Annual Conference

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.

2019 Conference: August 6-11; Intercontinental Hotel, Montreal —  information on hotel reservations, call for participation et al will be posted prior to the end of the year. program chair–Eric Yordy, Univ of Northern Arizona. Watch your emails for information.

2020 Conference: August 4-8: Omni Hotel, Providence R.I., program chair—Robert Bird, UConn.

2021 Conference: t/b/d but city will be Minneapolis. program chair–Jamie Prenkert, Indiana Univ.


August 9-13 – Portland, Oregon

Please be sure to scroll through the whole page for important conference information. 

2018 Portland Presentation Schedule (Final Version 7/18/18)
2018 Portland Full Program Book (Final Version 7/18/18)
All questions regarding the schedule should be directed to Shelly Whitmer at


Quick Links

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Important Conference Information

Hotel Information–the Portland Hilton has two locations downtown less than a block apart: the Hilton Portland Downtown and the Duniway Portland Hilton.  We will be in the former but with overflow to the latter.  The conference rooms are in the Hilton Portland Downtown.



Award Information




May 13, 2018:  PANEL DEADLINE

Deadline is May 13 by 11:59 PM EDT for panel submissions.


Deadline is May 13 by 11:59 PM EDT for paper submissions that want to be considered for all awards. This means, title, abstract, and completed paper. (This does include submitting to the Proceedings and Holmes-Cardozo awards.)

May 13, 2018

May 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT is deadline for submitting for the National Refereed Proceedings.


Deadline is June 20 by 11:59 PM EDT to submit your title and abstract only if you wish to present in Portland and not compete for any awards and not submit for the National Proceedings.


Deadline is June 20 by 11:59 PM EDT for uploading completed papers submitted for academic track presentation (non-award papers).  Completed papers not submitted but title and abstract which have been submitted by June 20 deadline will be scheduled into the Development Tracks for presentation.


If you want to submit a paper for presentation (non-awards) then deadline is June 20 at 11:59 PM EDT.

For awards consideration, your completed paper must be uploaded by May 13, 11:59 PM EDT.

For proceedings publication consideration, May 13 at 11:59 PM EDT is the deadline.

 If you just want to present, your title, abstract and completed paper must be loaded up by the June 20 deadline. If you fail to upload a completed paper but have submitted a title and abstract, your presentation will be scheduled in a “developmental” session rather than an “academic” session.

June 20 is the drop-dead date to submit to be able to present at the Portland, OR conference.


Important Conference Dates

Friday, August 10: House of Delegates, Newcomers Lunch, Ice-Breaker Reception

Sunday, August 12: Social Event

Monday, August 13: Annual Banquet

Paper/Panels: Friday August 10 afternoon through Monday August 13

Distinguished Refereed Proceedings: all proceedings papers must be submitted by May 13 and from those submitted the distinguished papers and outstanding paper will be selected.


All of the following require submission on-line by May 13, 2018:

Virginia Maurer Outstanding Ethics Paper: sponsored by the University of Florida

Kubasek Outstanding Environmental Paper: sponsored by the ALSB Environment and Sustainability Section

Jackson-Lewis Outstanding Employment Law Paper: sponsored by the Jackson-Lewis Law firm of Richmond VA

Ralph Bunche Outstanding International Law Paper: sponsored by West College Publishing

International Case Competition: see the ALSB newsletter for the criteria

Holmes-Cardozo Award: best submitted conference paper on any topic

Best Student Paper Award: see the ALSB newsletter for criteria



John Bonsignore Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in Business Legal Studies: see the ALSB newsletter for criteria

Distinguished Faculty Awards (early and late career): see the ALSB Newsletter for criteria



ABLJ  Hoeber Awards: for distinguished and outstanding ABLJ articles

JLSE Hoeber Awards: for distinguished and outstanding JLSE articles

McGraw-Hill Education Charles Hewitt Master Teacher Award: juried papers and presentations

Kay Duffy Award for Outstanding Service to the ALSB: given infrequently for extraordinary service


Social Event Information–“a day in the Oregon Countryside culminating in a wine-juice tasting and a summer reception and buffet dinner”