Monday, June 8, 2020
The 2020 National Business Law Scholars Conference will be hosted on Zoom on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19. Conference sessions include paper panels covering a variety of areas of business law and plenary sessions on several current topics of interest. As is true for the in-person conference, no registration fee is required for attendance.
The conference will begin on Thursday at 9:00 am EDT with a plenary Q&A session entitled "Business Law in the COVID-19 Era" (focusing on the ways in which Business Law has impacted and been impacted by the pandemic in various academic and practice settings). Thursday's formal proceedings end with a second plenary Q&A session at 4:45 pm EDT, "Teaching Business Law: Applying What We Learned from Emergency Remote Teaching During the Pandemic," featuring doctrinal and experiential (including clinical) business law faculty reflecting on their recent experiences teaching remotely on an emergency basis and the lessons learned from that experience that inform future teaching. An informal virtual cocktail hour follows that program, beginning at approximately 6:15 pm EDT.
Friday’s sessions begin at 9:00 am EDT and end at 4:30 pm EDT. The final program of the day is a plenary panel on "Bankruptcy and COVID-19" that begins at 3:00 pm EDT. This panel includes judicial, practical, and academic perspectives an bankruptcy law changes, challenges, and opportunities during and related to the pandemic.
The full schedule for the conference with assigned Zoom meeting rooms will be available later this week or early next week. A link will be posted here and shared on social media. Although the networking opportunities will not be quite the same in the virtual format, the Planning Committee (listed below) is looking forward to a vibrant conference filled with significant opportunities to promote and forward valuable business law scholarship, teaching, and service.
Megan Wischmeier Shaner (University of Oklahoma College of Law)