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Each year the ALSB holds an annual conference. Rotating to different cities throughout the United States, the conference is a time for ALSB members from all over the world to come together and share their experiences and learn about and explore topics relevant to business legal studies. Presentations, workshops and several social events are an integral part of the meeting.

ALSB Online Conference August 1-6, 2021 – Program Chair, Jamie Prenkert, Indiana University

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Conference Registration

$200 Active Members
$170 New Members
$140 Emeritus Members

Conference Schedule-all times are Eastern Daylight time

Conference Call for Participation

Submission Deadline Dates:
Panels – 11:59 PM on May 16
Academic Session for Awards – 11:59 PM on June 1
National Referred Proceedings – 11:59 PM on June 1
Student Papers – 11:59 PM on June 1
Academic Session for Non-Awards – 11:59 PM on June 20
Development Track – 11:59 PM on June 20

2021 Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher Competition

Now in its 28th year, the Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher Competition is always a highlight of the annual ALSB conference.  The competition showcases the best classroom teaching, particularly the incorporation of new or evolving course subject matter, cultural contexts, pedagogy, and technology. The goal is deeper engagement of students in the learning process and of faculty in their guild.

Get details and submit your proposal at the competition website,; Proposals are due by 10:00 PM on Saturday, May 1.

The 2020 Master Teacher, Tonia Murphy of the University of Notre Dame, will chair a panel of distinguished professors to evaluate the proposals via double blind peer-review and select four finalists. All four finalists will be acknowledged at the awards dinner. Based on the votes of attendees at the teaching symposium, the 2021 Master Teacher will be named.

Any questions?  Please feel free to contact Tonia Murphy at

2021 Election of Secretary-Treasurer

Alex Reed, University of Georgia

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to announce my candidacy for the office of ALSB Secretary-Treasurer. As we approach the ALSB’s centennial in 2024, it seems an appropriate time to reflect not only on where we have been and what we have achieved but also on where we are going and what we hope to accomplish in our next one hundred years. How do we ensure the culture of collegiality for which the ALSB is known—and for many of us defines the organization—perseveres in the face of unprecedented social and technological disruption? How do we reach our colleagues who, for whatever reason, may be unaware of our organization and the phenomenal opportunities for personal and professional development it affords? How do we make certain we are meeting the needs of and effectively advocating for every member of our discipline across public and private, large and small, domestic and foreign institutions? These are just a few of the topics that compel me to seek a leadership role in the ALSB, but they are representative of the issues I would seek to address as a member of the Executive Committee. Indeed, I believe they are fundamental to who we are as an organization.

I can assure you I do not make this decision lightly, as I am well aware of the responsibility that comes with serving as an officer. Based on my conversations with current and former members of the Executive Committee, however, I believe my experience to date has prepared me for this opportunity. Indeed, over the past ten years I have had the privilege to serve as an officer of both the ALSB’s Employment Law Section and the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business (SEALSB). In the latter role, I was responsible for planning SEALSB’s 2017 annual conference and while much of the planning for the ALSB’s 2024 centennial meeting is already in process, I believe my experience managing various administrative matters and working with vendors to ensure the best possible experience for attendees will be helpful. Guided by Dan Herron’s unparalleled expertise and aided by the efforts of so many others who are already hard at work planning our centennial meeting, I am confident we will be in a position to celebrate this incredible milestone in a manner befitting its significance, and I hope you will trust me to be a part of that effort.

In terms of our mission, I take to heart the ALSB’s declared purpose of “promot[ing] and encourag[ing] scholarship and superior teaching.” Scholarship and teaching are both integral to our organization and necessary for the long-term viability of our discipline. As Director of the Legal Studies Certificate Program at the University of Georgia, I am primarily responsible for curricular decisions impacting the approximately four hundred students who at any given time are pursuing a Certificate in Legal Studies. I am always mindful of the awesome responsibility that entails, and I believe my love for the classroom allows me to be a better, more effective administrator. At the same time, I also strive to be a thoughtful and productive scholar. It is such a unique privilege to be able to contemplate and write about the pressing legal and pedagogical issues of our day. That our research so often has immediate implications for a diverse array of constituents is a testament to our discipline’s ongoing relevancy and vibrancy. With this in mind, I can assure you that as a member of the Executive Committee I would always be cognizant that the ALSB’s mission is a dual one—promoting and encouraging both scholarship and teaching.

Thank you for your consideration. I would be grateful to have your support.

/s Alex Reed, University of Georgia

Future ALSB Conferences:

2022 Conference: July 27-31: Omni Hotel, Louisville, KY – Program Chair-Matthew Phillips, Wake Forest University