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International Law and CBLI Host Conference on Import-Export Law

March 11, 2020

On March 6, 2020, Lewis & Clark’s International Law Program and Center for Business Law & Innovation (CBLI) hosted a conference on Importing and Exporting Amid a Trade War: Tariffs, Export Control, and Sanctions.

Leading practitioners from around the country explored several facets of the ongoing trade war, including tariff increases by the Trump Administration, legal strategies for mitigating the effects of those tariffs, and recent changes to export controls and sanctions regimes. The event also featured roundtable discussions with in-house trade compliance representatives on how their companies are navigating these challenges, as well as a presentation on government enforcement efforts by an agent from the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Export Enforcement. A reception followed the event.

Panelists at the conference included:

  • Perry S. Bechky of Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP
  • Brent Burmester, BIS Office of Export Enforcement, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Daniel Fisher-Owens of Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP
  • George K. Foster of Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Christie Helmer of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
  • Adams Lee of Harris Bricken
  • John F. McKenzie of Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Slone K. Pearson of Fortive
  • Greg Osnes of nLIGHT
  • Casey Richter of Nike
  • Julie L. Salcido of FLIR Systems
  • Erin Tannock of Danaher Water Platform

Despite travel restrictions and concerns associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, all but one of the intended panelists (Julie Zack of Intel Corporation) were able to make the event. The conference was free to Lewis & Clark students and faculty, and all the spaces allotted to CLE attendees were sold out. That the room was filled to capacity throughout is testament to the widespread interest in this important, highly in-demand area of practice.

The event was made possible through the generous support of Baker & McKenzie LLP, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Berliner Cororan & Rowe LLP, Harris Bricken, and the Oregon State Bar International Law Section.

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