Saunie Schuster is a Partner with TNG, a national risk management legal consulting firm. Ms. Schuster is a recognized expert in preventive and civil rights law, notably in the fields of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct and violence, ADA and disability issues. Ms. Schuster has extensive experience and expertise in, and routinely advises clients on, employment issues, including conducting investigations of discrimination allegations. Ms. Schuster provides expert assistance to both public and private employers in policy development, faculty handbooks and employee manuals, and training for state and federal compliance. She provides coaching and mentorship for companies regarding employee issues. She also provides litigation consultation, expert witness support on cases involving harassment, discrimination retaliation and sexual misconduct in the workplace, and conducts civil rights-based investigations.
She has provided extensive consultation to and training for the U.S. Justice Department, Office of Violence Against Women, the White House Task Force on Sexual Assault and the Futures Without Violence organization.
Prior to joining TNG in 2009, Ms. Schuster’s legal experience included serving as the General Counsel for Sinclair Community College; as Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio and as the Associate General Counsel for the University of Toledo. In addition to her legal work in higher education, Ms. Schuster has over twenty-five years experience in college administration and teaching, including serving as the Associate Dean of Students at The Ohio State University, Director of the Office of Learning Assistance at Miami University and as Assistant Dean at Western College. She also served as a faculty member at The Ohio State University, Miami University, and Columbus State Community College.
She is a founding member and Board member of ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators), Past-President and current Board Member of NABITA (the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association). She was a longtime member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Columbus College of Art and Design and serves as Secretary to the Board.
Ms. Schuster holds Master’s degrees in counseling and higher education administration from Miami University, and completed her coursework for her Ph.D. in Organizational Development at The Ohio State University. She was awarded her juris doctorate degree from the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University. Ms. Schuster is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.