Under Pressure: Fiscal and Regional Difficulties Facing Local Governments

2014 Law Review Spring Symposium

For the last five years local governments have experienced a wave of fiscal distress unmatched since the Great Depression. Aggressive policy responses like municipal bankruptcy and state takeovers have raised difficult questions about local democracy and the state's role in supervising municipal governments. This day-long symposium will explore these issues in Oregon and beyond, featuring local and national experts.

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  • Developments in Municipal Bankruptcy Law
  • Regional Cooperation and State Takeovers
  • Local Fiscal Distress in Oregon: Timber Counties and Beyond


  • Michelle Wilde Anderson: Assistant Professor, UC-Berkeley Law
  • Cliff Bentz: Oregon Legislature
  • Oren Haker: Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP, Portland, Ore.
  • Wally Hicks: Oregon Legislature
  • Carolyn Long: Associate Professor, Washington State University-Vancouver
  • Justin Long: Assistant Professor, Wayne State University School of Law
  • Sheila Martin: Associate Professor, Portland State University
  • Samir Parikh: Associate Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • John Philo: Legal Director, Sugar Law Center, Detroit, Mich.
  • James Spiotto: Managing Director, Chapman Strategic Advisors, Chicago, Ill.
  • Christopher Tyson: Associate Professor, Louisiana State University Law Center

This program has been approved for 4.75 general CLE credits.