Center Leadership

  • Jon Smollen
    Practice Professor of Law Executive Director, Center for Compliance and Ethics

    Jon Smollen teaches Introduction to Compliance and leads the Center for Compliance and Ethics. The Center is dedicated to improving the understanding and practice of compliance through innovative courses and educational programming, public-private sector dialogue, and academic research and thought leadership. He also serves as the co-editor of the Center’s Compliance & Risk Management e-journal.

    Prior to joining Temple Law, Jon spent twenty years in legal and compliance leadership roles in the healthcare industry and government. He also was in private practice in Washington, D.C. and served as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge James P. Jones. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

  • Jonathan Lipson
    Harold E. Kohn Chair Professor of Law Faculty Advisor, Center for Compliance and Ethics

    Jonathan Lipson holds the Harold E. Kohn Chair and is a Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law. He teaches Contracts, Bankruptcy, Corporations, Commercial Law, Lawyering for Entrepreneurship, International Business Transactions, and a variety of other business law courses. In addition to Temple, he has taught at the law schools of the University of Wisconsin (where he held the Foley & Lardner Chair), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Baltimore.

    His research focuses on problems of governance and information asymmetry in business failure: Who decides how to fix broken companies, and who must reveal what information in order to do so? He has written scores of articles and book chapters considering these questions from a variety of perspectives, focusing in particular on the role of contracting practices, external investigation, and directorial duties.

  • Beatrice Raccanello, Esq., MBA
    Director, Center for Compliance and Ethics

    Beatrice Raccanello serves as the Director of the Center for Compliance and Ethics. Her interest in compliance started in 2015 when she was a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Compliance and Ethics to assist with the initial launch. She is eager to continue leading Center activities in providing student and professional education programs, fostering academic research and thought leaderships, and advancing the public-private sector dialogue in this rapidly evolving area.

    Prior to joining the Center, Beatrice worked as Assistant Director of the Study Abroad program in the Graduate and International Programs office at Temple University Beasley School of Law. In the international office, she managed Temple Law Study Abroad Programs, including the well-known Temple Law Rome Summer Program, and organized several training workshops and conferences for foreign professionals.

    She is an Italian national with a J.D. equivalent from Bocconi University in Italy, an LL.M. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and an MBA from Fox School of Business.