Past CLE Materials

Click on the links below for information and materials from prior CLEs and programs of the Sustainable Future section.

2015 Oregon State Legislative Session – Outlook for Sustainability Initiatives:  Senator Michael Dembrow and Representative Jessica Vega Pederson provided a briefing on the prospects for this legislative session relating to sustainability. Click here for materials from the presentation.

January 29, 2015, Portland

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reporting: making it meaningful:  Jeff Cronn and Marco Materazzi of Tonkon Torp led a discussion examining why companies engage in CSR reporting, the impact of Oregon benefit company legislation, standards and examples of CSR reporting, and whether CSR reporting is meaningful or purely marketing.Click here for more information and materials from the presentation.

February 20, 2014, Portland

Sustainability of Western Water Law: Three experienced water law practitioners shared their perspectives on whether Oregon’s water law is sustainable to meet future water supply needs.  Janet Neuman, Martha Pagel, and John DeVoe provided an overview of western water law and Oregon’s unique provisions for allocating and protecting public waters, discussed market-based incentives for re-allocating supply and restoring in-stream flow, and discussed the need for additional regulatory tools to address depleted stream flows, protect fish and aquatic resources, and ensure adequate resource protection in developing new sources of supply. Click here for more information and materials from the presentation.

January 15, 2014, Portland

The Territorial Sea Plan:  The section hosted a discussion about the State of Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan with presenters Paul Klarin, Oregon Marine Affairs Coordinator, and Jason Busch, Oregon Wave Energy Trust, with moderator Chad Marriott, Stoel Rives.  Join us for this event on November 1 from noon to 1:15PM at the office of Stoel Rives in Portland, Oregon.  Click here for more information and materials from the presentation.

November 1, 2013, Portland

Oregon’s new Benefit Company Statute:  Jeff Wolfstone and Bill Campbell spoke on Oregon’s new Benefit Company Statute.  Click here for the materials and more information on that presentation.

June 25, 2013, Portland

Projected Climate Change Impacts:  Phil Mote spoke on projected impacts of climate change on natural areas in Oregon. Click here for more information.

June 5, 2013, Portland

CleanTech start-ups and Angel Investing: Speakers Scott Sandler, Fund Manager of the Oregon Angel Fund, and Morgan Rider, National Sustainability Chair for the non-profit CleanTech Open talked about the match between those two hot button topics.  Click here for more information. 

March 5, 2013, Portland

2013 Legislative Update:  The Sustainable Future section hosted, in the Portland office of Tonkon Torp, a discussion of the 2013 Legislative Agenda with Jules Bailey, Co-Chair House Environment and Energy Committee and Jackie Dingfelder, Chair Senate Enviro and Natural Resources Committee.   Click here for more information.

January 30, 2013, Portland

Coal Export Terminals in Oregon: The Section hosted a debate about the proper scope of environmental review for the five proposed coal export terminals in Washington and Oregon.  Brett VandenHeuvel of Columbia Riverkeeper argued for an area-wide review and Greg Peden of the Coalition for Jobs & Growth argued for a facility-by-facility review.  Click here for details for this Portland event.

November 14, 2012, Portland

Connecting Children to Real Food:  The Section presented a brown bag lunch discussion “FoodCorps – Connecting Children to Real Food.” Curt Ellis, the co-creator of the documentary King Corn and co-founder of FoodCorps, shared his vision for FoodCorps as an antidote to the epidemic of childhood obesity and as an engine for supporting local food producers. For more information click here.

September 4, 2012, Portland

Governor’s Future Energy Action Plan: The Section presented a Brown Bag presentation with Margi Hoffman, Gov. Kitzhaber’s Energy Policy Advisor, on the Governor’s Future Energy Action Plan. Click here for more information and for the materials from the event.

June 20, 2012, Portland

Economic Growth, Natural Capital and Sustainability: The Section presented a CLE on this topic featuring noted economists Ed Whitelaw and Bryce Ward from ECONorthwest. Focusing on the Pacific Northwest, this program discussed the importance of economic growth, how natural capital contributes to economic growth, and what it means for an economy to grow sustainably. The program was at Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf, P.C., 1211 SW Fifth Avenue, 29th Floor, Portland.

April 11, 2012, Portland

Climate change impact:  Prof. Andreas Schmittner of OSU discussed the recent National Science Foundation study that indicated that climate change will be less severe than predicted by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Click here for more details on this CLE event at the Word Trade Center in Portland.

March 13, 2012, Portland

Wave Energy:  The Section presented a a CLE (credit pending) with a presentation by Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET), a nonprofit public-private partnership funded by the Oregon Innovation Council at Stoel Rives in Portland.   This program discussed the State’s ongoing efforts to attract and build the ocean renewable energy industry in Oregon.  Click here for more details.

February 29, 2012, Portland

Sustainable architecture and engineering:  At the Section’s annual celebration, Clark Brockman of SERA Architects spoke on the topic of sustainability in architecture and building engineering and design.  Click here for more information.

Nov. 17, 2011, Portland.

Land Trusts:  The Section co-sponsored a CLE with the Green Business Initiative at the University of Oregon School of Law on October 20, 2011, noon to 1:30PM at the White Stag Block building of U of O’s Portland Campus.   Five speakers provided an overview of the organization and operation of land trusts and the techniques they utilize to conserve land.  Click here for more details.

October 21, 2011, Portland.

Valuing ecosystems services:  Sara Vickerman, Senior Director for Biodiversity Partnerships for Defenders of Wildlife and director of its Northwest office, led a brownbag CLE exploring the burgeoning interest in valuing ecosystem services, including the utility and potential pitfalls in doing so, and how these issues are being handled in Oregon and elsewhere.  Click here for more details and the CLE materials.

October 6, 2011, Portland.

Paperless office practices:  Sheila Blackford and Steven Carpenter of the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund and Helen Hierschbiel, General Counsel for the OSB, discussed practices and ethical considerations in moving to a paperless office.  Click here for more details and the CLE materials.

May 26, 2011, Portland and call-in.

Discussion on the state of nuclear power industry, nuclear plant technology, and safety issues with speaker Stephen Frantz, director of the Reed College Research Reactor and former nuclear submarine officer.

May 3, 2011, Portland and call-in

Discussion on proposed new FTC guidelines on accuracy in green marketing.

April 21, 2011, 12:00-1:15 PM, Portland and call-in

Rob Dietz, Executive Director of Washington D.C.-based CASSE, presented the case for the steady state economy.

April 21, 2011, 12:00-1:15 PM, Portland and call-in

A CLE with Oregon legislators on sustainability issues in the 2011 legislative session.

January 26, 12:00-1:15 PM, Portland and call-in

Energy Brown Bag Series: Renewable Energy and Carbon Management

September 20 & 27, 2010, Portland and call-in (CLE)

Should the Oregon Constitution be Amended to Protect the Rights of Future Generations?

May 21, 2010, 8:00 to 9:30 am, Portland (CLE)

How Sustainability Is Transforming the Practice of Law

April 29, 2010, noon to 1:15 pm, Portland and call-in (CLE)