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Components of Effective Compliance Programs Through the Lens of the DOJ

You can hear about the chief components of an effective program and our MLS program in a webinar with Seattle U Law faculty member Frank DiMarino. Professor DiMarino, JD, LL.M., served as an assistant United States attorney for 18 years, presenting cases before the U.S. District and Appeals Courts while prosecuting corporations and individuals for crimes such as wire and bank fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, and tax evasion. Professor DiMarino oversaw corporate compliance programs as part of criminal sentences under the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

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Beyond ‘Checking the Box’: Cultivating a Culture of Compliance

We spoke with Tanner, who received her JD from Seattle University School of Law, to learn more about this and other innovative approaches to compliance. Tanner is the director of integrity and compliance learning and senior corporate counsel at Microsoft. Also, she is a faculty member in Seattle U Law’s Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program.

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The Role of the Compliance Officer in Advancing Racial Justice

Seattle University School of Law’s Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program spoke with affiliate faculty member David Chen, JD, in a webinar that explained the necessity for compliance professionals to look at their work through a race equity lens. Chen is general counsel and director of legal affairs and compliance at a technology firm in Seattle. 

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Attorney Jennifer Williams Chose Seattle U Law’s MLS Program to Pivot Her Career to Compliance and Risk Management

Jennifer Williams is an attorney who chose Seattle U Law’s Online Master of Legal Studies program in Compliance and Risk Management to help her transition from working as a litigator in private practice to working in compliance at a state agency.  

She graduated from law school in Texas and practiced family and civil litigation for five years. In May 2019, she began working for the Washington State Government. She says she quickly saw the need and the demand for risk management and compliance skills. “That’s what helped draw me into the Seattle University Law’s MLS program,” she says. “I need to wear ‘new hats’ in my new role. Also, I need to fill in and broaden my knowledge base. I want to expand my career options beyond what is possible with only a JD degree.”

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After Three Semesters, a New Job in the C-Suite

After three semesters in Seattle U Law’s Online Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program, Cynthia Scott landed a senior vice president position at a Seattle-area bank.

“I would not have applied for or received this position without being in the Seattle U program,” says Scott. “This is a C-suite role. There were five levels of interviews, including with the board of directors, who I report to.” At each level of interviews, said Scott, everyone mentioned her participation in the master’s program. 

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How Remote Work Is Impacting Corporate Compliance

​By affecting where we work, the pandemic has shifted the corporate compliance landscape. The move to an online or work-from-home model has disrupted corporate compliance processes and procedures for many businesses and organizations. However, at the same time, the remote work format has introduced new compliance challenges and potentially greater risk. To promote compliance and minimize risk, organizations must review and realign compliance policies to engage employees in remote environments. 

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Risk Management is a High-Demand Field

Risk has always been a part of business. Yet today, with globalization and an increasingly complex regulatory landscape, the stakes are higher than ever. As a result, the risk management job market is growing. Risk managers and compliance experts play a vital role in business success, both by helping to avoid threats and by identifying opportunities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role that risk managers play in organizational success. Also, businesses are looking for qualified risk management professionals who can help them navigate this new normal. There has never been a better time to pursue a Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management and advance your career as a risk manager. 

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Important Dates


Application Deadline

August 7th Fall 2021 Term

Next Start

September 7th Fall 2021 Term

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August 24th, 2021, 6pm PT/ 9pm EST

“Our curriculum is designed to help leaders see beyond ‘checking a box’ and learn to ethically create value for any organization.”
Linda Hiemer, JD, Senior Director, Graduate Law Programs, Seattle University School of Law

“The rapid expansion of teleworking and remote operations management occurring across the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will forever change the way companies need to address organizational compliance and ethics.”
David Chen, JD, Affiliate faculty and Seattle University School of Law alumnus