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Business Law Fall Forum

Fall Forum Schedule

Friday, October 7, 2016


8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 am - 9:15am

Welcome and Introduction
  • Jennifer Johnson, Dean of the Law School
  • Amy Bushaw, Chair of the Business Law Committee
  • George K. Foster, Professor of Law and Forum Organizer


9:15 am -10:45 am

Session I—Self-Regulation: Labor and Environmental Standards in Global Supply Chains
  • Richard B. Stewart, John Edward Sexton Professor of Law and Director, Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law, New York University School of Law—Strategies for Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Global Supply Chains
  • Margaret Chon, Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, Seattle University School of Law—Social Responsibility Signaling and Trademark Goodwill in Global Value Networks
  • Joshua Simko, Senior Counsel, Supply Chain and Enterprise Contract Management, Nike, Inc.—Nike’s Supply Chain: Sustainable Innovation and Corporate Responsibility as an Engine for Growth


10:45 am – 11:00 am

Morning Break


11:00 am – 12:30 pm 

Session II—Trends in Local-Level Influence Over Corporate Conduct
  • David B. Spence, Professor of Law, Politics & Regulation, University of Texas School of Law and McCombs School of Business—Corporate Social Responsibility in the Shale Patch?
  • Albert C. Lin, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis, School of Law—Community Levers for Benefit Sharing
  • James N. Saul, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Staff Attorney, Earthrise Law Center, Lewis & Clark Law School—Citizen Suits and Good Neighbor Agreements


12:30 pm - 1:30pm



1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 

Session III—Promoting CSR at the State and National Levels: Non-Financial Disclosure Mandates
  • Celia R. Taylor, Professor of Law, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law—The Unsettled State of Compelled Corporate Disclosure Regulation After the Conflict Mineral Rule Cases
  • Virginia Harper Ho, Associate Professor of Law, Kansas University School of Law—“Comply or Explain” and the Future of Nonfinancial Reporting
  • James Coburn, Senior Manager, Investor Programs, Ceres—Climate Risk and Sustainability Disclosure


3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

Session IV—Crafting and Implementing International CSR Standards
  • Larry Catá Backer, W. Richard and Mary Eshelman Faculty Scholar; Professor of Law and International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law—CSR Aspects of Trade and Investment Agreements
  • Carmen G. Gonzalez, Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law— Biofuels and Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Shalanda H. Baker, Associate Professor of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law—Implementing Free Prior and Informed Consent: Expanding the Role of Communities in the Global Energy Transition

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Closing of Conference and Reception


Please email questions to  Linda D’Agistino-Long or George Foster, or call the Business Law Department at 503-768-6639.