ACC Compliance and Ethics Committee March Newsletter
Message from the Chair  
Your Compliance & Ethics Committee Leadership Team (2017-2018)  
Upcoming Committee Meetings and Legal Quick Hits  
Other Upcoming Events  
Articles/ Publications of Interest  
Member Spotlight  
Sponsor's Corner - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP  
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Message from the Chair
Melanie Condron

Happy New Year to all of my Compliance and Ethics peers! I’m thrilled to kick off 2018 with you and  our now 7500 members globally. This is my  fourth year serving on the Compliance and Ethics leadership team, where I have held various roles. During this time, I have had a chance to get to know a lot of you and really learn what ACC has to offer our community. If you want to take full advantage of your membership, get involved! Here are a few ideas:

Showcase your subject matter expertise!

The C&E Committee offers numerous ways to spotlight YOU! In conjunction with our sponsor, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, we present a Legal Quick Hit (“LQH”) each month. Each LQH is about 20-45 minutes in length and addresses a hot topic impacting our C&E practice. If you are not into speaking, publish an article with us and be featured in the ACC Docket.

Facilitate discussions!

Every day, each C&E Committee member has the opportunity to gain valuable peer insight and benchmark your program or discuss best practices – it’s free and it’s easy! Ask a question or start a conversation today through  eGroups. We have over 4,200 ongoing discussions going now!

Come out!

As one of ACC’s largest committees, we have a huge presence at ACC events! There are so many ways to be present, network with our peers, and develop some meaningful relationships. ACC events allow you to socialize with other professionals who share your enthusiasm for Compliance and Ethics! Our Annual Meeting is in Austin, Texas from October 21-24. Registration is open!

If you’re reading this but have not joined, you’re missing out! We are one of ACC’s largest committees - Join us here. I look forward to hearing from you, working with you, and better yet – meeting you in person!

Warmest regards,

Melanie Condron
Chair, ACC Compliance & Ethics Committee

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Your Compliance & Ethics Committee Leadership Team (2017-2018)


Melanie Condron
Accenture Federal Services, LLC

Co-Vice Chair


Co-Vice Chair

Mario Cox
Accenture Federal Services, LLC

Debra Cheng

Caterpillar Inc



Charles Neff
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Advocacy Chair

Aryeh Friedman
Dun & Bradstreet

Membership Chair

Julie Gresham
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Programs Chair

Emily Vijayakirthi
Black & Veatch Corporation

Publications Chair

Jessica L. Palomino
Digital Risk, LLC

Immediate Past Chair

Kate Arthur
McLane Company, Inc.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings and Legal Quick Hits

We hope you join us at upcoming meetings of the Compliance & Ethics Committee.  The Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm Eastern/10:30 am Pacific. 

The Compliance & Ethics committee is always interested in hearing from its members about new topics. If you have a topic or are interested in speaking during a Legal Quick Hit, please contact Emily Vijayakirthi at or Ashley Laney at  
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Other Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting - The Compliance & Ethics Committee is excited about the ACC Annual Meeting in Austin, TX on October 21-24! Be on the lookout for the Committee’s Annual Meeting panel discussion topics, and don’t forget to check out the Sponsor’s Corner below for future updates on fun and educational activities planned by our sponsor, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP.  

Click on the green archive button at the top of each page to view the recorded presentations.

January 17 - In the Know: Third Party Legal Opinion and Pitfalls for Compliance and Ethics Counsel

February 22 - Getting It Right When It All Goes Wrong: Leading Management Through and Internal Investigation

March 21 - Trump DOJ Asks 115 New Compliance Questions - You Might Have to Answer Them

April 18 - Implementing a Successful Compliance Program

May 16 - Important Steps to Prepare for the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

June 20 - The Legal Ethics Media of Social: What Lawyers Need To Know

July 18 - E-Discovery and the Work- Product Doctrine

August 15 - Tips for Law Enforcement Interactions Before, During, and After a Data Breach

September 19 - What Does It Mean?!  Making Sense of Recent Immigration-Related Tweets and Announcements

October - Social Media 101 - Live at Annual Business Meeting at AM17

December 12 - A True End of the Year Gift: FCPA “Wrap up”

January 18 - Cyber Risk in the Internet of Things

February 20 - The World Turned Upside Down: Preparing for the GDPR
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Articles/ Publications of Interest
Paid vs. Un-Paid Internships

Have you considered on-boarding an intern but don’t understand whether they should be paid or not? Most of us have! So much so, that in January of 2018 the United States Department of Labor released new guidelines under the Wage and Hour Division clarifying whether interns and students working for “for-profit” employers are entitled to minimum wages and overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Courts use the “primary beneficiary test” to determine whether an intern or student is, in fact, an employee under the FLSA. The 7 test factors and further information can be found on the Department of Labor website:

Ethically, how do you feel about unpaid internships? Is this a practice our profession should adopt? Does your company host an internship program? Tell us more about it and join in on other discussions on the eGroups. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this hot topic.

