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June 26, 2014

Portland gets Plugged-in at White Stag

On June 20, 2014, approximately 100 legal and business professionals convened at the White Stag Block for “Plugged-In Portland.” Hosted by the University of Oregon School of Law, “Plugged-In Portland” featured a full day of forums, practical skills labs, continuing legal education (CLE) programs, and a software showcase. This was the first of an ongoing series of programs the School of Law is implementing.

"It was thrilling to watch Oregon Law bring business leaders and policymakers together for important conversations about Portland trends," said Rebekah Hanley, Assistant Dean for the law school's Career Center. "The event's scale was ambitious and its scope was broad, touching on several key economic sectors and practical skills. I look forward to collaborating with law school and external partners on future programs addressing developments and opportunities of interest to Portland's legal and business communities."

Plugged_in_graphic“Plugged-In Portland” provided professionals with focused context on several of the region’s most vibrant economic clusters and the legal and business issues associated with those clusters. Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon’s Attorney General and School of Law alumna, started the day with remarks noting the significant impact of new technologies on the legal profession and government, and the importance of community engagement.

Following Attorney General Rosenblum’s comments, Chris Harder, the Economic Development Director of the Portland Development Commission, provided an  overview of Portland’s current economy and key elements of the economic development strategy that is reimagining the city’s skyline and neighborhoods. Harder highlighted the economic vibrancy of Portland’s trade sector and target industries. He also discussed the city’s investments in “place” that led to its nationally celebrated public transportation system, dense urban development, and globally competitive green building industry.

Later, leaders from Portland's athletics, outdoor, food, and software technology clusters conducted forums that examined new developments within their industries.

The CLEs and practical skills labs provided starting points for understanding projects, tasks, and challenges encountered by Portland’s legal and business professionals.

The event was sponsored by the Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Division and Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. 

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