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Back by popular demand,

Justice Marin Mrcela on U.S. vs. Continental Law: A Criminal Law Perspective on Fair Trial Procedures

sponsored by Classroom Law Project, and co-sponsored by
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP and the International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar

Friday, July 21, 2017
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am-10:00 am Presentation

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, 111 SW 5th Ave, 34th Floor, Portland

The Honorable Marin Mrcela
Justice of the Supreme Court of Croatia, and President of the Council of Europe Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO)

The seminar will focus on the similarities and differences between Anglo-Saxon and continental criminal law and fair trial procedure. Judge Mrcela will discuss the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and changes in the court practice in Croatia.

Justice Mrcela has his Ph.D. from the Zagreb Law Faculty, University of Zagreb, and was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the American University, Washington, D.C. from 2000 -2001. He is Vice-President of the Association of Croatian Judges and is a Council of Europe Expert in the field of Criminal Law (corruption, organized crime, criminal procedure).

2.0 hours CLE credit for Oregon attorneys (pending)
2.0 hours PDU credit for Oregon teachers
Continental breakfast provided courtesy of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
This CLE is free but space is limited!  Reserve your seat today!

~ registration required at ~

Previous section events:

Please join the Oregon Patent Law Association on Thursday, May 4th at Kells Irish Pub for a presentation by Dr. James Zhu on Patent Enforcement and Trends in China. We are applying for 1 OSB General CLE credit. Lunch will be available.

Patent Enforcement and Trends in China

Speaker: Dr. James Zhu, Partner and the Head of IP Practice at JunHe LLP

Where: Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

When: May 4th from 12:00-1:00

Cost: $30 w/ lunch, $18 w/o lunch

Registration: opens Thurs. April 13, 2017. Just go to the Event Registration tab on OPLA’s website here:

Description: Effective on April 1, 2017, Chinese patent office (SIPO) will consider software-based computer methods (no longer non-patentable subject matter), post-filing data supplement, and certain flexibility in claim amendment during invalidation proceedings.  In light of these changes and in combination with real-life experience enforcing or defending IP rights for US companies in China, Dr. Zhu will discuss a variety of topics including:

      • The reality of patent enforcement in China
      • The underlining difference in patent litigations between the US and China that leads to frustration or misconceptions of US counsel and companies
      • The improving IP court system in China
      • The impact of the changing patent regulations in favor of patent holders
      • Strategies for US companies to:
        —Ease qualms about PRC patent litigation
        —Leverage the difference between patent laws in the US and China
        —Obtain enforceable IP rights to defend or enforce these rights against potential infringers or competitors (not necessarily just domestic China companies) in the world’s second largest marker.


    • Dr. James J. Zhu, a patent partner at JunHe LLP, is the head of intellectual property practice and the managing partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.  James’ practice areas include patent litigation, procurement, opinion, strategies, technology licensing, primarily focusing on biopharmaceuticals, chemistry/materials, medical device, and computer/electronics.James represents clients to obtain and enforce their patent rights in China.  For example, James helps clients to enforce or defend intellectual Property (IP) rights by leading litigation effort in China, procures PRC patent rights, provides strategic IP counselling for companies’ market entry into PRC, and conducts due diligence in investment and M&A to evaluate and mitigate IP risks.James spent eight years at Perkins Coie LLP, became a partner in Perkins Coie’s Los Angeles Office in 2007, and the Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s Beijing Office in 2008.  Prior to his legal career, James was a co-founder & General Counsel of GanTech International, a Silicon Valley venture-backed start-up.James is a frequent author and speaker in the field. James was the Chairman of the Board of BayHelix Group. The BusinessWeek elected James as one of most influential “sea turtles” (US returnees) in the Sino-American community.  James graduated from Fudan University, Shanghai. Within a total of seven academic years, James earned a Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology and J.D. & MBA from Columbia University.Questions: contact Michelle Craig at [email protected]




Hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service in partnership with Greater Portland Inc. for exporters and those supporting the export community

Office of Foreign Asset Controls: What you need to know about U.S. Sanctions

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 2:30-4:00 PM, Downtown Portland, OR

All U.S. Exporters Must Comply with U.S. Sanctions. From shoelaces to advanced technology components and everything in between, whether a one time on-line sale to an individual, or a commercial container load, your company is responsible. This extends to your overseas representative. Transshipments to sanctioned countries via a ‘partner’ does not remove your compliance obligation.

Join us for a briefing presented by the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC), the agency within the U.S. Department of the Treasury that administers U.S. economic and trade sanctions. Discussion will emphasize your obligations as an exporter and recent developments surrounding Cuba, Iran, Burma, Russia/Ukraine sanctions. The briefing is suited for in-house counsel, compliance personnel, directors, executives and those responsible for international sales.

Topics to be discussed include:


Overview of U.S. economic and trade sanctions, including the Specially Designated Nationals List.

How do U.S. sanctions affect U.S. companies?

What are the major recent changes in U.S. sanctions?

What are the implications of recent changes in U.S. sanctions against Cuba?

What is the status of U.S. sanctions against Syria, North Korea, and the Palestinian Territories?

Has anything changed with regard to Iran, Sudan, or Burma?

What risk do U.S. companies face regarding the business of their foreign representatives, parent company or subsidiaries?

What should a company’s sanctions compliance program include?

Who should attend this briefing? In-house counsel, compliance officers, directors, senior executives, finance and audit staff, marketing executives and business development managers responsible for overseas business. Learn more about OFAC here.

Oregon companies have been fined in violation of OFAC sanctions. Learn what you need to know to be compliant!

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 2:30-4:00 PM
Where: Greater Portland Inc., 8th Floor conference room,
111 SW Columbia Street, Suite 830, Portland, OR 97209
Cost: No fee, but registration is required (
Contact: Kellie Holloway, U.S. Commercial Service,
Tel: 503-326-3002, [email protected]
* If your company produces export licensable commodities, we encourage you to attend the 2-day, deep dive Export Compliance Summit, Nov 30-Dec 1.

21st Annual Business Law Fall Forum

Please join Lewis & Clark Law School on Friday, October 7 for the 21st Annual Business Law Fall Forum on “Innovating Corporate Social Responsibility: From the Local to the Global.”

