Faculty Spotlight

Insider Look: Faculty Discuss Their Compliance Careers

Faculty at Fordham School of Law are experts in compliance, who bring invaluable real-world experience to the classroom. Find out what they do in their day-to-day work, what inspired them to enter a career in compliance and why they’re excited to pass along their industry-relevant knowledge to students at Fordham University.

Paul Caufield

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Third Bridge

Read Paul’s faculty bio.

Nadine Jones

Vice President and Corporate Counsel, Kuehne+Nagel

Read Nadine’s faculty bio.

Eric Young

Senior Managing Director, Guidepost Solutions

Read Eric’s faculty bio.

About the Faculty and Their Accomplishments in the Field

What led you to pursue a corporate compliance career?

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Paul Caufield:

“I was a Manhattan prosecutor some — okay, many! — years ago and then in private practice working with companies. The New York Law Journal wrote a feature on my practice in 2007.

Another law firm read the piece and reached out, and they asked if I did anti-money laundering monitorships at banks. That’s how I began working in compliance for my current bank (IDB Bank). Today, after many years in Financial Crimes Compliance and Consumer Protection, I’m the chief risk officer.” 

Nadine Jones:

“I was first smitten by the compliance bug as an associate in a Washington, D.C. law firm. I was placed on secondment with one of the firm’s then-biggest clients and was part of the legal team responsible for developing guidelines. 

The guidelines could not be crafted in isolation of the business units and field sales representatives responsible for carrying them out in their day-to-day business. I loved that! Compliance can only be effective to the extent the business lives it day in and day out.”

Eric Young:

“I’ve always been fascinated by the critical link between corporate strategy and the right ethical culture. Corporate ethics and compliance is a natural bridge between the two because doing the right thing ethically builds the fabric across an organization.”

What is your interest area and/or expertise within the field? Any publications?

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Paul Caufield:

“9/11 had a profound impact on me. I was in the Manhattan DA’s office at the time. I’d only started my second week after having just moved up from Washington, D.C.

Combatting money laundering and terrorist financing has since been a driver for me as I’ve managed my career. There are people, families, friends who are ultimately affected, and I’ve never forgotten why financial crimes compliance professionals do what they (we) do.

I’ve written a book, ‘Getting to D.A.N.Y.: Lessons from a New York Job Hunt,’ and launched a podcast with Professor Zila Acosta-Grimes: ‘Opinions My Own: Expert Insights on AML, FinTech & the Law.’”

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Eric Young:

Can you share a professional accomplishment you’re most proud of?

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Paul Caufield:

“An early accomplishment was landing the job at the district attorney’s office in New York. I had no ‘ins.’ 

A later accomplishment was coming to teach here. I’ve always wanted to get back to teaching in some way. Fordham really is a special place.” 

Nadine Jones:

“I am most proud of having developed a compliance program for a multibillion organization that was relevant to the business needs and did not impede employees’ ability to carry out their duties, while implementing meaningful controls and guardrails.”

Eric Young:

“Remediating and transforming a global financial institution, despite intense regulatory and public scrutiny and multibillion-dollar fines, to the point that auditors and regulators considered my program effective and sustainable.”

“Compliance can only be effective to the extent the business lives it”

Nadine Jones

Nadine Jones
Vice President and Corporate Counsel, Kuehne+Nagel

“…doing the right thing ethically builds the fabric across an organization.”

Eric Young

Eric Young
Senior Managing Director, Guidepost Solutions

Why Fordham Is the Right Choice for Compliance Professionals

Why did you decide to teach at Fordham and what class do you teach?

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Paul Caufield:

“In college, I visited Fordham often and loved the people and the school spirit. Being in New York and being able to teach at Fordham Law now is such a reward. I’ve taught a fantastic course on anti-money laundering — I’m biased, I know — for the past two years. Next year, I’ll teach an introductory course on blockchain, cryptocurrency and the law.”

Nadine Jones:

“Antitrust was and remains my first love. I consider it a privilege to be able to introduce Fordham students to antitrust compliance.”

Eric Young:

“I’ve always wanted to pay it forward to our future compliance leaders as well as our current legislators and regulators. Joining Fordham Law in April 2020 was the perfect opportunity to do so. I teach Introduction to Corporate Compliance, Capstone Project and Compliance Risk Assessment.”

What do you enjoy most about working with students in Fordham’s compliance program?

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Paul Caufield:

“Students [at Fordham], they all want to be here. They’re into their careers and are intent on advancing themselves. I can’t say enough how much I enjoy going through each semester with them.”

Nadine Jones:

“I enjoy the questions, because it demonstrates that the students are processing what’s being taught. I enjoy it even more when they return to class the following week with examples of antitrust implications that they either saw or heard in the news! There is no greater feeling.”

Eric Young:

“They challenge me and enable me to grow personally and professionally. They are our future, and learning from them is as equally fulfilling as my paying it forward to them.”

What are your teaching methods and styles?

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Paul Caufield:

“Many parts Socratic method, a solid helping of pop culture, a splash of empathy — the students have got day jobs! — and a dash of humor.”

Nadine Jones:

“My classes are interactive, and I welcome the sharing of ideas. I also like to introduce real-world events into class that are relevant to what we are learning. Corporate compliance cannot exist in a vacuum.”

Eric Young:

“Socratic, learn by doing and enabling our students to succeed in a safe environment. I learn from them, too, by encouraging provocative thought.”

What do you hope students will learn from taking your class?

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Paul Caufield:

“I want them to walk out thinking, ‘I’m now dangerous in this discipline.’ I want them to know the textbook, of course, but above all I want them to be confident in applying it.”

Nadine Jones:

“My hope is that students will grow to love antitrust compliance and will understand that compliance violations are oftentimes bad decisions made by desperate people. I want my students to be sensitive to those conditions that might be fertile ground for violations.”

Eric Young:

“The importance, challenge, and fun of being a chief compliance and ethics officer (CCO) and how much of a productive, responsible and profitable experience it can be.”

“[My teaching method is] many parts Socratic method…and a dash of humor.” 

Paul Caufield

Paul Caufield
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Third Bridge

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