Summit on the Academic Profession of Business Law

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Deadline for Individual Registration is May 15

Bringing Business Law Knowledge to Action:
Business Law Engagement, Innovation, and Impact in Schools of Business
May 30-31, 2019

Sponsored by the University of Connecticut School of Business and the Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics

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Topicsa wide variety of subjects are welcome

Location – The UConn Graduate Business Learning Center (GBLC), located at 100 Constitution Plaza, Second Floor, Hartford, CT

Lodging – Ask for the University of Connecticut Rate (or use the public rate if cheaper) at the Hilton Hartford ($169) or the Hartford Marriott Downtown ($199).



Increasingly complex and challenging regulations have pressured organizations to manage legal risk or face costly penalties. Individuals who understand how to use the law to build creative relationships and solve difficult problems add value to their organizations. Business schools are challenged to train students to demonstrate ethical values, apply critical thinking, adapt to change, and show attention to detail. As a result, there is a growing need for business schools to train future leaders who are legally educated and astute. The purpose of this summit is to exchange knowledge and encourage best practices in business law and ethics that respond to changing demands of a broad array of stakeholders.


The Summit

Building on earlier panels and sessions at ALSB conferences, the Summit on the Profession of Business Law will provide a participant-driven experience on the advancement of the business law academic discipline. Organized to include plenary and breakout sessions covering a variety of stakeholder perspectives, outcomes from this summit will help shape future disciplinary priorities and strategies across the discipline and at individual business law groups and departments. A theme of this summit will be “bringing knowledge to action,” enabling business law faculty to exchange best practices and bring those practices back to their home institutions. A wide variety of topics are welcome, including AACSB engagement, journals and metrics, administration and leadership, and communicating business law’s unique value proposition to colleagues, schools, and society.


Who Should Attend

Any current/emeritus business law instructor or member of the ALSB in good standing who is interested in advancing the profession is encouraged to attend. Both teaching and research-oriented faculty will benefit from these programs, as well as business law faculty significantly engaged in department, school, or university service or administration.


Call for Abstracts

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for panel sessions, paper presentations, and individual talks relevant the discipline of business law. Abstracts related to administration, engagement with the AACSB, or backed by specific data or experience are encouraged. The Chatham House Rule will be used in select sessions.


Additional Information and Registration

Registration for the summit is available here. Please register early, as due to space restrictions the number of participants is limited.



The summit will be held on the second floor at the University of Connecticut’s Graduate Business Learning Center (GBLC), located at 100 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT. Desktops and PowerPoint will be available. Information about parking and directions is available here. The summit location is a twenty-minute drive from Bradley International Airport (BDL).

Attendees may receive preferred rates at the Hilton Hartford ($169/night) and the Hartford Marriott Downtown ($199/night), subject to availability. Mention the University of Connecticut to receive these rates. Both hotels are a few blocks walk from the GBLC. On occasion rates may be lower online, though subject to different restrictions, so it is advisable to check before completing your reservation.



 The summit will observe the following schedule (tentative):

Wednesday, May 29 – 6:30pm – informal meetup or reception, further details TBA

Thursday, May 30 (all events held at Graduate Business Learning Center in the second floor observation deck and classrooms 202, 505, and/or 601)

8:00-9:00am – Continental Breakfast, observation deck

9:00-9:20am – Welcome from Conference Chair

9:30-11:00am – All Attendee Session

11:00-11:15am – Break, light snacks on observation deck

11:15-12:45pm – Breakout session(s) 1

12:45-2:00pm – Lunch, observation deck

2:15-3:45pm – Breakout session(s) 2

3:45-4:00pm – Break, light snacks on observation deck

4:00-5:30pm – Breakout session(s) 3 or All Attendee Session

6:45-7:30pm – Reception, wine and cheese

7:30-9:30pm – Dinner and keynote

Friday, May 31

8:00-9:00am – Continental Breakfast, observation deck

9:00-10:30am – Breakout session(s) 4

10:30-10:45am – Break, light snacks on observation deck

10:45-12:15pm – Breakout session(s) 5

12:30-2:00pm – Lunch, observation deck, possible speaker

1:15-2:45pm – All attendee session, wrap-up and next steps (note overlap with lunch)

3:00pm – Depart



Please email Robert Bird (, Professor of Business Law and Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics, University of Connecticut.