This forum will explore the latest legal and contractual innovations for promoting corporate social responsibility, from cutting-edge company and community practices to new or emerging laws and standards.  Leading scholars, practitioners and in-house counsel will explore a variety of new legal developments, initiatives, and practices relating to CSR, including:



Strategies and techniques for achieving labor and environmental standards in global supply chains (with one panel featuring a senior counsel from Nike, Inc.)

The relevance of sustainability to branding and trademarks

Disclosure requirements and SEC guidance relating to environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) issues, including California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act, Dodd-Frank’s conflict minerals rule, SEC interpretive guidance on climate disclosure, and the recent Regulation S-K concept release

Renewable energy initiatives and their implications for the rights of indigenous communities

Emerging standards governing the responsibilities of lenders for the conduct of their borrowers

Environmental and social impacts of biofuel production, and efforts to establish international standards

Controversies associated with fracking and efforts to regulate it

Environmental citizen suits and Good Neighbor Agreements

For more information, and to register, please visit our website at:

This program has applied for 6.5 general MCLE credits.

Update on PRC Employment and Labor Law

Monday, September 26, 2016
12:00-1:30 PM

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
111 SW 5th Ave, 34th Floor, Portland, 97204

$20/NWCC/OSB ILS Members, $35/General
Lunch will be provided

Register Here

About the Program:
Jeffrey Wilson will speak on the latest developments in PRC labor and employment law, including the efforts by the PRC government to limit the increase in labor costs as well as to create flexible labor markets. He will also discuss experiences working with many of the largest American and European companies on their labor and employment work in China, including worker unrest and dispute resolution in arbitration tribunals and courts. He also plans to cover the recent tightening of laws governing foreigners working in China as well as the rules for foreign students to take internships in the country.

About Jeffrey Wilson:
Jeffrey Wilson is counsel at JunHe LLP Shanghai and a member of the firm’s employment and labor practice. JunHe is the oldest private law firm in China and still one of the country’s largest firms. JunHe’s employment and labor practice is consistently ranked Tier 1 by Chambers and Partners with Jeffrey being one of two ranked foreign legal consultants on PRC employment and labor law.

He is a frequent speaker on PRC labor issues in China, Europe and the United States. He has also assisted the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai to prepare comments on draft legislation and regulations.

Jeffrey was born and raised in Corvallis. He received his undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and his law degree and M.A.I.S. degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. He also studied Mandarin at National Taiwan University. He first went to China in 1986 to teach at Fuzhou University and source products for Atiyeh International. He also worked at Portland’s Norcrest China Company, which was located in the White Stag building.

He is Chairman of Active Kidz Shanghai, which is the largest youth sports organization serving the international community in Shanghai.


Register Here by Sept 20

The Oregon Fujian Seminar
on Environmental Protection and Low Carbon Practices
August 26, 2016

This is the highest environmental delegation to visit Oregon by Fujian in recent history.  The agenda is as follows:

4:30 pm — Opening Remarks by Jin Lan, President of Oregon China Sister State Relations Council

4:35 pm — Legislative Process of Oregon Environmental Protection presented by Representative Ann Lininger

5:00 pm — Technological Advantage of Oregon Company in Environmental Protection presented by Sunun Setboonsarng Global Trade Specialist Business Oregon (Oregon Business Development Dept)

5:20 pm — NGO’s role in Oregon Environmental Protection presented by Cathy Macdonald, External Affairs Director of The Nature Conservancy, Oregon Chapter

5:35 pm — Cross-Laminated Timber Technology in Sustainable Development presented by Paul Barnum, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

5:55 pm — Practice of Ecological Civilization in Fujian and Its Opportunity presented by Director General Zhu Hua of Fujian Environmental Protection Agency

6:15 pm — Q&A

6:30 pm — Forum ends. Dinner Starts.

Additional details and registration information at

Back by popular demand,
Justice Marin Mrcela on
U.S. vs. Continental Law: A Criminal Law Perspective

sponsored by Classroom Law Project, and co-sponsored by
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP  and  the International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar

Tuesday, July 20, 2016
7:30 am  Continental Breakfast
8:00 am-10:00 am  Presentation

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, 111 SW 5th Ave, 34th Floor, Portland

The Honorable Marin Mrcela
Justice of the Supreme Court of Croatia, and
President of the Council of Europe Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO)

The seminar will focus on the similarities and differences between Anglo-Saxon and continental criminal law and procedure – which one is better? Judge Mrcela will discuss the role of Judges, the use of lay judges, trial procedures, sentencing and reintegration of felons into the community.

Justice Mrcela has his Ph.D. from the Zagreb Law Faculty, University of Zagreb, and was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the American University, Washington, D.C. from 2000 -2001. He is Vice-President of the Association of Croatian Judges and is a Council of Europe Expert in the field of Criminal Law (corruption, organized crime, criminal procedure).

2.0 hours CLE credit for Oregon attorneys (pending)
2.0 hours PDU credit for Oregon teachers 

Continental breakfast provided courtesy of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
This CLE is free but space is limited!  Reserve your seat today!

~ registration required at ~



World Trade Week International Business Networking Reception Gala

Join us at our quarterly reception to meet and greet other professionals active in international business. Expand your network of business partners and trade connections, exchange best practices, identify strategies and new approaches in the ever changing global economic landscape of international trade.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
4:30-6:30 PM
World Trade Center 2, Skybridge,
SW 1st and Taylor Streets

Register here
(It’s free!)

Celebrate World Trade Week with us!

Happy World Trade Week! Every year, the President of the United States declares the third full week of May as World Trade Week to promote and facilitate international trade at a local and national level. Come celebrate with us!

Oregon International Business Awards and Consular Corps Scholarship Dinner
Join us during Oregon’s Trade World Week as we help build the next generation of international business leaders. The event recognizes private sector companies that have made a significant contribution to Oregon’s standing as a leader in international trade and investment and their ability to create family wage jobs. You are invited to nominate a company or submit an application for your own company for these awards. A designated steering committee will choose the winner for each category and the winners will be announced at a special semi-formal dinner program.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
6:00 PM Social Hour/Registration
7:00 PM Dinner
7:30-9:00 PM Program
Portland Art Museum

Register here

For questions, please contact:
Michou Jardini
Executive Director, Oregon Consular Corps
[email protected]

Women in International Law Mentoring Program


The American Society of International Law (ASIL) and its Women in International Law Interest Group are excited to announce the launch of the fourth year of the Women in International Law Mentoring Program.

