Since launching in 2015, the Center for Compliance and Ethics has made great strides to improve the understanding and practice of compliance through educational programming, public-private sector dialogues, and research.
Temple Law students are now offered a full compliance curriculum with foundational classes and specialized courses on healthcare, international, and financial services. Our students are pursuing compliance careers by enrolling in our courses, participating in compliance practicums, and applying for our summer compliance fellowships. In 2017-18, 15 students were awarded paid summer compliance fellowships in Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco with more than a third accepting post-graduation roles. Our practicums were recently expanded to include the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The Center is emerging as focal point for interdisciplinary research. The Compliance & Risk Management eJournal, launched with the Social Science Research Network, has distributed more than 150 papers on cutting edge issues. Our first academic symposium, entitled The Caremark Decision at 21—Corporate Compliance Comes of Age, brought together academics, practitioners, and regulators with papers subsequently published in the Temple Law Review. The Center is also an important forum for public-private sector dialogues featuring global leaders in compliance, such as former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, former U.S. Department of Justice Compliance Expert Hui Chen, then U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger (E.D. PA), and Leonard McCarthy, former head of Integrity at the World Bank.
The Center is also growing. In January 2019, Beatrice Raccanello joined the Center as our Director. Prior to joining the Center, Beatrice managed Temple Law School’s Study Abroad Programs, including the well-known Temple Law Rome Summer Program. She has also launched numerous trainings and conferences for foreign professionals. A graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Fox School of Business, Beatrice brings both vast international experience and skill in facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration.
Looking forward, I am excited about our plans for 2019-2020. In the coming academic year, our students will be able to enroll in new healthcare compliance offerings and an informational privacy law and compliance course. We also intend to launch programming for U.S. life sciences compliance professionals and conduct our first international program in Japan. Closer to home, the Center will host a roundtable with SEC enforcement officials this coming fall. Our goal remains to create significant opportunities for our students, serve as a forum for private-public sector dialogues, and be a leading voice through our research, ultimately positioning Temple at the forefront of this rapidly evolving field.
Jon Smollen, Practice Professor of Law
Executive Director, Center for Compliance and Ethics