The Heyman Center houses Cardozo's corporate law programs, which help students gain specialized legal skills in corporate governance, finance, fraud, internal investigations, taxation, and more. The 2008 financial meltdown gave way to new laws and practices in corporate legal compliance, risk management, and ethics for corporate lawyers. This has lead to an expanding role for corporate compliance programs in support of companies' efforts to identify and address corporate risk. 

Corporate compliance departments, more than ever, must ensure that an organization implements effective systems of internal control to adequately measure and manage the risks of doing business. These legal departments are also in charge of a company’s compliance with external rules imposed by federal and state regulators. The FCC, state Attorney General's offices, and other regulators also require lawyers with a deep understanding of current practices.

Companies need lawyers who are trained in new regulatory reforms and their impact on business decisions. Businesses' legal departments need lawyers who possess a high level of comfort navigating the complex regulatory changes.

The Heyman Center partners with major financial institutions in a variety of internship programs. The Heyman Center helps graduates transition to work in the corporate environment, sponsoring events to help build careers in compliance and to facilitate networking opportunities. Students who participate in these programs develop the analytical skills and knowledge of regulatory controls necessary to be effective counsel in any compliance situation. 

Relevant Courses

 Advising Board of Directors: Corporate Governance in Practice
 Antitrust Law
 Bioethics and Medical Humanities
 Bioethics and the Law
 Business Immigration, Workforce and Compliance Law
 Commercial Law
 Compliance in Financial Institutions
 Corporate Governance for Distressed Companies
 Corporate Internal Investigations
 Corporate Taxation
 Department of Financial Services Field Clinic Seminar
 Employment Discrimination
 Employment Law
 Environmental Law
 Ethics for the Business Attorney
 Information Governance Law
 Labor Law
 Private Equity
 Social Media Law
 Securities Regulations
 White Collar Crime

Externships in Compliance

 JP Morgan Chase Summer Associate Program
Through the efforts of The Heyman Center, JP Morgan Chase has chosen Cardozo as the only law school in the nation to participate in the JP Morgan Chase Summer Associate Program. 2Ls are selected to work as paid summer associates at JP Morgan Chase, where they enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about banking and financial services compliance law from within a leading global financial services firm. Successful participants often receive offers to join JP Morgan Chase full-time following graduation.
Heyman – ACCA (American Corporate Counsel Association) Program
The Heyman Center has increased the number of companies participating in the Heyman/ACCA In-House Counsel Internship Program. Through this program, Cardozo students have the opportunity to complete semester-long internships at leading companies for academic credit. Students work with in-house counsel, learning about the legal structure of the corporation and the role of the corporate counsel. In recent years, Heyman/ACCA students have worked at these companies.

Alumni in Compliance

 Adaeze I. Udoji
Analyst, Company Operations & Risk Management Compliance
, American Express | Global Compliance & Ethics
 “I graduated from college in 2008 with a degree in political science, and not with a business or banking related background. However, I graduated during the time that would become the beginning of a recession. Needless to say, I entered law school with a strong interest in financial services and its regulatory environment. Throughout my time at Cardozo, the Heyman Center presented additional opportunities for me to learn more about the industry and the rapidly changing regulatory environment in courses, and on campus events and networking receptions, where I could speak with attorneys in compliance roles. During my first-year summer at Cardozo, I participated in the Heyman Center’s Comparative Corporate Governance program, and I discovered that compliance was an area where I could bring my interests and legal studies together. As a compliance officer, I have an opportunity to work very closely with the businesses that I support and use what I learned in law school to solve issues in real-time. My day does consist of research and writing. But, compliance takes my responsibilities a step further in that my work must also answer the question, “so what?” I help the businesses that I support directly apply regulatory requirements into practical and robust business practices. Every day is different because the rules are changing and each issue can be complex, making compliance a very exciting environment to work in. I don’t think I could have found myself in my current position without first having my eyes opened to this practice area by the Heyman Center.” 

Adyo Sampson

Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

 “Working in Compliance for an investment bank is a unique and dynamic way to launch a legal career in the securities industry.  It provided an ideal opportunity for me to supplement my prior experience in Finance with an understanding of the regulatory framework governing the operations of a global financial institution.  This is also a great environment for sharpening analytical, interpersonal and decision-making skills.”

Zvi Dubitzky

 “For those seeking to expand their understanding of securities law and work at the forefront of the legal and finance industries, a career in Compliance is a great place to start.  Working in Compliance for an investment bank has provided me with the opportunity to advance my legal education, develop a deeper understanding of the capital markets, and build a strong foundation for my legal career”.

Eric Feuer, '95

 “Working in Compliance on the trading floor of a major investment bank has been a great opportunity to build on my corporate law education and apply it to real world business situations. In my current role I am addressing the regulatory developments that impact the businesses I cover and my position also gives me the chance to gain in-depth product knowledge.”

Activities in Compliance

Heyman Center Lunch Talk Series
Programs in compliance educate students on legal issues not normally covered in the classroom.  At Heyman Center Lunch Talks, senior officials of compliance departments in large financial institutions and companies give students important updates on recent laws and regulatory reforms, and a closer look at working in the field. Some of our talks feature recent alumni, who speak about their experience in compliance, and the road they took to get there.
Large Public Conferences
More info forthcoming. 
 “Wall Street Enforcement & Protection” (January, 2014)
Featured speakers:
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York
Steve Harbeck, President of Securities Investor Protection Corporation
Robert Khuzami, Former Director of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission
 “Political Intelligence, 10b5-1 Plans and Regulation FD – Insider Trading?” (November, 2013)
Featured Speakers:
Bonnie Jonas, Assistant U. S. Attorney, Southern District of New York
Herry Weiss, Chair Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group, Wilmer Hale
 “Should You Whistle? An Ethical Dilemma for Corporate Attorneys under Dodd-Frank” (February, 2012)
Featured Speakers:
George Canellos, Co-Director of the Division of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission
Linda Thomsen, Partner, Davis Polk
Jordan Thomas, Partner, Labaton and Sucharow


Jeff Reitman

Relevant Laws and Resources

 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
 United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines Manual
 NY Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual, Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
 Implementation of the Whistleblower Provisions of Section 21F of the Securities Act of 1934
 FINRA §3010 Supervision in a Broker/Dealer
 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Pub. L. No 106-102, Title V (Privacy)
 California Data Security Statute
 New York Data Security Statute
 Interagency Guidelines Establishing Security Standards
 US Patriot Act
 Customer Identification Procedures
 Suspicious Activity Reporting
 OFAC Regulations
 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977
 UK Bribery Act of 2010
 FINRA Social media Questions and Answers