Since 2013, over 364 women have enrolled in ASIL’s Mentoring Program as both mentors and mentees in 9 countries and 27 cities from Tucson to Singapore. The feedback has been extremely positive, and the current participants have built a strong, inter-connected, and global network. ASIL hopes to reach more women for the 2016-17 program!

The Women in International Law Mentoring Program is the first of its kind in international law and is designed to foster the next generation of female international lawyers. The program connects experienced female international law professionals with female law students and new attorneys interested in professional development in the field of international law. Mentoring takes place locally, in a group setting, with a maximum of four mentees for every mentor. Mentors and mentees meet in person every other month during the course of an academic year to discuss topics and engage in activities designed to help junior women enter and be successful in the beginning years of practicing international law. Upon finishing the requirements of the one-year program, all participants receive a certificate of completion.

ASIL is currently accepting applications for mentees and mentors. In particular, ASIL strongly encourages potential mentors to join the Program. If you are considering participating, please sign up. Mentors truly make this program possible, and ASIL does all that it can to make the experience fulfilling and hassle-free.

To sign up, please fill out a mentee or mentor form, found on ASIL’s website at
Please send your completed application form to [email protected].

The deadline for mentee and mentor applications is June 15, 2016.

An Enchanted Evening Under the Stars

Portland-Suzhou Sister City Association
Annual Gala & Fund Raising Event

WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
WHERE: Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St, Portland OR
COST: $150 per ticket

Opportunity to meet PSSCA’s honored delegation from Suzhou
Enjoy wines and microbrews, sumptuous buffet by Chefstable Catering
Sip rare teas, compliments of the Tao of Tea in the Garden’s Tea House
Cultural entertainment program featuring Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dancers and Chinese Musicians
Annual PSSCA Leadership Awards Presentation and Newcombe Wang Memorial Scholarship Award

To purchase tickets, please purchase on line. Click here.
For sponsorship opportunities, please visit our Sponsorship website page

RESERVATION DEADLINE: Friday June 17, 2016 5 pm

Obtaining Foreign Discovery and Offering it into Evidence

With international trade on the rise in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon trial lawyers occasionally find themselves needing to obtain foreign evidence to support their clients’ cases.  Obtaining foreign evidence can be quite tricky, and offering foreign documents into the trial or evidentiary record presents an additional set of challenges.  This CLE will focus on strategies for obtaining foreign discovery and then offering it into evidence in Oregon’s state and federal trial courts.

Chad Colton, Shareholder, Markowitz Herbold PC

Time and Location
May 12, 2016
Noon to 1:30PM

Stoel Rives LLP
900 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 2600
Portland, Oregon  97204

Lunch will be served

Cost:  Free to International Law Section members
$15 for non-members (check payable to Oregon State Bar, bring to CLE)
Register by Monday, May 9, 2016
Email [email protected]



 2015 Year of Trade Campaign
The Port of Portland, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association, Portland Business Alliance, and other partners have planned a number of ongoing activities throughout the year as part of the campaign.In the months of April and May, there are presentations and roundtables on such topics as Trade Trends for Pacific Northwest Agriculture; Doing Business in Burma; as well as an Annual Export Compliance Seminar.


Oregon’s World Trade Week
The Celebrate Trade Gala will be held on May 18, 2015, at the Portland Art Museum. Some 500 guests are expected to attend, and the event includes the Oregon International Business Awards and Consular Corps Scholarship presentation.


OWLS in the UK September 7-14. 2015
Earn CLE while celebrating the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary. Men, non-OWLS members and non-lawyers are welcome to join the trip. Reservations are being taken now and through May


Employment Based Immigration and Foreign National Tax
2015 Update

We will explore issues concerning the employment of foreign nationals in the United States, including updates on employment based immigration strategies and the taxation of foreign nationals at various stages throughout the immigration process

Employment Based Immigration

*Temporary Work Visas * Employment Based Permanent Residence *
* Executive Action *

U.S. Tax and Foreign Nationals

* Temporary Visa Holders * Permanent Residents * FBAR Filings * Exit Tax *


Alan Perkins, Partner, Tonkon Torp LLP
Eric Kodesch, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Time and Location:
February 25, 2015
Noon to 1:30 PM

Tonkon Torp LLP
888 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Suite 1600
Portland, Oregon  97204

Lunch will be served


Cost:  $15 (check payable to Oregon State Bar, bring to CLE)
Register by Monday, February 23, 2015
Email [email protected]



  • International Social Hour – Sunday, February 8, 2015

In furtherance of a mission to broaden public awareness and understanding of international affairs and to engage Oregonians with the world, the World Affairs Council of Oregon and the International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, with the generous support of the following law firms:

Miller Nash LLP
Parker, Butte & Lane, PC
Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf PC
Perkins Coie LLP
Stoel Rives LLP
Tonkon Torp LLP

are sponsoring the 38th Annual Portland International Film Festival. PIFF will screen approximately 100 international shorts and feature films between February 5 and February 21, 2015 at various Portland cinemas.

We cordially invite you and a guest to join us for the following event:

International Social Hour
Sunday, February 8, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 pm
In the Andrée Stevens Board Room at the Portland Art Museum
(in the museum’s lower level, next door to the Whitsell Auditorium)

We anticipate that a special guest – Monsieur Gilles Delcourt, Deputy Cultural Attaché from the Consulat Général de France – will be in attendance at our event.

Wine, beer and light refreshments will be provided, thanks to generous donations from King Estate Winery and Sierra Nevada Brewing.

