Broadcast Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


Today’s workplace can be a minefield for professional accountants because of the many behavioral expectations and higher ethical standards. To help CPAs overcome current and new ethical dilemmas, codes of professional conduct promulgated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and other major organizations are continuously enhanced. This underscores the importance of ethical conduct to ensure that public trust is protected and strengthened across various accounting roles and activities. Thus, accountants should be well-versed with updated ethical guidelines and principles and be able to apply them in everyday situations.

In this LIVE Webcast, ethics thought leaders Charles E. Jones of Moss & Barnett and Catherine R. Allen of Audit Conduct will provide best practices on how CPAs can effectively address ethical issues using codes of conduct as a guide. They will provide an in-depth discussion of the key considerations that accountants should take in the lens of recent developments concerning ethical standards.

Key topics include:

  • Ethical Standards: Recent Developments in the U.S. and Abroad
  • Addressing Thorny Ethical Challenges – Key Considerations
  • CPAs in Public Practice Compared to CPAs in Business
  • Ethics and COVID-19 – Lessons Learned
  • Best Practices

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the fundamental principles of ethics
  • Determine the recent developments in ethical standards as well as implications of the pandemic on ethics


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand; Group-Internet Based





Course Code:



NASBA Field of Study:

Regulatory Ethics – Technical


Total Credit:

1.0 CPE (Not eligible for QAS (On-demand) CPE credits)

Speaker Panel:

Charles E. Jones, Attorney
Moss & Barnett

Charles Jones provides skilled, discerning, and ethical representation to professionals and companies. As a member of Moss & Barnett’s nationally acclaimed accountant law and litigation teams, he focuses his practice on defending malpractice claims against accountants and lawyers. Charles also advises CPAs and lawyers throughout the country in risk control and management. He has handled cases in 39 state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States, and is currently licensed to practice in the state courts of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. In all of his cases, Charles uses his depth of experience to obtain the best possible results for his clients while also helping them understand the complexities and risks associated with the litigation process. Charles has been named a “Best Lawyer” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.

Catherine R. Allen, CPA, Managing Member
Audit Conduct

Cathy Allen, CPA of Audit Conduct is a leading expert in the field of accounting professional ethics who has educated thousands of CPAs and other professionals about their ethical responsibilities, including auditor independence.

Cathy serves on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Board of Directors, and is a member of the AICPA Professional Ethics Executive Committee. She previously served as chair of the NASBA Ethics Committee and was a member of the New York State Board for Public Accountancy.



Charles E. JonesAttorney

Moss & Barnett

  • The Ethical Dimensions of the “Public” in “Certified Public Accountant”
  • The Public Component of a CPA’s Duties
  • Competence Is an Ethical Principle
  • Communication Is an Ethical Principal


Catherine R. Allen, CPAFounder / Managing Member

Audit Conduct

  • Global impact on AICPA Code and state rules
  • Noncompliance with laws and regulations
  • Independence & the pandemic

Date & Time:

Friday, April 16, 2021

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Accountants
  • Controllers
  • Enrolled Agents
  • Other Related/Interested Professionals


Charles E. JonesAttorney
Moss & Barnett
Catherine R. Allen, CPAManaging Member
Audit Conduct



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