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Dr. Randall Atlas, AIA, CPP
Vice President
333 Las Olas Way Suite 1605
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33301
USA
phone: (305) 332-6588
fax: 305-754-1658
Dr. Randall Atlas AIA , CPP is a Registered Architect, NCARB certified, and he practices Criminal Justice Architecture and Environmental Security Design. Atlas is a certified protection professional (CPP) with the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), and is an appointed member of the ASIS Security Architecture and Engineering Committee. Atlas has his doctorate in criminology and a masters of architecture. Dr Atlas is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture for Justice Committee.

Dr. Atlas has taught CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) and criminal justice courses at Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Miami, Keiser University, and he is a trainer with the National Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville. Dr. Atlas has been a technical Assistance consultant with the National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, and the Florida Department of Corrections and U.S. HUD Drug Elimination CPTED Program.

He has conducted ADA accessibility compliance audits for private and public sector clients, and served as an expert witness on over 200 premises liability lawsuits.

Dr. Atlas has been a speaker and trainer at security conferences from New Delhi, India to Seattle, Washington and has written over 200 articles in various publications on security, safety, and counter terrorism issues.
9/26/2011 · Security
Creating safe schools is the responsibility of the entire community where a school or school system resides.

7/20/2011 · Security
BETWEEN LATE 2009 AND MARCH OF THIS YEAR, a national baked goods chain with franchises in Broward County, Florida, experienced a series of nighttime burglaries that resulted in thousands of dollars in stolen cash and damaged property.

5/31/2011 · Security
When it comes to the issue of safety in schools, it is important to remember that long before the students walk the halls, a design team creates the building and its grounds, envisioning the subsequent relationships with its occupants.

3/15/2011 · Security
Last June, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith was forcibly abducted from the public parking lot of an Overland Park, Kansas, Target store.

2/3/2011 · Security
The "form follows function" tenet of 20th century architecture holds that the specific functional requirements of a building should determine design criteria.

Randall A. Atlas, PhD, AIA, CPP
This is the first and only book of its kind dedicated to the contributions and importance of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). It will educate the reader and design professional on the necessity of CPTED in reducing risks, threats, and vulnerabilities of and to our built environment post-9/11…
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This important reference from the American Institute of Architects presents a useful resource of fundamental, up-to-date information for security planning in both new and existing facilities.
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Dr. William L. Bainbridge, FACFE, DNASE
President & CEO
12620-3 Beach Boulevard, Unit 390
Jacksonville FL 32246
USA
phone: 904-230-3001
fax: 904-645-0088
Dr. William L. Bainbridge, Ph.D., FACFE, is a Forensic Education Expert with extensive experience in School Related Accidents, Incidents, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, College Athletics/Sports Injuries and Title IX compliance. He is court qualified in Schooling, Education Standards, Policies, and is considered to an Expert in over 35 states.

Dr. Bainbridge currently serves as President and CEO of the SchoolMatch® Institute and as a Distinguished Research Professor at The University of Dayton.

www.expertonschools.com
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David K. Easlick, Jr.
15 Heatherfield Ct
Kilmarnock VA 22482
USA
phone: 804-577-4279 202-409-4306 (Cell)
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David Easlick Hazing Risk Management Expert PhotoDavid K. Easlick, Jr., is a Hazing and Risk Management Specialist and a member of the State Bar of Michigan for over 30 years.

Mr. Easlick was the Executive Director of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity for over 20 years. In such role, he became familiar with just about all outrageous conduct by undergraduate young men on the college campus. He spent years combating it, and attempting to correct and eliminate it. His experience includes Hazing, Binge Consumption, Sexual Misconduct, or other Risk Management Violations.

Mr. Easlick has been a member of the Fraternity Executives Association for 30 years, an affiliate member of the North American Inter-Fraternity Conference, an associate member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, a business member of the Association for Student Conduct Administration, and a past member of FIPG and FRMT,

Litigation Support - Mr. Easlick is the most qualified expert witness regarding Fraternal Law Suits. As a lawyer and former litigator, he offers unique advice to counsel. Mr. Easlick does not try cases and is not seeking out litigation clients. His role is expert witness and consultant and his services include trial preparation, discovery preparation, review services, and other legal advice to litigation counsel.

At present, Mr. Easlick is working as an expert witness on a wrongful death case against a leading fraternity and is awaiting evaluation materials in other cases. He appears in a CNN interview to be aired soon and consults with the New York Times and BBC. His services are available nationally.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Fraternities
  • Sororities
  • Fraternity Hazing
  • Fraternity Risk Management
  • College Campus Risk management
  • Fraternity Binge Drinking
  • Hazing Prevention
  • Substance Abuse
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Fraternity Initiation
  • News of the tragic suicide of Marquise Braham and the resulting lawsuit against Penn State Altoona and Phi Sigma Kappa brought to the surface some very painful memories. Earlier in my career I spent several years as the Executive Director of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, a midsize International fraternity founded at Yale in 1844. Five or six US Presidents have been members(FDR was a member of the Harvard Chapter which was thrown out for not paying dues). Deke, as it is known, was international in that it had a few Canadian chapters.

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    Independent Forensic and Clinical Psychiatrist
    307 West Minnehaha Parkway
    Minneapolis MN 55419
    USA
    phone: 612-275-7385
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    William R. Dikel, MD, is a board certified Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatrist with over 30 years experience providing expertise to professionals in all of the systems that serve individuals who have mental health disorders.