Please register for this event by Friday, February 6, at this link:

A complete PIFF film schedule, including information about the World Affairs Council-sponsored French film “On the Way to School” (which is being screened at 4:00 pm in the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium immediately before the International Social Hour), can be found at:


    • Nowhere to Hide:
      The Long-Arm Reach of the FCPA and Other Anti-Bribery Statutes
      by Robert R. Calo
      Wednesday, January. 29, 2014
      11:45am – Check in
      12:00-1:30pm Lunch and talk
      Dragonwell Bistro
      735 SW First Ave.
      Portland, OR 97204Buffet Lunch & Talk: $20 Northwest China Council members; $28 general; $15 for students. Please add $5 handling charge to above for registration after 5pm Monday, Jan. 27, 2014Register & Pay OnlineYou are invited to join members of Northwest China Council for a buffet lunch, network with others with an interest in China, and listen to an informative talk.Robert Calo will update us on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) including:
  • Nuts and Bolts of the FCPA
  • Overview of Chinese and Other Anti-Bribery Laws
  • Red Flags in Conducting Business in China

About the Speaker:
Robert R. Calo chairs Lane Powell’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bribery and International Anti-Corruption practice group. He has represented numerous companies and individuals in connection with whistleblower allegations, internal investigations by companies, and administrative, civil and criminal investigations by the government. Bob spent many years with the United States Department of Justice as a career criminal prosecutor before joining Lane Powell. As a federal prosecutor, Bob tried numerous criminal jury trials and conducted scores of federal grand jury investigations. Bob also has extensive experience in cases involving a myriad of federal crimes including anti-corruption/FCPA violations, securities fraud, corporate embezzlement, bankruptcy fraud, health care fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, environmental crimes FDA violations, and money laundering offenses. He has also counseled several companies on the impacts of the FCPA on proposed transactions and has drafted ethical and compliance codes related to the FCPA for several corporations.

The ILS will apply for CLE Credit

    Navigating the Challenges of ITAR Compliance
    January 29-30, 2013
    World Trade Center | Portland, OR
    Staying on the right side of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) can be a big challenge for many businesses.This two-day program will cover the information businesses need to know to comply with ITAR regs.  The first day provides an overview of ITAR and basic compliance considerations and practices.  Day two dives deeper into the application and interpretation of the regulations and compliance responsibilities.Gain general awareness about ITAR and various components that may affect you and your business including how ITAR may affect your work in the areas of international shipping, procurement, travel, visitors, and research collaborations and the penalties associated with ITAR violations.PNDC members receive a $100 discount!  Brought to you by the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, the Export Council of Oregon and the U.S. Department of Commerce. READ MORE
  • The Strangest Venue:  Representing Clients at the United Nations
    12:00 PM – Monday, December 16
    Miller Nash LLP, 111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 3400, Portland
    The United Nations was created in 1945 after World War II to promote international peace and security, human rights, and friendly relations among nations.  Today, the UN is one of the primary forums for the negotiation of international law, although the process is unfamiliar to most practicing lawyers.  Oregon lawyer and former legislator, Thomas Mason, has over 17 years’ experience representing clients in the UN, and was recently involved in the negotiation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty.  Mr. Mason will discuss the UN, its legal culture, and representing clients through the treaty-making process.Thomas Mason joined the Oregon State Bar in 1976.  He was a member of the Oregon Legislature from 1979 to 1993 and became associated with the United Nations when he was appointed to the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, a UN-affiliated think tank in Vancouver, BC, in 1992.  In 1995, Mr. Mason began representing several nongovernmental organizations to the UN.  His clients include international hunters, firearms user groups, and both civilian and military firearms manufacturers.  He has made numerous presentations to UN conferences, meetings, and the First Committee on Disarmament of the UN General Assembly.  His most recent involvement was with the just-completed UN Arms Trade Treaty.
    Credits: The ILS will apply for one hour of general CLE credits. Space is limited.  Please register via email to Lynn Clark at [email protected] and send your registration fee (as applicable) to:
    Miller Nash LLP
    Attn:  Lynn Clark, Legal Assistant
    111 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 3400
    Portland, OR 97204
    Registration Fee: 
    Free for ILS members.  $5 for students.  $15 for all others.Deadline for registration is December 12.
  • Monday, November 18, 4:00 pm
    OREGON-CHINA TRADE with Oregon State Representative Dennis Richardson

    Miller Nash LLP, 111 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 3400, PortlandPlease join the Oregon State Bar International Law Section for a talk by Oregon State Representative Dennis Richardson on Oregon-China Trade.
    China is one of Oregon’s largest trading partners, but it can also be a daunting market to navigate.  Since 2002, Representative Richardson has led numerous trade missions to China.  He will share his insight into the Oregon-China relationship, discussing his recent trade mission to China, Oregon-China trade relations and opportunities generally, and how Oregon lawyers might play a role in Oregon-China trade. Representative Richardson is a member of the Oregon-China Sister State Committee and has assisted in many other efforts to help foster relations between the U.S. and China.Representative Richardson is an Oregon lawyer based in Central Point and has served as an Oregon State Representative since 2002.  In the Legislature, Representative Richardson has served on numerous legislative committees over the years including the Joint Committee on Legislative Counsel, the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Government Efficiency, the House Environment and Land Use Committee, the House Trade and Economic Development Committee, House Committee on PERS Reform, and multiple Joint Senate & House Ways & Means Committees.  Representative Richardson has led seven trade missions to China, and has traveled to China as a delegation member for the National Conference of State Legislators.Space is limited.  Please register via email to Lynn Clark at [email protected].  Deadline for registration is November 15.
  • Friday, November 8, 2013
    As the fourth most trade dependent state in the nation, Oregon will be impacted by the on-going trade negotiations creating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
    This briefing will provide an overview of the scope of the negotiations, key topics under discussion, and market opportunities that will follow its conclusion. Hear an analysis of what major tradeoffs might affect domestic U.S. interests and how those choices may play off politically.
    John Andersen, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the International Trade Administration, will share insights into these historic agreements, drawing upon 20-years of negotiating experience and a sensitivity to both political realities and the commercial importance of substantive agreements to U.S. exporters.  Find out more at
    When: November 8
    From: 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
    Where: Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
    PacWest Center, 1211 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1900, Portland, OR
    Cost: Free but preregistration is required.
    To register: Please visit


  • Friday, October 25, 2013
    Arlington Club
    811 SW Salmon, Portland, Oregon
    You are invited to attend this program with UN Ambassador Wenaweser, sponsored by Carol Emory together with Mary Jean Thompson, Honorary Consul for Liechtenstein.  It promises to be an excellent presentation.  The sponsors have applied for 1 hour CLE credit.
    If you would like to attend, please respond to Carol Emory at [email protected] today, Wednesday, October 23. There is no charge.Christian Wenaweser, United Nations Ambassador from Liechtenstein, will speak on “The International Criminal Court: Heart of the Fight for Justice.”


