April 13, 2007

Two-day conference at Case Western Reserve University will explore entrepreneurship in Canada and U.S.

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As the two countries attempt to remain competitive in the global economy, the Canada-U.S. Law Institute at Case addresses critical importance of entrepreneurship

As both the United States and Canada endeavor to remain competitive in the global economic environment, the Canada-United States Law Institute (CUSLI) at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law has assembled a number of distinguished experts to address the critical importance of entrepreneurship to economic growth.

"Comparative Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship in Canada and the United States" will be held Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, beginning at 9 a.m. both days, in the law school's Moot Courtroom (A59) and other ground floor classrooms, 11075 East Boulevard.

Keynote addresses will be given by William Davies of Research in Motion, Ltd., the inventors of the Blackberry; the Hon. Eddie Francis, mayor of Windsor, Ontario and former owner of Royal Pita-Baking Company; A. Malachi Mixon III, chair and chief executive officer of Invacare Corporation; and Robert Hisrich, professor of entrepreneurship at Thunderbird School of Management, Glendale, Ariz. Hisrich is a former professor of entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Topics covered include: public and private financing and government assistance for entrepreneurs; the legal options available to structure entrepreneurial ventures; the manner in which to recruit and retain entrepreneurs; and the means to protect intellectual property.

Among other speakers will be:

  • H. Douglas Barber, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University and former president and CEO of Gennum Corporation
  • John Connell, Director General, Small Business Policy Branch, Industry Canada
  • Gilbert B. Goldberg, District Director, Cleveland Office, Small Business Administration
  • David Morgenthaler, Founding Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures
  • Cathy Panzica, Founder, Beta Strategy Group
  • Morton Cohen, CEO, Clarion Capital

The Canada-U.S. Law Institute was founded in 1976 as a joint venture between the law schools of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Western Ontario to provide students of both schools a comparative perspective on their country's legal system. The institute explores issues affecting the relationship between Canada and the U.S., and sponsors conferences, workshops, faculty and student exchanges and the annual Niagara International Moot Court Competition. In addition, the institute publishes the Canada-U.S. Law Journal.

The conference is approved for 17.5 hours CLE credit for lawyers who attend in person. To learn more, contact Deborah Turner at 216-368-1798 or by e-mail at deborah.turner@case.edu.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, April 13, 2007 10:03 AM | News Topics: Events, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, School of Law

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