    Dr. Dikel is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. He served as a Past President of the Minnesota Psychiatric Society and the MN Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Dikel works with defense and plaintiff's attorneys in civil and criminal justice cases, and provides consultation and expert witness services to professionals and clients in the Education, Insurance, Public Health, Social Services, Corrections and Mental Health systems. Dr. Dikel is skilled in communicating complex psychiatric issues to laypersons, and this skill has proven to be very useful in consultations with attorneys and in deposition and courtroom testimony. Dr. Dikel has provided over 25 years of psychiatric care to severely mentally ill clients in community mental health clinics.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forensic Psychiatry
    • Personal Injury
    • Psychiatric Diagnosis Clarification
    • Mental Health File Reviews
    • Disability / Insurance Claims
    • School Mental Health
    • Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs)
    • Special Education Responsibilities
    • Educational Due Process Hearings
    • Management / Organizational Consultation
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Workman's Compensation
    • Diminished Capacity / Competency
  • Reduced Responsibility
  • Child Protection Psychiatric Assessments
  • Workplace Violence / Harassment
  • Competency Assessments
  • Defamation Lawsuits
  • Insanity Defense
  • Employee Psychiatric Risk Assessment
  • Malpractice Issues
  • Standards of Care
  • Institutional Negligence
  • Neurological Damage
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Contested Wills
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    William R. Dikel, MD
    From anxiety and depression to ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, behavior disorders, substance use disorders, and psychoses, this practical book provides essential information on how mental health disorders are diagnosed and treated, how they tend to manifest at school, and how they affect students’ emotions, behaviors, and ability to learn. It explains why traditional behavioral interventions are often unsuccessful, and describes effective classroom interventions that teachers can use to provide optimal educational experiences.
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    Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.
    Principal Consultant
    49 Coryell Street
    Lambertville NJ 08530
    USA
    phone: 609-397-8989
    fax: 609-397-1999
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    Professional consultation for schools, attorneys and individuals. Court-qualified education administration, liability, school review and special education expert. More than 30 years experience in education. National practice.

    DOCTORATE: Rutgers University - Education Administration.

    MASTERS: College of NJ - Special Education.

    MASTERS: Franklin Pierce Law Center - Education Law.

    LAWYERS - Document review. Case analysis, development and litigation support. Expert reports. Deposition and trial testimony. School evaluations and comparisons for matrimonial issues.

    SCHOOLS - Liability and management assessments. Policy review and recommendations. Program review and development. Special seminars.
    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program, including in colleges and universities, if those programs or activities associated with the institution receive federal funding. Under Title IX, sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual battery, sexual assault, rape and other sexual violence at school, college or university campuses. Any behavior that disrupts a student's access to an educational opportunity or benefit constitutes a violation of Title IX. Recent media coverage has brought to light the controversy over the six-month sentence for a former Stanford University student for the rape of a student on campus. There has been outrage over the sentence, and that outrage might be justified, given schools' responsibilities in similar cases.

    Some of our most vulnerable children are relegated to a life away from parents, family, and their school to live where other adults take the place of their parents and are responsible for their custody or care - legally defined as in loco parentis. This occurs when children are placed in residential centers for the treatment of mental illness, schools for the deaf and blind, or similar facilities for children who require extensive medical care and management.

    Nationwide, 7.6 million students participate in interscholastic athletics, according to U.S. News and World Report. Keeping them safe is critically important to avoid school liability and sports injury lawsuits. And when sports injury occurs, schools may be found responsible if they failed to take reasonable precautions and supervision of students in order to prevent sports injury. Parents send their children to school with the implicit expectation that schools will do whatever is necessary to keep them safe whether in the classroom or on the football field.

    As difficult as it might be to accept and understand, abuse of children is occurring at an alarming rate in our nation's schools, daycare centers, camps, and other institutions. Even with state laws that require child abuse reporting and institutional policies that address sexual abuse prevention, identification, and reporting, abuse is not going away. More civil lawsuits are filed with each passing year, and schools and other organizations are not always appropriately responding to this epidemic.

    In the wake of recent incidences of gun violence, school safety and security has become an increasingly pressing concern in the United States and Canada. Schools, summer camps, daycare centers, and other agencies charged with the safety of children have a duty to protect them, and their ability to do so depends on solid policies, training, and appropriate response to security threats. Laws, regulations, and internal policies designed to shield children from harm may be developed proactively in response to a risk assessment or reactively in response to an event that caused injury to a child. Both are valid options in today's climate of terroristic threats to school safety and security. Inaction is not. Schools and other child-centered programs must consider and develop appropriate responses to this new dynamic.

    Risk of personal injury to children is reduced when activities, facilities, equipment, personnel, and supervision are brought into compliance with "standards." There are several sources of standards. Some standards are mandated by law through statutes. Additional standards are set forth by oversight authorities, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Camping Association, the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations, or the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, to name a few. Other standards involve the customary professional practice of those conducting such activities. Ignorance of such standards is no excuse for failing to comply and schools and agencies with children have a duty to be proactive about implementing standards in order to prevent student injury.

    Many school-aged children have medical conditions about which teachers, nurses, and others who are responsible for their health, safety, and well-being should know. If not addressed in the right way by administrators, teachers, or other officials, these conditions can result in a catastrophic incident, not to mention costly litigation. A student with a known heart defect, for instance, is vulnerable in a physical education class if the teacher is not informed of the child's condition and does not institute appropriate precautions or prepared to respond in a medical emergency. If cafeteria personnel in a daycare center know that a child has a peanut allergy but fail to supervise the child appropriately, the child can go into shock if she is allowed to sit at a table where another student is eating peanut butter. In situations like these, if a plan for the child's care was either not in place or developed but not communicated to the staff, the child might suffer irreparable harm - or even die.

    In my profession as an education administration and student supervision expert, I have observed that residential schools and boarding schools present a higher duty than day schools to supervise children and a greater opportunity for the school to be found liable for child abuse and injury. When children are living and learning in a program 24/7, staff must demonstrate not only a professional standard of care, but also a reasonable and prudent parent standard of care. Although related, these standards are distinct and must be appropriately and reasonably applied in a setting where staff serves as surrogate parents and others serve as teachers, counselors, and psychologists. When a child is sexually assaulted, administered unnecessary corporal punishment, or is injured or dies in a residential school, both of these standards need to be addressed.

