Fifth Trade Law Fall Update

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Sponsored by Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP

Three years of Trump Administration efforts at vigorous trade enforcement and restructuring on top of major international disruptive developments including Brexit, growing Sino-American tensions, 2020's global pandemic and the resulting effort to adjust to a modified trade environment, have taxed the skills of even the most adaptable in this field. While partisan views on trade policy have evolved and, in some areas, divergence has increased in the last four years, it is unlikely the winner of the next presidential election will abandon the use of trade laws as a policy tool.

Professor Colares and the organizing committee of The Fifth Trade Law Fall Update, titled "Trade and Customs Law Implications for Supply-Chain Realignment—A Practice-Oriented Update on Trade and Customs Law," welcome you to a zoom conference Friday, November 13, 2020. This post-election, fall update will examine the status of trade litigation under Sections 232(b) of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (targeting steel and aluminum imports, among other goods, deemed to threaten national security) and Section 301(b) of the Trade Act of 1974 (targeting Chinese imports for harms caused to the U.S. economy by China's "unreasonable or discriminatory" measures on technology transfer, intellectual property and cyber intrusions), as well as their near-future implications for supply-chain diversification and resiliency.


8 -8:20 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:25 a.m.

Dean's Welcome: Jessica Berg, CWRU School of Law Dean

8:30 a.m.

Introduction: Juscelino F. Colares, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Business Law and Professor of Political Science

8:40-9:45 a.m. Litigation under Trade Remedy Statutes and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 in the Next Four Years


  • Amy Porges, Principal, Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC (DC)


  • Robert J. Heilferty, Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance, US Department of Commerce (DC)
  • Whitney Rolig, Partner, Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP (DC)
  • Vanessa P. Sciarra, Vice President, Legal Affairs and Trade & Investment Policy, National Foreign Trade Council (DC)

10 -11:05 a.m.

Managing Supply Chain Diversification and Resiliency in Times of Uncertainty


  • Richard M. Wortman, Partner, Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Lawrence M. Friedman, Partner, Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP (Chicago, IL)
  • Leigh Glazer, Director, Thyssenkrupp North America, Inc. (Detroit, MI)
  • Brad Opfermann, Counsel, Fiat-Chrysler Automobile (Auburn Hills, MI)

11:25 - noon Keynote speaker

The CLE portion of the program ends at noon. Guests and members of the virtual audience may attend the afternoon portion dedicated to students.

3 - 3:45 p.m.

Planning and Beginning a Career in Trade Law—A Panel with Recent CWRU Trade Law Alumni


  • The Honorable Leo M. Gordon, U.S. Court of International Trade


  • Heather N. Doherty, L'12, Counsel, International Trade, Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP
  • Brendan Saslow, L'14, Counsel for Trade Enforcement & Compliance, US Department of Commerce
  • Luke Tillman, L'12, Associate, International Trade, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Zack Walker, L'13, Associate, International Trade, Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP

3:45 - 4 p.m.

Conference Final Remarks:

  • Juscelino F. Colares, CWRU School of Law.

Lecture Series

George A. Leet Business Law Symposium

Subject Headings

fiduciary obligations of index fund managers, implications for corporate governance and stockholder activism, potential anti-competitive effects, Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) investing, Ed Rock, “For Whom is the Corporation Managed in 2020?: The Debate Over Corporate Purpose”, Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) investing, ESG, ESG and fiduciary responsibility, international trade, trade remedy statutes, Section 232, supply chain, supply chain diversification, supply chain resiliency, managing supply chains, careers in international trade


CWRU Law Virtual Event

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