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Effective torture does not make torture acceptable

Note: This post is a deviation from my normal topic and expresses a personal political view. I appreciate your indulgence. I can no longer remain silent. I hope that others abandon their silence and speak loudly on...more

No Attorney Disbarment In NJ for Misappropriation of Law Firm Funds

As we are taught in law school, and as some members of the public find hard to believe, attorneys are held to the highest ethical standards. One of the surest ways for an attorney to secure his or her disbarment is to...more

The “New Reality” for Corporate Boards

I have very little patience for a corporate board that fails to do its job. A board usually consists of talented, successful and experienced professionals. They have seen good and bad business practices in their days....more

Avenues for Reporting Employee Concerns

We all like to make things more complex or difficult than they need to be. Consider that a life lesson that we can share with our children, assuming they are even listening to us these days....more

Before Driverless Cars, Questions

Although it is unclear when autonomous vehicles will be hitting the roads, what is clear is that this technology is coming. Automakers to suppliers to lawmakers to insurers will want to carefully consider the following issues...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Prefiled Legislation - The Senate finished their prefiling this week on December 10 and the House prefiled over 180 bills on December 11. Highlights from this week’s prefiles include measures related to: ethics...more

NAVEX Global’s Most Popular Ethics & Compliance Matters Articles from 2014

This year, we relaunched our blog with the goal of better serving the ethics and compliance community, providing deeper insights on topics that matter most to E&C professionals, as well as best practices and practical steps...more

Ethical Issues For White Collar Defense And Investigations Lawyers - Part 1 of 3: Joint Defense Agreements

Recent corporate scandals have made effective and honest corporate governance the chief priority for every company. Proactive and incisive white collar defense counsel in this area is a must. Reacting swiftly to serious...more

Scrooge and Corporate Settlement Agreements

Although there seems to be a difference in the precise publication date between the online reference sites This Day in History and Wikipedia, today we celebrate the Charles Dickens’ work A Christmas Carol, which both sites...more

The Eve of Destruction and Tone at the Top – You Are Who Say You Are

In 1965 the single Eve of Destruction was released. It was written by an 18 year old named Phil Sloan and was sung by former member of the New Christie Minstrels named Barry McGuire. To top it off, it was produced by Lou...more

Seven Key Actions to Accelerate Your Ethics and Compliance Program

We always hear (and talk about) the rise in the compliance profession. Yes, there is increased demand for CCOs and compliance officers. More lawyers are transitioning into the compliance profession....more

The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 114-Doing Compliance, The Book [Video]

In this episode, I discuss my recently released book, Doing Compliance: Design, Create and Implement an Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Program...more

Hidden Traps: Subject Matter Conflicts of Interest in Patent Prosecution

Attorneys who have been practicing for more than a day are familiar with the process of conflicts of interest searches. A new client comes into the office or firm, the attorney or conflicts team searches a client database for...more

On Compliance Leadership: From Edward VIII to LeBron James

On this day in 1936 King Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He chose to abdicate after the British government, public and the Church of England condemned his decision to marry the...more

Advice on Medical Marijuana for Lawyers in Pennsylvania

The Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 811 et. seq. (CSA), enacted in 1970, provides that marijuana is a "Schedule I" drug because, in the words of the CSA, it has a "high potential for abuse," "no currently...more

International Anti-Corruption Day

Today is International Anti-Corruption Day. This occasion is a good opportunity to think about whether your organization has sufficient systems, policies and controls in place to ensure ethical and responsible business...more

Supreme Court Case Brings Pregnancy Discrimination Act back into the Spotlight: Key Legal and Cultural Issues Employers and...

When Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, it sent a message to employers that it wasn’t okay to continue discriminating against women because they were pregnant, could become pregnant or because of...more

A Question of Ethics: The Year in Government Ethics

As long as there are governments, there will be government corruption. The temptations to abuse power are never going away, and neither is human frailty, which means government ethics will remain an important issue for, well,...more

Friending and Following Jurors: The Ethical Boundaries of Researching Jurors on Social Media

What are the ethical boundaries of an attorney’s internet research of jurors? Before the ubiquity of the internet, an attorney obviously couldn’t walk up to a potential juror in a restaurant and strike up a conversation. But...more

Ethical Culture: Action Speaks Louder Than Words

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often” – Mark Twain If you are too busy to read my posting, all I ask is that you read the Mark Twain quote and apply the message to creating an ethical culture....more

Happy Talk and the Compliance Gap – Paper v. Reality

There is nothing more infuriating in the ethics and compliance world than a Chief Compliance Officer who relies on Happy Talk reports to senior managers and the Board. The CCO who engages in Happy Talk does a disservice to...more

Don't get Scrooged: Remember to Follow Holiday Ethics Rules

'Tis the season for holiday cheer, but before you grab that cookie or accept a holiday gift, you should take a moment to contemplate whether it complies with applicable ethics rules. While this may cause you to say “bah,...more

Can Your Employees Understand Your Policies? How Readability Impacts Your Ethics & Compliance Program Effectiveness

I’m a new mom of a beautiful 16-month-old little girl. One of her newfound loves is watching a television show called “Sofia the First.” Sofia is a little girl who suddenly becomes royalty after her mom marries the king....more

C-Suite Risks and Compliance

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore. – Yogi Berra With all the hubbub about ethics and compliance, senior managers somehow are able to escape any focus or responsibility for compliance programs except in a managerial...more

Sherlock Holmes and Innovation in the Compliance Function, Part II – The Sign Of Four

Today we honor Conan Doyle’s second Sherlock Homes novel, The Sign of Four. The novel was published in 1890 but the story is set in 1888. The story entails a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the...more

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