    The first responsibility of educators and those who supervise children in residential programs, day care centers, before- and after-school programs, and other settings is to make sure that these programs foster learning and care in a safe environment. Asking third graders to move a cart with a heavy TV on top, inadequate staff instruction in safe techniques to quell disruptive students, not carefully checking that the door to the pool closes and locks the way it is supposed to, excessive discipline, playground aides talking among themselves but failing to pay attention to the children, not providing a sufficient number of nighttime supervisors in a dormitory, and a school police officer not trained on how to interact with children with behavioral disorders - any of these circumstances can lead to student injury at school or death of a child and high litigation costs. The overriding professional standard of care is to protect children's health, safety, and well-being. Under this umbrella fall the development and implementation of policies, adequate staff training, and a level of supervision reasonably calculated to keep children safe.

    7/7/2015 · Child Welfare
    In settings where children are supervised by adults, we often think about traditional settings, such as schools and summer camps. But these are not the only places where children participate in activities that require adult supervision and which can result in child injury cases. Some nontraditional settings include resort and vacation day care programs, community recreation centers, church-sponsored events, and Boy and Girl Scout activities, among others.

    For schools, summer camps, and day care centers, one of the key functions of student supervision is to identify dangerous conditions and then either stop the activity or warn of the danger. The supervisor must take appropriate action for the protection of the children. Duty to warn contemplates both having knowledge of danger (actual or constructive notice) and having time to communicate it. Field trip injuries are very common and there is an equal duty to protect when children are off campus but still under school supervision, such as when children are on a school-sponsored trip. Excursions off school property present special challenges. Careful planning ahead of the trip, knowing about potential safety hazards, and creating a plan to avoid or mitigate them can help to protect a child from field trip injuries and a school from liability lawsuits.

    Keeping children safe in schools, preschool and daycare programs, summer camps, on playgrounds, and other locations is a primary responsibility of those who administer such programs. When a child becomes injured and the claim is negligent supervision, a school or other agency will have a greater chance of prevailing when it has clear policies and enforces them. In school premises liability lawsuits plaintiffs are more likely to prevail when a facility fails to maintain its campus and equipment, does not have a regular inspection plan, and does not instruct and supervise students in the safe and appropriate use of equipment.

    Employment decisions in public and private schools should be based on qualifications, performance, merit, and seniority, rather than race, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability. Teachers and other school personnel can sue for employment discrimination if they are wrongfully dismissed or demoted, if they were prevented from initially obtaining a job, or not appropriately accommodated for a disability or medical condition. Most employment discrimination violates either state or federal law, and legal protections are found in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Additionally, two primary federal statutes prohibit disability discrimination in employment: the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

    2/6/2015 · Child Welfare
    When child abuse is alleged to have taken place in a school, daycare facility, preschool program, summer camp, or other entity responsible for the supervision and safety of children, there is always the possibility that the entity may be liable if negligence can be established. Schools and other entities with a duty to protect children often become embroiled in lawsuits alleging that breach of this duty was a proximate cause of a child's injuries. Though laws vary, states adopt a broad definition of child abuse, including physical and emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment, incest, sexual molestation, and sexual exploitation. Typically, a child abuse report must be made to a designated state agency responsible for child protective services when a person, in his or her official capacity, suspects or has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected, or knows that a child has been subjected to conditions that could reasonably be expected to result in harm.

    School coaches have a duty to protect athletes from harm, including emotional or physical harm that may result from locker room hazing. High school hazing in athletics has many beginnings - the most prominent being an attitude of superiority among senior athletes and the belief that a weaker or younger athlete must be subjected to harassment to "make the grade" or to be "good enough" to be on the team. This mentality, if left unchecked and if students are allowed to participate in hazing behaviors, eventually can result in even more serious misconduct, such as sexual harassment and serious personal injury.

    When a student personal injury in a public school triggers litigation, plaintiff and defendant attorneys must address the concept of governmental immunity. In general, governmental immunity shields public schools from tort litigation and liability. Governmental immunity is not universally applicable, however, depending on how the facts of a specific case accord with state or provincial laws. This article is about how governmental immunity in public school cases might be pierced and how schools can determine whether governmental immunity applies in school liability cases.

    Millions of children participate in programs operated by daycare centers, nursery schools, and camps across the United States and Canada. The most important aspect of childcare is the safety and supervision of children. When a teacher, recreation leader, camp counselor, or other supervisor is engaged in activities involving young children, there is a duty to protect the child from physical harm, sexual abuse, and other forms of personal injury. A breach of duty to protect the health, safety, and welfare of a child that leads to injury may result in daycare negligence lawsuits.

    In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a "Dear Colleague" letter to college and university administrators about implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in regards to campus sexual assault cases. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities in schools that receive federal funding. The letter explains that schools are required to develop and distribute policies regarding sexual harassment, designate a Title IX coordinator to oversee the school's duties, train staff and students in sexual harassment and violence issues, and establish an investigation procedure and an adjudication process. The letter did not articulate specific procedural safeguards, rules for the examination of evidence, or guidelines for the conduct of adjudication or hearing processes for cases of campus sexual violence.

    Harassment in schools can occur when a student is discriminated against on the basis of national origin, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or other identifiable class. A school district may be found liable for harassment if there is no strong, widely disseminated, and consistently enforced policy prohibiting it and no effective complaint procedure is in place. Schools can also be held responsible for the consequences stemming from a failure to take immediate, appropriate steps to respond to a complaint about harassment or bullying, terminate it, and discipline the offending party, be it an employee or another student. When a school has knowledge that a hostile environment exists but does not act on this knowledge, it can be viewed as giving tacit approval to this activity. In such cases, school districts have been found liable for enabling hostile school environment that prevents students from learning.

