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Reciprocity/Alternative Admission

Satisfy your admission on motion CLE requirements with OSB Admission on Motion (Reciprocity): The CLE Set. (Please note: Applicants for reciprocity/alternative admission must complete their CLE requirements within six months before or after filing an application. Download an application form here.

Staying Green with OSB Course Materials

OSB CLE is continuing the bar’s sustainability efforts by designating downloadable electronic course materials as the primary format for live CLE seminars, webcasts, and video replays. Printed seminar materials can be ordered during registration for a nominal fee. Electronic materials will arrive via email prior to the seminar and can be downloaded to your laptop, tablet, or flash drive. Thank you for helping CLE Seminars be OSB green!



Reviewing and Negotiating Franchise Agreements—Audio Seminar (Replay)

1 General CLE (each day)
Brought to you in partnership with WebCredenza, a professional education broadcast network.

Franchises seem to guarantee business success for clients. They take a proven national or regional business concept and brand, plant it in local soil, and watch it grow. The challenge for attorneys is to counsel clients about risk—the failure of a substantial number of franchises—and about the substantial costs and restrictions that go into buying and operating a franchise. There are issues of federal and state regulation and vastly complex disclosure documents and franchise agreements. Working through the mass of information and properly judging risk/reward can be a daunting task. This program provides you with a real-world guide to the framework of franchise law, practical due diligence of franchise opportunities, and reviewing and negotiating the most important provisions of franchise agreements.

Ethics and Lateral Transfers of Lawyers Among Law Firms—Audio Seminar

1 Ethics credit
Brought to you in partnership with WebCredenza, a professional education broadcast network.

The pace at which lawyers are moving among law firms has increased in the last decade. This trend reflects the changing structure of law practice, general economic volatility, demand from clients for more specialization and lower costs, and the spread of technology. Every time a lawyer changes law firm affiliation, a range of urgent ethical issues arise for the lawyer, his or her old firm, and the firm he or she hopes to join. Among the many questions are whether and when communications with clients are proper, ownership and transfers of files, law firm names, and conflict checks. This program provides lawyers with a guide to ethical issues that arise when they change law firm affiliations.

Small Commercial Leases: Negotiating and Drafting Issues—Audio Seminar

1 General CLE credit
Brought to you in partnership with WebCredenza, a professional education broadcast network.

Small commercial space leases—for offices, retail locations, warehouses—are unlike big leases. Tenants are much more sensitive to the costs of reviewing or drafting and negotiating lengthy leases. Tenant use restrictions in lengthier leases tend to suffocate the ability of smaller tenants to operate their businesses. Landlord rights and remedies in “short form” leases tend to leave tenants with little flexibility and few remedies against landlords. At the same time, landlords fear the instability and costs associated with small tenants. This underscores the importance of focusing on the economic essentials important to landlords and the operating essentials important to tenants in small leases. This program provides you with a real-world guide to drafting or reviewing a small commercial lease, including economics, use restrictions, subleasing, and remedies.

Structuring For-Profit/Nonprofit Joint Ventures—Audio Seminar

1 General CLE credit
Brought to you in partnership with WebCredenza, a professional education broadcast network.

Nonprofit organizations frequently partner with for-profit companies to aid their mission. These joint ventures or other forms of collaboration can provide the nonprofit additional revenue, technical advice, marketing support, or other valuable services. From the perspective of regulators, including the IRS, however, there are many concerns, including whether the nonprofit’s tax-exempt status is being exploited for private gain or other inappropriate purposes. If these joint ventures and other collaborative efforts are not carefully structured and operated, they can easily cost the nonprofit its tax-exempt status or subject it to certain substantial penalties. This program provides you with a real-world guide to structuring joint ventures and other collaborations between nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies, essential due diligence items for nonprofits, a detailed discussion of the tax rules and penalties involved, and practical advice on mitigating risk.

Planning and Drafting LLC Operating Agreements—Audio Seminar (Replay)

1 General CLE credit (each day)
Brought to you in partnership with WebCredenza, a professional education broadcast network.

For most LLCs, the single most important document is the operating agreement. A carefully drafted operating agreement provides a stable framework for the LLC’s members to start, grow, and operate a business and in certain instances facilitate the withdrawal of members of the ownership group. The operating agreement defines the business relationships among the members, operationally and financially, and provides for the valuation and transfer of interests. A good operating agreement saves LLC members considerable time and money in the long run. It’s also a very complex document involving the deepest complexities of tax and business law. This program provides you with a real-world guide to drafting and reviewing the major provisions of LLC operating agreements, including major financial and tax provisions.

Choice of Entity Considerations for Nonprofits—Audio Seminar (Replay)

1 General CLE credit
Brought to you in partnership with WebCredenza, a professional education broadcast network.

Choice of entity for charitable and nonprofit organizations is a sophisticated set of tax, operational, regulatory, and mission-related considerations and tradeoffs. The choice impacts not only how an entity will be treated for federal income tax and state law purposes but also how the organization goes about its mission and serving its charitable purpose. The choice has become more difficult recently because of extended delays in obtaining tax-exempt status from the IRS, leading many charities to seek alternatives to forming traditional entities. This program provides you with a real-world guide to choice-of-entity considerations for nonprofit and charitable organizations, the practical challenges of obtaining tax-exempt status, and practical alternatives to forming a traditional entity.

Data Mining and Forensic Analytics

1 General CLE or Practical Skills credit

Discover different types of accounting data, tests, and techniques and how to use Excel as a data mining tool.

Fraud Risk Management in the Workplace

1 General CLE or Practical Skills credit

Review a commercial crime insurance policy covering employee theft, cyber liability insurance, and how a bank can offer protection against fraud.

Northwest Administrative Law Institute

Oregon: 9.75 General CLE credits and 1.25 Ethics credits
Washington: Credits pending
Cosponsored by the Oregon State Bar Administrative Law Section and Washington State Bar Association Administrative Law Section.
For the first time, practitioners and professionals from Oregon and Washington will come together to explore administrative law topics and practice issues that span both sides of the Columbia River. Procedural similarities and agency differences will be explored, as well as concerns common to both states. Breakout sessions will focus on the best practices for administrative hearings in the Beaver State and the Evergreen State, and cannabis administrative rulemaking and enforcement in the two states will be compared. Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon’s Attorney General, will give the lunch presentation “Administrative Law from Both Sides of the Bench.” Administrative law developments by the courts will be noted by the Honorable Mary Fairhurst, Washington Supreme Court, and the Honorable Jack Landau, Oregon Supreme Court, while the future of administrative regulatory law in Oregon, Washington, and the U.S. will be examined by a panel of law professors.