Lehman Brothers – Ethics Project

The Hennick Centre for Business and Law in partnership with Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education (the largest International Film Festival in North America) has launched a joint Visual Legal Advocacy project involving the JD/MBA students as research fellows in the Legal Research & Production of a CPD/CPE accredited Webinar Course studying the documentary film & story Inside Lehman Brothers.

Osgoode Faculty Director: Prof. Cynthia Williams, Osler Chair in Business Law

Legal Research, Student & Webinar Production Supervisor: Garrick Apollon, Senior Fellow of the Hennick Centre, Fellow of Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education, Legal Counsel, and part-time professor at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management.

About the Case-Study Documentary Film

Over 10 years after losing her job as an account executive for a Lehman Brothers subsidiary, Sylvia Vega-Sutfin still lives in fear of her former employer—so much fear that she has taught herself to take a human life with her bare hands. Sylvia saw early warning signs of the dangers of subprime mortgages and tried to ring the alarm. Instead of being heard, she was subjected to harassment when she tried to expose the bank’s corrupt lending practices. This film chronicles the fascinating story of the mostly female whistleblowers who paid a steep price in the 2008 American subprime mortgage crisis, while many of the top-positioned men remained untouched.  Although today the banks have recuperated and are back to business as usual, Inside Lehman Brothers is the cautionary tale we need to drive home how easily bad habits return and how far-reaching the damage can be.

This CPE/CPD program qualifies as a learning activity for Lawyers in Ontario (as 2 hours of  Ethics/ Professionalism Content), Chartered Professional Accountants, Chartered Financial Analysts, Certified Fraud Examiners and may also be a qualified learning activity for other business professionals.

Meet the Student Research Team:

Beverley Cheung – JD/MBA’20

Brian Haddock – JD/MBA’22

Dana Levin – JD/MBA’22

& read all about their experience participating in the Ethics Project here.

Initial reaction of Dean Mary Condon & the Student Research Team after watching the film:


Former Associate General Counsel for Lehman Brothers, Oliver Budde sent a SPECIAL Shout-Out to our student research team!


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