ABLJ Invited Scholars Colloquium 

New Orleans, August 11, 2011

The Editorial Board of the American Business Law Journal requests submissions to the second ABLJ Invited Scholars Colloquium, which will take place at the annual conference in New Orleans this August.  The goal of the Colloquium is to develop for publication scholarly articles by our members. Invited participants commit to present a scholarly paper for extended discussion and analysis.  Members of the ABLJ Board and other distinguished authors from our membership will serve as discussants.  However, to ensure honest and open communication, the Colloquium is open only to invited presenters and discussants.

The paper presented in August should be in a polished draft form and should be intended for publication in the ABLJ or a law review or journal.  Papers that have been presented at regional conferences, at other ALSB meetings, or that the participant plans to present in sessions at the New Orleans conference are welcome.  If you plan to present the paper at the New Orleans conference, you must follow the conference submission procedures.  Submitting an abstract to participate in the Colloquium does not substitute for conference registration and submission.  Colloquium participants may submit the paper for Holmes-Cardozo consideration, conference proceedings, and other ALSB awards, and should likewise follow the appropriate submission process for each of those, as applicable. Current ABLJ Board members (i.e., Articles Editors, Managing Editor, Editor-in-Chief, and Advisory Editor-in-Chief) are ineligible to participate in the Colloquium as authors, but may serve as discussants.


Authors may apply to be an invited presenter by submitting a cover letter, abstract, and current resume to Dan Cahoy, (
DanCahoy@psu.edu), Advisory Editor-in-Chief of the ABLJ, by April 1, 2011.


Cover letters should include a statement of why the author believes he or she will benefit from participation in the Colloquium.  Abstracts should be one-page, single-spaced and describe the paper, including its thesis, contribution and approach.   Submissions will be judged on the basis of: (1) likely contribution to the literature; (2) topicality and relation to the field of business law; (3) benefit of the colloquium to the author and the work; and (4) suitability for future publication in the ABLJ or other top-tier law journal.  In addition, an author’s junior status will be positively considered.  Based on a review of the submitted materials, the ABLJ Board will select four papers for presentation.  Authors will be notified by May 1.  Papers must be submitted by July 1, 2011.  Participants agree to acknowledge the ABLJ Invited Scholars Colloquium in a footnote when the article is published.  


The Colloquium will take place at our conference site, the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, on Thursday afternoon, August 11th.  The ALSB will pay one night’s hotel fare and dinner for Colloquium participants.


We hope that you will consider submitting to this event and will support its continuation as a part of our annual conferences.


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