Sixth Trade Law Fall Update

Friday, October 22nd, 2021
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Sponsored by Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP

$0 to attend.

$50 for in-person or virtual CLE's.  Information available at the conference

3.25 hours of CLE credit has been approved

Webcast Archive Content

Video: Keynote Speaker Remarks: Hon. Sherrod C. Brown, U.S. Senate

Event Description

With the change in administrations, current U.S. trade policy has carried on important elements of prior policy (e.g., Section 301 and 232 tariffs), as well as innovated with renewed emphasis on multilateralism, a focus on the implications of trade on U.S. workers, and the enforcement of labor protection provisions in trade agreements. Certainly, the next few years will keep trade practitioners busy, whether they focus on expanding cross-border market access, enforcing trade remedies, complying with import requirements or ensuring labor protection-compliant supply chains.  

Juscelino F. Colares, the Case Western Reserve University Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Business Law and professor of political science, and the Fall Update Organizing Committee welcome attendees to the Sixth Trade Law Fall Update, to be held this year in person and remotely (via Zoom), on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at the CWRU School of Law. This Fall Update, titled "Labor, Trade, and Supply-Chain Developments—A Practice-Oriented Update on Trade and Customs Law," will include a trade-and-labor panel, an international trade panel, a rapid "crossfire" exchange on some emerging issues on customs and trade law, and a keynote speech by U.S. Senator Sherrod C. Brown.


8–8:20 a.m. Breakfast/Connection via Zoom link (please refer to your pre-conference confirmation email)
8:25 a.m. Introduction: Juscelino F. Colares, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Business Law and professor of political science, CWRU School of Law
8:35–9:35 a.m.

Panel I:  Labor Issues in the Supply Chain

Moderator: Lawrence M. Friedman, partner, Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP (Chicago, IL)


  • Micah Myers, senior associate general counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative (DC)
  • Cynthia J. Pree, acting deputy executive director, Trade Remedy Law Enforcement, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (DC)
  • Amy Steinbrecher, buyer – Customs and Transportation, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI)
  • Deb Heed, manager, Supply Chain Sustainability at Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI)
9:40–10:40 a.m

Panel II: Trade in 2020–2021

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


  • Elizabeth J. Drake, partner, Schagrin Associates (DC)
  • Jesse Kreier, former acting director, WTO Secretariat Rules Division, professorial lecturer, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Christian Marsh, deputy assistant secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Yujin Kim McNamara, partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP (DC)
10:40–10:50 a.m. Break
10:50–11:30 a.m.

Crossfire:  The Latest Issues in Customs and Trade Law

Moderator: Hon. Leo M. Gordon, U.S. Court of International Trade  


  • Richard M. Wortman, LAW '87, partner, Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP (Los Angeles)
  • Zack Walker, LAW '13, Counsel, International Trade, Picard Kentz & Rowe LLP (DC)
11:35–11:45 a.m. Introduction to Keynote Speaker: CWRU President Eric W. Kaler

11:45–12:15 p.m.


Keynote Speaker Remarks: Hon. Sherrod C. Brown, U.S. Senate (OH)


12:15–12:20 p.m.

Morning Session Closing Remarks: Juscelino F. Colares, CWRU School of Law

The CLE portion of the program concludes at 12:15 p.m. Guests and members of the in-person and virtual audience may attend the afternoon portion dedicated to students.

2:30–3:15 p.m.

Planning and Beginning a Career in Trade Law—A Panel with Recent CWRU Trade Law AlumniModerator: Juscelino F. Colares, CWRU School of Law


  • Katherine Dobscha, LAW '20, associate, Customs, Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP (NYC)
  • Heather Noel, LAW '11, counsel, Trade Compliance, Nidec Motor Corporation (DC-MD)
  • Tyler Kimberly, LAW '15, associate, trade, McDermott Will & Emery LLP (DC)
  • Brendan Saslow, LAW '14, counsel, Trade Enforcement & Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce (DC)
  • Thomas H. Au, LAW '13, assistant general counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (DC)
3:15 p.m. Conference Final Remarks:  Juscelino F. Colares, CWRU School of Law


Increasing COVID-19 cases within Northeast Ohio have prompted Case Western Reserve to resume its requirement that masks be worn indoors until further notice. In addition, only those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) should attend any campus event. Leaders continue to monitor pandemic developments and may need to adjust health protocols further as circumstances warrant. In-person is subject to change based on COVID-19 guidelines.

Event Location

The event will be held virtually and in-person. 

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
George Gund Hall
Room A59, Moot Courtroom
11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106

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