Celebrating the First Graduates of Master of Compliance and Risk Management Program

CRM Graduates 2023

Case Western Reserve University School of Law is proud to announce the first six graduates from its Masters of Compliance and Risk Management Program: Sally Enoh, JD/MA; Hunter Lauderback, MS/JD/MA; Jacob Gialamas, JD/MA; Michelle Robinson, JD/MA; Ethan Raditz, MA; and Ana Merdita, MS/MA. 

With the number and types of laws and regulations organizations need to follow changing and growing daily, the need for regulatory compliance professionals expands. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects more than 120,000 new compliance and risk management jobs over the next decade. 

In 2021, the law school created the Compliance and Risk Management (CRM) Program, which includes masters and certificate options, either of which can be completed in less than a year. Because of the demand, Katharine Van Tassel, professor of practice and director of the program, expected a decent level of interest. The number of applicants vastly exceeded her expectations and after just 2 years, there are over fifty students enrolled in the program.

Hunter Lauderback came to the CRM Program with a Master in Entrepreneurial Biotechnology. He graduated with his JD and Master’s in CRM this fall and is now working in compliance at SPR Therapeutics, a local, groundbreaking, medical device company. “While most law school classes expose students to the traditional routes of litigation or transactional law, this new CRM program is the gateway to a third career option that was an absolute perfect fit for me, working in harm prevention,” Lauderback remarks. 

Sally Enoh, who graduated this fall, appreciated the inclusive approach taken by faculty. Most importantly for Enoh, though, was that the experience could be customized to fit her long-term goals. “I can now see how the use of compliance and risk management theory will help me operationalize much needed systemic changes that will improve both the quality of—and access to—healthcare,” Enoh said. “Being part of this program has truly been one of the best experiences of my life.” Enoh is now working for Strategic Management Solutions, one of the oldest and largest healthcare compliance consulting firms in the country. 

Michelle Robinson graduated with her JD and MA in CRM with a Specialization in Business Finance and she is now an Assistant Vice President and Data Privacy Officer at S & T Bank.

The program is also designed to help professionals shift their careers to compliance or risk management, or to help those in the field take their careers to new levels. Another fall graduate, Ethan Raddatz, was a clinician in the mental health and substance abuse industry when he came to the CRM Program. He is now working in compliance for Elevance Health, a major health insurance provider.