 Ambassador Wenaweser will provide an overview of the history and mandate of the ICC and the results of the ICC Kampala Review Conference held in Kampala, Uganda in 2010.  The Conference delegates reviewed the Rome Statute System (which created the International Criminal Court in 1998) and sought to chart a course for the future of international criminal justice.
Ambassador Wenaweser will also address current challenges, in particular the situation in Syria, discussions concerning Africa and remarks on the US and the ICC.The United States, while supportive of the work of the ICC, is not a participant.

The International Bar Association has issued a special report on the Kampala Conference which can be viewed at

Yale Law Professor Paul W. Kahn has analyzed the US opposition to the International Criminal Court in an article “Crimes of War”. Kahn argues that the jurisdiction of the Court has become the site for a symbolic battle between law and politics for the US.

For background information on the US opposition to ICC participation, see America Service Members Protection Act 2002, US Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.  (ASPA, Title 2 of Pub.L. 107–206, H.R. 4775, 116 Stat. 820, enacted August 2, 2002.)

      • Tuesday, October 8th
        5:30 pm – Lewis & Clark Law School (Free to the Public); Featuring Ms. Silvia Kofler, EU as the Distinguished Global Law Lecture (“The European Union’s Role Today In Peace and Security Issues in the Middle East”); Ms. Kofler will discuss current Middle East Peace Issues and take questions from the audience led by co-moderators: Professor of Law John Grant and Gary Alan Spanovich, Executive Director of the Wholistic Peace Institute – to be followed by a reception. For questions email: [email protected]
      • Thursday, August 8, 2013
        Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services will be training attorneys on U Nonimmigrant Status for Immigrant Victims of Serious Crimes on Thursday, August 8, 2013.  The training will be held on the 4th floor of the Catholic Charities building at 2740 SE Powell Boulevard in Portland, from 10am to 2:30 pm.  Presenting the training will be several experienced members of the staff of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services.
        The training is introductory, but you will emerge from the training knowing the U Visa well enough to represent a pre-screened Catholic Charities client and his or her family members pro bono, with technical supervision from Catholic Charities if you so require. The training will feature a comprehensive set of materials and a hands-on case preparation exercise.  The fee is $20.00  to cover materials, lunch and CLE credits.  The last U visa training qualified for the following credits:  1.0 general, 2.0 practical skills and 1.0 access to justice from the Oregon State Bar.
        What: U Nonimmigrant Status for Immigrant Victims of Serious Crimes
        Where: 2740 SE Powell Blvd, 4th floor
        When: Thursday, August 8, 2013 – 10am to 2:30pm (RSVP by 7/31/13)
        Cost: $20, includes materials, lunch and CLE credits (please bring cash or a check made out to Catholic Charities)
        Call (503.688.2717) or email ([email protected]) with any questions or to RSVP.



      • Thursday, July 25, 2013
        Back by popular demand, Justice Marin Mrcela with an Update on Croatia, the EU and Rule of Law sponsored by Classroom Law Project, and co-sponsored by Stoel Rives LLP and the International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar
        7:30 am Continental Breakfast
        8:00 am-10:00 am Presentation
        Location: Stoel Rives LLP, 900 SW 5th Ave, Suite 2600, Room CR11, Portland
        Speaker: The Honorable Marin Mrcela, Justice of the Supreme Court of Croatia
        A brilliant and engaging jurist, Justice Mrcela will return to Portland and provide an update on the status of the rule of law in Croatia, and its recent entry into the European Union. Justice Mrcela has been a member of the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) for the Council of Europe since 2005 and currently serves as its president, and also presided over war crimes trials in Croatia. Come to this workshop for an insider’s look at issues concerning EU membership, GRECO, war crimes and more.
        2.0 hours CLE credit for Oregon attorneys (pending)
        2.0 hours PDU credit for Oregon teachers
        Continental breakfast provided courtesy of Stoel Rives LLP
        This CLE is free but space is limited!  Reserve your seat today! Registration required at
      • Thursday, June 20 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
        Protecting Intellectual Property Globally
        Beaverton City Library
        Hosted by the Export Council of Oregon and the U.S. Commercial Service’s Portland Export Assistance Center, this seminar provides a comprehensive overview of key intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement issues and offers valuable resources to help your business enforce IPR at home and abroad. This dynamic program features presentations by intellectual property experts and law enforcement officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Intellectual Property Rights, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the National IPR Coordination Center. Presentations will be followed by an opportunity to meet One-on-One with the presenters to discuss IPR protection as it relates to your firm.
        Seminar fee: $50  (includes lunch, and private consultation)
        Find more information and register at:
      • April 23 – 27, 2013
        ABA Section of International Law 2013 Spring Meeting
        Washington, DC
        Click here for information and event website.
      • February 22, 2013
        International Social Hour
      • December 13, 2012
        Deemed Exports – U.S. Export Regulations & Technical Information or “Did that Email Need an Export License?
        This program is sponsored by the Export Council of Oregon in cooperation with the Portland U.S. Export Assistance Center, Oregon Health Sciences University, Dorsey & Whitney and Ater Wynne.
      • November 1, 2012
        Lawyers, Tyranny and the Rule of Law – or – The first thing we do, is kill all the lawyersPlease join us for a presentation by Steven T. Wax, a U.S. federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon in Portland. In the context of the “Lawyers without Rights” exhibit, Wax will talk about current day issues of concern in the criminal justice system, including an assessment of just and unjust laws and the importance of the sixth amendment.

Click here for information.

