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Compliance and legal: Different but aligned

Deena King (deenaking@uttyler.edu) is the Chief Compliance Officer at The University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas, USA. Destinee Waiters (dwaiters@suffolk.edu) is the Associate General Counsel at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

What’s the difference between an organizational legal function—legal affairs, general counsel, etc.—and the compliance function? Several years ago when Deena, a compliance professional, was hired by Destinee, a general counsel, to build the first-ever compliance program in the organization’s history, Deena heard this question a great deal. Even the most experienced compliance professional may still have questions, and there are several possible answers depending on who you ask. We believe it is worth sharing an answer to that question that worked for us.

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