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The MSBA's International Business Law Section Presents


"Pending Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama: Where's the Beef?"

Skip Jones, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Agreements and Compliance, will address the advantages the pending trade agreements offer to U.S. businesses, the current objections to their ratification, and what actions have been taken to satisfy the critics. He will also address the means through which U.S. businesses can provide input into the trade agreement process.


Seward “Skip” Jones, Jr. , Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Agreements and Compliance, US Department of Commerce

Mr. Jones is responsible for overall coordination of the ITA’s work in support of the WTO Doha Round negotiations and other multilateral trade and investment policy initiatives. He oversees the Commerce Department’s participation in the analytical work of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), serving as the Commerce representative to the OECD Trade Committee. He manages ITA’s efforts to monitor and address shortcomings in foreign government compliance with obligations in trade and investment agreements entered into with the United States. He also oversees an office working to empower U.S. business, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to secure and enforce their intellectual property rights at home and abroad. Mr. Jones also manages efforts to increase the effectiveness of ITA’s Market Access and Compliance unit in dealing with international standards issues.

1 hour of Standard CLE credit (event code: 159774)



Date:   Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 01:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Section Members:  $10.00
MSBA Members (But Not International Section Members):  $15.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $20.00
Law Students:  Free

Teleconferencing is available for this CLE. Please contact Jennifer Carter by email or at 612-278-6309 for the call-in information.


Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336