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Should You Handle That Misdemeanor Case?

You get a call from a family member, friend, or client who’s either been arrested or will be soon with a misdemeanor, such as a DUI. Maybe you’re new to practice or criminal law isn’t your usual area. Should you take on the...more

The Strategic Use of Compliance

What is your company’s compliance strategy? By this I do not mean what is your company doing to put in a place a best practices anti-corruption compliance program that meets the requirement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

The Importance of a Code of Conduct

Companies and Chief Compliance Officers have taken significant actions to emphasize the importance of a company’s code of conduct. A well-designed code of conduct is a foundation for an effective ethics and compliance...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 108-Supply Chain Under the FCPA [Video]

In this episode I discuss several different risk based models to evaluate your supply chain under the FCPA or UK Bribery Act. ...more

Eighth Commandment of Government Contracting: Thou shalt maintain thy integrity

On reflection, most seasoned veterans of our business would tell you that your integrity — your reputation for honesty — is your most valuable possession in the business world, including Government contracting. Judging from...more

“Is the Current Compliance Model Working?”

An interview with Richard Bistrong. You must read it. Find out about bribery from the front line from someone who has been there, seen it, done it and got the jumpsuit. Originally published on...more

A former physician assistant student at Lock Haven University sued eight individual defendants (but not the university) after his...

A former physician assistant student at Lock Haven University sued eight individual defendants (but not the university) after his dismissal from the program, alleging civil rights violations. In Weil v. White,...more

ABA Takes Restrictive Approach to Use of Law Firm Letterhead in Debt Collection - ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and...

Brief Summary: The American Bar Association (ABA) has concluded that a prosecutor who allows a debt collection company to use the prosecutor's letterhead to demand payment from borrowers violates Model Rules 8.4(c) and...more

Atlanta Burns – the Bio-Rad FCPA Enforcement Action – Part III

On this date in 1864, the Union Army phase of the destruction of Atlanta began. While most Southerners credit Union General William T. Sherman with the burning of Atlanta, it was, in reality, Confederate General John Bell...more

fcpa Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 106-interview with Gini Deitrich [Video]

In this episode I visit with Gini Deitrich, well-known communications and PR expert and author of the recent book Spin Sucks. Gini discusses some of her lessons from this book for the compliance practitioner. ...more

IP|Trend: Ensuring an Environment of Compliance [Video]

There has been increased scrutiny on corporate compliance and ethics programs throughout the country. And corporations are increasingly moving to shore up those policies. But, how do you create an environment within the...more

Bribery and the Classroom (not in the Classroom)

“Mr. Bistrong, in the complaint it was alleged that you were a conspirator in bribing foreign officials in multiple countries, such as Nigeria, the UK, and the Netherlands, as well as bribing UN officials. Were there...more

Social Media for Attorneys: Good Business or Ethical Minefield?

Social media websites allow anyone — or more accurately everyone — to communicate and share ideas and opinions with a wide-ranging audience. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn provide an extraordinary means...more

Could Your Client’s Choice Of Service Provider Jeopardize The Attorney-Client Privilege?

Most of us realize that we give up a certain amount of privacy when we use Gmail or other providers that serve ads based on the contents of our email messages. But we probably aren’t in the habit of reading our service...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 105-interview with Barry Vitou [Video]

In this episode I visit with Barry Vitou, one-half of the bribery act.com guys. We discuss the current state of anti-corrruption prosecutions in the UK, the SFO and self-disclosure under the Bribery Act. ...more

Don’t Collapse in the Wind – Knowledge is Power

On November 7, 1940, high winds buffeted the Tacoma Narrows Bridge leading to its collapse. The first failure came at about 11 a.m., when concrete dropped from the road surface. Just minutes later, a 600-foot section of the...more

Nine Key Strategies to Boost Your E&C Program Effectiveness & Strengthen Your Corporate Culture

Creating an ethics and compliance program that reaches and maintains peak effectiveness—and supports a strong corporate culture—takes tremendous effort and an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement. In this post, we...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 104-interview with Russ Berland [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Russ Berland, who was outside counsel heading up the FCPA investigation for Layne Christensen. I discuss with Russ the fabulous he was able to achieve, a Declination to Prosecute from the DOJ and...more

Supplier Risk Management – Interconnected Processes

I recently read a book review in the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) by Archie Brown, entitled “One into fifteen”, where he reviewed the book “The Last Empire” by author Serhii Plokhy. Plokhy’s book is about the dissolution...more

Culture of Compliance: A Low-Cost Compliance Strategy

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest – Mark Twain Mark Twain would have been a terrific chief compliance officer. His words would have inspired people, and for those that obstruct...more

Photoshopping: One Lingerie Company is Bucking the Trend while Making a Buck

It is no secret that advertisements, especially for clothing, accessories, and even cheeseburgers. About a year ago, Brent (Lorentz, of the fellow Duets Blogger fame) discussed the prevalence of unrealistic expectations in...more

The State of the Compliance and Ethics Function: Insights to Improve Your Compliance Program

Did you miss our event in DC this past week? We co-hosted the event with the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) at their beautiful facilities in downtown Arlington. Ronnie Kann, Managing Director of Legal Risk & Compliance for...more

Tribute to Jack Bruce – Finding Talent to Support Your Compliance Function

Jack Bruce died last week. He was simply one of the greatest rock and roll bassist of all-time, as in ever. He helped form Rock’s first super group Cream when he joined with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker to...more

Obligations During the Ebola Crisis: Ethical and Practical Considerations

Providers and health professionals face many challenges in the shifting sands of the Ebola response, including the extent of their duties to each other and their patients and their obligations under a myriad of laws,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 102-interview with Bruce Carton [Video]

In this interview I visit with Bruce Carton, founder and editor of Securities Docket. We discuss the recently concluded 2014 Securities Enforcement Forum; its panels, discussions and vibe. ...more

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