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Business Law Society


The Business Law Society promotes social and academic interaction among Lewis & Clark Law School students interested in the various aspects of business, corporate and financial law. The BLS provides a forum for students to share ideas and further explore and educate themselves in the area of business related law. The BLS sponsors social activities, speakers, panel discussions, and other sponsored events that encourage cultural exchange and academic discussion, and generally provides a forum through which members may pursue their interests in developing a career in business law. Our goal is to enhance the legal education of our members and promote an inter-disciplinary curriculum in business, corporate and financial law that builds upon the resources of Lewis & Clark Law School and provide students with unique opportunities to interact with various legal practitioners in the community, faculty and staff, and local corporate counsel.





Co-Sponsored by the Business Law Society and the Entertainment and Sports Law Society


When: Monday November 7, 2011

Time: 5:00-6:00pm

Where: Lower Student Lounge (LRC)

Come learn what it means to be a General Counsel and to work in sports law from the General Counsel for the Portland Trail Blazers the General Counsel for Adidas and the Deputy General Counsel for Columbia Sportswear. We are lucky to have three such exceptional panelists out to the school, some come, have some food, hear what it takes to deal with contract issues with NBA players, and the business of managing sportswear companies.

Mike Fennell: Senior Vice President and General Counsel Portland Trail

Mr. Fennell has been the General Counsel since 1992 and is involved in all of the legal matters for the team. He provides supports in player contract negotiations and any other team related issues. Mr. Fennell also serves as the General Counsel for Paul Allen affiliates. Prior to working for the Blazers, Mr. Fennell was a partner at the law firm of Foster Pepper & Shefelman and helped Paul Allen acquire the Blazers in 1998.

Paul Ehrlich: Vice President and General Counsel Adidas

Mr. Ehrlich has been General Counsel at Adidas America since 2000 and VP in charge of HR and Business affairs with Adidas (as well as General Counsel) since 2004. Prior that Mr. Ehrlich worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Multnomah County and at Davis Wright Tremaine. Mr. Ehrlich also teaches a course in sports law at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Richelle Luther: Deputy General Counsel Columbia Sportswear

Ms. Luther has been the Deputy General Counsel at Columbia Sportswear since 2008. Her duties include: securities compliance, anti-trust matters, contracts, corporate governance, and international compliance matters. Prior to working for Columbia Sportswear, Ms. Luther was a Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary at Northwest Natural Gas and an Associate at Stoel Rives. She was also listed as one of Portland Business Journal’s Forty under 40 in 2006, on the Portland Business Alliance Board.



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