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International Law Symposium “Managing Corruption Risks in International Business” is a success

March 15, 2016

  • Sponsors Janet Hoffman and Chris Helmer '74 with Professor George Foster.
  • Kathleen McGovern gives keynote address

On March 4, 2016, the Law School hosted the annual International Law Symposium on Managing Corruption Risks in International Business. Panelists explored challenges that companies face while doing business in countries where corruption is prevalent, the often surprising and counter-intuitive ways in which companies and their representatives can violate U.S. and foreign anti-corruption laws, and how to build an effective compliance regime.  

The keynote address was delivered by Kathleen McGovern, Senior Deputy Chief for Litigation at the U.S. Department of Justice division that prosecutes corruption-related cases. Other participants included Peter Bragdon, the General Counsel for Columbia Sportswear; Jo Levy, the Chief Compliance Officer for Intel; Harry Liu, a partner with King & Wood Mallesons in Shanghai; Juan Carlos Bolaños, a partner with Cuetara y Bolaños in Mexico City; criminal defense attorney Janet Hoffman; civil litigators Chris Helmer and Merril Keane of Miller Nash Graham and Dunn in Portland; Lewis & Clark law professor George Foster; and Amy Deen Westbrook, Professor of Law at Washburn University. 

We wish to  thank the sponsors, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn and Janet Hoffman & Associates, as well as the many attendees including former Governor Ted Kulongoski, in-house counsel from local companies engaged in international business, attorneys from local law firms, and L&C faculty and students.