Churches, religious nonprofits, and schools are meant to be safe spaces where people come to learn about and express their deepest beliefs. As pillars of the community, these organizations often represent the best values and highest ideals of society. But when someone claims that that sacred trust was breached, it is important to identify exactly what happened.
I have a unique perspective when it comes to investigations involving churches and religious organizations. For seven years, I studied for the Catholic priesthood both in an Archdiocese in the Midwest and in a religious order on the East Coast. I was in seminary when the Boston Globe first exposed clerical abuse in the Catholic Church and I have heard first hand of the struggles of many clergy and laity in the Church.
I spent almost all of my academic career in religious schools, and have taught at Catholic schools and been on staff at Catholic parishes. In addition to bringing experience in corporate internal investigations, I bring the experience of working in churches and religious schools. That experience allows me to analyze issues in an investigation in a deep and unique way.
Businesses should conduct regular audits of their programs to ensure that they are compliant and effective. But there are times when an employee violates the company's Code of Conduct, perpetuates fraud, harasses another employee, or does something that requires a specific and thorough investigation.
I provide a cost-effective way to investigate a matter and provide legal protections to protect the company from the threat that led to the investigation. Whatever the issue, I am able to help the company uncover the truth of what happened, address the situation, and focus on its business operations rather than ongoing investigations.
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