A new certificate program in regulatory compliance launched by the University of Maine School of Law this fall will help non-lawyer professionals at businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies across Maine navigate the regulatory minefield.
Maine Law’s innovative program – created in response to a growing need in Maine’s business community – is the first of its kind in the state and one of the few such programs in the nation offered by a law school to non-lawyers.
“Regulatory requirements continue to proliferate in volume and complexity and no organization in the state is immune,” said Andrew Kaufman, an experienced lawyer and Professor of Practice at Maine Law who is directing the program and will teach the introductory course on regulatory compliance on Oct. 13-14.
“This new program provides Maine business and industry, both large and small, with a convenient and thorough way to learn about the regulatory pitfalls and develop effective compliance programs that protect their organizations. Because the courses will be presented locally, organizations will no longer need to send managers out of state or bring in private consultants for compliance training.”
The initial slate of weekend courses for the 2017-18 year is designed for limited enrollment to enhance a small and collaborative learning environment. Maine Law plans to expand the program in the future by increasing class size and offering online courses to accommodate professionals in more remote areas of the state and around the country.
The certificate program consists of six intensive two-day weekend courses (1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays), with three courses offered in the fall (Oct., Nov., Dec.) and three more in the spring (Feb., March, April). All courses will be held at the University of Maine School of Law, located at 246 Deering Avenue in Portland. Certification requires completion of five of the six courses. The cost is $1,000 per course.
The courses will be led by an experienced slate of instructors drawn from the faculties of Maine Law, the University of Southern Maine, and from private practice. In addition to Kaufman, the instructors include Jeff Thaler, Ross Hickey, Dmitry Bam, Peter Guffin, and Dana Kerr.
The instructors are taking an interactive approach, combining lectures with case studies examining legal and ethical issues and simulations to encourage attendees to interact and learn from one another and the situations they face.
Topics covered include compliance and regulatory issues related to health care and research, privacy and cyber security, employment and human resources, enterprise risk management and insurance, and administrative law. Specific course descriptions are available on the program’s website.
Attendees will be taught to think proactively and preventively about compliance, Kaufman said.
Those who complete the certificate program will learn:
- The foundations, principles, and language of regulatory compliance
- The structure and operation of an effective compliance program
- The role of compliance programs and principles in overall enterprise risk management
- How to align a compliance program with the overall vision, mission, and goals of an organization – an alignment that is essential to the success of any compliance program.
“Noncompliance can threaten the success and the very survival of an organization and put its personnel at risk for civil and even criminal sanctions,” Kaufman added. “So we felt it was important to offer this program to help organizations develop compliance programs that allow them to navigate the regulatory minefield and actually enhance their prospects for success.”
The program will benefit a wide range of attendees, including executives and managers overseeing compliance and risk management functions, entrepreneurs and small business owners – anyone responsible for monitoring and complying with new laws and regulations applicable to their organizations.
The certificate program is made possible through a partnership with the University of Southern Maine’s Office of Research Integrity & Outreach and the Center for Technology Enhanced Learning and corporate sponsors Unum and WEX.
For more information or to apply, visit the program’s website.