CLE Seminars

Arbitration Clauses in Business Agreements

Wednesday, January 19, 2022/10:00–11:00 AM
Audio Webcast

One of the biggest risks in most business, commercial, or real estate agreements is the risk of dispute and costly, protracted litigation. Arbitration agreements are one of the primary methods by which this substantial risk of loss is contained. Rather than the parties resorting to costly litigation, they are required to seek resolution of their dispute before a neutral arbiter, whose decision in the matter is final and cannot be litigated. Though these agreements are effective mechanisms for dispute resolution and cost containment, they are also highly controversial. This program will provide you with a practical guide the law governing arbitration agreements and drafting their major provisions.

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International Tax Update
Wednesday, January 19, 2022/Noon to 1:00 PM
Greg Engrav and Bue McNeely, Engrav Law Office
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Digital Signatures
Friday, Jan 21, 2022/10:00 AM PST

Law and medicine were always the pair: well-respected professions, pathways to middle class (or better!) comfort, and laggards with technology. Whether you went to a doctor’s office or a lawyer’s office, paper ruled the day. But that’s changing. One of the last bastions of “paper is king” is the executed document – “wet” signatures serving as proof that a certain person signed a document. This is true…to a point. Depending on your state, some “wet” originals govern.

But, for many transactions, digital signatures have the same full legal effect as “wet” signatures and they’re more secure to boot. A digital signature platform produces proof not only of who signed a document, but also when and where, as well as a “chain of custody” for the document. This seminar explores all things “digital signature” and starts you down the right path for a digital John Hancock.

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Drafting Employment Agreements 
WebCredenza Audio Webinar
Day 1: Thursday, January 27/10:00–11:00 AM PST
Day 2: Friday, January 28/10:00–11:00 AM PST

This two-part program will provide you a practical guide to the most important provisions of employment agreements, common sources of dispute and litigation, and traps. The program will cover scope of duties (and how they may change over time), forms of compensation and benefits (including deferred compensation), and objective/measurable performance standards.  The program will also discuss planning for the possible release of the employee, limiting liability, and protecting confidential information and trade secrets to which the employee may have had access. This program will provide you with a practical guide to drafting successful employment agreements.

Day 1:

    • Scope of an employee’s duties and modification as facts and circumstances change
    • Objective and measurable performance benchmarks tied to incentive compensation
    • Forms of compensation, deferred compensation, and fringe benefits
    • Protecting trade secrets – non-competition and non-disclosure mechanisms

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Day 2:

    • Term of employment – fixed or variable terms, extensions, and discharge
    • Anticipating severance and building in dispute mitigation and resolution provisions
    • Severance benefits on voluntary and involuntary separation – and tying them to confidentiality and non-competition
    • Non-disparagement of employer on discharge or voluntary departure
    • Essential mediation and choice of law considerations

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Section 1031 Exchanges:  A Look at Recent Developments and Other Tax Deferral Alternatives
February 16, 2022/Noon to 1:00 PM
Larry Brant, Foster Garvey
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A Day in the Ethical Life of a Tax Lawyer
March 16, 2022/Noon to 1:00 PM
David Elkanich, Buchalter
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Laws Committee Update
April 13, 2022/Noon to 1:00 PM
OSB Taxation Section Laws Committee
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Tax and Business Law Issues in the Cannabis Industry
May 18, 2022/Noon to 1:00 PM
Bernard Chamberlain, Chamberlain Law
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Taxation of Cryptocurrencies and Other Digital Assets
June 15, 2022/Noon to 1:00 PM
Bryce Parkllan, Miller Nash
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Oregon Department of Justice Update
September 21, 2022/Noon to 1:00 PM
Darren Weirnick and Melisse Cunningham, Oregon Department of Justice
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Access to Justice in Oregon: Serving Oregon’s Low Income and Vulnerable Communities 
October 19, 2022/Noon to 1:00 PM
Sarah Lora, Lewis & Clark Law School Low Income Tax Clinic
Janice Morgan, Legal Aid Services of Oregon
Maya Crawford Peacock, Campaign for Equal Justice
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Oregon Tax Court Update
November 16, 2022/Noon to 1:00 PM
Judge Robert T. Manicke and Presiding Magistrate Allison R. Boomer, Oregon Tax Court
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Federal Legislative Update
December 27, 2022/Noon to 1:00 PM
Mark Prater, PricewaterhouseCoopers
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