In a world of regulations, recession and corporate scandal, the creation of compliance and ethics roles has been on the rise. But what is dropping is the number of those newly created positions that are in any way tied to the legal department.

“The lawyer serves the corporation as a client, and it could engender a conflict of interest for the lawyer to also wear the hat of compliance officer or ethics officer,” Bentley University Center for Business Ethics Counsel John P. Hansen said.

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