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: August 1-6: Renaissance Depot Hotel, Minneapolis, program chair–Jamie Prenkert, Indiana Univ.


August 6-10 – Montreal, Quebec


Final Schedule as of July 29, 2019

Final (Full) Program as of July 29, 2019

Any scheduling conflicts should be sent to Shelly Whitmer at

Information for Session Moderators

Information for Panel Chairpersons



If you plan to have a PowerPoint presentation at the conference, you will need to bring your own laptop.  The hotel is only providing the projector and screen.


A Special Message from our program chair, Eric Yordy:

It is with great excitement that I announce the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin as the 2019 Plenary Lunch speaker for the ALSB conference in Montreal. Raised in Alberta, she began practicing law in 1969 and taught for seven years at the University of British Columbia. She was appointed to the Vancouver County Court in 1981. By 1988 she was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 1989, she became a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and in 2000 she became the first and only woman to serve as the Chief Justice of the Canadian Supreme Court and the longest serving Chief Justice of that Court (2000-2017). Her alma mater states, “During her time on the nation’s highest court, McLachlin has been involved with key rulings on free speech, child pornography, rape shield laws and assisted suicide. In her role as chief justice, McLachlin also serves as the deputy of the Governor General of Canada. In 2005, when Governor General Adrienne Clarkson was hospitalized, McLachlin performed the duties of the Governor General and gave royal assent to the Civil Marriage Act, which legalized same-sex marriage in Canada.” (

After retirement from the Supreme Court, Chief Justice McLachlin was appointed to a three-year term on the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong, the high court for Hong Kong. She is the author of a legal thriller published in 2018. For more information on Chief Justice McLachlin, please visit

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Paper Guidelines, Templates, and FAQs

Quick Links


New! The ALSB Pre-Conference Workshop

This year in Montreal, there is a new workshop on the first day of the conference to (1) help everyone get the most out of ALSB, its conferences and the resources connected with it and (2) provide extra support for to those who are relatively new to full time teaching and scholarship.  It will be held from 1:30 to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 7.  Sessions will include: Making the Most of ALSB; Developing a Scholarly Academic Career; and Improving Your Scholarly Writing (with an optional 1:1 mentoring session for new scholars seeking feedback). You’re welcome to join for any part that interests you.

Pre-Conference Homework: To get feedback on your writing during the 1:1 mentoring part of the workshop, you must submit part of a work in progress (2-6 pages; may be a synopsis of the paper’s argument or an introduction, as long as it is sufficiently detailed to allow for discussion and feedback) to Liz Brown ( and Inara Scott ( by the general paper deadline of June 13.  If you have any questions, please contact Liz or Inara. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!



Important Conference Information

HOTEL – When booking your hotel, please be sure to use this link to get the ALSB member rate. The room block is now full and the link is deactivated, but email Dan Herron if you need to cancel or want to reserve a room–


  • Questions regarding the program of paper and panel presentations should be directed to Shelly Whitmer at
  • Questions about the hotel and conference logistics should be directed to ALSB executive secretary, Dan Herron at
  • Questions regarding the conference in general should be directed to conference program chair, Eric Yrody at


Things to do in Montreal




Award Information




May 11, 2019:  PANEL DEADLINE

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


Deadline is May 11 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 11, 2019

May 11, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT is deadline for submitting for the National Refereed Proceedings.


Deadline is June 13 by 11:59 PM EDT to submit your title and abstract only if you wish to present in Montreal and not compete for any awards and not submit for the National Proceedings.


Deadline is June 13 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 13 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 13 at 11:59 PM EDT.

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

For proceedings publication consideration, May 11 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 13 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.

Important Conference Dates

All of the following require submission on-line by May 11, 2019:

National Refereed Proceedings

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