    The relationship between private schools and their students is very different than the one that exists when a student is in a public school. In private schools, the relationship is contractual in nature. The contract is expressed or implied in written documents, such as promotional literature, student applications, and student and staff handbooks. By contrast, the relationship between public schools and students is governed by federal and state statues, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Title IX. In public schools, students are afforded constitutional, substantive, and procedural protections that are generally not applicable in a private school. In private schools, academic and conduct issues involving students raise contractual, as opposed to constitutional, issues.

    Injuries are a part of intramural and extramural sports and recreation programs. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, high school athletes account for 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year. There's a certain level of risk assumed by a child who participates in any physical activity, but the school or agency has a general duty to protect children from harm to avoid school sports injury lawsuits. Dereliction of that duty may result in any number of situations that a jury may consider negligent, such as failure to develop and implement appropriate policies and procedures for supervision, poor maintenance of equipment, or inadequate instruction of children about the dangers inherent in their activity.

    Student injury or death often brings negative attention to a school. In fact, the first thing often reported publicly is an injured party's claim that an incident stemmed from the negligence or misconduct of a staff member responsible for a child's safety - a teacher, coach, or bus driver, for instance. But a student injury or death can result from any number of situations. These might range from school-related action or inaction, such as a breach of school security or failure to follow a student's medical orders, to a student's own actions and choices triggering a contributory negligence defense.

    For schools, daycare centers, after-school programs, and camps, children with disabilities often present significant supervisory challenges. If these children's needs are not adequately addressed and a child is seriously injured or killed, negligent supervision may be viewed as a proximate cause. But what constitutes reasonable supervision of children with behavioral or physical disabilities? It depends on the unique needs of the student and a school's standards for protecting that student from harm.

    This article reviews recent legislation and how that legislation effects compliance with student IEPs in regards to the equipment that can improve a student's ability to learn and interact with teachers, family, and friends. The article details the recommendation of devices and the school's responsibility in regards to their procurement, usage, and maintenance.

    Recently, a Seattle student with cerebral palsy was awarded $300,000 in damages from her school after years of harassment by another student was allowed to take place. Her harasser regularly called her names, blocked her wheelchair's path with furniture and manipulated her chair's electronic controls so it rammed into walls. It was not until the harasser caused his target serious physical injury and property damage that school officials responded formatively to his hostility by suspending him for three days.

    Abstract: This special paper introduces the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, describes the school district's obligation to advocate for students with disabilities, reviews student rights created by the law, defines key terms, and takes the reader, step by step, through the procedural protections provided by the regulations.

    Abstract: Examples of consultations serve as an illustration of how a consulting education expert can assist lawyers who are working on school and education related cases. One example deals with a special education dispute involving inclusion and the other deals with liability for student injury and a settlement of $850,000.

    The tragic realities of the school killings in Littleton, Colorado, and similar instances of violence involving today's youth, have educators, policymakers and communities searching for causes as well as methods of prevention. Hit lists, posted on Internet sites and plans made by high school students to "get even" when they are teased are symptoms of what we already know: Bullying, teasing and discrimination are big problems for American children.

    Our nation's schools pay millions of dollars annually in damages to school children injured in class, sexually assaulted by teachers, and harassed by fellow students. Unnecessary risks in schools can be controlled to protect the safety of students, faculty and support staffs and to eliminate costly litigation and settlements.

    Even the most amicable custody arrangements can sour over school choice. As more people move about, the issue of where their children will attend school, and what that school offers compared to their current situation, is becoming more significant in family law. This article examines ways an education expert can assist with objective evaluations of school programs.

    The educator as a consulting and testifying expert has become one of the most important tools that an lawyer can use in the dispute resolution process involving schools. When the consultant becomes an expert witness the relationship changes. This article explains how the expert educator assesses merits of a case, and provides consultation to lawyers who are working on education and school related cases.

    6/19/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    According to a new national survey, there has been a sharp drop in the percentage of America's children being physically bullied or beaten up by their peers.

    5/13/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    Assigning fault and responsibility in a lawsuit involving a school is rarely clear cut.

    3/25/2013 · Expert Witnessing
    Eyewitnesses to the event may only tell what they saw, heard, felt or smelled; they are not allowed to tell what others have said (hearsay) or say what they think of the case.

    The first wave of inclusion has crashed upon the shores of our schools. Now, educators and parents are looking toward the horizon awaiting the next wave to see what it brings.

    Now that the administrative law judge ordered Heather into the regular fourth-grade classroom, none of the teachers want to have her, Maybe we shouldn't have filed for a due process hearing against the school. I think it backfired on us.

    Schools seem to have little control over the financial and human resources that are dedicated to special education. How can accountability be achieved?

    This article explores common situations regarding sexual harassment in the school setting. It also discusses exploitation of sexual power either by teachers or by students in an inappropriate relationship. Schools and its employees have a duty to train their students on their sexual harassment policies and to report any inappropriate behavior.

    5/14/2012 · Social Issues
    Cyberbullying is one of the fastest-growing problems facing families and the people responsible for protecting our children: school administrators, lawmakers and law enforcement officials. Cyberbullying is such a new frontier, the laws that define and police it are, in many places, weak to nonexistent. Its "sudden" pervasiveness and severity is now shocking people into action as evidenced by the rash of suicides making national news and the resulting public outcry.

    The safety of children is of the utmost concern to school board members, administrators, and teachers. Accidents do happen, of course, but you must do everything you can to make sure that the students in your care are not hurt.

    People who are passionate about school safety have a vision--a vision we share with concerned parents, educators, and especially with the kids we're obliged to protect.

