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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.

2020 Online Conference August 2-7—-

Annual 2020 Awards Press Releases:
John Bonsignore Memorial Award Kay Duffy Memorial Award Distinguished Career Faculty Award Early Career Distinguished Faculty Award

NOTE: The conference schedule with live links was emailed to all registered attendees. If you did not receive an email with this information, please email Shelly Whitmer at

Technical Guide for Presenters, Moderators and Attendees as of July 29, 2020

Conference Schedule and Program Book (without live links):
FINAL Conference Schedule as of July 29, 2020
FINAL Conference Program (Full) as of August 3, 2020

CLE Information:
2020 CLE Instructions
2020 CLE Certificate of Attendance
2020 CLE Minutes

WebEx and Zoom Resources:
WebEx Meeting How To Video
WebEx Help Documents
WebEx and Zoom How-To Resources

2020 ALSB Annual Conference Information

We are having a online conference! Here are the details==>

1) The Conference will run from Monday-Friday August 3-7 with Sunday August 2 set as the pre-con day for the Executive Committee Meeting, House of Delegates, and the Newcomers virtual get together.

2) All academic events will be hosted on WebEx from the host school, the University of Connecticut. ALSB will provide all registrant with WebEx orientation.

4) Links for both WebEx and Zoom will be provided to conference registrants.

5) The new conference registration will be up early next week, but the conference registration will be:

             —$200 (including $60 dues) for regular members

             —$170 (including $30 dues) for Newcomers

             —$140 (including $-0- dues) for Emeritus members

The conference registration will cover such costs as tech support, awards and plaques, shipping/postage, clerical and administrative support and logistics, speaker honorarium, and, door prizes at the business meeting/awards ceremony….yes, we’re keeping door prizes.

6) You have through June 1 to fill out the call-for-participation—papers and panels and to submit for award consideration—now available on the ALSB conference website; also, June 1 is the deadline for Master Teacher.

7) Awards will be given at the on-line business meeting and awards meeting on Friday August 7; our officer election will still be held; EVERYTHING will be available, except all online.

This year’s conference has much to offer…we are hoping to keep as much as this in our hoped-for online, virtual conference!

Conference Theme: Our theme of the conference is ‘Managing Disruption’. Disruption is the ever increasing pace of rapid and unexpected change in law, business, or society, and the AACSB and other educational institutions are taking notice. The rule of law in business powerfully intersects with the perpetual change which is becoming the new norm. Learn more about the conference theme here.

Summit on Excellence in Business Law: Start your ALSB conference off right! On August 4, we will host a summit designed to help aspiring, new, and transitioning faculty to achieve their best in research, teaching, and service. Starting an academic career or making a transition can be a challenge, and let the ALSB conference help you achieve your goals. Hear from some of the most experienced faculty in business law on how to achieve excellence in the classroom, navigate legal publishing, and thrive teaching in a school of business. This summit is sponsored by the University of Connecticut School of Business.

Plenary Panels on Disruption: On August 5, we will feature special plenary panels led by thought leaders from both inside and outside the ALSB. These panels will examine issues of academy-wide importance to the discipline and reinforce the conference theme of managing disruption. Anticipated panels are: 1) Managing Disruption in Business and Higher Education, 2) The Role of Business Law in Managing Disruption, 3) Transformative Teaching in Disruptive Times: How Business Law Generates Intellectual Agility, Creativity, and Contextual Thinking for Business Students, and 4) Celebrating A Century of Disruption: Women, Work, and the Centennial Anniversary of a Woman’s Right to Vote. . More details are available here.

Keynote Speaker: I am pleased to announce that our plenary speaker will be John A. Elliott, Chair of the Board of Directors of AACSB. John is the Interim Provost of the University of Connecticut and formerly the Dean of the UConn School of Business. John will discuss the present and future direction of AACSB, important trends and challenges for business schools in a disruptive business environment, as well as the role of legal studies in business education. John’s address will be delivered in the form of a ‘fireside chat’ with Caryn Beck-Dudley, Dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University and former Chair of the Board of Directors of AACSB. Learn more about John Elliott here.

ALSB 2020 Executive-in-Residence: Lawrence Wiseman is the Global Head of FX, Commodities, Complex Derivatives and Retail Markets Surveillance at HSBC, where he runs a global team responsible for transaction, conduct and communications monitoring, investigations and reviews across a wide range of market abuse and professional misconduct matters. He has led multi-jurisdictional investigations and regulatory engagements in jurisdictions including the UK, USA, China (both mainland and Hong Kong SAR), Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana. Sitting at the intersection of quantitative forensic analysis and strategic regulatory engagement, his role offers a unique opportunity to deal with cutting-edge professional conduct challenges in financial services. Learn more about Lawrence Wiseman here.

Guest Speakers: The conference sections are hosting a number of insightful speakers. Amanda Herron is a partner with PwC and the US leader for Power & Utilities Internal Audit, Risk Management & Compliance solutions and will address the Law for Accountants Section Lunch on Thursday 12:30-3:20PM and then serve on a panel with the ALSB AICPA Liaison Linda Christiansen. Andrew Lehrer is the Associate Legal Counsel for The Kraft Group and the Sports and Entertainment Law Section speaker on luncheon speaker on Friday 12:00-1:30PM. Tony Menendez is the acclaimed whistleblower regarding Halliburton. He will be speaking at the Ethics Section Luncheon on Friday 12:30-3:20PM. Experienced international expert Lee Buchheit will address the International Section at its annual meeting on Friday 12:30-1:30PM. More information on the guest speakers is available here.

Sponsorship: These and other conference events are supported in part by the generous sponsorship of the University of Connecticut School of Business. Founded in 1941, the UConn School of Business has evolved into one of the most comprehensive business schools in the nation, offering academic programs at the bachelors, masters, doctorate and advanced certificate levels, and having a strong reputation for high quality research, teaching, collaboration and outreach. Our mission statement is “Real World, Real Learning, Real Impact,” and to be a globally recognized provider of exceptional managerial and business leadership through innovative experiential learning in a dynamic global business context.

Future ALSB Conferences:

2021 Conference: August 1-6: Renaissance Depot Hotel, Minneapolis, MN, Program Chair–Jamie Prenkert, Indiana University

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