July 11, 2008

Jenner & Block Partner Andrew Weissmann and Associate Matthew W. Alsdorf took a leadership role in originating, writing, and editing The Ethics and Compliance Handbook: A Practical Guide for Leading Organizations, which was recently published by the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association.

The handbook is a practical 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 from a wide variety of major companies and other organizations. 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.

The handbook promises to be of significant interest to in-house counsel, senior management, boards of directors, and ethics/compliance officers.

It addresses 10 key components of an effective program, including chapters on undertaking risk assessments, creating an ethics and compliance office, and handling internal investigations. Rather than offer a series of "dos and don'ts," the book delineates the issues that an effective program should address, as well as the potential benefits and drawbacks of different approaches to each topic.

For more information, please visit the ECOA website ( or contact Mr. Weissmann at or Mr. Alsdorf at