NARBLA Conference Meeting Summary - April 6, 2019

Greetings, NARBLA members and friends:

Boston University hosted the 2019 annual conference of the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (NARBLA) on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Those attending (46) enjoyed a day of paper presentations (18), a teaching panel, socialization, a luncheon, and a keynote guest speaker.

Walter Toomey (NARBLA Treasurer), and Boston University Student Volunteers, Sijia Zhang and Kamila Foremny, greeted NARBLA guests, and distributed information packets for the conference.

After registration, the day began with socializing over breakfast.

Co-President, Anne-Marie Hakstian, welcomed the NARBLA guests. Program Chair, Kabrina Chang, summarized the events of the day.

NARBLA Treasurer, Walter Toomey, reported on NARBLA's current, favorable financial status.

Marie Hansen, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Business Law review, gave us an update on Bill Read, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Business Law Review, who is enjoying retirement with the title - Professor Emeritus. Marie welcomed submissions to the Business Law Review, and reminded us you can find older editions of the Business Law Review at (Click on “Full Text of the Business Law Review.”)

Liz Brown, NARBLA delegate to ALSB, reminded us that the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) will hold its annual conference August 6 - 11 at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Montreal, Canada.. 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. You may find conference information at

A warm welcome to Jordan Jepsen, Managing Editor of the Practice and Undergrad lists at Wolters Kluwer, Legal Education. Jordan displayed Law related books and learning tools. “Whether you are a legal or business compliance professional, librarian, professor, or student, we are your single source for specialized information, practical solutions, and subject matter expertise. Rely on us for the latest developments and in-depth legal analysis across practice areas most relevant to you.” Feel free to email Jordan at for law-related texts and teaching materials.

Welcome to first-time NARBLA attendees: Leonard Axelrod (Metropolitan State University), Linda Axelrod (Metropolitan State University), Amy Connors (Salem State University), Elliot Dubin (University of North Texas), Amy Hummel (Curry College), Jordan Jepsen (Wolters Kluwer), Alexander Keenan (Law Office of Alexander Keenan), Graham Keller (Suffolk University), Elissa Magnant (University of Massachusetts - Lowell), Katherine Marsland (Stonehill College), William Murphy (St. John’s University), Gina Powers (Boston University), and Winston Spencer Waters (Adelphi University).

The next annual NARBLA Meeting and Conference will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Stonehill College, in Easton, Massachusetts. The 2022 officers are Kabrina Chang (President), John Duggan (Program Chair), Walter Toomey (Treasurer), Liz Brown, NARBLA Delegate to ALSB; and Kabrina Chang, 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.

The Board of Editors and Past NARBLA presidents met the day before the conference on Friday, April 5, 2019, to review papers for publication, and to discuss other NARBLA issues.

Presentations covered a wide range of topics including: Employment, Classroom Experience, Trusts and Titles, Corporate IP & Data Privacy, Regulatory, and a Teaching Panel.

NARBLA attendees enjoyed a leisurely, gourmet luncheon.

Program Chair, Kabrina Chang, introduced the keynote luncheon speaker, The Honorable Eleanor C. Sinnott, Boston Municipal Court, Presiding Judge, BostonVeterans Treatment Court. Governor Romney appointed her as a Boston Municipal Court Judge in 2006. She was the first Korean American judge appointed in Massachusetts. Judge Sinnott shared her experiences as Presiding Judge of the Boston Veterans Treatment Court, which she established in 2014. She explained through several cases histories how critical the need was for helping veterans. Her presentation was informative and enlightening as to the needs of our veterans. The NARBLA participants gave her a hearty round of applause.

So, NARBLA members and friends, save the date for next year's NARBLA conference: Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. For questions about the NARBLA conference, you may contact Program Chair, John Duggan, at

Any questions about paper presentations for publication, contact Co-Editor-in-Chief, Marie Hansen, at

For updates on NARBLA news, Guidelines for Publication of Papers, and the Conference Registration Form, go to 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 to change your e-mail address, or to add the name of a colleague, reply to William Greenspan at

Finally, congratulations and thanks to Kabrina Chang for planning and running such a well-organized, professional, fun-filled conference.