    • November 8, 2012
      A Portland Litigator’s Sabbatical – Assessing Access to Justice in Kenya
      Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse – Jury Assembly RoomPlease join us for a presentation by Portland litigator Chris Kitchel, who spent her 2011 law firm sabbatical in a very uncommon way: She went to Nairobi, Kenya on an information gathering mission for Lawyers Without Borders.Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse – Jury Assembly Room
      • October 19 – November 16, 2012
        Lawyers without Rights – The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Germany after 1933
        Presented by Zeitgeist Northwest in partnership with the Oregon State Bar International Law Section

        Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
        1000 SW Third Ave.
        Portland, Oregon 97204

        The OSB International Law Section would like to provide its members with information about the following upcoming international law-related event:

        Lawyers without Rights – The Fate of Jewish Lawyers in Germany after 1933

      • October 16 – 20, 2012
        ABA International Law Section Fall Meeting
        Miami Beach, FL

        The OSB International Law Section would like to provide its members with information about the following upcoming international law-related event:

        Event website:


        • Over 70 substantive concurrent continuing legal education sessions and showcases with world-class speakers;

        • Cutting edge programming on key issues and interest areas;

        • Networking opportunities with contemporaries from around the world on the latest international legal and ethics issues;

        • An entire year’s worth of general CLE credits; and

        • Special programming for young lawyers and law students.


        • Tuesday Reception at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach;

        • Wednesday Opening Reception at the Moore Building;

        • Thursday Reception at the New World Symphony; and

        • Friday Chair’s Closing Reception at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.


        • Learn the latest from top experts and receive information that is relevant to you in your international law practice area;

        • Network with the best and brightest international lawyers throughout the meeting and particularly at our ticketed luncheons, twice daily networking breaks and evening events;

        • Participate in specialized meetings with colleagues who share your areas of interest by attending committee working business meetings, division breakfasts and committee dinners; and

        • Visit exhibitors of dynamic products and services for the legal profession.

        Early Bird registration rates end August 27th, so we encourage you to register before that deadline. For any questions related to registration, please contact [email protected].

      • October 12, 2012
        17th Annual Lewis & Clark Law School Business Law Fall Forum

        Balancing Investor Protections, the Environment, and Human Rights

        Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
        Time: 8:30am – 4:15pm, reception to follow
        Location: Lewis & Clark Law School; Wood Hall, classroom 7

        Please join us for a discussion of some of the most pressing and controversial issues confronting businesses, governments, and stakeholders today, all relating to one basic dilemma: how to balance economic development and the pursuit of profit with environmental and social priorities. In recent years the United States and many other countries have concluded a vast network of investment treaties, which offer an array of benefits and protections to businesses involved in international investment, and have contributed to a dramatic growth in foreign investment both into and out of this country. And talks are underway to conclude even more treaties, including the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could (among other things) encourage investment in efforts to export coal from the Pacific Northwest to Asia. While businesses and governments have lauded these treaties, critics have denounced them for promoting investment without imposing obligations on investors to ensure fair treatment of workers and local communities and the use of environmentally-friendly practices and technology. This forum will explore tensions between the potential of international investment to promote economic development and the drawbacks associated with it, as leading scholars from the United States, Canada, and Europe consider whether investment treaties and other sources of international investment law are compatible with sustainable development, how they could be modified in the future to promote a better balance, and how voluntary efforts by businesses can help as well.

        We hope you can join us to discuss these timely issues.

        MCLE Credit:
        This program has applied for 5.0 general credits in Oregon
        This program has been approved for 5.0 general credits in Washington

        Click this link to register:

        Click here for the Fall Forum brochure:

        Registration Deadline: Friday, October 5, 2012

      • September 19, 2012
        Distinguished Fall Global Law Visitor

        Date: September 19, 2012
        Time: 5:30 p.m.
        Location: Lewis & Clark Law School, Legal Research Center, Lower Student Lounge

        Professor Leila N. Sadat, a renowned international human rights scholar and one of the world’s leading experts on the International Criminal Court, will visit Lewis & Clark Law School as the 2012 Distinguished Fall Global Law Visitor. Professor Sadat will address the theme Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity. A reception with Professor Sadat will follow the lecture.

        Click here to register. Or RSVP to [email protected]. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will be eligible for 1 MCLE credit.

        Professor Sadat is the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor at Washington University School of Law. With more than 75 books and articles to her name, she is an award-winning and prolific scholar. In June 2012 she was appointed to the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations. During Spring 2011 Professor Sadat was the Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in Paris. She is also the Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University and the Director of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. From 2001-2003 she served as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom.

        Read more about Professor Sadat, or view her most recent publications.

      • March 5, 2012
        Spring Global Law Lecturer – Lewis & Clark Law School

        The Global Law Program at the Lewis & Clark Law School is proud to welcome the Spring 2012 Global Law Lecturer, Professor Anita Ramasastry, D. Wayne & Anne Gittinger Professor of Law at the University of Washington Law School. Professor Ramasastry will speak on The Future of Corporate Liability for Human Rights Violations in the United States: Kiobel, the Ruggie Framework and other Emerging Trends. Attendees will be granted one general CLE credit.

        A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood Hall Foyer. Additional information about the program is at

        Please contact Heather McCambly at [email protected] with questions or to RSVP.

      • February 19, 2012
        International Social Hour

        In furtherance of a mission to broaden public awareness and understanding of international affairs and to engage Oregonians with the world:

        The World Affairs Council of Oregon and the International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, with the generous support of:

        • Miller Nash LLP

        • Parker, Butte & Lane, PC

        • Parrilli Renison LLC

        • Perkins Coie LLP

        • Stoel Rives LLP

        • Tonkon Torp LLP

        are sponsoring the 35th Annual Portland International Film Festival, at which approximately 100 international shorts and feature films will screen between February 9 and February 25, 2012.

      • December 8, 2011
        International Arbitration Seminar

        Arbitration is increasingly the preferred means to resolve international commercial disputes. The program will provide two sessions of roundtable discussion covering the basics of international arbitration, from drafting an effective clause to enforcing a favorable award.

      • December 2, 2011
        Portland’s Economic Recovery and the Role of Trade.

