Equity Now Speaker Series – November 13th

Equity Now Speaker Series
Equity Now Speaker Series
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The University of Connecticut School of Business is proud to present the EQUITY NOW Speaker Series, featuring expert insights on how law and policy can promote diversity, equity, and fairness in organizations and society.

We invite you to join us on Monday, November 13, at 6 p.m. ET, for the next speaker, Robert Thomas, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, for his talk, “Leading DEI in a Post-Affirmative Action Environment.” Please register here for this online event.

DEI has never been disconnected from the political landscape in which it resides. Its origins coincided with the development of affirmative-action initiatives and equal-opportunity legislation. Tenets of DEI advance justice and effectiveness in education and in the business world. DEI initiatives also enhance the engagement and productivity of employees in the workplace, reduce absenteeism, and produce a more collaborative working environment. Despite its value in the workplace and beyond, DEI is not universally supported. In this environment, DEI leadership requires redoubling efforts to promote the essential elements of DEI and highlight its value to the workplace and society regardless of the political context. DEI is about lowering barriers for everyone, and DEI can play an important part of advancing widely-accepted societal goals.

Robert Thomas is Professor of Business Law and Ethics and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Prior to this appointment, Thomas was on the business school faculties at the University of Florida and University of Michigan. He is an expert in diversity management and conflict resolution. His research examines strategic uses of law in business and politics. Thomas earned a PhD in business economics and a JD from Stanford University. He has served as Academy of Legal Studies President and is a founding board member of the Business School DEI Collaborative.

The EQUITY NOW Speaker Series is produced by University of Connecticut School of Business in coordination with the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Virginia Tech Pamplin School of Business, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Boston University Questrom School of Business, and Temple University Fox School of Business. Each of the speakers to be featured during the 2023-24 academic year are esteemed experts focused on legal and policy issues related to equity in modern organizations.

For more information about the series, please contact Robert Bird, Professor of Business Law and Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics, at robert.bird@uconn.edu.
Equity Now Speaker Series

Equity Now Speakers Series

2024 ALSB Centennial Conference

In 1924 at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, a group of twenty seven faculty began what was then called the Association of Instructors in Law in Collegiate Schools of Business.  

At the 1926 annual meeting, again in conjunction with the American Association of Law Schools at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago, the group changed its name to the Association of Teachers of Law in Collegiate Schools of Business. This name stuck until 1937, when it was changed to the American Business Law Association.  Finally, in 1991, the membership, by then with over 1,000 dues-paying members, voted overwhelming at the annual meeting in Portland, Maine to adopt the name Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

While there were a few years without annual meetings (before 1952), the Academy of Legal Studies in Business will celebrate its 100th year of existence in 2024. Accordingly, we are planning to celebrate in grand fashion. The Midyear Meeting of the ALSB will be held at the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Chicago in 2024 in order to commemorate the origins of the organization in that great city. The Annual Conference of the ALSB will be held in Washington, D.C. because of its many obvious and wonderful connections to the study of law. The beautiful grand dame of hotels, the Mayflower, will be our host hotel at the phenomenal rate of $189 per night. Alex Reed from the University of Georgia will be our program chair.

Efforts are already under way to plan for the Annual Conference in 2024. See the webpage https://centennial.alsb.org/

Please consider donation to our Second Century Fund: https://centennial.alsb.org/second-century/

San Diego Conference Pictures & Award Recipients


Congratulations to the foll0wing awards recipients:

Best Conference Papers Recognized at Section Meetings:

Ralph Bunche Distinguished International Paper:

Katayoon Beshkardana, Faraz Shahlae

Virginia Maurer Distinguished Ethics Paper: Suneal Bedi, Vikram Bhargava

Employment Law Paper: Stephen Park, Norm Bishara

Nancy Kubasek Distinguished Environmental Law Paper:

Lindsay Sain Jones, Kimberly Houser

Sports and Entertainment Law Paper: John Holden, Marc Edelman, Michael McCann

Interdisciplinary Section Paper: Farshad Ghodoosi, Tal Kastner

Faculty awards went to: Early Career Distinguished award: Mike Schuster and Jeremy Kress; Distinguished Career Award: Carol Miller; Kay Duffy Memorial Award: Phil Nichols

The Charles Hewitt McGraw Hill Master Teacher Finalists:Kylie Aikey, Cheryl Black, Sean Shannon, Mark Shapiro…..drumroll…..with Mark Shapiro taking home the golden apple.

