Law professor Kelly Pope to screen documentary ‘Crossing the Line’ on Nov. 8 in Brendle Recital Hall

Kelly Pope, adjunct professor of law, will be screening her documentary “Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crimes” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 ,in the Brendle Recital Hall.

“Crossing the Line” is an educational documentary focused on five white-collar criminals who were each found guilty of financial manipulation. The film includes interviews with the incarcerated criminals, as well as several of the country’s leading forensic accounting experts, researchers, and business ethicists, all working together to expose the impact of the lies that led to the criminals’ ultimate federal imprisonment.

This event is free and open to the public. Attorneys who attend this presentation are eligible to receive 2 free hours of CLE credit from the N.C. Bar.

Pope is currently an adjunct professor from DePaul University, where she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS.  Pope’s teaching focus is accountancy, specifically as it pertains to fraud and forensic accounting, managerial accounting,  and whistle-blowing. Her research in the field of forensic accounting has been published in the Behavioral Research in Accounting, Auditing: A Journal of Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, CPA Journal and WebCPA.  She was awarded the 2006-07 Wicklander Fellowship at DePaul University for her research in whistle-blowing. In addition, Pope was a recipient of the KPMG Doctoral Fellowship from 1997-2000. Prior to joining the faculty at DePaul, she worked in the Forensic Practice at KPMG, LLP in Chicago, where she dealt with anti-money laundering engagements, insurance fraud investigations, and fraud risk management projects.

“I am devoted to increasing the number of ethically-minded future business leaders,” Pope said in a Faculty Spotlight interview.  ”My research interest in fraud and forensic accounting ties into my passion for helping students develop a sound moral and ethical compass.”

Pope’s “Crossing the Line” project seeks to elaborate on the limited forensic accounting and fraud material for educational and training purposes already in existence. The screening is sure to be a valuable experience for both educators and students alike, or anyone interested in learning more about “low-level fraud” perpetrated by everyday citizens.

“Hearing from white-collar felons seems to really have an impact on former students, and it is my hope that they will learn from others’ stories and experiences, and not make the same mistakes,” said Pope. “The hope is that the intimate style of the interviews will leave students understanding that they will not be isolated from these crimes after graduation.”