable to participate due to the overwhelming demand and overcapacity of the system. If you were unable to join us on January 3rd, we look forward to your participation on Thursday, January 10th at 2:00PM EST.

Secure Community Network (SCN) Hosts One of the Largest Ever Nationwide School Security Preparedness Sessions with Homeland Security and FBI – January 4, 2013

One month after the tragedy in Newtown, nearly 700 Jewish schools nationwide participate in security preparedness planning and response training

NEW YORK – Less than one month after the mass shooting attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the Secure Community Network (SCN), the national homeland security initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and Conference of Presidents, coordinated and hosted a national school safety and security training session Jan. 3, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The webinar featured a special presentation by Margolis Healy & Associates, one of the country’s foremost school safety and campus security firms, and attracted nearly 700 recorded participants, making it one of the largest ever held for Jewish community organizations.

“We have a duty and responsibility to ensure the schools we own and operate are taking the necessary preparedness, safety and security measures to truly establish the safest, most secure learning environments possible for students, teachers and those who frequent our schools,” said Paul Goldenberg, SCN National Director, who led the call.

The call included senior executives from the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security who provided a briefing and discussion of programs and resources available to assist with security preparedness planning and response. In addition, Dr. Gary Margolis, managing partner at Margolis Healy & Associates and twenty-year law enforcement veteran, and his colleagues reviewed and discussed some of the practical security considerations and recommendation schools can and should be doing as part of their security programs. The webinar was co-sponsored by JCCA, Orthodox Union, Union for Reform Judaism and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Given the volume of community response during the Jan. 3 session, SCN is also planning to host a second session for schools the week of January 7-11.

Following the tragic shooting event in Newtown, Conn., SCN also established a security webpage dedicated to “Safe Schools,” which includes comprehensive security planning, training and exercise video and training resources. The creation of the “Safe Schools” webpage followed the launch of the Sector Specific Tabletop Exercise Program (SSTEP), a new online initiative that will help Jewish communities and institutions heighten security by participating in online “tabletop exercises” that simulate potential threats and run through the best potential responses. This innovative program will allow institutions to test and exercise their plans, through the use of real-life scenarios.

For additional school safety & security resources, please visit the Secure Community Network website at www.scnus.org. In addition, schools and facilities seeking additional consultative security services including security assessments, crisis management planning and training may contact SCN at 212.284.6940 or scandesk@scnus.org for additional information.


About Secure Community Network Secure Community Network is the national homeland security initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents. SCN plans, coordinates and facilitates Tabletop Exercises for Federations and communities across the United States. For more information, please visit www.scnus.org

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Hanah Smith 
202.478.6143, hsmith@mrss.com

Michelle Blundell
202.478.6176, mblundell@mrss.com

Daniel Pascale CPP Joins Margolis Healy – October 2, 2012

October 1, 2012 RICHMOND, VT — Margolis Healy announced Daniel Pascale CPP has joined its team of full-time professionals as the Senior Director of Security and Emergency Management Services.

Most recently Pascale served as the Senior Director of Emergency Communications and Security Technology for the University of Chicago. Previously to the University of Chicago, he served 9 years with Rutgers University where he held the position of Commander of Security Operations and later the Director of Emergency Management.

Pascale is board certified through ASIS International as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and was selected as one of America’s “Top 20 Security Professionals under 40” by Security Director News in July 2009. He will serve Margolis Healy clients nationwide from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.

About Margolis Healy: Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC, is a higher education consulting firm specializing in campus safety, security and regulatory compliance. Dr. Gary J. Margolis, Mr. Steven J. Healy and their team are specialists with decades of real-world experience serving the federal government and colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.margolishealy.com

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Margolis Healy Leading Campus Safety and Security Experts, Release Annual Survey Findings – June 15, 2012

Richmond, VT — June 15, 2012

Margolis Healy, a higher education consulting firm specializing in campus safety, security and regulatory compliance, today announced key findings from its 2011 Campus Safety and Security Survey. The annual survey includes data collected from 298 administrators at many of the nation’s top universities and colleges.

