January 15, 2019


The Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility Program (CICR) was officially approved by the University's Academic Senate during a November 2018 meeting. The University's Graduate Board approved the academic component of the Program at its fall 2018 meeting on October 30th. Dean Regina Jefferson and Professor Sarah Duggin presented the plan for a new CICR certificate program, and the members of the Graduate Board voted unanimously to approve the proposal. The law faculty approved the program on May 18, 2018.

CICR offers students the opportunity to acquire skills lawyers need to work with government agencies, businesses and not-for-profit entities in the rapidly growing practice areas of legal compliance, internal investigations, and corporate responsibility. CUA Law alumni are already leaders in these cutting-edge fields in law firms, corporate counsel departments, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies as General Counsel, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officers, prosecutors, regulatory counsel, and policy advisors.

The program offers an introduction to critical skills and the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to individual interests. More than thirty current students have indicated an interest in CICR. The program expects to award the first certificates in May to students who have been working hard to meet the requirements in advance in the expectation that the program would be approved.

CICR has recruited a number of outstanding adjunct faculty members to teach courses this semester. Tara Giunta '86, a partner at Paul Hastings LLP, joins Professor Duggin to co-teach a course in Internal Investigations. Kelly Donovan '93, a Managing Director in the New York City Office of KPMG U.S. Advisory Services/Risk Management, and Chris Pilkerton '99, Attorney with the Small Business Administration, are co-teaching a class on Risk Management & Financial Audit. Chris Savage, Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, is also teaching the Information Privacy course, another CICR requirement already in place with respect to the Law and Technology Program.

If you are interested in learning more about this great new program, visit CICR's web page or  or contact Professor Duggin at duggin@law.edu .