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What I learned from the Women in Construction conference (access required)

The University of Oregon School of Law last month held its first Women in Construction conference: “A Conference to Educate and Empower.” On April 27, women and men gathered to learn about the importance of supporting the other half of ...

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Supreme Court decision has considerable import for Idaho business

On May 22, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on the seemingly mundane topic of patent venue: In which federal district courts may a patent holder file a patent infringement case? The case was TC Heartland, LLC v. ...

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Investigating Trump’s plan to crack down on foreign labor (access required)

Among the many executive orders signed by President Trump in his first 100 days in office, one in particular stands out as having the potential of changing the way that many businesses in Oregon operate. On April 18, the president ...

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An aircraft carrier, a pair of mentors, and some babies. Next: Law school

Bastinne Simon’s path through higher education so far has involved an aircraft carrier, a couple of babies (hers); another baby (another family’s), a pair of lawyers, one in Manhattan; and a husband who believes in her. Simon, 27, graduated from ...

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Project risk management: a quality-based approach (access required)

To be successful, project teams must manage their risks. It is a progressive effort that evolves as the project develops. The critical component of a risk management effort is the development of mitigation strategies that ensure that the project team ...

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IP possibilities, pitfalls in a cannabis business (access required)

Whether you own a restaurant, car dealership, widget factory or any other business, soon after you begin to enjoy commercial success you will likely search for opportunities to increase the scope of your operations. By making your goods or services ...

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Sexual orientation discrimination law has courts split (access required)

Recent headlines may have employers wondering whether federal law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Many employers are already familiar with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is the federal law prohibiting discrimination based on a ...

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Business succession planning in the Trump era (access required)

There is a lot of speculation about how the Trump era will impact the construction industry – from the border wall, to pipeline projects, to fast-track future projects, to a focus on infrastructure needs, to proposed tax and regulatory changes. ...

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