    All 15-year-old Phoebe Prince wanted was to be liked. But after moving from Ireland to Massachusetts, it wasn't long before Phoebe endured bullying from the "mean girls" at school.

    It is commonly accepted that school liability has increased over the past several years, especially in the area of tort liability.

    Edward F. Dragan EdD
    Bullying used to be thought of as an unpleasant rite of passage, but now psychologists are realizing that it inflicts real harm. As many as 40 percent of children report that they’ve experienced episodes of bullying at school or online through their school community. School safety expert Edward Dragan argues that parents need to be proactive in looking out for their children’s social well being at school. From his many decades as a Board of Education insider, he argues that schools are self-protective entities and reluctant to address bullying themselves.
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    Jane K. McNaught, PhD
    Edinborough Corporate East Building
    3300 Edinborough Way, Suite 730
    Minneapolis MN 55435
    USA
    phone: 952-896-1772
    fax: 952-896-1743
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    Jane McNaught Forensic Psychologist Expert PhotoDr. Jane K. McNaught, PhD is a locally and nationally recognized Board Certified Psychological Forensic Expert specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with adults and children. Over the course of her more than 30 years of practice, she has worked with Defense and Plaintiff attorneys and has also been a Court appointed expert. Dr. McNaught has administered more than 2,000 psychological test batteries and testified on over 500 occasions as a forensic expert in the areas of: Civil, Criminal, and Family Law. She also provides trial consultation for attorneys. Dr. McNaught has further been qualified and testified as an expert in PTSD, for both the U.S. Army as well as the U.S. Navy and . In addition she has testified as an expert in both District and Federal court.

    Dr. McNaught practices in the areas of Civil, Criminal, and Family Law cases involving trauma to both adults and children. In the Civil area, Dr. McNaught is frequently hired as an expert when there are allegations of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She also testifies in Employment cases involving Age or Sexual Harassment where PTSD is alleged. She has further testified in the following types of civil cases where PTSD is alleged: motor vehicle injuries; dog bite and amputation. Medical malpractice; Wrongful Death; and Infant death cases. Dr. McNaught has been hired in cases of alleged sexual misconduct within institutional settings such as schools, Churches including the Catholic Church, Treatment Centers, and hospitals.

    In the Criminal area, Dr. McNaught is hired by both the Prosecution as well as Defense in cases involving Sexual Misconduct. She also conducts evaluations of Defendants in criminal cases where underlying psychological conditions may impact sentencing. Dr. McNaught has further been obtained as an expert to evaluate the credibility and reliability of statements obtained from alleged victims of sexual assault. When doing so, Dr. McNaught addresses the following: recantation, memory research, standard of care in interviewing victims of sexual abuse.

    In the area of Family Law, Dr. McNaught specializes in high conflict divorce and conducts Custody Evaluations as well as Evaluations regarding: Relocation; Endangerment; Factitious Disorder by Proxy; Parental Capacity; and Parental Alienation.

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    6/6/2014 · Psychology
    Forensic Psychologists can assist both Plaintiff and Defense lawyers in their assessment of the emotional damages related to traumatic injuries with adults as well as children. PTSD in children and teens is caused by events that have caused them or someone else to be killed or badly injured. Not all children develop PTSD after a traumatic injury. 3-15% of girls and 1-6% of boys develop PTSD in response to a traumatic experience. Rates of PTSD are higher for certain types of trauma survivors. Nearly 100% get PTSD if they see a parent being killed or if they see a sexual assault. 90% of sexually abused children develop PTSD; 77% of children who see a school shooting develop PTSD; and 35% of children who see violence in the area they live, develop PTSD (National Center for PTSD in Children and Teens).

    5/1/2014 · Psychology
    Amputation is an injury involving loss of function, loss of sensation, and loss of body image. It is not surprising amputees often suffer psychological difficulties following such an event. Further, these psychological difficulties can also result in long term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the amputee. Often these psychological injuries and resultant PTSD can be difficult to explain to a jury. The forensic expert's presentation of psychological testing assessing potential PTSD is one part of proving or disproving damages. However, the forensic expert can better assist either the Defense or Plaintiff's attorney by addressing specific functions in the amputee that have been affected by the injury.

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    Dr. Jeffrey Alan Sugar, MD
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at USC
    312 E. Sycamore Avenue
    El Segundo CA 90245
    USA
    phone: 310-291-0886
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    Jeffrey SugarJeffrey A. Sugar, MD has been a practicing Psychiatrist for over 20 years. Dr. Sugar is board certified both in Child and General Psychiatry. He is Past President of the Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at USC, and has been an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA.

    Currently, he is Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Crisis, Consultation, and Emergency Service and Director, Child Psychiatry Trauma Program at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine where he sees patients, teaches psychiatry, and performs research. As the Founding Director of Research at Hathaway Children and Family Services he led a study of the long-term effects of child trauma.

    Dr. Sugar has been worked with the legal industry since 1988. Qualified in Superior court, he has been retained over 40 times as an expert in a broad range of child and general psychiatric cases, for both Plaintiff and Defense. His services include:
    • Consultation Regarding Psychiatric Injury, Diagnosis, Treatment
    • Record Review and Opinion
    • Psychiatric Interview and Mental Status Evaluation
    • Expert testimony
    Dr. Sugar's litigation support is available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His Areas of Expertise include:
    • Effects of Trauma and Adversity on Child Development
    • Chronic Physical, Sexual or Emotional Abuse
    • Psychological Trauma in the Workplace
    • Date Rape / Internet Seduction
    • Post-Traumatic Loss, Grief and Depression
  • Psychological Effects of Injury to the Body or Brain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Wrongful Death - Medication Mismanagement
  • Improper Psychotherapy Supervision
  • Schoolyard Bullying and Rape
  • Professional Training:
    • MD: University of California, San Francisco
    • General Psychiatry: Harbor-UCLA, Torrance, California
    • Child Psychiatry: UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute
    • Chief Fellow: UCLA
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    9/19/2013 · Psychiatry
    We examine the consumer-welfare implications of Google's project to scan a large proportion of the world's books into digital form and to make these works accessible to consumers through Google Book Search (GBS). In response to a class action alleging copyright infringement, Google has agreed to a settlement with the plaintiffs, which include the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers.

