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Importing and Exporting Amid a Trade War: Tariffs, Export Controls, and Sanctions

Date: 1:00pm - 5:00pm PST March 6 Location: Erskine B. Wood Hall

Erskine B. Wood Hall

Leading practitioners from around the country will explore issues of pressing concern to any company involved in international trade, as well as to their lawyers. Topics to be covered include tariff increases by the Trump Administration, strategies for mitigating the effects of those tariffs, and recent or anticipated changes to export controls and sanctions regimes. The event will also feature roundtable discussions on these issues with in-house trade compliance representatives from prominent companies, plus a presentation on enforcement trends by a representative from the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Export Enforcement.

Non-CLE tickets are sold out.  If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Richard Adams,, (503) 768-6677,

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This program has applied for 3.5 General MCLE Credits through the Oregon State Bar.



Welcoming Remarks: Dean Jennifer J. Johnson, Lewis & Clark Law School

Introduction: Professor George K. Foster, Lewis & Clark Law School

Panel 1: The Trump Tariffs & Mitigation Strategies (1:15 pm to 2:45 pm)

Moderator: George K. Foster of Lewis & Clark Law School  


Adams Lee of Harris Bricken (Seattle). An overview of the various tariffs that President Trump has imposed so far under Section 301, Section 232, as well as anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Duty mitigation strategies will also be discussed, including third country assembly and product exclusions

John F. McKenzie of Baker McKenzie (San Francisco). Presentation of other Section 301 duty mitigation strategies, including revisiting product classifications, customs duty preference for merchandise assembled abroad from U.S. origin fabricated components, duty drawback on products imported but then subsequently exported, and valuation on the basis of first sale for export.

In-house Roundtable, Part I: In-house perspectives on tariffs and mitigation strategies. Featuring Slone Pearson, VP and Assistant General Counsel, Global Trade at Fortive; Casey Richter, Assistant General Counsel, Customs and International Trade at Nike, Inc.; and Julie E. Zack, Trade Legal Counsel, Intel Corporation.

Break (2:45 pm – 3:00 pm)

Panel 2: Recent Developments in Export Controls & Sanctions (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm)

Moderator: M. Christie Helmer of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP (Portland)  Presenters:

Daniel Fisher-Owens of Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP (San Francisco). Introduction to export controls and an overview of anticipated new restrictions on emerging technologies. Discussion of the impact of the designation of Huawei and other Chinese companies on the Entity List.

Perry S. Bechky of Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP (Washington, D.C.). Introduction to sanctions regimes and an examination of recent and anticipated developments, including changes directed at Cuba, Iran, Russia and Venezuela.

Brent Burmester, Resident Agent in Charge of the Portland office of the Bureau of Industry & Security, Office of Export Enforcement, U.S. Department of Commerce. A governmental enforcement perspective.

In-house Roundtable, Part II: The in-house panel returns to share further insights, this time focused on export controls and sanctions regime compliance.  Featuring Slone Pearson of Fortive; Casey Richter of Nike, Inc.; Julie L. Salcido, Senior Manager, Global Trade Compliance Investigations and Audits at FLIR Systems and former Special Agent in Charge at Bureau of Industry and Security’s San Jose Field Office; and Julie E. Zack of Intel Corporation.

Reception in Wood Hall Foyer (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

This event is presented by Lewis & Clark’s International Law Program and Center for Business Law & Innovation, and is made possible through the generous support of Baker McKenzie, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP, Harris Bricken, and the Oregon State Bar International Law Section.

Event Contact

Richard Adams, Assistant Director
Center for Business Law & Innovation

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