Among the most notable findings:

  • Ninety percent of respondents indicated that they were moderately concerned to extremely concerned about single victim crimes (i.e., sexual assault, assault, homicides), while nearly 70% expressed moderate concern to extreme concern about multiple victim crimes (such as mass murders, hostage situations and bomb threats) occurring on campus.
  • More than one-third of respondents believe their campus is more likely to experience a violent act today compared to five years ago.
  • Despite these concerns about increased violence, nearly four out of 10 respondents noted that their campus or university had not conducted a comprehensive safety and security vulnerability assessment (i.e., a review of the range of critical incidents, threats, vulnerabilities and security/safety related needs).

"We believe institutions are more likely to face critical incidents such as fires, chemical spills, power outages and weather-related emergencies, such as floods or ice storms,” said Steven J. Healy, managing partner at Margolis Healy. "Our survey results imply that some institutions may not be paying enough attention to managing and recovering from these types of high probability incidents."

"If this moderate to low concern is indicative of planning complacency and inaction, then this flies in the face of our evolving thinking about all-hazard emergency management in the college and university setting and the Congressional intent behind recent changes to the Clery Act, " said Dr. Gary J. Margolis, Margolis Healy managing partner. "These revisions specifically underscore the need for an all hazards approach to emergency management."

"It's our hope that the insights gained through the 2011 survey, along with our past surveys, will help higher education administrators make evidence-based decisions as they work to enhance their approach to campus safety and security," Mr. Healy added.

The 2011 survey also asked respondents about campus special events, Title IX investigations and training, and travel abroad programs. Survey respondents represented higher education institutions nationwide, with a fairly equal split between public and private, 56.7% and 43.3% respectively. Nearly half (47.7%) of all respondents represented institutions with 10,000 or more students, with more than three-quarters of all respondents indicating their student populations were primarily undergraduate.

Fieldwork was conducted between January 11, 2012 and January 30, 2012 using an online survey methodology. Complete survey results can be viewed at www.margolishealy.com/survey.

About Margolis Healy:
Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC, is a higher education consulting firm specializing in campus safety, security and regulatory compliance. Dr. Gary J. Margolis and Mr. Steven J. Healy are specialists with three decades of real-world experience serving colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, across the U.S. For more information, please visit http://www.margolis-healy.com

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SOCIAL SENTINEL, a Free New App Providing Crime and Safety Statistics for Universities and Colleges – May 3, 2012

RICHMOND, Vt. --(Business Wire)--

Social Sentinel, Inc., a company that specializes in the development of mobile applications for higher education safety and security, launched SOCIAL SENTINEL, a free mobile application for the iOS platform (iPhone (News - Alert), iPad, and iPod) that provides students and parents with campus crime statistics for more than 4,400 universities and colleges throughout the United States; important safety resources on topics relevant to students and their families; breaking campus-based security and safety news; and access to dozens of free resources from leading not-for-profit organizations. It was announced today by Dr. Gary J. Margolis, President & Co-Founder of Social Sentinel, Inc.

"We are excited to launch this new app to provide families with important safety resources and crime statistics as they select a College or University," said Dr. Margolis. "Parents and students can feel confident that they have done their extensive research, and armed with campus safety knowledge they can focus on their higher education as they head off to campus in the fall." Social Sentinel gives users the ability to compare institutions by self-reported crime stats across years and locations, and view resources on topics that include travel abroad safety; mental health needs; qustions to explore on campus visits; off-campus housing; gender and sexual violence; crime prevention; protecting your online reputation, and more. The app's methodology for displaying the crime data and information gathered through the Clery Act provides depth, dimension and ease of understanding to the data. In this way, Social Sentinel aids parents and students with understanding the safety of a particular campus in relation to its self-reported crime statistics, and in comparison with other campuses.

About Social Sentinel, Inc: Social Sentinel, Inc., is a company specializing in mobile applications for higher education safety and security. As the managing partners of Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC, the company principals, Dr. Gary J. Margolis and Steven J. Healy, have more than 15 years each of providing consulting services to clients in the education, public and private sectors, and specialize in higher education safety and security. For more information about Social Sentinel, please visit www.socialsentinel.com; www.facebook.com/socialsentinel; www.itunes.com/apps/socialsentinel; www.margolishealy.com.

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