Center for Business Law and Innovation Events

The Center for Business Law and Innovation (CBLI) hosts Xperiential Workshops throughout the year for business law students, connecting them to attorneys and Portland area firms.

Law Firm Economics

March 14, 2022

Three attorneys, Katherine Brown from Latham & Watkins, Steven Hedberg ’84 from Perkins Coie, and Jerry Carleton ’07 from Immix Law, participated in a roundtable discussion of law firm economics at the spring Xperiential Workshop. Issues included billing and remuneration, governance, and partnership agreements, offering students a valuable opportunity to interact with attorneys on topics that will affect their careers.

Sports Law Conference

September 30, 2022

Academics, attorneys, and team representatives discussed the radical changes effected by measures such as the decision in NCAA v. Alston, the expansion of online betting and legalized sports books, and the continuing difficulties posed to labor relations by Curt Flood’s 1969 bid for free agency. Taken together, these issues challenge the traditional understanding of employment, the amateur/professional divide, and the very notion of fair competition. Panelists included academics and representatives from professional franchises including the Portland Timbers and the Trail Blazers.

Students Learn to Accelerate Deals

November 6, 2021

Business law students learned about dealmaking from a general counsel’s perspective in the November Xperiential Workshop, Accelerating the Deal.

Intel’s Associate General Counsel Trevor Jones and Intel’s Executive in Residence Chris Croteau outlined an acquisition and licensing opportunity that was adapted from several actual corporate transactions. They familiarized students with concepts such as “value drivers” and “offer sheets” while involving them in group work aimed at shaping various deals, from cooperative ventures to an outright purchase.

The students—with varied interests in business, entertainment and media, and cannabis law—were uniformly enthusiastic about participating in a workshop that closely simulated the work of practicing corporate counsel.