'Whistleblower Law in the 21st Century' talk set for March 20

Whistleblowing has had a long and colorful history in the U.S. In the last five years the U.S. Department of Justice reported more than $19 billion recovered through False Claims Act cases alleging fraud against the government, including more than $12 billion recovered in cases involving health care industries. 

On March 20, the Center for Government Law and Public Policy Studies at Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law, with the bar associations of Cumberland and Dauphin counties, will host a program that will examine the modern use of whistleblower laws, titled "Whistleblower Laws in the 21st Century: Greater Rewards, Heightened Risks, Increased Complexity." The program will begin at 1 p.m. in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom & Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pa., with simulcast to the Greg Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, University Park. The public is welcome and CLE credits are available.

“The complexity of the issues surrounding whistleblowing cases can trigger investigations that last for years, impacting not only the companies but also their shareholders, customers and the whistleblowers themselves,” explained elder law expert professor Katherine Pearson. “We have brought together panelists from government, private practice and academia to give participants a well-rounded perspective on the issues.” 

“Recent Department of Justice, and Securities and Exchange Commission policy initiatives have made corporate compliance and handling of corporate whistleblowers a 'growth industry' for the legal profession, and this program will examine those important recent developments,” added professor Lance Cole, director of the Center for Government Law and Public Policy Studies.

Speakers and panelists include:

-- Kathleen Clark, John S. Lehman Research Professor at Washington University Law in St. Louis

-- Claudia Williams, associate general counsel, The Hershey Co.

-- Jeb White, with Nolan Auerbach & White

-- Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight

-- Stanley Brand,Distinguished Fellow in Law and Government, Penn State Dickinson School of Law  

After a brief introduction on the precise definition of whistleblowing, panel one will discuss policy issues from the whistleblower’s perspective and explore strategies for working successfully with government whistleblowers. Panel two will focus on business and corporate whistleblower issues including both plaintiff and defendant perspectives as well as who should “benefit” from settlements. Kathleen Clark, John S. Lehman Research Professor, Washington University School of Law, will wrap up the program with a keynote address on the future of whistleblower laws in the U.S.

CLE credit for lawyers

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this program for 4.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure credit, and 0.0 hours of ethics, substance abuse and professionalism credit. Attorneys seeking credit in states other than Pennsylvania will be provided with a uniform attendance certificate to self-report. Certificates will be mailed within 30 days of the program date.


Cost for CLE credit is $99 for nonalumni attorneys and $49 for Dickinson School of Law alumni, and Cumberland and Dauphin County Bar Association members. It is free to those not seeking CLE credit.

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Last Updated July 22, 2015