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Whistleblower Laws in the 21st Century: Greater Rewards, Heightened Risks, Increased Complexity

Whistleblower Laws in the 21st Century: Greater Rewards, Heightened Risks, Increased Complexity

The Law School, through its Center for Government Law and Public Policy Studies, and in conjunction with the bar associations for Dauphin and Cumberland counties, is hosting a program examining modern use of whistleblower laws. In the 21st Century, whistleblowing has become very big business. In the last five years, for example, the U.S. Justice Department reports more than $19 billion recovered through False Claim Act cases alleging fraud against the government, including more than $12 billion recovered in cases in health care industries involving nursing homes, pharmaceutical sales, and hospice. And in 2013, whistleblowers acting as qui tam plaintiffs alleging fraud filed suits at a rate of about 3 to 1 compared to federal prosecutors acting alone.

The speakers include Kathleen Clark, Professor of Law at Washington University Law in St. Louis; Claudia Williams, Associate General Counsel, The Hershey Company; Jeb White, Esq., with Nolan Auerbach & White; Scott Amey, General Counsel for the Project on Government Oversight (POGO); Stanley Brand, Esq., Distinguished Fellow in Law and Government, Penn State Dickinson School of Law; Dr. Raymond Gibney Jr. Associate Professor of Management, Business Administration, Penn State Harrisburg, and former Assistant United States Attorney David R. Hoffman, Esq. 

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. For more information call Robin Fulton at (717) 241-3504.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Apfelbaum Family Auditorium and Courtroom, Carlisle, PA; Simulcast to Greg Sutliff Auditorium, University Park, PA

Thursday, March 20, 2014 — 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Apfelbaum Family Courtroom & Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, PA
Simulcast to Greg Sutliff Auditorium, University Park, PA


 1:00 p.m.
Introduction

What is a Whistleblower? Lance Cole, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Government Law and Public Policy Studies, Penn State Dickinson School of Law

1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Panel One: Whistleblower Policy Issues

What Is It Like To Be a Whistleblower? Stanley M. Brand, President and Founder, Brand Law Group, Washington, D.C. and Distinguished Fellow in Law and Government, Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Working with Government Whistleblowers: Scott H. Amey, General Counsel, Project on Government Oversight, Washington, D.C.

Commentators:  Professors Lance Cole and Kathleen Clark

2:15 to 2:45 p.m.
Audience Q&A (and Break)
2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
Panel Two: Business and Corporate Whistleblower Issues

Plaintiffs Perspective: Joseph E. B. “Jeb” White, Nolan Auerbach & White, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Corporate/Defense Perspective: Claudia M. Williams, Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment, The Hershey Company, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Who Should “Benefit” from Settlement of Whistleblower Cases? Professor Katherine Pearson, Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Commentator:  Professor Raymond Gibney, Jr. and David R. Hoffman, Esq.

3:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Audience Q&A (and Break)
4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Keynote Address (and Audience Q&A)
The Law of Whistleblowing: An Overview & International Perspective — ​Kathleen Clark, Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Reception

 

PROGRAM FEES*

  General Registration
    With CLE credit $99
    Without CLE credit $0

  Dickinson School of Law Alumni and Cumberland and Dauphin County Bar Association members
    With CLE credit $49
    Without CLE credit $0

  Penn State Law Student/Faculty/Staff
    With CLE credit/Free
    Without CLE credit/Free


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  *Please note that you must attend the full program in order to receive CLE credit.

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