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20th Annual Business Law Fall Forum was a Great Success

September 22, 2015

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    Judge Susan Graber, Gov. Theodore Kulongoski, and Professor Jeffrey Jones

The Business Law Fall Forum, now in its 20th year, is one of the flagstone events of the business law program. The 2015 forum was held on September 11, and attracted a record attendance of nearly 140 Lewis & Clark students, professors, and practitioners. 

Professor Henry Drummonds proposed the topic this year, “Workplace Secrets, Loyalty, and Poaching: Protecting Employer Interests and Employee Liberty”. The discussions centered around two areas of law - intellectual property law and employment law, with emphasis on: employers’ legitimate interests balanced with the employees’ liberty to change their employment; trade secrets; non-competition agreements; global free trade; and information technology.

The dynamic group of speakers comprised distinguished legal scholars, commentators from the corporate world, experienced jurists, and practicing attorneys. The speakers included: Joe Adams, Vice-President & Associate General Counsel, Intel Corporation; Rachel Arnow-Richman, Professor of Law & Director, Workplace Law Program, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; The Honorable Thomas A. Balmer, Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court; Norman D. Bishara, Associate Professor of Business Law & Ethics, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Keith Cunningham-Parmeter, Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law; Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, Pauline Newman Professor of Law and Co-Director, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, New York University School of Law; The Honorable Robert D. Durham, Justice, Oregon Supreme Court (Ret.); Robert Gomulkiewicz, UW Law Foundation Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Law, Technology & Arts Group, University of Washington School of Law; The Honorable Susan P. Graber, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Holly Hearn, Global Employment Counsel, Nike, Inc.; Governor Theodore Kulongoski, State of Oregon (2003-2011); Justice, Oregon Supreme Court (ret.); The Honorable Jack L. Landau, Justice, Oregon Supreme Court; Orly Lobel, Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law, University of San Diego School of Law; Richelle T. Luther, Deputy General Counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company; Laura Salerno Owens, Lawyer, Markowitz Herbold PC; Evan Starr, Assistant Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business Management and Organization, University of Maryland; and Elizabeth Tippett, Assistant Professor, University of Oregon School of Law.

In addition to lending expertise to the panels, five academic papers were presented which will 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 and sponsored by Adidas and Markowitz Herbold PC.  

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