Rebecca Walker is a partner in the law firm of Kaplan & Walker LLP, a firm that specializes in corporate compliance and governance located in Santa Monica, California, and Princeton, New Jersey. For over 20 years, Rebecca has specialized in advising clients on the development and implementation of compliance programs. She has also served as a monitor for the Department of the Air Force and as an independent consultant, reviewing programs for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Rebecca is the author of “Conflicts of Interest in Business and the Professions: Law and Compliance,” published by Thomson West, as well as numerous articles and studies. She chairs the Practising Law Institute’s Compliance and Ethics Essentials Institute in New York and the Advanced Compliance and Ethics Workshop in San Francisco and serves on the Advisory Board of “Compliance and Ethics Professional” magazine. Rebecca received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
An E&C program must be effective -- not necessarily convenient. Does the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer have enough authority and autonomy? What's being reported to the Board, and does the Board have proper oversight of the E&C program? These are just some of the factors that influence the effectiveness of an E&C program.