Annual Conference 2012


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.

2012 ALSB Annual Meeting


Kansas City, MO – August 7-11, 2012

Please note that the conference registration and the call for participation registration are two separate and distinct processes. You must register for each independently.

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A Message From The 2012 Program Chair

From Carol J. Miller, ALSB President-Elect and 2012 Program Chairperson:


Kansas City Fountain

Going to Kansas City – Here We Come !

Show Me Missouri

August 7- 11, 2012

Fun, cultural intrigue, and academic excellence all await you in Kansas City! 


The Hotel & Plaza

The Intercontinental Hotel serves as our host for the 2012 meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) in Kansas City, Missouri.  For $129 a night you also get free underground parking, an outdoor pool, and free computer access located in old phone booths.  The hotel is adjacent to the walking/jogging trail along Brush Creek and the ambiance of the Spanish architecture that adorns the Country Club Plaza – a 14 block area filled with fountains, shops and restaurants.

Cultural & Social Events

Wednesday (Aug. 8):  The conference opens Wednesday afternoon with a bus trip to the Truman Presidential Library (after the House of Delegates meeting and Newcommers lunch).  Catch one of the buses between 12:30 – 1:45 or drive to Independence to view other Truman sites.  Missouri State University (MSU) Distinguished Professor Emeritus James Giglio (author of Truman In Cartoon and Caricature) will share his insight into the 1948 Presidential election during our visit, followed by a casual reception hosted by Missouri State University.  If you would like to present a historical comparison paper during one of our academic sessions, contrasting regulations or laws in the Truman era to today, please contact  Carol Miller.

The Nelson-Atkins Art Museum is the site for our elegant opening reception on Wednesday night, where we will be welcomed by the mayor of Kansas City, Sly James.

Thursday night (Aug. 9):   Feast on Gates Bar-B-Q while interacting with friends

in the atrium between the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Baseball League Museum  (both of which will be open for our enjoyment).

Converse with colleagues at the plenary lunch (Friday), annual tea (Friday), banquet (Saturday night) or enjoy Missouri wines at the G-L & friends reception (Thursday) or ABLJ reception (Friday) before dining with colleagues at the Plaza, Westport or Crown Center Friday evening.   Then listen to free live music at the hotel.

Come early or stay late to enjoy other activities that KC has to offer.  Intercontinental Hotel rates are good for two days before and two days after the conference.

For those who arrive Tuesday, we will have reserved the one gangster tour bus traveling to Pendergast era haunts (6:00 to 7:30), after which there is plenty of time to enjoy dinner at the Plaza.  (Sign up through online conference registration for limited seating and an additional fee.)

While you are in Kansas City, visit the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial (a really well-done set of exhibits).  Next door is the Crown Center (an indoor shopping center) attached to the Hallmark Card headquarters (which offers tours).  Across the street is a children’s science museum in the old Union Station.  Also enjoy the Toy and Miniature Museum near our hotel at the UMKC campus.   Visit the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Mormon Visitors’ Center, Agricultural Center & Hall of Fame, the KC zoo, and Thomas Hart Benton’s Home, among the many sites to see in the KC area!

Venture to the Power and Light District for great jazz bars or enjoy lunch at the old market area, where you can also view the wares of the Arabia Steamship that sunk in the Missouri River.  KC is also known for its great dinner theatres and the specialty shops & restaurants of Westport (near the Plaza).  If you are driving – then head three hours south of KC to the Missouri Ozarks for hiking, water sports and entertainment galore.

Academic Sessions  (Thursday through Saturday)

 Guest Speakers

Missouri Supreme Court Justice Laura Stith will be our Plenary Luncheon speaker at noon Friday, August 10.  The conference also will feature specialty speakers, including City Utilities Environmental Compliance Officer Dave Fraley, who will update us on greenhouse gas regulations and compliance challenges facing power plants.  (The Spring Newsletter will include more information about panels and section speakers, so contact Carol Miller with your ideas and plans as soon as possible at

Members will have the opportunity to learn about the Kansas City Board of Trade and view its trading floor activity on Thursday or Friday morning (sign up at the conference registration table for limited seating).  It is free and just a short walk from the hotel.

 Teaching tips – something new

The Master Teacher Symposium (Thursday morning) has become a popular tradition at ALSB meetings.  Only individuals competing for the Master-Teacher Award should submit the longer proposals to Marianne DelPo, who is coordinating the symposium.

In addition to the main presentations, a few quick teaching tips will be featured.  There will be a separate “Quick Teaching Tips” submission button when members submit papers electronically by July 1.   Members are encouraged to provide a short teaching tip (preferably related to one’s paper topic) – an organizational tip for presenting a subject area, a condensed update on the legal area or a good case example (that can be presented in 5 minutes or less).  This will allow colleagues to enhance the quality of courses without devoting major blocks of time.  These teaching tips will be available, along with copies of the papers, on the thumb drive at the conference.

Integrating Technology

A new “tweet and text teaching tips” session will be led by Ida Jones on Saturday afternoon.

We are evolving electronically – with our online registration and paper submission, and are working on opt-in (and in later years opt-out) features for electronic communication of newsletters, programs and other postings.  Dan Herron will make conference programs and daily electronic updates available during the conference.   The traditional program booklet will still be available as well in KC, so members have a choice.

We are hoping to record some sessions this year, including presentations by past editors-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal in this its 50th anniversary.

 Paper Presentations

There are many break out session opportunities to present and learn from fine paper presentations of colleagues  (Thursday through Saturday).

Members have the opportunity to receive CLE credit (for a separate fee) for attending these sessions and to submit papers for inclusion in the conference proceedings.  Check the appropriate boxes with registration.

The Invited Scholars Colloquium, coordinated by Ann Morales Olazabàl (immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the ABLJ), will be held on Tuesday.  This provides a unique opportunity for authors of selected papers to benefit from in-depth critique of the papers.

Submission dates to remember:

June 1 paper topic & abstract submission, July 1 completed paper & teaching tip submission, July 1 conference pre-registration discount deadline . . .  All of these can be submitted electronically.

If a paper is not received by July 1, the presentation will be listed in a “developmental track.”  Once you have registered to present a paper, make all changes to that same registration number; do not fill out a new registration (to change a paper title for example).  There is one “opt-in” paper presentation session Thursday morning (by request); only presenters who have checked that box will be scheduled opposite the Master-Teacher Symposium.

See separate submission instructions and deadlines for the selection of Master-Teacher presenters, Invited Scholar competition, Student Paper competition, Distinguished Paper and Holmes-Cardozo competition, as well as the Gaylord Jentz Scholarship and other special awards in this Newsletter issue.  Awards will be presented at the annual banquet Saturday night.

The University of Missouri at Columbia (my alma mater) and the University of Missouri at Kansas City (Bloch School) have joined with Missouri State University (my teaching university) to welcome you to the 2012 ALSB meeting

Here we come Kansas City !