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Meeting Summary - April 1, 2017

Greetings, NARBLA members and friends:

Babson College hosted the 2017 annual conference of the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (NARBLA) on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  Those attending enjoyed a day of paper presentations, socialization, a luncheon, and a guest speaker.

Maggie Jakus, Conference Volunteer, greeted NARBLA guests, and distributed information packets for the conference.   

David Missirian, NARBLA President, welcomed the NARBLA guests.

David Nersessian, Conference Co-Chair, summarized the events of the day.  

Stephen Lichtenstein, Treasurer,  reported on NARBLA's current financial status.  

Dave Twomey mentioned  this year will be the 50th volume of the Business Law Review.

Marie Hansen, Co-Editor in Chief of the Business Law review, gave us an update:  Bill Read, Co-Editor in Chief of the Business Law Review, is now retired with the title - Professor Emeritus. 

A warm welcome to Katherine Caudill,  representative from Cengage Learning.  Katherine displayed Cengage Business Law related books and learning tools.  "At Cengage we craft learning experiences that propel students toward a brighter future."

The date for the 2017 ALSB Annual Meeting and Conference is August 6 - 10, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.  Detailed information can be found at www.alsb.org. Founded in 1924, the international Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB, www.alsb.org) is an association of teachers and scholars in the fields of Business Law, Legal Environment, and law-related courses outside of professional law schools.  NARBLA is one of eight regional subdivisions of the ALSB.  ALSB's nearly 1,000 members teach primarily in schools of business at colleges and universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Members come from all fifty states, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England, and a number of other nations.  The academy provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and encourages support and cooperation among those who teach and conduct research in the field of legal studies.  In addition, the ALSB works to foster cooperation between college and university administrators and ALSB's constituency.

The next annual NARBLA Meeting and Conference will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.   The 2018 officers are  David Nersessian, President;  Anne-Marie Hansen and John McArdle, Program Co-Chairs; Walter Toomey, Treasurer; Liz Brown, NARBLA Delegate to ALSB; and Robert Bird, Alternate Delegate to ALSB. 

A special thanks to Bill Read and Marie Hansen for their continuing service as Co-Editors in Chief of the Business Law Review. There are currently more than 660 subscriptions to the Business Law Review. 


Paper presentations covered a wide range of topics including:  Employment Issues, Arbitration, Ethics, Consumerism, Contracts, Corporations, Privacy, Social Responsibility, Civil Rights, and Accounting Fraud.

The luncheon speaker, Carolyn Hotchkiss, Dean of Faculty of Babson College, told us stories of her "Notes From the Dark Side," remembering her experiences from a transition from Professor to Dean.  When faculty members become administrators we stand up and become supportive of our faculty while dealing with difficult parents (the helicopter parent, the snow plow parent, and the bully parent) as well as donors who use the power of money.  We define what it means to have academic freedom.  We help implement on-line programs, competency-based learning, and the rise of open-access publishing.  We help administrators investigate issues as advocates and defenders, seeing implications, taking time to consider decisions while defending constitutional principles.  We do it to serve our colleagues.  Carolyn's presentation was informative, humorous, and entertaining.  She received a hearty round of applause.


So, NARBLA members and friends, save the date for next year's NARBLA conference:  Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.  For questions about the NARBLA conference, you may contact Program Co-Chairs, Anne-Marie Hakstian at ahakstian@salemstate.edu or John McArdle at jmcardle@salemstate.edu.

Any questions about paper presentations for publication, contact Co-Editors in Chief of the Business Law Review, Bill Read at readw@husson.edu or Marie Hansen at hansenm@husson.edu

For updates on NARBLA news, Guidelines for Publication of Papers, and the Conference Registration Form, go to www.narbla.org to reach the NARBLA Web page. 

NARBLA encourages tenure-track faculty to join NARBLA. It is a good opportunity to network and present papers. If you wish to have your name removed from the NARBLA mailing list, or wish to add the name of a colleague, reply to William Greenspan at profweg@bridgeport.edu.