W13: Yin and Yang—Leveraging the Strengths of Legal and Compliance


Compliance Lawyer


Deena King, Director of Compliance, Texas Woman’s University

Destinee N. Waiters, AVP Compliance & General Counsel, Texas Woman’s University

  • There is sometimes confusion on the different roles compliance and legal play in an organization; understanding what these differences are and how to leverage the strengths of each can help institutional compliance programs be more effective.
  • Some of the key roles of compliance include designing and implementing internal controls such as risk assessment, policies, procedures, trainings, and audits with the combined goals of detection, correction, and prevention of compliance incidents.
  • Some of the key roles of legal include research, legal and regulatory interpretation, and defending the actions of the university when a legal matter arises; when compliance and legal work together risk is reduced and compliance programs are strengthened.

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