NARBLA Conference Meeting Summary - April 9, 2022

Greetings, NARBLA members and friends:

Stonehill College hosted the 2022 annual conference of the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association (NARBLA) on Saturday, April 9, 2022.
The Board of Editors met on Friday afternoon, April 8, 2022, at Boston College to review papers submitted for publication.

On Friday evening at Boston College, the Executive Board, the Board of Editors, and former officers and friends met for dinner, especially to celebrate the retirement of Christine Obrien from Boston College.

On Saturday morning, April 9, 2022, at the NARBLA Annual Connference at Stonehill College, Program Chair, John Duggan, extended a warm welcome to all, excited that we were meeting in person after a two-year COVID break. Paricipants attended not only from New England, but also from universities as far away as Arkansas State University (Patricia Quinn Robertson Johnston), as well as Metropolitan State University in Minnesota (Leonard and Linda Axelrod). A special welcome to Kevin Conway (Boston College), Teresa Cella (Boston College), Michael Finucane (Boston College), Tim Flaherty (Boston College), Mary Papazian (Merrimack College), Anthony Smith (Bentley University), and Winston Waters (Adelphi University) with guest Miriam Waters.

Paper Presentations covered numerous topics including Legally Astute Managers as a Source of Value in Organizations (Robert Bird, University of Connecticut), Should Decisions of Joint Grievance Panels be Given the Credibility and Weight Given to Decisions of Neutral Arbitrators? The Babcock and United Parcel Services Cases (David Twomey, Boston College), The Misinterpretation of the Student Loan "Undue Burden Standard" in Federal Bankruptcy Courts (Anthony Smith, Bentley University), Is Facial Recognition Technology Racially Biased? (Winston Waters, Adelphi University), The Ripple and More: Developments in Cryptocurrency and Securities Law (Patricia Quinn Robertson Johnston, Arkansas State University), Soto v. Remington: An Attempt to Influence the Investments and Costs of Civilian Assault Weapon Manufacture (Christine Westphal and Mary Papazian, Merrimack College), Dog Bites and Premises Liability (David Spatt, Johnson and Wales University), Advertising Cancer Medicines: Evidence Versus Imagery (Jonathan Darrow, Bentley University), and Maine's New Extended Producer Liability Law (William Wiggins, Bentley University).

At the Business Lunch Meeting, the attendees introduced themselves. Robert Bird and Liz Brown encouraged all to attend the National ALSB 2022 Conference, July 26 - August 1, in Louisville, Kentucky ( David Silverstein emphasized the importance of a course in International Law in view of current events. Marie Hansen encouraged submissions to the Business Law Review, extending the deadline to May 20, 2022, and Walter Toomey gave the Treasurer's report.

The next annual NARBLA Meeting and Conference will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Suffolk University Law School, Sargent Hall, 5th Floor, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108. The 2023 officers are John Duggan (President), Jason Peterson (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.

And congratulations to Christine Obrien on her retirement from Boston College. She has contributed so much to NARBLA over the past several years.

So, NARBLA members and friends, save the date for next year's NARBLA conference: Saturday, April 1, at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. For questions about the NARBLA conference, you may contact Program Chair, Jason Peterson, 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 John Duggan for planning and running such a well-organized, professional, fun-filled conference.