American Whistleblowers Live at Baruch
Oct 21, 2014
from 12:45 PM to 02:15 PM
|Where||55 Lexington Avenue (enter on 24th or 25th), Room 14-220|
|Contact Name||Matthew LePere|
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Every year, thousands of Americans witness wrongdoing on the job. These workers discover waste, fraud, abuse or malfeasance that could jeopardize the lives of others, or well-being of the public. They may see food processing plants sending contaminated and dangerous meat to consumers, nuclear facilities in gross violations of safety protocols, a chemical company dump hazardous waste into rivers unlawfully, or accounting fraud that deceives thousands of stockholders.
Most employees remain silent, typically out of fear of losing their positions. Others choose to risk their professional (and personal) well-being and come forward with the truth. They seek to make a difference by “blowing the whistle” on unethical conduct in the workplace.
About the Program
Our panel features those who summoned the courage to speak out when witnessing wrongdoing. We will be joined by one of the most famous whistleblowers of our time, Enron’s Sherron Watkins and Jon Oberg, whose actions helped save billions of taxpayer dollars. Also featured are experts in supporting whistleblowers and making sure their disclosures, and the risks they take, make a difference.
This event is the first stop in the Government Accountability Project’s 2014-2015 annual American Whistleblower Tour, which seeks to educate the public - particularly the future workforce - about the important role whistleblowers play in promoting government and corporate accountability. GAP's American Whistleblower Tour, by presenting the first-hand stories of historic whistleblowers who disclosed corporate fraud, will teach attendees:
- what whistleblowing is – and isn't
- the difficult challenges whistleblowers face when deciding to disclose wrongdoing
- why whistleblowers must be honored and protected to maintain an effective democratic capitalistic society
- how the current regulatory landscape both fosters and hinders whistleblower disclosures
About the Speakers
With special guests...
As President, Louis serves as a spokesperson and public ambassador for GAP, and frequently negotiates with government and corporate officials about legal cases and social reform initiatives. Louis often meets with international delegations from all over the world in order to describe GAP's methodology, the laws that are needed to protect employees who speak up about problems, and how to use information to promote progressive social change. In his role as Corporate & Financial Accountability Director, Louis oversees numerous cases involving widespread financial fraud.
Jennifer M. Pacella is an Assistant Professor of Law at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business. Jennifer is also a member of the Curriculum Faculty Committee of the Government Accountability Project. Her scholarship focuses on the structure and effectiveness of federal whistleblower programs, specifically in the securities law context, as well as the anti-retaliation protections and bounty rewards elements of these programs. Prior to joining the Zicklin faculty, Jennifer served as a law clerk to Judge Julio M. Fuentes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced business law in Shearman & Sterling LLP’s New York office.
Jordan A. Thomas is an American attorney, and writer, speaker and media commentator on securities enforcement, corporate ethics, and whistleblower issues. He is a partner and Chair of the Whistleblower Representation Practice at Labaton Sucharow LLP (2011–present), where he represents whistleblowers reporting violations of the federal securities laws to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Prior to entering private practice, Thomas served as an Assistant Director and Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement (2003–2011) and as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice (1999–2003). He began his legal career as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Navy (1995–1999).
About the Government Accountability Project
The Government Accountability Project is the nation's leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, GAP's mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. GAP's American Whistleblower Tour aims to educate the public – particularly university students – about the phenomenon and practice of whistleblowing.
12:00 pm - Registration and lunch
12:45 pm - Panel Discussion
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