Skip to content Skip to main navigation Skip to footer

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 Conference: August 3-7: Omni Hotel, Providence RI, Program Chair—Robert Bird, University of Connecticut

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

2020 ALSB Annual Conference Information

August 3-7

Omni Hotel, Providence RI

Program Chair—Robert Bird, University of Connecticut

Conference Theme: Managing Disruption

Providence is the capital city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It’s home to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, whose RISD Museum displays American art and silver. Nearby, 18th- and 19th-century homes line the streets of College Hill. Waterplace Park is the backdrop for the WaterFire art installation, which lights up the surrounding tidal basin most nights in the summer and for special events. In the city center is the domed, marble Rhode Island State House.

The Roger Williams National Memorial is a landscaped park honoring the city’s founder. Along cobblestoned Benefit Street, known as the Mile of History, are the John Brown House Museum, with exhibits on early America, and the Providence Athenaeum, a Greek Revival–style library. Nearby, the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum is a Victorian mansion with stained glass and intricate woodwork. Federal Hill is a traditional Italian neighborhood known for its restaurants. To the south are the Providence Children’s Museum’s hands-on exhibits and Roger Williams Park and zoo.

Providence FAQs – Information on registration, airport, taxis, hotel, panel and paper deadlines, award deadlines

Providence Guest Speakers

Description From the Google Travel Guide

Hotel Registration Link:
Omni Providence

Central Reservations Line:                         

Reservation Cut-Off:                     
Friday, July 17, 2020

1 West Exchange Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Conference Registration Link:
Register Online
Call for Participation Link (papers and panels):
Online Submission

Conference Schedule Link:
Schedule as of 1/13/20

This year’s conference has much to offer

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.

Pre-Conference Summit on Excellence in Business Law: Start your ALSB conference off right! On August 4, we will host a pre-conference 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. Learn more about the summit and its schedule here.

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. I hope you will join us in exploring these important topics in Providence. 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.

Social Event: Our annual social event will take place off-site at elegant and historical Marble House in Newport, RI. Marble House was a gilded age summer home for William Vanderbilt and his family. At Marble House we will be able to explore the home and its gardens, as well as have a beautiful view of Long Island Sound. Docents will be available on the second floor of Marble House to share information about the history, art, and architecture of this incredible home. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore one of the most important Gilded Age mansions in the United States.

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.

Fun and Activities

This year’s conference has much to offer!