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Compliance Blog: How Do You Know? The New Compliance “Hammer”


Ten years ago, when compliance programs were being established, the focus was on identifying, documenting, and communicating compliance requirements.  There was also an emphasis on communicating the consequences of non-compliance and the potential for significant financial penalties, criminal charges, and even court appointed monitors.  These consequences were like a compliance “hammer” and were used to get the attention of employees, management and leadership.  For the most part, it worked.

Today, regulatory oversight continues to increase with the enactment of new laws such as the Dodd-Frank Act and the Affordable Care Act.   It’s essential that compliance programs be structured to document and now demonstrate compliance with laws, rules, and regulations.

The basic elements of documenting and communicating compliance requirements remain at the core of a successful compliance program but, there’s an increased focus on answering a fundamental question: How do you know?  A response of “because we have documentation in place” may not be sufficient.  A more appropriate response might be “because we have substantiation and we can prove it.”  Regulators and auditors who are assessing the effectiveness of compliance programs are looking for substantiation.  Substantiation means determining ownership and accountability for tasks associated with compliance requirements at the individual level.  This may include attesting to completion of a compliance requirement, being able to explain why the requirement exists, or even producing documentation to support it.  Ultimately, it boils down to ownership and accountability – the new compliance “hammer.”

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Societal Impact Fair Huge Sucess


The objective of the Societal Impact Fair was to increase community awareness of the practice-ready programs offered by CharlotteLaw.  All 17 clinics, pro bono, and Small Practice Center programs were displayed using poster board sessions.  Faculty, staff, students, and clients were on hand to speak to members of local nonprofits, business and community leaders, as well as Charlotte citizens about the programs.  The fair brought in over 80 external constituents to the school as well as a local news station.  The newest clinic, Homeless Prevention, was a hot topic among the media as seen in the below news clip.  President Chidi Ogene commented that the event was a huge success and can be a springboard to more events that invite the community inside the walls of the school to spark conversation, collaboration, and mission integration.  Video and written testimonials of clients who have benefited from the clinics were collected to be utilized in further branding campaigns.



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Charlotte Law Hosts North Carolina Court of Appeals

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On September 21, 2015, Charlotte School of Law hosted the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  After a luncheon with senior leadership and listening to appellate arguments, the Court met with CharlotteLaw’s Moot Court Honor Board.  The students on the Moot Court Honor Board had the opportunity to sit in on the arguments and were given a special audience and Q&A session with the judges.

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Charlotte Law 2014-2015 Student Ambassador Award Honoree Continues to Exceed Leadership Expectations

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Each spring, Charlotte School of Law recognizes both faculty and students for their outstanding achievements to and beyond the Charlotte Law community. Awards are distributed from the following categories: Experiential Education (includes clinical and pro bono awards); Advocacy Board Service (includes Moot Court, Trial Team, Negotiation and IP Law Competitions); Academic Journal Service; Student Activities; Leadership and Service; and Campuswide. On April 15, 2015 at the Charlotte School of Law Annual Awards Ceremony, Maritza Adonis was honored with the 2014-2015 Student Ambassador campuswide award for her leadership and service beyond the Charlotte Law community.

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A few weeks later, on April 28, 2015, Adonis was appointed the National Deputy Chief of Staff of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA.) Her initial role was to assist the National Chair and Vice Chair with special projects and provide board support as necessary. Within days of her appointment, Adonis created a “Health Check” system that allowed her to independently evaluate each officer of the 34 member national board. This Health Check consisted of: 1) providing an overview of each officer’s constitutional requirements as defined by the constitution and bylaws of NBLSA, ensuring that each officer understood those requirements and rectified any gaps or overlaps if any became present; 2) constructing a working timeline to accomplish tasks as outlined in the constitution; 3) addressing concerns or questions that each individual officer had; and 4) recording each officer’s individual goals with their positions and conveying the National Chair, National Vice Chair or Treasurer’s goals if applicable to the respective officer. By NBLSA’s national joint board retreat in Baltimore, MD on May 28-30, 2015, consisting of over 100 regional and national NBLSA leaders, Adonis had completed over 95% Health Checks and the Health Check system became the board’s official internal evaluation procedure.

On May 30, 2015, in her capacity as National Deputy Chief of Staff, Adonis co-presented a presentation entitled “On-Boarding, Fiduciary Duties: From National Student Leader to Business Owner” with Kendra Brown, Policy Director of the Congressional Black Caucus. This presentation assisted regional and national NBLSA board members with recognizing their fiduciary duties to the organization beyond their regional and national student leader titles.

On Sunday, July 19, 2015, at the joint National Bar Association and NBLSA board meeting in Los Angeles, California, Adonis was promoted to National Internal Chief of Staff, which expanded her role to: 1) primarily being responsible for advising the National Chair and Vice Chair on board management; 2) maintaining and enhancing internal communications; 3) preserving institutional legacy; and 4) increasing accountability to NBLSA members. Other duties included briefing the National Chair on internal and external matters, coordinating the activities of NBLSA with other organizations,  and providing professional support to the 34 member national board. Adonis is currently gearing up for the successful implementation of NBLSA’s historic programming for Congressional Black Caucus conference week on September 17-20, 2015 in Washington. D.C., the 2nd Annual HBCU PreLaw Summit on September 24-27, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, and coordinating a plan of action for the Chair’s new internal board career development initiative.

