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Corporate Social Responsibility was theme of business law fall forum

October 21, 2016

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The Business Law Fall Forum, now in its 21st year, is one of the flagstone events of the business law program. The 2016 forum was held on October 7, and attracted Lewis & Clark law students, professors, and practitioners. 

Professor George K. Foster proposed the topic this year, “Innovating Corporate Social Responsibility: From the Local to the Global”. Panel discussions throughout the day included topics such as labor and environmental standards in global supply chains, local influence over corporate conduct, non-financial disclosure mandates, and crafting and implementing international CSR standards.

The dynamic group of speakers comprised distinguished legal scholars, commentators from the corporate world, and practicing attorneys. Speakers and moderators were

Shalanda H. Baker, Associate Professor of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law; Larry Catá Backer, W. Richard and Mary Eshelman Faculty Scholar; Professor of Law and International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law; Margaret Chon, Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, Seattle University School of Law; James Coburn, Senior Manager, Investor Programs, Ceres; Henry Drummonds, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School; George K. Foster, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School; Mary Ann Frantz, Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Portland; Carmen G. Gonzalez, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law; Virginia Harper Ho, Associate Professor of Law, Kansas University School of Law; Albert C. Lin, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis, School of Law; James N. Saul, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Staff Attorney, Earthrise Law Center, Lewis & Clark Law School; Joshua Simko, Senior Counsel Supply Chain and Enterprise Contract Management, Nike, Inc.; Richard B. Stewart, John Edward Sexton Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; David B. Spence, Professor of Law, Politics and Regulation, University of Texas School of Law and McCombs School of Business; Celia R. Taylor, Professor of Law, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law; and Chris Wold, Professor of Law and Director, International Environmental Law Project, Lewis & Clark Law School.

In addition to lending expertise to the panels, several of the participants are contributing academic papers to be featured in the Lewis & Clark Law Review later in the year.

This forum was made possible by a generous grant from Libby and Michael McCaslin and the Keller Family Foundation.

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