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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!



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.

Selling to Consumers: Sales, Finance, Warranty, and Collection Law—Audio Seminar

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

There is no larger market for goods than consumers. Though the opportunities for your clients are vast, selling to consumers is unlike selling to other businesses. Sales to consumers are governed by overlapping layers of regulations covering how those sales are financed, what warranties are implied by law versus expressly made by the seller, and—when need arises—debt collection of defaulted accounts. Failure to understand and comply with these layers of complexity can lead to consumer complaints and regulatory action, litigation, and substantial liability. This program gives you a framework for understanding the law of consumer sales, including financing those sales, express and implied warranties imposed by law, and debt collection from consumers.

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.

Employment Law Torts in the Workplace—Audio Seminar

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

For employers, the workplace is deep with potential torts. Hiring can be a delicate balance of adequately investigating the background of an applicant to cover past misconduct without making legally prohibited inquiries. Workplace supervision in a digital age easily gives rise to claims of invasions of privacy. Workplace investigations, often involving conflicts among employee, can implicate claims of the intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and retaliation. At every stage of the employment process there are potential torts. This program provides you with a practical guide to tort liability in the employment relationship, including torts in recruiting and hiring applicants, retaining and monitoring employees on the job, and best practices to avoid or limit liability.

Due Diligence in Business Transactions—Audio Seminar

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

Business transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions, can be done or undone in business in the due diligence period as strengths and weaknesses in a business are discovered, confirming the negotiated terms of a deal or calling them into question. When diligence is not conducted vigorously, misunderstandings about crucial financial and business facts may go unaddressed and the essential benefit of the bargain among the parties potentially lost through a failure to make an effort. Diligence can be wide in scope and costly, potentially hobbling a transaction, or with careful planning it can be tailored to areas of a specific transaction most likely to give rise to issues. This program provides you with a practical guide to planning the diligence process, an understanding of the most areas of inquiry depending on the transaction, and checklists.

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.