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    James E. Shaw, PhD
    6709 La Tijera Blvd., Ste 121
    Los Angeles CA 90045
    USA
    phone: 310-678-6950
    fax: 866-590-1067
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    James E. Shaw, PhD, is a Gang and Child Abuse Expert with over 15 years of experience. Dr. Shaw is a former Public School Law Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education and a former Director of Child Welfare for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.

    Federal Appointment: Dr. Shaw is currently on the Faculty of the United States Courts Office of Defender Services Training Branch.

    Superior Court Appointment: Since 2003, Dr. Shaw has been, and is, a member of the Panel of Experts of the Los Angeles Superior Court, and works in Superior Courts nationwide, as a Gang expert.

    Professional School Appointment: Dr. Shaw is on the Faculty of the California Southern University and teaches doctoral candidates (Psy.D.) in the university’s Behavioral Sciences Department.

    Author / Speaker - Dr. Shaw is the author of the media-praised book, Jack and Jill, Why They Kill, based on his four year in-person/in-prison research on 103 girls and boys incarcerated for murder and homicide. Referred to on CNN as "the smart answer for today's troubled times," his book is used in universities and police academies nationwide. Dr. Shaw's forthcoming book is entitled GANGrene: Youth Terrorism USA .

    A member of the professional speaker circuit, Dr. Shaw has worked with the Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau since 2002. Dr. Shaw is also a frequent guest on NBC, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. He was an invited keynote speaker at the Columbine High School memorial ceremony in honor of the slain victims.

    Megyn Kelly Interview on FOX News Re Newtown, CT School Shooting


    Litigation Support - Dr. Shaw is a Gang Expert available to the Prosecution and Defense Bars. He specializes in helping attorneys attain their client-objectives, as (a) member of the Criminal defense team that ensures clients' Constitutional rights to a fair trial; and (b) a member of plaintiff or defendant teams in Civil cases where clients are seeking the attainment of objectives at settlement or trial.

    Dr. Shaw provides written reports, trial consulting, jail visitation / interviewing, opinions, and testimony for lawyers and clients. He has a Civil practice and provides reports, opinions, depositions, and trial testimony in cases comprising School Violence, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Child Abuse Mandated Reporting Requirements.

    Specialties:
    • Child Abuse Reporting Errors
    • Gang Culture
    • Gang Behavior
    • Street Terrorism
    • Enforcement and Prevention Act
    • RICO Testimony
  • DOJ / FBI Gang Profiling
  • School Safety
  • Youth Violence
  • Jail / Prison Violence
  • Drugs
  • CalGangs Database
  • 9/27/2016 · Security
    On June 14, 2013, the nation paused to pray and remember the unspeakably horrific shooting, a massacre that claimed 26 lives, on December 14, 2012, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown Connecticut. The cruel irony, as legions of the country's experts, myself included, continue to engage in differential diagnoses and soul-searching for answers as to who and what went wrong, is that Sandy Hook Elementary School probably could not have done anything more, different or better, to protect its students. Short of constructing a walled-in campus inside of which students would receive provisions and other necessities from the outside.

    7/25/2007 · Expert Witnessing
    Three friends of mine, all working expert witnesses, called me to recount their experiences with private investigators who interviewed them for prospective cases. One complained that the private investigator "asked me if I could stand up to a Daubert Hearing

    The unspeakable happened at Virginia Tech University, on April 16, 2007, reminding us all that murder at school has "graduated" from the campuses of high school to the hallowed halls of university. Thirty-two students went to school to get educated and, instead, got executed

    7/25/2007 · Child Welfare
    One wintry afternoon, a San Francisco-area attorney called me to ask if she could enlist my expertise for an assault and personal injury case involving a large high school where her teen-aged client had been viciously brutalized

    7/25/2006 · Expert Witnessing
    Late one night, my telephone rang, and on the other end was a high-profile criminal defense attorney with whom I have worked on gang cases and other kinds of juvenile justice proceedings. He said he had to meet me for lunch the following day

    James E. Shaw. PhD
    Dr. James E. Shaw, "the only researcher allowed inside some of the country's state youth prisons to conduct four-year interviews of children who killed,” brings, based on his professional case files, this novel featuring teenage Candela McQueen. Candela gets her life back together in state youth prison and emerges as an adult parolee to become lead singer of the hip-hop group JEZEBEL, and an international mega-celebrity. Her fan base, the "Great Dame Fan Club," is enormous. Diva Candela McQueen's thrilling and powerful story is an odyssey from love, trust, lust, money and betrayal, to forgiveness and redemption, as she overcomes one obstacle after another and keeps her eyes on the prize, winning against the odds.
    James E. Shaw, PhD
    A groundbreaking book by the leading authority in the field of adolescent violence, written for parents and educators.
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    J. Patrick Murphy
    President
    11515 Brown Trail
    Tomball TX 77377
    USA
    phone: 713-899-2402
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    J. Patrick Murphy has over 35 years of experience in Law Enforcement, Security Management, and Corporate Loss Prevention. Mr. Murphy's background as a Fortune 50 company security director provides a strategic view of operations, security planning, and liability. His continuing education in the area of security case law and his unique approach to investigating cases make him a valuable Security Expert Witness to any litigation team. His hands on approach and advice during the discovery phase of the case can often be pivotal in determining the ultimate outcome.

