Institute for Compliance in Financial Markets

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Institute for Compliance

Felice Batlan, Director
565 W. Adams St., Room 765
Chicago, IL 60661
P: (312) 906-5341

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Institute for Compliance


The Institute for Compliance promotes careers in financial compliance, trains and prepares students for such careers, increases knowledge of the importance of compliance, and provides various events for the Chicago-based compliance and legal community. It is the first institute of its kind located in a law school.

Spring 2015 Classes

Course information for Compliance-related classes is now available. Click here to learn more about recommended classes.


Debt and the American Dream, presented by the Illinois Humanities Council's John A. Wing Society

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Mesirow Financial - James Tyree Auditorium
353 N Clark St

The Illinois Humanities Council presents a discussion of the past, present and future of debt in American life in a conversation that connects economics, policy and culture. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Speakers include Amir Sufi, Chicago Board of Trade Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago and co-author of the award-winning House of Debt; Terrence Young, Director of Commercial Banking at Chicago's Urban Partnership Bank; and Annie McClanahan, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The conversation will be moderated by Anna Kornbluh, Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Some things they'll discuss:

  • How have debt, lending and financial institutions shaped the economic and cultural life of the American middle class throughout our history?
  • How has the financial crisis changed the way we think about national identity? How has it influenced popular culture?
  • What is the role of the financial sector in driving prosperity after the Great Recession?

For more information, visit the IHC's website.

Anti-Money Laundering Association (AMLA) Full Day Event: Dr. Amit Kumar

Anti-Money Laundering Association

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM EST
1455 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20004

Attend in person or via teleconference/webinar

On June 10, the AMLA presents an all-day event for policy and strategy experts, law enforcement practicioners, anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance professionals, and others.

AMLA Senior Fellow Dr. Amit Kumar will present on India's fast-changing AML/CFT world of compliance. 

The program will address many issues, including: 

  • What are the current and evolving terrorist financing and money laundering trends in India?
  • Why is it critical and timely for the US AML/CFT compliance world to focus on India?
  • How are these measures making India an attractive destination for US investment and trade and for the US banking, insurance, and security industries?
  • What implications do these developments have for US policymakers and strategists, US law enforcement agencies and personnel, financial institutions that have operations/branches in India, and AML/CFT compliance professionals?
  • What are the avenues and opportunities for growth of the US AML/CFT sector in India?

The cost for AMLA members is $200.00 per person; for non-members, the cost is $400.00. CLE credit will be provided.

For more information, visit the event page on the AMLA website.
Click here to register for the webinar and/or teleconference
If you'd like to attend in person in Washington, D.C., RSVP to

>> Learn more about the Institute of Compliance's past events.

Elements of the Institute

Lecture Series

The Institute for Compliance holds a number of lectures and conferences related to current issues involving compliance. These events provide free CLE credit and are open to the public. 

Compliance Career Conversations

Chicago-Kent has numerous alumni who work in compliance—some in very senior positions. Using these connections, the Institute hosts a series of relatively informal discussions about careers in compliance for students and alumni.

Traders at the American Stock Exchange in New YorkClasses

The Institute for Compliance has created a curriculum for those students interested in compliance. The Institute arranges for a number of semester-long courses that are offered to IIT Chicago-Kent students. Chicago-Kent course offerings include Introduction to Compliance, Futures and Derivatives Regulation, Securities Regulation, Banking Regulation and Business Ethics.

Internships and Externship Opportunities

Internships and externships in compliance departments are crucial for training students so they acquire real-word, everyday experience regarding how compliance departments function and the types of issues those departments handle. The Institute for Compliance seeks to foster and find compliance-related internship and externship opportunities for Chicago-Kent students. 

Board of Advisors

The Institute's Board of Advisors consists of leading practitioners in the compliance field, including general counsels at major investment banks, numerous chief compliance officers, partners at law firms, and former regulators.


Professor Felice Batlan is director of the Institute for Compliance. She can be reached at

Abby Schwartz Eisenberg is assistant director for the Institute for Compliance. She can be reached at