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November 16, 2004

DVD available for October’s Business Innovation and Law Conference


Land use, regulation, taxation, ethics…
All on the table at October business law conference

by Steven Bender

The law school’s Business Innovation and Law conference featured a stellar line-up of business leaders, business lawyers, and academics who addressed the regulatory climate in Oregon. The conference is an annual event sponsored by the law school’s Portland Program. This year, the theme was Making Oregon Business Friendly. It was held on October 1 at the World Trade Center.

 Mayoral candidates Jim Francesconi and Tom Potter participated in a debate on their visions for stimulating business growth in Portland.  Potter is now mayor-elect of Oregon’s largest city.

Another lively exchange occurred on the merits of Oregon’s Ballot Measure 37, the land use compensation initiative, between Bill Moshofsky ’48, vice president of Oregonians in Action, and Edward Sullivan, of Garvey Schubert Barer.  The measure was decisively approved statewide on November 2.

Oregon business leaders such as Matt Chapman, president/CEO of Centrisoft, gave business perspectives on Oregon’s regulatory climate. A panel of Oregon lawyers and in-house counsel confronted the regulatory climate on issues as diverse as employment law, land use, and taxation. In the afternoon, a panel of UO law professors addressed post-Enron ethics issues.

UO law professor Steven Bender, the Portland Program director, welcomes suggestions for the 2005 conference next fall. E-mail him at sbender@law.uoregon.edu.

Order the conference DVD and materials, which were awarded 5 CLE general credits and 1.5 ethics credits from the Oregon State Bar, by sending a check in the amount of $40.00 made payable to University of Oregon School of Law to Judy Sprauer,    1221 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR  97403-1221


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