School navigation

Business Law Fall Forum

Fall Forum

Thank you to all who attended the 2015 Business Law Fall Forum at 

Lewis & Clark Law School.

We are currently working on the 2016 Forum and ask that you check back soon for more information.


Wealth increasingly results from the application of research, knowledge and information to meet human needs and wants. Whether it be the design of the latest hand-held device or a company’s strategic marketing plan, who owns the skills developed and the information possessed by employees?  Two areas of law - intellectual property law and employment law - converge to address these fundamental questions: 

  • How are employers’ legitimate interests and intellectual property rights balanced with the employees’ liberty to change their employment or strike out on their own?
  • How do the laws of trade secrets, employee duty of loyalty, and non-competition agreements approach the legitimate interests of both employers and employees? 
  • As global free trade and information technology expand product, service, and employment markets, how have these areas of law evolved and how are they likely to evolve in the future? 

This forum brings together distinguished legal scholars, commentators from the corporate world, experienced jurists, and practicing attorneys to offer reflective insights and practical perspectives into these questions. Join us for a unique opportunity to explore the cutting edge ideas in the increasingly important areas of intellectual property and employment law.

 This program has applied for 6.5 General MCLE credits through the Oregon State Bar.


This program is made possible by a generous grant from Libby and Michael McCaslin and the Keller Family Foundation, Adidas and Markowitz Herbold PC.


Read about the 2014 Business Law Fall Forum here

Previous Fall Forum Topics:

2014 19th Annual- Educating the Transnational Business Lawyer

2013 18th Annual- Success & Failure in Professional Sports

2012 17th Annual- Balancing Investor Protections, the Environment, and Human Rights

2011 16th Annual- The Protected-Class Approach to Antidiscrimination Law: Logic, Effect, Reform

2010 15th Annual- Taxation and the Environment

2009 14th Annual- Intellectual Property Remedies

2008 Spring Symposium- Indigenous Economic Development: Sustainability, Culture and Business

2007 13th Annual- Nonobviousness- The Shape of Things to Come

2006- 12th Annual- The Aging of the Baby Boomer and America’s Changing Retirement System

2005- 11th Annual- Intellectual Property Remedies

2004- 10th Annual- Markman v. Westview Instruments: Lessons from a Decade of Experience

2003- 9th Annual- Economic Development

2002- 8th Annual- The Role of Law in Small Business Transactions

2001- 7th Annual- Deciding ICANN Domain Name Disputes - Questioning Delegation, Fairness & Consent

2000- 6th Annual- The Regulation of Small and Emerging Business

1999- 5th Annual- Intellectual Property in the New Millennium: Keeping Pace With Change

1998- 4th Annual- World Wide Labor Markets and Employment Law in the 21st Century

1997- 3rd Annual- Financing Innovation: The Future of Capital Formation for Small and Emerging    Business

1996- 2nd Annual- Business Enterprises: The Next Century

1995- 1st Annual- Taxation and the Family


Please email questions to  Kari Baxter or Henry Drummonds, or call the Business Law Department at 503-768-6639.