Prior to her appointment as National Internal Chief of Staff of NBLSA, Adonis served as the 2014-2015 Southern Regional Pre-Law Director where she assisted with the coordination of the Inaugural HBCU PreLaw Summit in Durham, NC and served as the moderator of the law student panel. Adonis also served as a National Board member of the American Bar Association Law Student Division (ABA) and Co-Chair of the Resolutions and Advocacy committee, specifically representing the needs and concerns of law students across 17 law schools in NC, SC, VA, and WV. During her service as a national board member, Adonis initiated the first national public interest event at an annual conference, implemented the most comprehensive regional conference, and worked on initiatives such as the expansion of the Uniform Bar Exam to NY, removing the ban on students receiving both credit and pay for internships, and the 20 hour maximum work restriction. Additionally, independent of her role on the ABA national board, Adonis was the single student contributing member of the comments team for China’s State Council Legislative Affairs Office’s Draft Service Invention Regulations under the direction of the American Bar Association Section of International Law 2014-2015 Policy and Government Affairs Officer, Yee Wah Chin. At the end of her term, Adonis was awarded the ABA Law Student Division’s Silver Key award.

In addition to serving as a Charlotte Law student ambassador (not to be confused with the Charlotte Law Student Ambassadors program which Adonis is also a member of) in external leadership capacities, Adonis has served the greater Charlotte Community as a:

1) Housing Counselor for the Homelessness Prevention Project educating low-income residents of Mecklenburg County about their general rights as legal tenants;

2) Volunteer with the North Carolina Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes community event serving as a witness for Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Powers of Attorney;

3) Volunteer with the Southeast Asian Coalition providing prospective naturalization candidates with an eligibility pre-screening, in-depth information about the process and interview, and personal assistance with completing and documenting the Application for Naturalization (N-400);

4) Certified Legal Intern and Advanced Clinic Student with the Community Economic Development Clinic under the supervision of Professor Rocky Cabagnot acting as general counsel to nonprofit corporations and small businesses drafting corporate formation documents and assisting with acquiring tax-exempt status, and serving as mentor to junior clinic students; and

5) Inaugural student member of the Compassion Legal Ministry at New Beginnings Christian Church (NBCC) in Matthews, NC where she has assisted with the planning and implementation of the annual Legal Resource Fair (which Charlotte Law Experiential Education department has been a consistent supporter of); annual Community Wills Clinic co-sponsored with Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, Legal Aid, K&L Gates, LLP, and Duke Energy; “Know Your Rights” seminar in response to the recent policy brutality events, panel featuring one of Charlotte Law’s very own Professor Melissa J.Woods; and many more. Adonis was also honored with NBCC’s 2015 Excellence Award for her unrelenting contribution to the Compassion Legal Ministry.

Congrats to Maritza Adonis for her continued achievement and leadership beyond Charlotte School of Law as the 2015-2016 National Internal Chief of Staff of the National Black Law Student Association. Adonis currently serves as the Executive Chief of Staff of Charlotte Law Student Bar Association and the American Bar Association Law Student Division Liaison to the Section of International Law.

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Congratulations to Student Maritza Adonis!

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Charlotte School of Law 3L Maritza Adonis was selected as a spring 2016 intern with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC.) HKIAC is a reputed independent provider of innovative dispute resolutions services and one of the oldest arbitral institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. HKIAC is currently at the forefront of the international arbitration community for its innovative arbitration practices. HKIAC is one of the top choices for foreign parties to resolve their international business disputes. It is projected that by 2016, Hong Kong will be the leading global financial center surpassing London and New York. This internship will give Adonis an opportunity to diversify her international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution portfolio, better equipping her for the next stage in her career as an aspiring legal professional engaging in areas such as: International Arbitration, U.S. Policy and Administration, Community Economic Development, Youth Empowerment and Development, and Corporate Social Responsibility.


Prior to receiving this opportunity, in summer 2015, Adonis was selected to intern with the leading business law firm in the Baltics, Valiunas Ellex, (ranked as Tier 1 since 2008(Legal 500)). Adonis received this opportunity through the inaugural Charlotte Law Lithuania Study Abroad Externship program. Other students, through the externship program, were selected to intern with the Supreme Court of Lithuania’s Civil and Criminal Division.

Adonis interned for the Dispute Resolution practice group, under the supervision of ICC Arbitrator and renowned Lithuanian arbitrator and Counsel Vilija Vaitkuve Pavan, with a primary focus on international commercial and investment arbitration. Tasks included analyzing Bilateral Investment Treaties and various resolutions of investment and trade disputes; drafting post-hearing briefs and other procedural documents for commercial and investment arbitration disputes under ICC, VIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID jurisdictions; and assisting with the protection of investment in Eastern Europe under bilateral and multilateral investment promotion and protection treaties.

In summer of 2014, Adonis obtained a Global Arbitration Certificate at Queen Mary University of London Centre for Commercial Law Studies, School of International Arbitration under the direction of globally renowned International Arbitrator Loukas Mistelis, and served as Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Orlando Prescott, Administrative Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. Adonis hopes to translate the theory acquired from her Certificate program and skills obtained from her previous internship experiences to her internship position at HKIAC. Some of Adonis’ duties will include reading, commenting on, and drafting documents or correspondence related to current international arbitration cases. Adonis will also be required to undertake an individual research project under the supervision of the Secretariat of HKIAC.

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