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Past Events


The Key Components for Fraud Prevention and Early Detection
December 4, 2020, at Noon

Businesses, whether public, private, government or not for profits, are highly susceptible to fraud. Having critical controls in place and making sure they work reduces exposure for the company’s business, employees, vendors, investors and customers. Fraud prevention and early detection are two foundational musts to protect any business from losses, leading to bankruptcy, liability, and harmful business reputation exposure. David Malamed will use real case examples and key methods to prevent fraud from occurring, provide early detection techniques, and explain recovery sources in the event of a loss. The talk will cover:

  • Fraud awareness training
  • Why a whistleblower program is your number one fraud detection control
  • Employee monitoring
  • Common red flags of fraud
  • Sources for recovery 

About the Speaker

David Malamed, CPA, CA, DIFA, CPA (Illinois), CFE, CFI, CFF is the head of forensic accounting and chief fraud investigator at Cooper, Green & Warren LLP. He is a court qualified forensic accounting and fraud investigation expert specializing in fraud investigations and underlying damage quantification. He conducts and manages investigations on behalf of corporations, law firms, individuals, governments, law enforcement agencies and other public sector organizations. He also regularly publishes articles and video blogs on various fraud topics. Please visit to find out more about him.

This event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation and Crime (CBERC).


ComplianceNet Conference
June 3-4, 2019

The second-annual ComplianceNet conference took place June 3-4, 2019. Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and its Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance hosted the conference. This conference is designed to allow scholars from across disciplines and different legal and regulatory topics to exchange research and explore connections for collaboration.

The theme of the conference was Business Ethics, seeking to engage the question of how to run ethical companies, and how to encourage ethical behavior within organizations. The conference welcomes attempts to explore the strengths and limitations of various approaches, to identify how measurement strategies have shaped practices, and to understand how we can improve outcomes, for instance through new technology and combining methods.

Fishlinger Family Lecture
March 27, 2019

From the U.S. economy and earmarks to his political career and personal life, former Congressman Barney Frank weighed in on a diverse range of topics during the third annual Fishlinger Family Lecture. The discussion was moderated by New York Times journalist and opinion columnist Thomas B. Edsall.

January 26, 2019

C-BERC and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law will co-host at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, PA a symposium devoted to the topic of harmonization of laws and regulations, both across international borders and domestically. The colloquium will include presentations concerning corruption, contracts, corporations, financial law, sports gambling, the sharing economy, data privacy, intellectual property, and employment.


Fishlinger Family Lecture
The Hero's Farewell: Courage, Character, and Business Ethics in the Trump Era

Lecture by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies and the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management.

Professor Sonnenfeld emphasized the importance of ethical leadership and collective action. He said concerns regarding business ethics are not just about CEOs in the corporate world, but ethical scandals exist everywhere. They are in nonprofits, academia, sports, government, entertainment, and so on. He posited that just one person can make a difference and offered examples from recent news stories that demonstrate that when just one person acts, others follow. However, if no one acts, bystander apathy kicks in – that’s the psychological phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when other people are present. Read event highlights and watch video.

Workshop: Toward a life-course criminology of corporate crime
March 27-28, 2018

Leiden University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in conjunction with C-BERC hosted a workshop entitled “Toward a life-course criminology of corporate crime” in the Netherlands. The aim of the workshop was to bring together researchers working on longitudinal corporate crime data and, based on the results of their empirical research, discuss the opportunities and challenges of taking a life-course approach to corporate crime.


Inaugural Fishlinger Family Lecture

Corporate Prosecution and the Future of ‘Too Big To Jail’
Why is it so difficult to criminally prosecute responsible corporations and individuals for corporate crime?

Keynote lecture by Professor Brandon L. Garrett, Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law. This lecture highlighted important research by Garrett and was followed by a panel discussion by expert scholars and practitioners to address this important and timely issue.


  • Dr. Cindy Alexander, Law and Economics Center, George Mason University
  • Mr. Bruce Dubinsky, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps, LLC
  • Professor Michael Greenberger, University Of Maryland Center For Health And Homeland Security
  • Mr. Stephen Kroll, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board


Regulating Business Compliance: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why?

The question of how to best prevent and control corporate misconduct is a contentious one. The topic is controversial with different strategies and approaches generating considerable debate. One of the most commonly utilized mechanisms, government regulation, ranks among the most contentious. This panel brought together academics and representatives from the regulatory community to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the regulatory enforcement process based on empirical research and the real-life experiences of those involved in the process.


  • Professor John Braithwaite, Australian National University, RegNet
  • Professor Adam Finkel, University of Pennsylvania, Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Penn Program on Regulation
  • Bill Fishlinger, Esq., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, WRM America Holdings; Chief Executive Officer at Wright Risk Management, LLC
  • Dan Berkovitz, Esq., Partner, WilmerHale


Putting Integrity Into Finance: A Purely Positive Approach

Keynote lecture by Michael C. Jensen, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus Harvard School of Business Administration


  • Panel I: Measuring and Counting Malfeasance
  • Panel II: Foreign Corruption and the FCPA
  • Panel III: Financial Fraud
  • Panel IV: Contemporary Issues of Auditor Independence
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