ALSB Partners with RRBM

The ALSB Executive Committee has voted to join as an institutional partner the Responsible Research in Business and Management group. [ cf. website at https://www.rrbm.network/] As its webpage notes:

“Responsible Research for Business and Management (RRBM) is dedicated to inspiring, encouraging, and supporting credible and useful research in the business and management disciplines.

It is a virtual organization initially developed by a group of 24 leading scholars in 5 disciplines at 23 university-based business schools in 10 countries and now joined by a much larger community. We have support from many partners, including AACSBEFMDPRMEAspen Institute‘s Business and Society Program, GRLI, and many business schools worldwide.”

RRBM’s seven principles are as follows and dovetail nicely with the ALSB’s mission and values statement:


  1. Service to Society
  2. Valuing Both Basic and Applied Contributions
  3. Valuing Plurality and Multidisciplinary Collaboration
  4. Sound Methodology
  5. Stakeholder Involvement
  6. Impact on Stakeholders
  7. Broad Dissemination

Master Teacher Winner Announced

AND THE WINNER IS…..Mark S. Shapiro, Miami Herbert Business School, The Business of Jury Trials: Calculated Risk or Trip to Vegas?

Dear Colleagues:

Please join me in congratulating the four finalists selected for the 2023 Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher Competition:

Kylie S. Aikey, Bucknell University, Freeman College of Management, Escape the Professor’s Office – Escape Room

Cheryl L. Black, Belmont University, Jack C. Massey School of Business (eff. June 1, 2023), Hear Me Out: A Lesson in Civil Discourse

Sean Shannon, State University of New York at Oneonta, School of Liberal Arts and Business, Living in the Zone: Using Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law and Residential Zoning Maps to Teach Business Law and the Legal Framework of Residential Segregation

Mark S. Shapiro, Miami Herbert Business School, The Business of Jury Trials: Calculated Risk or Trip to Vegas?

We once again had many high-quality entries in the Master Teacher Competition.  Many thanks to all who submitted for their participation, as well as to the judges who generously devoted significant time and effort to carefully evaluating each of the submissions. Although the judges remain anonymous, their service to the Academy in this important task is to be commended.

The four finalists will each make a 35-minute presentation at our annual ALSB Conference in San Diego on Friday, July 28, from 8:15 am-10:45 am. This event is one of our conference highlights every year. I encourage you to attend, not only to learn from our accomplished presenters but also to play your role in selecting our 2023 Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher.  

Best wishes,

Lynda Oswald

2022 Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher

University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Call for Articles for AACSB’s “Insights”

Did you know that the ALSB is an instiututonal member as an association of AACSB. Our liasion is Janine Hiller and she sits on the ALSB Executive Committee. Here is thee latest from the AACSB. We encourage you to visit the AACSB website at https://www.aacsb.edu/.


Dear AACSB Community,

We’re currently welcoming article submissions for our AACSB Insights thought leadership platform. We continue to receive many excellent contributions from the member community and want to share our calendar of editorial themes for upcoming months, which is regularly updated online at www.aacsb.edu/insights/articles/submissions/editorial-calendar.

In particular, we’d love to receive submissions for July through October that convey your perspectives, highlight your school’s experiences or initiatives, or share best practices, with relevance to the broader business education and business communities. We also encourage collaborative contributions and welcome voices from your business communities:

  • July | Career Pathways: Jobs of the Future. From disruptive technologies like AI to calls for greater societal impact to a hastened shift into cyberspace, business is experiencing unprecedented change. How are these realities manifesting in the job market, and what competencies will learners need to thrive in it? (Submissions due by June 1.) 
  • August | Societal Impact: Entrepreneurial Mindset. How can business schools create innovation ecosystems that help existing and aspiring business leaders realize their business dreams, while positively impacting society? (Submissions due by July 3.)
  • September | Learning and Development: Timely Curriculum and Credentials. As the shelf life of certain skills continues to shorten, how can business schools anticipate evolving business needs and expeditiously release learning solutions-for future and current leaders-that are of verifiable quality? (Submissions due by August 1.)
  • October | Accreditation: Knowledge (Co)Creation. How are business schools redefining research priorities that attract, empower, and reward faculty whose scholarship addresses society’s pressing challenges and results in actionable insights that advance industries? (Submissions due by September 1.)

Please see our full submission guidelines and do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions at editor@aacsb.edu. Also feel free to reply to me directly. We look forward to hearing from you!