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Critical Research Compliance Update for Universities: Focus on the Thousand Talents Program and Export Control

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: August 27, 2020

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The Department of Justice has research universities in its crosshairs.

American universities and their faculty are prime targets for China’s Thousand Talents program. The ongoing stream of DOJ cases against professors who failed to comply with disclosure requirements have not yet implicated universities themselves. However, the DOJ could pursue universities for potential criminal or civil liability for violations associated with obtaining and/or performing federal research grants, to include potential issues associated with the Thousand Talents Plan and other export control regulations. 

The growing and evolving risks make painfully clear the importance of having an airtight research compliance program in place. That imperative got a bit trickier recently when the DOJ updated the guidance document used to evaluate the effectiveness of university compliance programs.

To help you ensure compliance and avoid the potentially dire consequence of DOJ investigations, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with expert attorneys from the law firm Baker Donelson to present this vital CLE-eligible distance learning program. Join us for:

Critical Research Compliance Update for Universities: Focus on the Thousand Talents Program and Export Control

During this detailed webinar, our team will provide you with immediately useable strategies for solidifying your compliance program while providing insight into the risks associated with the Thousand Talents Program and other export control regulations. Here is a sneak peek at the agenda:

  • How competing priorities make implementing compliance programs a challenge
  • Why recent events highlight the need for universities to have robust compliance programs
    • Thousand Talents Plan
    • DOJ prosecutions involving Thousand Talents Plan participants
    • Geopolitical forces
    • DOJ update to compliance plan evaluation guidance
  • The benefits of effective compliance programs
  • The elements of an effective compliance program
  • Steps universities should take to review and update their compliance programs
  • The role of risk management in compliance
  • The use of data in implementing compliance programs
  • Understanding the types of federal contracts that may require the establishment of an insider threat program

Meet Your Presenters:

Ivan BoatnerIvan Boatner, JD
Of Counsel
Baker Donelson

Mr. Boatner joined Baker Donelson after spending 14 years as general counsel for Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a large government contractor, where he was responsible for overseeing all legal matters, in addition to serving on ORAU’s Strategic Leadership Team. Mr. Boatner’s duties at ORAU included responsibility for contractor assurance activities such as environment, safety, and health (ES&H), security, risk management, quality, project management and internal audit. Prior to that, he served as a federal litigation attorney for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge Operations. Throughout his career, Mr. Boatner has developed close relationships with decision makers at government contractors in both Oak Ridge and throughout the DOE complex. He is the co-author of the JD Supra article “Thousand Talents Program Exposes New Legal Risks for Universities” (July 2020).

William BeasleyWilliam Beasley, JD
Associate
Baker Donelson

Mr. Beasley is a member of Baker Donelson’s Advocacy Department, where he assists clients in general business-related litigation matters. He is the co-author of the JD Supra article “Thousand Talents Program Exposes New Legal Risks for Universities” (July 2020).

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