Joseph Storch is an Associate Counsel in the SUNY Office of General Counsel and Chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on student affairs, intellectual property, and campus safety. Joe has provided technical guidance to several higher education institutions and organizations on the Clery Act and Title IX and served as an expert adviser to the VAWA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Counting Clery Crimes. He 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 and provided expert testimony to the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the topic of campus safety.
Joe co-coordinated SUNY’s 2014 University-wide sexual violence prevention policies with the New York State Governor’s Office and stakeholders from inside and outside the SUNY system. The resulting policies were lauded by advocates, institutional professionals, media commentators and members of the U.S. Senate, House and New York’s State legislature. In 2014, Joe received the Commissioner’s Award from the State University Police for contributions to safety on campus. In 2015, he served as a technical adviser to the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, developing comprehensive legislation that was enacted in July 2015 as 129-B of the Education Law (also called “Enough is Enough”).
Joe has trained thousands of higher education professionals on compliance with the Clery Act, Title IX, and related obligations, having presented in nearly half of U.S. states and moderates a well-regarded webinar series on preventing and responding to violence on college campuses. In 2015, the National Association of College & University Attorneys (NACUA) awarded him its First Decade Award.
Joe graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Oswego where he served as Vice President of the Student Association, from the University at Albany with a Masters of Public Policy, and from 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 three-dozen articles and book chapters, most centering around campus safety or copyright law, including the chapter on police and security for the ABA volume Town Gown Relationships and articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, the N.Y.U. Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law, 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 is author or co-author of several peer-reviewed Notes and White Papers published by NACUA and URMIA (the University Risk Management and Insurance Association) and co-authored a book review of Jon Krakauer’s book Missoula in the Journal of College and University Law. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, N.P.R., Politico, Daily News, N.Y. Post, Associated Press, P.R. Week, Yahoo! News, W.P.I.X. New York, BronxNet TV, Slate/Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other media sources.