Compliance, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility

Corporate compliance and ethics, with an emphasis on professional responsibility in practice, is one of the most exciting and fastest growing global markets for legal services.  With increasing frequency, lawyers are tasked with drafting, implementing, and managing corporate compliance and ethics programs.  This class will explore the reasons for as well as the structure and implementation of such programs. We will focus on the roles in-house and law firm lawyers play in compliance and ethics risk assessment and in designing effective and complementary ethics and compliance programs. There will be a particular focus on global anti-bribery and corruption matters.

Students will examine and discuss a variety of readings and related materials, including news reports of current compliance failures. The class will include lectures by academics, corporate counsel, and business executives in order to provide students with a better understanding of the challenges of implementing an effective global compliance program.

Course Materials:  Course materials will consist of relevant statutes and regulations, scholarly articles, cases, government enforcement guidance, corporate codes of conduct and related materials, and news articles covering timely compliance, ethics, and professional responsibility topics.

Sequence and Prerequisites: None.

Evaluation: Final Examination