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International Law and CBLI Host Conference on Import-Export Law

March 12, 2020

On March 6, 2020, Lewis & Clark’s International Law Program and the Center for Business Law & Innovation (CBLI) hosted the conference, Importing and Exporting Amid a Trade War: Tariffs, Export Control, and Sanctions, to a standing-room only crowd which included law students and area attorneys.

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. Roundtable discussions with in-house trade compliance representatives focused on how their companies are navigating these challenges, and an agent from the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Export Enforcement gave a presentation on government enforcement efforts.

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
  • M. 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 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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