#MeToo and Beyond: Lessons for Compliance, Investigations, and Governance

Brochure cover for PCCE's #MeToo and Beyond event


The objective of the conference was to bring together academics, government officials, general counsel, compliance officers, and white collar defense lawyers for an off-the-record discussion on the lessons learned from #MeToo. The conference began with a discussion of corporate investigations and the unique crisis management challenges that arise in this area. It then examined issues of corporate governance and disclosure. The next panel considered the appropriate role for compliance in handling sexual harassment and misconduct claims, the impact the #MeToo movement has had, and should have, on compliance generally, and the interplay between compliance and other departments, including HR. The conference closed with a discussion on the challenges distinctive to universities and nonprofits.

Keynote Speakers:

Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Senator, District 34 (D-Bronx/Westchester)

Rachael Denhollander, Lawyer & Sexual Abuse Activist


Morning Keynote:

Rachael Denhollander, Lawyer & Sexual Abuse Activist

Panel 1: Crisis Management and Investigations

Moderator: Anne Milgram, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, NYU School of Law

  • Stephanie Douglas, Senior Managing Director, Guidepost Solutions
  • Lisa Friel, Special Counsel for Investigations, National Football League
  • Mary Beth Hogan, Co-Chair, Litigation Department, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Nancy Kestenbaum, Partner and Co-Chair, White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice, Covington & Burling

Panel 2: Issues Surrounding Governance & Disclosure

Moderator: Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, NYU School of Law

  • Antonia Apps, Partner, Milbank; Lecturer, Harvard Law School
  • Rebecca Boon, Senior Counsel, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann
  • Jane Levine ’85, Executive Vice President, Chief Global Compliance Counsel, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Sotheby’s
  • Brande Stellings, Principal, Vestry Laight
  • Maria Vullo ’87, Senior Fellow, PCCE, NYU School of Law; Founder, Vullo Advisory Services, PLLC

Afternoon Keynote:

Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Senator, District 34 (D-Bronx/Westchester)

Panel 3: Compliance Considerations in the #MeToo Era

Moderator: Timothy Lindon ’80, Senior Fellow, PCCE, NYU School of Law

  • Hui Chen, Compliance Expert and Founder, HuiChenEthics.com
  • Kurt Drake, Vice President, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Kimberly-Clark
  • Lucy Fato, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, AIG
  • Katherine Forrest ’90, Partner, Cravath Swaine & Moore
  • Eugene Soltes, Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Panel 4: Special Considerations for Non-Profits & Universities

Moderator: Allison Caffarone ’03, Executive Director, PCCE, NYU School of Law

  • Helen Cantwell, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Apalla Chopra, Chair, Labor and Employment Practice, O’Melveny & Myers
  • Marjory Fisher, Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator, Columbia University
  • Ann Tenbrunsel, David E. Gallo Professor of Business Ethics, University of Notre Dame
  • Nicholas Wittner, Professor of Law in Residence and previous Acting Chief Compliance Officer, Michigan State University College of Law