Center for Business Law and Innovation First-Year Milestones

A number of engaging speakers joined us on campus during the 2019–20 academic year.

Exchange Speaker Series

The Exchange Speaker Series included presentations from Ben Lauritsen (Portland Trail Blazers), Ambyr O’Donnell ’01 (UserTesting), and Paul Ehrlich (Adidas).

Xperiential Workshop

The first Xperiential Workshop—Accelerating the Deal Process and Maximizing Returns—brought Intel’s Director and Associate General Counsel Trevor Jones and Assistant Director of IP Legal Michael Labbee to the law school to provide insight into how the corporate giant’s legal and business teams work together to close deals.

The event’s lunch speaker was Shawn Filippi ’99, vice president, chief compliance officer, and corporate secretary with NW Natural. She spoke to students about her career path from Lewis & Clark to NW Natural and her work as in-house counsel.

“The event allowed students to work in teams on a multifaceted negotiation exercise and receive meaningful feedback from experts in the field,” said Center for Business Law and Innovation (CBLI) Cochair Cochair Samir Parikh.

Data Privacy Forum

Industry experts from Siemens, Radar, Idealegal, Navexglobal, Coinbase, and more participated in the 1st Annual Data Privacy Forum, an event organized by the student group Data Privacy Student Group and the CBLI. Students had an extraordinary opportunity to connect with attorneys and privacy professionals. Panelists addressed topics of vendor management, blockchain, and data security.

Program on Contracts

Contracts Behind Influencer and Audience Agreements featured Joel Andrew of CB Baby, Andrea Selkregg of Idea Legal, and Parna Mehrbani ’05 of Tonkon Torp. They exchanged views on the agreements, which serve to protect the interests of all parties to influencer campaigns, define ownership and usage rights of materials, and clarify campaign expectations.

Importing and Exporting Conference

Leading trade compliance practitioners from around the country—including in-house ounsel from local companies Nike, Fortive, and nLIGHT—spoke at the Importing and Exporting Amid a Trade War: Tariffs, Export Controls, and Sanctions conference. Participants explored issues of pressing concern to any company involved in international trade, including 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 Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Export Enforcement representative gave a presentation on enforcement trends.