        The City Club of Portland is holding a program entitled “Portland’s Economic Recovery and the Role of Trade” as part of its Friday Forum series. Information about this December 2 event is available at:

      • December 1, 2011
        Portland-Mutare, Zimbabwe Sister City Association’s Annual Fundraiser

        The Portland-Mutare, Zimbabwe Sister City Association is holding its annual fundraiser for Mutare programs on December 1, 2011. All of the net proceeds return to Mutare. Your ticket could pay a child’s school fees for 3 quarters.

        Twenty years ago, Portland formed a sister city relationship with Mutare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe was once the breadbasket of Africa, but now suffers from weak agricultural output, electricity shortfalls, and crippled health and educational systems. A board of about 15 Portland Metro residents serve as volunteers, holding fundraisers to, among other things:

        – develop school aid programs
        – build a clinic and supply an ambulance
        – donate clothing and glasses
        – provide computer equipment

        We encourage you to consider attending this event and supporting this cause. You can learn more by linking to the website address below:

      • September 22, 2011
        How to do Business with Israel

      • May 24, 2011
        Coping with a Challenging Chinese Tax Environment

      • May 16, 2011
        Navigating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act – Ethical and Practical Implications for Corporate Counsel.

      • April 7, 2011
        Doing Business in India – An Evening with Swethaa Ballakrishnen

        Lewis & Clark Law School and the International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar cordially invite you and a guest to a reception and informal roundtable discussion with Swethaa Ballakrishnen of Harvard Law School. Please join Ms. Ballakrishnen for a discussion to learn more about doing business in India. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

      • April 15, 2011
        Spring Symposium
        The Lewis & Clark Law Review invites you to attend its annual Spring Symposium on Friday, April 15 at Lewis & Clark Law School. This year, the symposium is entitled The Future of International Law in Indigenous Affairs: The Doctrine of Discovery, the United Nations, and the Organization of American States. Presenters from around the globe will address very timely questions about the future and the promise of international law in Indigenous affairs.

        The symposium features Professor Dinah Shelton, who is the Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at George Washington University and a commissioner on the Inter-American Human Rights Commission; Jacinta Ruru, a Senior Lecturer in Law at University of Otago, New Zealand; Professor Tracy Lindberg from Athabasca University and University of Ottawa; and other professors from Lewis & Clark and across the country.

        Please visit our website at to view the complete schedule and list of presenters, or to register online. The deadline to register is April 8.

        The law school has applied for 6.5 MCLE credits for this symposium.

        Contact Heather McCambly at [email protected] with any questions

      • February 19, 2011
        International Social Hour –  5:00pm

        In furtherance of a mission to broaden public awareness and understanding of international affairs and to engage Oregonians with the world:

        The World Affairs Council of Oregon and The International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, with the generous support of:

        • Ater Wynne LLP

        • Miller Nash LLP

        • Parker, Butte & Lane, PC

        • Perkins Coie LLP

        • Stoel Rives LLP

        • Tonkon Torp LLP

        are sponsoring the 34th Annual Portland International Film Festival on February 10-26, 2011.

        The World Affairs Council and the International Law Section cordially invite you and a guest to join us for an

        International Social Hour
        Saturday, February 19th
        5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
        Nel Centro/Hotel Modera
        1408 SW Sixth Ave.

        Food, beer, wine and other refreshments will be provided,
        thanks to generous donations from Nel Centro, the Hotel Modera,
        Stella Artois, Firesteed Winery and Tazo Tea.

        A complete schedule of film screenings, including the World Affairs Council-sponsored* film Pink Saris, directed by Kim Longinotto, can be found at:

        The OSB International Law Section is a general sponsor of the PIFF and does not endorse any specific film.

    • February 7, 2011
      Free Mock Trial and Moot Court Programming Training Program
      4:00 – 5:30 PM – Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse

    • February 1, 2011
      The International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar cordially invites you and a guest to an “Evening in Chile,” a reception and informal roundtable discussion with five visiting law professors from Chile’s top law school, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. These professors are involved in teaching and practicing international law, business and antitrust law, constitutional law and canon law. Come and join this International Law Section sponsored event to learn more about law in Chile and Latin America. Hors d’ouevre and drinks will be provided.

      Details are as follows:

      Location: Lewis & Clark Law School, Faculty Reading Room, first floor of the Legal Research Center.

      Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

      Time: 5 PM – 6:30 PM

    • September 22, 2010
      NACM and CFDD Portland present International Business Day.  Co-sponsored by FCIB.

    • June 28, 2010
      GLOBAL WORKPLACE: Employment and Immigration Tips and Traps
      3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – University of Oregon White Stag Building in Portland

      We have an outstanding panel of lawyers and human resources professionals for this program. Our panelists have extensive experience in dealing with foreign employment and labor law issues, immigration mechanics and the myriad cultural and practical aspects of U.S. citizens working abroad and non-U.S. citizens working in the U.S. Our panelists include:
      Kristen Clark, B.A., is the Director of Global Human Resources + Administration at Wieden+Kennedy, an independently owned advertising agency headquartered inPortland. Wieden+Kennedy has over 1,000 employees in its Portland, New York, Amsterdam, London, Shanghai, Tokyo and Delhi offices. Kristen oversees and manages W+K’s human resources and administration functions, including immigration, employee relations, legal compliance and reporting, recruitment and staffing, benefits and payroll and property management.
      Alison Daugherty, J.D., SPHR, is an Assistant General Counsel for Nike, Inc. Alison advises business groups in China, Japan and Nike’s emerging markets on employment law issues. Alison also is responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of Nike’s global legal and human resources strategies and policies, managing outside counsel and litigation, monitoring labor and employment compliance matters, and coordinating workforce reductions and reorganizations. Alison previously worked as a Director in Nike’s Global Employee Relations group. Before joining Nike in 2004, Alison was an associate in the Labor & Employment Group at the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP.
      Eileen Drake, J.D., is the Vice President, Administration & Legal Affairs at PCC Structurals, Inc., an affiliate of Precision Castparts Corp. PCC is headquartered in Portland but is a worldwide manufacturer of complex metal components and products for aerospace and industrial applications. Eileen’s areas of responsibility include human resources, safety, environmental and other legal matters within the PCC group. Before joiningPCC in 2001, Eileen had been a partner at the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP and in-house counsel at Tektronix, Inc. Eileen has been included in The Best Lawyers in America.
      Alan C. Perkins, J.D., is a partner in the Immigration Practice Group at the law firm of Tonkon Torp LLP inPortland. Alan focuses his practice on employment-based immigration and counseling on employment law matters relating to foreign nationals. He represents clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and United States Customs and Border Protection, as well as the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Labor.
      Our panel will be moderated by Professor Henry Drummonds, J.D., of the Lewis & Clark Law School. Henry practiced law for 16 years with the Kulongoski, Heid, Durham and Drummonds law firm. He currently teaches labor and employment law and offers a seminar on “The Law of Global Labor Markets” at Lewis & Clark. Henry has served as an advisor to several Oregon governmental officials.
    • February 24, 2010
      Portland International Film Festival