· Other Committee-Developed Resources and ACC Docket and ACC Digital Docket articles of interest:

o  “How to Interpret the Yates Memo” by Claire J. Rauscher, Attorney – Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

o  “An In-House Counsel’s Guide to Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege” by Alison Bost, Attorney – Womble Carlyle Sandridge& Rice, LLP, and Shawn Haque, Corporate Counsel – Accenture Federal Services LLC
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Member Spotlight
Meet Aryeh Friedman, Advocacy Chair 2015-18, VP, Associate General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Dun & Bradstreet

 Aryeh has been on the Compliance and Ethics committee since 2010. He has held positions such as Membership Chair, Vice Chair, and Advocacy Chair. During his time as Advocacy Chair, he has tackled interesting issues around NYDFS and Compliance Officer Criminal Liability, filing amicus briefs in actions that would impose personal liability on in-house counsel, under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and most recently, he is working on comments to the Indian Committee of Experts White Paper regarding the proposed new Indian Privacy Law.

His favorite ACC benefits include: “ The ACC Annual Meeting – the variety of topics is wonderful for two reasons. First, for the issues, I need to address today (privacy and compliance), and second, for the items, I would like to learn about for my own development and growth. So while my day job is as with respect to privacy and compliance at a public company, I am very interested in non-profit volunteer board work and the programming addressing that topic is of great interest. It is also a phenomenal networking opportunity.”

ACC – with the information packets that are available there. It is one of my first “go to” places. As folks say, when you do a web source, you have to be careful about the reliability of the information you are getting. When you go to the ACC website, you know it has been fully vetted, thought out and completely reliable.”

eGroups The daily group email is one of my favorite tools – it helps me see what issues are current, many of which I have thought about but several which I have not.” In addition to the Legal Quick Hits, – “The Legal Hits are also very helpful, timely and useful. Again, they are sometimes on issues I am dealing with regularly, at times they are not, but if and when they do arise, I can address them more expeditiously and knowledgeably.

Outside of Committee Leadership, Aryeh is the VP, Associate General Counsel, and Chief Privacy Officer for Dun & Bradstreet in Short Hills, New Jersey. Before his time at Dun & Bradstreet, Aryeh represented notable companies such as Pfizer, BT Americas, Inc., and AT&T; specializing in the areas of Antitrust, Privacy, and Compliance. Now, he focuses on traditional compliance work, anti-corruption, export control, AML and KYC, and code of conduct investigations; in addition to his responsibilities as CPO. Aryeh keeps track of privacy laws in over 100 countries. His work is truly global!

Besides in-house counsel work, Aryeh teaches “Ethics & Social Responsibility” at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Remarkably, he has taught at Wharton since 1982 with his first-course being, “Legal Aspects of Marketing and Antitrust.”

In his spare time, Aryeh likes to travel the world and enjoys learning about other cultures. He enjoys visiting historical and natural sites from Galapagos to the Great Wall in China, or terra cotta soldiers in Xian. He is a huge Jazz fan and while traveling likes to visit local Jazz clubs. 
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Sponsor's Corner - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Exciting things are happening at Womble Bond Dickinson!

Many of you knew us as Womble Carlyle, but as of November 1st, 2017, we are now Womble Bond Dickinson*, a transatlantic law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers based in 27 UK and US office locations, including the firm’s newest offices in Boston, California, and Edinburgh. By size, the combined firm is a Top 20 firm in the UK, Top 80 firm in the US, as well as a Global Top 100 firm by annual revenue with a client base that includes more than 250 publicly traded companies.

The combined firm will have eleven key sectors: Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer, Transport & Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Communications & Technology and Private Wealth.

We look forward to serving as the sponsor of the Compliance and Ethics Committee again this year and introducing you to our newest attorneys across the pond. We have been working with the programs chair, Emily Vijayakirthi and the publications chair, Jessica Palomino, to provide an excellent line-up of legal quick hits and publications for this year. Topics include Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Conflicts of Interest, Employment, GDPR, Immigration, Whistleblower, Compliance and Ethics in Healthcare, Legal Ethics of Social Media and more.  If you are interested in co-presenting one of these topics, please reach out to Ashley Laney ( or Emily Vijayakirthi (
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