Colorado starts MSL in ethics and compliance law

The University of Colorado Law School is launching a Master of Studies in Law program in ethics and compliance.

The school hired John Francis, a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, as a Scholar in Residence to lead the new program. Sonny Cave, chief compliance and ethics officer at ON Semiconductor, endowed a fund to support ethics and compliance programming.

"With John Francis and Sonny Cave's leadership, Colorado Law is building on an already powerful foundation of ethics and compliance programming," said Dean Phil Weiser. "In John Francis, we are bringing a seasoned professional who has long supported Colorado Law as an adjunct professor, member of our health care law program advisory committee, and mentor to drive our efforts in ethics and compliance and support our MSL students. With Sonny Cave, we have an alumnus who is leading by example, demonstrating his engagement in and commitment to supporting Colorado Law's excellence in this field."

The program will provide both established professionals and newcomers to the field an opportunity to elevate their careers as ethics and compliance officers.

Francis will also teach and help expand the school’s health law program. After joining Colorado Law, he plans to remain connected through his firm to the private corporate compliance community.   

Francis brings 25 years of antitrust and health care litigation and compliance experience to Colorado Law. He has worked with leading companies across Colorado, including hospitals and health care systems, telecommunications and technology companies, and trade associations on corporate compliance initiatives.

Cave’s endowment will support programs, scholarships, and faculty to enhance learning and instruction in ethics and compliance.

Cave is executive vice president, general counsel, chief compliance & ethics officer, chief risk officer, and corporate secretary of ON Semiconductor. As the company’s founding general counsel, he manages all legal affairs, which includes compliance counseling and intellectual property development.

Colorado Law’s commitment to ethics and compliance programming rests on the innovative Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, of which Colorado Law was selected as the first and only law school participant in 2014.