    Mr. Murphy provides Security Expert Witness testimony for plaintiff or defense in a broad area of security liability. He specializes in Crime Analysis to establish Foreseeability and to determine the Reasonableness of security measures. Mr. Murphy has extensive litigation experience opposing Wal Mart. Plaintiff 60% Defendant 40%

    Areas of expertise:
    • Premises Liability and Inadequate Security - apartment communities, bars and Other adult Entertainment venues, malls and shopping centers, parking garages / lots, motel, restaurants
    • Retail Loss Prevention - hiring, training and supervision, false arrest, shoplifting, excessive use of force, death during apprehensions, false imprisonment, employee theft, wrongful termination in malls, and major retail settings
    • Bouncers, Bars, Nightclubs, and Security Guards - mall security, shopping center security, proprietary and contract security guards and off duty police
    • Insurance Casualty Claims - adequacy of security hardware such as burglar alarms, robbery alarms, closed circuit television (CCTV), fencing, fictitious pickups of goods and cargo theft at warehouses and distribution centers
    12/17/2013 · Security
    Authors note: I am a nightclub security expert witness. I've never worked in a bar. What qualifies me as an expert is my decades-long experience in security management. Security personnel are known under many different titles such as, most commonly, bouncers but they are also called ushers, greeters, door men, crowd control specialists, etc. The truth, however, is that there are basic tenants to any security program, regardless of business environment, and bars and nightclubs are no different with the exception of alcohol. Bouncer = Security.

    11/14/2012 · Security
    Employee theft is nearly 50% of the losses for retailers. It's a $600 Billion crime across the nation for all businesses and growing. Employers are sometimes reluctant to discuss this topic or even acknowledge its existence but to adopt that approach will lead to financial disaster.

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    Lawrence M. Misel
    4642 Pepper Mill Street
    Moorpark CA 93021
    USA
    phone: 818-943-0791
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    Lawrence M. Misel has over 40 years of experience as it relates to Secondary Education, including high school, middle school, and continuation high school. Mr. Misel earned a Master's Degree in the Social / Philosophical Aspects of Education and has been trained in "Common Core", International Baccalaureate, and Special Education (RtI). His professional certifications include Administrative Services and Secondary Education (Social Science).

    Background - Mr. Misel has a unique perspective having served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal at the middle school, continuation school, and comprehensive high level. His last principalship was for fifteen years at Agoura High School, in Agoura Hills, CA.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Misel's array of professional experience along with his knowledge, personal commitment, thorough documentation instruments, and understanding of the application of district / state policies, as well as, the California Education Code make him an ideal candidate for educational litigation support. Mr. Misel offers expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • School Policy and Procedures
    • Compliance
    • FRISK
    • Supervision
    • Behavior Problems
    • Faculty Issues
  • Faculty Review
  • Teacher Training
  • School / Campus Safety
  • At Risk Students
  • Student Activities
  • School Athletics
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    Virginia Rhodes, EdD
    CEO
    1549 Wittlou Ave.
    Cincinnati OH 45224
    USA
    phone: 513-207-2566
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    Virginia Rhodes, EdD has an extensive background in Urban Public Schooling. She has over 35 years of experience in School Policy, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Administrative, Supervisory, Evaluation and Instruction in K-12 settings.

    As principal and policy-maker, Dr. Rhodes was known for her work in reclaiming failing high schools, including moving an Ohio high school from 8% passage on the state science test to 54.5% in 2 years, collaboratively, within a contractual environment.

    Dr. Rhodes provides Expert Witness testimony and preparation services for districts and law firms. She is available to represent both Plaintiff and Defense. Dr. Rhodes' services are available nationally and internationally.

    Specialties Include:
    • School and School District Policy
    • Organizational Development, School, District Structural Planning
    • Standards of Administrative and Teacher Practice
    • Teacher Training / Evaluation, Administrative Training
    • School Climate, SEL, Discipline Methodologies, Applications
    • Diversity Issues within Personnel and Student Settings
    • Urban School Research
    • Deposition Digests & Document Review
    • STEM, Environmental, Magnet, and other Specialty Programming
    • Conditions Affecting Low-income Students: Mobility, Poverty
    • Urban Schooling / High-risk Settings
    • Innovative & 21st Century Practices - Domestic and Abroad
    • Academic Achievement and Program Development
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    What does it take to improve science performance in an inner-city high school? Could a science "immersion" strategy change motivation and interest in science? How can we meet a key strategic goal of our urban district: "All students graduate and are prepared for postsecondary education, successful careers and productive citizenship."

    Creative professionals in team-based work settings value work communications skills among their colleagues. As public schools create professional learning communities and experiment with teacher-led curriculum and program development, traditional interview processes may prove inadequate for these new collaborative environments. New and creative selection models may be needed to enable teacher or other professional teams to choose candidates with the 21st century skills needed for success. In public sector environments, work rules are often highly developed and professionals are entitled to interview. Qualifications, training, experience and seniority as determinants often get reduced to transfer rights using seniority as the main or only criteria. This trend detracts from creating a competitive environment in which to attract & retain a high-quality teaching staff. Solutions can be found within existing contract parameters, however, if the attributes necessary to teach 21st Century skills are actually required to be demonstrated, not just described, in the interview process.

    "All children can learn," is a catchphrase currently making the rounds in education circles, particularly in staff development activities (Pankratz & Petroski, 2003). De facto learning theory challenges the underlying assumptions of this phrase by examining how it is that learning in schools takes place. Using theoretical foundations of Dewey, Maslow, and Vygotsky, this essay will explore the fact that all children are, in fact, learning all the time, regardless of the actions of teachers, the content of the curriculum, or educational policy and practice.

