Lectures & Events

Third International Trade Law Fall Update

Friday, October 26, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Approved for 2.5 hours of in-person CLE credit

For decades, the United States has been a key constituent and supporter of multilateral and regional frameworks designed to promote and enhance international commerce, such as the WTO and NAFTA. Over time, these governing arrangements have shown weaknesses, particularly in addressing mercantilist policies and practices.

In response to this challenge and mindful of the impact of such practices on U.S. perennial trade deficits, the Trump administration has resorted to an array of domestic statutory remedies designed to address both unfair and fair trade practices. Among such policy shifts and their ensuing legal developments, escalating threats that could result in trade wars have triggered international negotiations and made both trade "talk" and practice far more interesting, if not less predictable.

The Third International Trade Fall Update will focus on recent trade policy developments and will determine how they have affected and might affect the planning and practice of trade and customs law. Featuring a roundtable discussion with Professor Juscelino F. Colares and the Honorable Claire R. Kelly, Judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade, the conference will also include two panels of trade and customs counsel and officials, from Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Panel I will address the State of the Trade World, focusing on trade policy, implementation and litigation developments. Panel II, Duty Drawback, Rules of Origin and Emerging Customs Law Issues will focus on daily practice and customs law for domestic manufacturers and importers alike, discussing developments in duty drawback, rules of origin and other emerging customs issues. Professor Colares will chair an alumni panel in the afternoon to answer student questions regarding clerkship and career opportunities in international trade law. The Honorable Judge Leo M. Gordon, Judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade, will provide closing remarks.

Hosted by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, the event is co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law, Customs and International Trade Bar Association, Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP and the Greater Cleveland Int'l Lawyers Group.


Event Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am
Dean's Welcome
Michael Scharf, Dean and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Joseph C. Hostetler, BakerHostetler Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
8:35 am
Juscelino F. Colares, Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; Associate Director, Cox International Law Center; Member of the United States Roster of NAFTA (Chapter 19) Trade Panelists
8:40 am – 9:15 am
Opening Remarks by the Honorable Claire R. Kelly, U.S. Court of International Trade and One-on-One discussion with Professor Colares
9:30 am – 9:45 am
9:45 am – 10:45 am
State of the Trade World: Policy, Implementation and Litigation Developments
Chair: Amy Porges, Principal, Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC (DC)
John W. Bohn, Partner, Schagrin Associates LLP (DC) [will discuss 232 steel exclusions, general trade policy [Pet.]]
Ronald Lorentzen, Senior International Trade Advisor, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP (DC)
Matthew R. Nicely, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (DC) [will discuss solar panel safeguards, general trade policy [Resp.]]
10:45 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Duty Drawback, Rules of Origin and Emerging Customs Law Issues
Chair: Lawrence M. Friedman, Partner, Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP (Chicago)
Sandra Lee Bell Senior Counsel, DLA Piper LLP (DC)
Paul Vandevert, Principal, Ochim Trade Law PLC (MI)
Richard Wortman, Partner, Grunfeld, Desiderio, LLP (Los Angeles)
12:00 pm
CLE Session Closing Remarks
The Honorable Leo M. Gordon, U.S. Court of International Trade
(note: the afternoon session is optional for attendees. This part of the conference is not for CLE credit, and is focused on law students looking to start a career in international law.)
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Afternoon Coffee
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Planning and Beginning a Career in Trade Law—A Panel with Recent CWRU Trade Law Alumni
Chair: Juscelino F. Colares, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Business Law
Luke Tillman, L'11, Counsel to Chmn. Irving A. Williamson, U.S. International Trade Commission
Zack Walker, L'13, Associate, International Trade, Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP (DC)
Brendan Saslow, L'14, Counsel for Trade Enforcement & Compliance, US Department of Commerce
4:00 pm – 4:20 pm
Closing Remarks
The Honorable Leo M. Gordon, U.S. Court of International Trade
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