The FCPA Blog is the granddaddy of all the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act blogging. It was founded nearly 10 years ago by Dick Cassin and is recognized as one of the top sources for all things FCPA and compliance related.
The FCPA Blog has had more than 350 individual contributors over that time and as a Contributing Editor to the site, I am proud to have been one of that number. It is as vibrant today as it has ever been.
I thought about all of this when I attended, the inaugural FCPA Blog NYC Conference last week in New York City. It was a great tribute to Dick Cassin, the founder and editor-in-chief of the FCPA Blog, and to his son Harry Cassin, the CEO of the organization.
The metaphor that Dick Cassin used in his opening remarks was that he envisioned the FCPA Blog as an international bulletin board for all persons wanting to comment upon or learn about the FCPA and compliance and ethics. Cassin has certainly succeeded in creating a community space where people can post their ideas and learn about a wide variety of compliance topics, multiple times a day.
He was not only the first but he is the most generous person in allowing others to write and speak about compliance. It was Dick Cassin who gave me the first opportunity to guest post on the FCPA Blog and it was Dick Cassin, who after seeing my guest posts, encouraged me to begin my own blog.
Finally, it was Dick Cassin who encouraged me to take my career a step further by publishing my first book and providing me the forum to do so. And I am far from alone among those Dick Cassin has helped, encouraged, and supported over these past 10 years.
The FCPA Blog NYC Conference was a great event and a great way for many of us to thank Dick Cassin. I am sure that under his editorial direction and Harry Cassin’s CEO tenure, the FCPA Blog will continue to be one of the leading lights in the compliance space.
Tom Fox has practiced law in Houston for 30 years. He is now the Compliance Ambassador for the Red Flag Group. He’s the creator of the award winning FCPA Compliance and Ethics website. His best-selling seminal book, “Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act: How to Create a First Class Compliance Program” (available from Amazon here) is widely viewed as one of the top volumes on the nuts and bolts of compliance.