    Critical to a dynamic STEM school is a high level of instructional rigor. While this is true in all STEM schools, it is a particular challenge in those programs that serve populations inexperienced with high levels of rigor in their previous coursework.

    OK, I did learn enough in 35 years of high school teaching, administration, and marriage to know one thing: The way to anyone's heart is through their stomach! Feed them, and they will come.

    Establishing a STEM High School (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics), and the Aiken Environmental, Ohio's first public environmental high school proved to be successful strategies to increase student engagement and raise standardized scores in science. High-poverty urban students from declining academic and disciplinary environments produced significant gains on science test results and credit attainment towards graduation. Using multiple overlapping rigor and SEL strategies, students experienced "science immersion," project-based learning, and a social-emotional curriculum that emphasized personal development and team/community-building skills.

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    Richard L. Swanson, PhD
    785 Tucker Road
    Suite G-154
    Tehachapi CA 93561
    USA
    phone: 530-277-9603
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    Richard SwansonRichard L. Swanson, PhD is a former School Administrator, Principal and Superintendent with over 39 years of experience in Education. He earned a PhD in Social /Developmental Psychology from the School of Education at UC Berkeley and has been a driving force in successful negotiations, mediations and several high-profile litigations of key Educational Issues which include Sexual Harassment, Student Complaints, Teacher Grievances as well as Discipline, Dismissal and Release.

    Dr. Swanson has worked directly with the Office of Civil Rights, the Department of Justice, the California Department of Education’s Fiscal office, the California State Controller and the California State Attorney General’s Offices. He speaks with articulate, persuasive and knowledgeable authority based solidly on his academic training and 39 years of practical experience. His credibility as an Expert Witness rests on 9 years as a teacher and instructional consultant, 12 years in the private sector as a manager/planner and financial executive and 18 years in school leadership as a principal and superintendent.

    Dr. Swanson has written over 16 teachers’ guides, one book on finance and numerous published articles on educational topics. He has expertise in:
    • School Reform
    • School Fraud Prevention and Prosecution
    • School Safety
    • Title IX Compliance
    • Teacher Discipline, Dismissal, Release
    • Special Education Compliance
    • School Improvement
  • NCLB and Achievement Gap Issues
  • Bullying / Harassment
  • School Facilities
  • School Finance
  • Educational Evaluation
  • Social Development
  • School Supervision
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    Dr. Joseph S. Schwartzberg
    1831 Goldenrod Lane
    Vista CA 92081
    USA
    phone: 760-705-0106
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    Dr. Joseph S. Schwartzberg, is an Educational Consultant / Expert Witness who provides consultation and testimony on cases involving students with disabilities.

    Dr. Schwartzberg was responsible for developing and administering legally compliant special education programs for the 14 districts of North San Diego County. For 13 years, he served as the Senior Director of the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education for the San Diego County Office of Education. For the 7 years prior, he was the Division Director for the Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

    Litigation Support - Dr. Schwartzberg provides expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He offers assistance with civil, family court, and due process (OAH) matters.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • IDEA
    • Inclusion
    • Mainstreaming
    • Standards of Care
    • Other Agency Responsibilities
    • Non-public Schools
    • Appropriate Programming for Students with Disabilities
    Certification / Credentials:
    • School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS)
    • School District Administrator (SDA)
    • Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential
    • Professional Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential : Health Science
    • Learning Disabilities, Emotionally Handicapped, General Special Education
    • Nursery, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6
    • Health and special classes of the orthopedically and similarly handicapped
    • Teacher of children with special learning handicaps
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    State University of New York - College at Buffalo
    Dr. Peter W. Loehr
    49 Louvaine Drive
    Buffalo NY 14223
    USA
    phone: 716-875-7694
    Dr. Peter Loehr has 22 years of experience in Education specializing in Personnel Decisions. He is a tenured professor of Educational Administration & Supervision at the State University of New York - College at Buffalo.

    Dr. Loehr's employment experience includes: Superintendent of Two School Districts, Director of Personnel & Labor Relations, Director of Curriculum, Elementary Principal, High School Assistant Principal, and Teacher. He has testified for both plaintiff and defense in Federal and State courts.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Personnel
    • Discrimination
    • Tenure
    • Employment Decision - Making
    • Negligent Hiring & Retention
    • Sexual Harassment & Hostile Work Environment
    • Employee - Youth Molestation
    • School Safety
    • Employee Discipline
    • Policy Reconstruction
    • Administrative & Educational Policies & Procedures
    • Supervision
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    Paul W. Logan, AIA, PCI, PSP, MSAJS
    Owner
    7300 Miller Place
    Unit A
    Frederick Colorado 80504
    USA
    phone: 303-295-1869
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    The Physical Security Architects, Inc. (PSA) is a professional security and forensic investigation firm focused on making the built-environment more secure and safer for its users. With specialized knowledge and experience in criminology, security, architecture and construction, we have a unique understanding and appreciation for how the built-environment contributes to the occurrences of criminal behavior and critical incidents. Our focus and our passion involve improving the security levels of protection within the built-environment thereby increasing the safety of its users.



    PSA was originally established in response to an overwhelming need relating to environmental criminology and physical security applications. Our company was founded upon principles and historic ideas embedded in concepts such as Problem-Oriented Policing, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, and Creating Defensible Space. We have combined specific knowledge and expertise in these areas with thirty-years of experience in architecture and construction in order to develop creative solutions to complex security-related problems.



    PSA is owned and operated by Paul W. Logan. Mr. Logan is Board Certified as a Physical Security Professional and a Professional Certified Investigator. He is a Certified CPTED Practitioner and is a Licensed Architect in numerous states. Mr. Logan holds a Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master of Science in the Administration of Justice and Security.



    Mr. Logan is routinely retained as a subject matter expert.