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Jenner & Block Partners Thomas C. Newkirk and Andrew Weissmann will make a presentation at Bloomberg University on "The Post-Enron World: New Developments in the Law."
Mr. Newkirk and Mr. Weissmann will discuss the recently published Ethics and Compliance Handbook: A Practical Guide for Leading Organizations. The Handbook is a guide to the implementation of organizational ethics and compliance programs. The first-of-its-kind book was written over a period of eighteen months by leaders in the ethics and compliance field, and Jenner & Block was the sole law firm involved in the project. The goal of the Handbook is to create an industry-wide standard for ethics and compliance programs, so that practitioners can consult the Handbook for guidance and not simply rely on governmental pronouncements such as Chapter 8 of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the Securities and Exchange Commission's "Seaboard Report."
They will also discuss the work being done by Mr. Weissmann and others at the Firm through amicus briefs, law review articles, and other means to set a new standard for corporate criminal liability that would restrict corporate criminal liability by disallowing imputation of an employee's conduct to an employer where the employer has a robust compliance program.
Mr. Newkirk is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Securities Litigation Practice and a member of its Corporate, White Collar Criminal Defense and Counseling, and Securities Practices. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Newkirk was an Associate Director of Enforcement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he led the investigations of some of the SEC's most significant cases. In March 2008, Mr. Newkirk was chosen by Legal Times as one of seven "Leading Lawyers" in the area of Internal Investigation/Corporate Governance.
Mr. Weissmann is a former Enron Task Force Director and former Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He recently was selected by a panel of top ethics experts as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere magazine. His practice concentrates on internal corporate compliance and investigations, including representation before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and state and local authorities.