Wearing Two Hats - Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer

Date: Wednesday November 28, 2012 | Time: 8 am PDT | 11 am EDT


In-house counsel roles have been expanding in recent years to include serving as corporate compliance officer in addition to performing traditional legal duties. While many counsels believe that these roles are really one and the same, they are truly distinct. The role of compliance officer is also expanding rapidly in a new era of increasing regulatory enforcement.

This webinar will examine the challenges facing counsel who also have the title or function of compliance and ethics officer for their companies. We will explore the inherent conflicts, the recent trends and views of the government on the topic, and the skills necessary to function effectively if performing both roles.

  • What history tells us on the topic - Case Studies
  • What the government has to say on the topic in recent years
  • What it means to be “Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer”
  • Conflicts that arise in the roles
  • Systemizing and automating processes that help playing the dual role
Amy E. Hutchens
JD, CCEP - General Counsel, Vice President Compliance & Ethics Services
Watermark Risk Management International, LLC

Ms. Hutchens currently serves as Watermark’s General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance and Ethics Services. Previously, Ms. Hutchens was a Special Assistant United States Attorney and an Air Force Judge Advocate, attaining the rank of Major, before beginning her civilian career as in-house employment law and compliance counsel to a large and diverse government contractor. Ms. Hutchens has a passion for helping organizations do right by their shareholders, employees, clients, customers and communities, and by doing so, mitigate the business risks associated with ethical and compliance failures.

Ms. Hutchens has federal criminal and civil litigation experience, as well as extensive experience advising executive management on personnel and compliance and ethics matters. She has worked with companies large and small, privately held and publicly held, in the commercial and federal contractor sectors, to help them develop and mature the compliance and ethics infrastructure required by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. She has developed, implemented, audited and managed all aspects of compliance and ethics programs including assessing risk, drafting internal policies, training employees at all levels, developing employee codes of conduct, and establishing monitoring and investigative protocols to maximize value and effectiveness in compliance and ethics programs.

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