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In the final article I offer a look at the emergence of compliance law. This
essay completes the issue by returning back to theory. I do not offer a
definition of compliance law but rather reflections on a term in its infancy.
What compliance law is will remain unsettled for as long as the fluid meaning
of compliance persists.
There are many people to thank in launching this Journal. First, it is
necessary to express my gratitude to Loyola University Chicago School of
Law for establishing the Center for Compliance Studies so that we can start
to “think” more deeply about compliance in today’s world, and in particular
to Larry Singer’s persistent support. Should compliance establish itself as an
academic discipline, it will be in no small part due to Professor Singer’s
foresight. The current editorial board has enthusiastically embraced the
Journal’s mission under the managing editorship of Ryan Whitney and has
also launched the Journal’s companion blog entitled “Inside Compliance.”
Under Mr. Whitney’s leadership, I already look forward to our second issue
which is well underway and promises to be an excellent evolution of this first
issue. I wish to add a special thank you to the inaugural managing editor,
Benjamin Bresnick. Mr. Bresnick graduated before this issue could be
published but he was instrumental in the initial groundwork and provides
invaluable on-going advice. The technical production of this first issue is due
almost entirely to Corinne Nierzwicki, who worked carefully and diligently
throughout the summer of 2016 and into the fall semester on the painstaking
details of editing and layout. The existence of this issue should serve as a
public commendation for Ms. Nierzwicki. Finally, a thank you to Lindsay
Dunbar, Esq. who provided the administrative leadership to establish the
platform and organizational structure for the Journal with efficiency and
managerial finesse which I can only teach but cannot do. Without Professor
Dunbar’s efforts and patience, page 1 would never have happened.
There is a long way to go in thinking through compliance, so let’s begin.
Ryan Meade, JD, CHRC, CHC-F
Loyola University Chicago Journal of Regulatory Compliance
September 20, 2016