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    Dangerous Documents: Avoiding Land Mines in Your Records and Emails - Approved for 2.0 HRCI General Recertification Credits and Eligible for 1.5 SHRM PDCs

    Date: February 18, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
    Ericka Carmona-Vega
    Gaithersburg Hilton, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
    $55.00 Walk-ins
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    We're excited to welcome guest speaker Nancy Singer founded Compliance-Alliance LLC in 2004 to specialize in the professional development for government and industry staff. She has taught over 1700 government and industry officials how to improve their communication skills. 

    About the Program:

    As you have read in the newspapers, companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Boston Scientific, and Synthes were criminally indicted and paid multi-million dollar settlements. They have learned that a seemingly innocuous phrase such as, "This will negatively impact the bottom line…" in a private email from an employee can be used to undermine the employee’s credibility, cost the organization money, and have a negative effect on the organization’s reputation.

    The thousands of emails sent over an organization’s server on a daily basis can be retrieved indefinitely. To survive in our litigious society, employees need to understand what they should or should not write in their emails and other documents.

    In this hands-on session by industry expert Nancy Singer (formerly a US Department of Justice Prosecutor and defense lawyer), you will have the opportunity to analyze improperly written documents and revise them, so they will reflect the reader’s true intent.  You will leave the session with actionable and practical information that you will be able to use immediately.

    Topics include:

    • Who can be held liable under the law

    • How the scope of a person's authority determines his/her accountability

    • How to write informative documents that don't make the writer a target

    • How to distinguish between fact and opinion

    • Who should not be writing opinions on regulatory issues

    • The information to include and exclude when writing meeting minutes
    • How sticky notes on files can cause trouble for organizations during a lawsuit
    • The unrecognized dangers in casual emails
    • Words that will attract the attention of prosecutors or plaintiffs’ lawyers

    What people have said about Nancy’s class


    “Nancy gave me a new perspective on how to write documents. I can immediately use
    the information that she provided ”
     Marla A. Phillips, Ph.D. Director, Xavier Health Initiatives, Xavier University

    “A fantastic presentation, filled with real-world examples of what not to do. Nancy’s interactive style and sense of humor make this a ‘must-see’ presentation.”
     Deborah Baker-Janis, Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist, ACell, Inc.

    “The information that Nancy teaches about good documentation practices is great.
    I recommend her class to all of my clients. She helps company employees write documents that
    are clear, concise and factual, without embellishments that could expose organizations to
    challenges during audits.”

    Denise Dion, VP QA/RA EduQuest, former FDA Investigator

    About the Speaker:

    Nancy Singer founded Compliance-Alliance LLC in 2004 to specialize in the professional development for government, association and business professionals. She has taught over 1700 people how to improve their communication practices.  She is on the faculty of George Washington University Medical School and Health Science Program, and she has taught classes at Johns Hopkins University, University of Southern California, and Harvard Symposia. Previously she served as Special Counsel for the Advanced Medical Technology Association. For her efforts to improve communication between the government and the regulated industry, Nancy received Vice President Gore’s Reinventing Government Hammer Award and the FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation. She began her career as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice doing litigation for FDA enforcement cases. Subsequently she was a partner at the law firm of Kleinfeld Kaplan and Becker.  Nancy is a retired commander in the Naval Reserve.

    Registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.