    • November 9, 2009
      Topic:  From the Inside and Out: Federal and Foreign Tax Considerations in Cross-Border Transactions

      Now you can view the CLE online and earn 2 general CLE credits.

      Cost:  $35 ILS members; $40 OSB members.
      Simply follow the link below and you will find the link to purchase the seminar video and materials. No refunds are available for this streaming video.

      Please note: This video will stream in all major browsers except for Firefox which does not include a plug-in for H.264 playback.

      Purchase this streaming video online.

    • June 29, 2009
        At Home and Abroad:  Diverse Cultures and the Business of Law

      Click here for meeting handouts and speaker bios.

    • October 28, 2008
        A Primer in International Alternative Dispute Resolution

      If you have ever run across ADR provisions in standard contract “terms and conditions” and have wondered what they really mean and want to be in a position to assess them meaningfully, this program will help you to do just that. For attorneys who have clients that engage in any substantial international business transactions (whether in a purchase/sale context, distribution or agency arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, or the like), this program will help you form and solidify a basis for understanding ADR provisions that you have probably encountered in your practice. We hope that lawyers who have substantial experience in this area of law, as well as those who may be new to it, will attend this program. A portion of the discussion will be relevant to ADR in the U.S. legal system and not strictly in the international arena.

    • February 15, 2008
       China:  Opportunities for Northwest Companies

      Join former Washington Governor Gary Locke and Special Envoy to China, Alan Holmer for an enlightening breakfast!

      Trade and investment relationships with China are a major and growing influence on the economy and the growth of middle-market companies in the Pacific Northwest. Management needs to be aware of future trends to take advantage of the opportunities and avoid mistakes.

    • October 19, 2007
      Topic:  International Taxation: Repatriation, Global Allocation, and Other Key Issues in Practice and Policy

    • December 8 – 10, 2005
      Topic: Fast-Track to Fellowship workshops in International Commercial Arbitration

      For the first time in Oregon, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), North American Branch, will present both the Entry Level and Advanced Level Fast-Track to Fellowship workshops in International Commercial Arbitration. This 3-day program will be held at the Airport Embassy Suites Hotel December 8-10, 2005.

      The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is considered the preeminent world authority in training and certification of international commercial arbitrators. The designations of Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Institute are recognized worldwide as signifying those arbitrators with the education and experience to preside over complex, high-dollar, international arbitrations. For advocates, these credentials also signal prospective international and domestic law clients that their lawyer is well versed in the procedures of international and complex arbitration. For lawyers, the road to Chartered Arbitrator starts with these workshops.

      For a downloadable full description and registration form, click on (the website of the North American Branch) For more information on the Chartered Institute of Arbitration – London, go to CLE/MCLE approval pending.

      For questions not answered by the workshop brochure, please telephone Murray L. Smith, Chairman, North American Branch, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 1.604.689.4438.

    • April 28, 2005
      The international implications of Section 301 of Sarbanes-Oxley
      Speaker: Amanda L. Mayhew

      With the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) and other whistleblower protection statutes, many U.S. companies are required to implement confidential and anonymous whistleblower reporting systems. U.S. companies with international operations that have begun to implement reporting systems abroad have faced resistance and complications caused by cultural barriers, language differences and conflicts in complying with the various laws of the jurisdictions in which such organizations operate. Given that international firms traded on U.S. Exchanges by American Depository Receipts must be compliant with SOX 301 guidelines by July 31, 2005, these barriers will soon need to be overcome in order to ensure international compliance with SOX. Find out what you need to know to help your company or clients overcome these complications and comply with Section 301 of Sarbanes-Oxley.

    • October 28, 2004
      A social networking opportunity and a chance to learn more about the above OSB sections. The Chair and/or Chair-Elect of each section will briefly address the group and let OSB members know what events the section sponsors each year and what is expected during the year 2005. Also, members of the executive committees will be available to answer your questions about their focus, meetings, CLE’s, and other member opportunities.

    • September 23, 2004
       War Crimes in the Hague: A Prosecutor’s Perspective
      Speaker: Timothy J. Resch

      Mr. Resch served as Legal Officer with the Office of the Prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia. The Tribunal was mandated to prosecute persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the former Yugoslavia since 1991.

    • April 29, 2004
      Practical Tips for Protecting Intellectual Property in the European Union
      Speaker: Carole De Roeck

      With the multitude of options available for registering trademarks in the European Union, it can be difficult to advise clients as to the best strategy for protecting Intellectual Property in the EU. This seminar will discuss recent developments in EU IP case law and practical strategies for advising clients as to whether to register European trademarks under the CTM, the Madrid Protocol designating individual EU countries or in individual countries under their national systems of registration.

    • February 19, 2004
      Topic: Assisting Clients to do Business in Mexico: Working with Local Counsel in Mexico” (Observations on civil law, business structuring, current reforms and obtaining positive results.)
      Speaker: David D. Spencer

    • January 22, 2004
      Oregon’s International Agenda for 2004
      Speaker: Michael Doyle

      Michael Doyle has been the Director of the International Division of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) since January 2000. In this capacity, he is responsible for Oregon’s International Trade and Investment Program. In addition, he supervises Oregon representative offices in Japan and Taiwan, as well as contract representatives in Mexico, China, South Korea and the European Union.