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Sheppard Mullin's Nota Bene

Oct 24, 2018

Whether it’s improving company culture or changing internal policies and practices, organizations of all sizes are looking to institute reform. But just like with any change, often times, it doesn’t last. We’re exploring some ways organizations can institute sustainable reform.

Joining us to share his insight and lessons learned from his experience as a Federal Monitor overseeing the New Orleans Police Department is Jonathan Aronie. Jonathan is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Sheppard Mullin, and the co-leader of the firm’s Government Contracts and Internal Investigations Practice Group. In 2013, Jonathan was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to serve as the Federal Monitor over the NOPD Consent Decree, the most comprehensive Consent Decree in the country. He is the author of From Bourbon Street To The Board Room: Eight Aids to Sustaining Reform.

What We Discuss in This Episode:

  • How Jonathan became the Federal Monitor over the New Orleans Police Department Consent Decree
  • What is a Consent Decree?
  • Why do corporations undertake organizational reform? What triggers reform initiative?
  • The eight aids to sustaining reform that your company should consider undertaking
  • The importance of establishing reform that company personnel do not want to dismantle
  • How to insure reform efforts work (hint: you might have to let some people go!)
  • What benefit exists to allowing organization members to go out and “see the world”
  • How to measure your effectiveness when implementing reform?

Resources Mentioned:

Jonathan's From Bourbon Street to the Boardroom: Eight Aids to Sustaining Reform article

Contact Information:

Sheppard Mullin attorney profile

From the Big Easy to the Big Ten, and Beyond article 

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