American Bar Association
 
Audit Responses Committee

ABA Section of Business Law


Audit Responses Committee


Mission Statement

The mission of the Audit Responses Committee is to be a resource concerning lawyers' responses to auditor inquiries and related financial reporting and disclosure issues, focusing on implementation of the "treaty" reached with accountants in the ABA Statement of Policy regarding audit responses.

Committee Facts

  • Over 500 members, consisting to a great extent of partners who are responsible for the audit response policies of their firms.
  • Clearing house on treaty issues and implementation.
  • Deals with new types of auditor requests seeking responses which would be inconsistent with the treaty.
  • Coordinates with regulators and others setting accounting and auditing standards concerning the issues addressed by the treaty.
  • Meets three times a year at Business Law Section meetings, with many participating by phone.
  • Listserv is widely used to communicate concerns and possible solutions.

Areas of Expertise

  • Responses to auditor requests in light of the treaty and the importance of protecting privileged communications.

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News and Updates

Committee Issues Statement on Electronic Audit Letter Platforms

On February 24, 2017, the ABA Business Law Section Audit Responses Committee issued a Statement regarding on-line platforms for the electronic transmission of audit inquiry letters from clients to their counsel and for counsel to transmit response letters to their clients' auditors. Since 2014, the Audit Responses Committee has engaged in discussions with Confirmation.com, a service provider that has developed and markets an electronic audit request and delivery platform. An objective of these discussions has been to avoid inconsistencies between the operation and content of the Confirmation.com platform and the ABA Statement of Policy Regarding Lawyers' Responses to Auditors' Requests for Information, and to eliminate some of the issues presented by Confirmation.com's standard user agreement for law firms that wished to use the service. Over the course of these discussions, members of the Committee provided comments to Confirmation.com on a short-form user agreement, which addresses some of the concerns that law firms expressed with respect to Confirmation.com's standard user agreement. A final version of this short-form user agreement is attached to the Statement. While the Audit Responses Committee makes no recommendation regarding whether individual law firms should use electronic audit letter platforms, the Committee hopes that law firms find the discussion in the Statement helpful when evaluating whether to make use of any such platform.


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Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Basics of Accounting for Lawyers

    06/29/2017-06/29/2017

    Basic accounting knowledge for lawyers, including reviewing and understanding balance sheets, income statements, statements of cash flow, and financial statement footnotes. Additional topics include the roles of the various regulatory authorities and understanding financial statement representations ...

    2017 Business Law Section Annual Meeting

    09/14/2017-09/16/2017
    Sheraton Grand Chicago
    Chicago

    ** PLEASE START HERE FOR REGISTRATION AND TO ADD TICKETED EVENTS (LUNCHES/DINNERS) TO YOUR EXISTING REGISTRATION** TO ADD EVENTS TO AN EXISTING REGISTRATION: Click on Register Now, which will prompt you to log-in with your ABA credentials. After logging in, click on View Registration. ...

    2017 Business Bankrupcty Committee Meeting

    10/08/2017-10/10/2017
    Paris Las Vegas
    Las Vegas

    PLEASE START ON THIS PAGE FOR REGISTRATION AND TO ADD TICKETED EVENTS TO YOUR REGISTRATION: LUNCHES CHAIRS/VICE-CHAIRS DINNER (INVITATION ONLY) - ** COMING SOON ** IF YOU ARE ADDING EVENTS TO AN EXISTING REGISTRATION: Click on Register Now, which will prompt you to ...

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Leadership

Chair:

Para, Noel

Committee Roster  


Materials


Past Meetings


Listserve

In order to send a message to the listserve, send a message to the email address below. You must be a member of the Committee to successfully send a message to the listserve.

BL-AUDITRESPONSE@mail.americanbar.org

In order to access the listserve archive, please click here.


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Modified by Graham Hunt on May 26, 2017

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