Serina Vash

First Executive Director of NYU School of Law's Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement

Serina M. Vash is the first Executive Director of NYU School of Law's Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement. Hired in 2014, Vash developed the fledgling program into a leading law and policy program, dedicated to developing a richer and deeper understanding of the causes of corporate misconduct and the nature of effective enforcement and compliance. A seasoned former federal prosecutor and litigator, Vash brings with her two decades of practical experience and a passion for tackling the issue of deterring crime. Vash’s academic research and writing focuses on behavioral ethics and she speaks regularly on behavioral ethics, compliance, law enforcement policy, risk management and corporate criminal investigations.

Before joining NYU, Vash served for twelve years in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Vash supervised and prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, including cases involving securities fraud, money laundering, structuring, organized crime and racketeering, cybercrime, national security, and other financial frauds. In 2010, Vash was named the first-ever Chief of the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Vash also served as Acting Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Senior Litigation Counsel in both the Organized Crime/Gang Unit and the National Security Unit, and a member of the Office’s Trial Mentorship Program.

Prior to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney in 2002, Vash was a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York from 1995 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, Vash served as the first law clerk to the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Vash graduated in 1992 from Duke University and graduated cum laude in 1995 from St. John’s University School of Law, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the Bars of the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and the United States Supreme Court.

Here is an overview of the program that the women have entitled “She Is Me: A Case For Ethical Vigilance"

A former federal prosecutor and a former federal defendant join forces, sharing the experiences that led them to careers in law, the decisions that took them on vastly different journeys, and the understanding that ultimately brought them together. Now, these two women speak side by side, sharing their insight and exploring the psychology behind ethical and unethical decision-making. In this talk, they identify inflection points for individuals and organizations where questions, interventions, knowledge or relationships can help you make better, more informed and more ethical decisions.