The GC and the CECO: Partners at the Table

The Compliance Strategist

, Corporate Counsel

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The old model of compliance subordinated to legal needs to evolve to meet the heightened challenges and risks of the modern corporate landscape.

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  • Not a lawyer anymore


    At the very core, this is about professionalism and living up to what is expected of you as a professional. You can either be average or you can exceed by bringing real value to your organization.

    When we view our professional obligation as only to follow the law, we lower the bar. When we live up to what is expected of us as professionals, we do what is right, and we raise the bar.

  • ChicEsq.

    Yes, let’s get stated.

    The saying goes that “the cover-up is worse than the crime.” The point is that, just like the “empty suit” defense by the Board of Directors, the traditional “deck and cover” or “lawyer up” response simply isn’t working. There have been far too many corporate scandals where corporate officers should have known better. Using GM as the poster child, one simply has to wonder what the lawyers were thinking. A memo telling people not to use certain words?

    Corporate scandals come at the cost of profits, jobs, and reputations (both corporate and individual). When lawyers view their job to hide the truth by covering everything with “privilege”, gaging and firing the whistleblowers, and constructing the cover up, society suffers. When compliance is regulated to just “did we follow the rules,” society suffers. As professionals, isn’t time to step up to the plate and figure out a better way?

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