Wednesday, May 1, 2024

This Friday - SMU Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Colloquium

I'm delighted to share that I'll be presenting this Friday at the SMU Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Colloquium.  Anyone interested in attending can register here.  A description of the event is below.  I'm excited to be working on my third (one and two) article with SMU energy law Professor James W. Coleman. It's at the intersection of energy and financial regulation, and I look forward to sharing more about it with readers soon!  I'm particularly grateful to co-blogger Joan Heminway and the University of Tennessee Law School for hosting the Connecting the Threads CLE series, the forum in which we first shared our initial papers! 


"The SMU Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Colloquium is an annual program, in its second year, which focuses on the interdisciplinary connections between the fields of energy, environment, and natural resources (“EENR”). It promises to be a pivotal gathering for academics, students, practitioners, and other stakeholders in the fields of law, science, engineering, business, and the humanities. The conference will delve into crucial topics like environmental justice initiatives, natural resource management using law and markets, carbon management, and interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges, featuring a mix of talks, panel discussions, and followed by graduate student presentations."




May 1, 2024 in Colleen Baker, Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Open Full-Time Lecturer Position - Texas State University

Dear BLPB Readers:

"The Department of Finance and Economics at Texas State University is seeking a full-time lecturer to start in the Fall semester 2024. A JD from an ABA-accredited law school is required. Job duties include teaching onsite sections of Legal Environment of Business (and perhaps other classes as needed) as well as engaging in department, college, and university service. The contracts are annual but renewable. Because the position is non-tenure-track, there is no search committee; accordingly, if you are interested in the position or want to know more, you can contact Jeff Todd ([email protected]) directly."

April 24, 2024 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

American Business Law Journal Accepting Editorial Board Applications

Dear BLPB Readers:

"The American Business Law Journal invites ALSB members who are interested in serving on the Editorial Board of the ABLJ to apply for the position of Articles Editor.

The ABLJ is widely regarded, nationally and internationally, as a premier peer-reviewed journal. Serving as an Articles Editor provides an opportunity to serve the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and broader academic discipline at the highest levels of service. 

The incoming Articles Editor will begin to serve on the Board in August 2024. Board members commit to serve for three years: two years as Articles Editor and one year as Senior Articles Editor. After that, Articles Editors have the option of continuing to serve two more years—one as Managing Editor and another as Editor-in-Chief. 

Articles Editors supervise the review of articles that have been submitted to the ABLJ to determine which manuscripts to recommend for publication. If a manuscript is accepted, the Articles Editor is responsible for working with the author to oversee changes in both style and substance. If a manuscript is believed to be publishable but in need of further work, the Articles Editor outlines specific revisions and further lines of research that the author should pursue. The Articles Editor’s recommendations for works-in-process are perhaps the most important and creative aspect of the job because they provide the guidance necessary for works to blossom into publishable manuscripts.  

An applicant for the position of Articles Editor should have an established track record of publications. We prefer applicants who have previously published with the ABLJ and have familiarity with our peer review process. However, we also welcome applicants, including international applicants, who have published with high quality law journals and/or peer reviewed law journals that adhere to the Harvard Bluebook style.  Experience serving as a Reviewer for the ABLJ or as a Staff Editor is helpful. 

The ABLJ is committed to ensuring that financial resources, including the support of a research assistant, are not an obstacle to service on the Board. 

Applicants are encouraged to contact us to learn more about the position and financial assistance that may be available.

Please send a resume and letter of interest to Inara Scott, ABLJ Editor-in-Chief, at [email protected] by May 31, 2024, for full consideration."

April 17, 2024 in Colleen Baker | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Open Visiting Professor Position(s) at the University of Oklahoma College of Law for Spring 2025

Dear BLPB Readers:

"University of Oklahoma College of Law is pleased to announce that it is currently seeking
applicants for visiting professor position(s) for Spring 2025 of the upcoming academic year. The
law school has a number of curricular needs, but is especially interested in candidates
specializing in bankruptcy, secured transactions, consumer law and finance, and payment

The complete announcement is here: Download Spring 2025 Visiting Position University of Oklahoma College of Law

April 10, 2024 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Thursday April 4 - ABA Banking Law Committee's New Members Subcommittee Program on the Business of Banking and Banking Law Careers

Dear BLPB Readers:

On April 4, 2024, at 11:30am EST, the American Bar Association's Banking Law Committee's New Members Subcommittee will host "A 30-minute in-person and zoom meeting of the Banking Law Committee’s New Members Subcommittee" to discuss the business of banking and careers in banking law.  It's a free program for ABA members and ABA membership is free for law students!  Here is a flyer with complete details: Download Promo for April 4 ABA session on banking law and careers 

March 27, 2024 in Colleen Baker | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

March 19 - Seminar on The Evolution of Financial Markets: Digital Money and Atomic Settlement

Dear BLPB Readers,

I wanted to share that the Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures (where I'm an Associate Editor), in addition to the Bank for International Settlements Innovation Hub, and Quinan & Associates will host a seminar, The Evolution of Financial Markets: Digital Money and Atomic Settlement, on March 19th.  It will be on the early side for those in the U.S., but it looks really interesting!  A pdf flyer of the event is below.  

Download Joint-Seminar-Agenda-Flyer

March 13, 2024 in Colleen Baker | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Northwestern Law School Workshops on Research Design for Causal Inference

Dear BLPB Readers:

For those of you who might be interested in strengthening your knowledge of empirical methods, Northwestern Law School is offering two summer workshops on Research Design for Causal Inference.  An overview of the main workshop and its target audience is below.  The complete details of the main and advanced workshops are here.

"Main Workshop Overview

We will cover the design of true randomized experiments and contrast them to natural or quasi experiments and to pure observational studies, where part of the sample is treated, the remainder is a control group, but the researcher controls neither which units are treated vs. control, nor administration of the treatment. We will assess the causal inferences one can draw from specific "causal" research designs, threats to valid causal inference, and research designs that can mitigate those threats.

Most empirical methods courses survey a variety of methods. We will begin instead with the goal of causal inference, and how to design a research plan to come closer to that goal, using messy, real-world datasets with limited sample sizes. The methods are often adapted to a particular study.

Target Audience

Quantitative empirical researchers (faculty and graduate students) in social science, including law, political science, economics, many business-school areas (finance, accounting, management, marketing, etc.), medicine, sociology, education, psychology, etc. –  anywhere that causal inference is important.

We will assume knowledge, at the level of an upper-level undergraduate econometrics or similar course, of multivariate regression, including OLS, logit, and probit; basic probability and statistics including confidence intervals, t-statistics, and standard errors; and some understanding of instrumental variables. This course should be suitable both for researchers with recent PhD-level training in econometrics and for empirical scholars with reasonable but more limited training."

February 22, 2024 in Colleen Baker, Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Professors Baker and Coleman on Metals Derivatives Markets and the Energy Transition

My coauthor, SMU Law Professor James W. Coleman, recently posted a draft of our article, Metals Derivatives Markets and the Energy Transition, on SSRN.  It's forthcoming in Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, and was written in connection with Business Transactions: Connecting the Threads VII, the BLPB-related conference at the University of Tennessee Law School.  I had a wonderful time at the event, which has become one of my yearly favorites, and am truly grateful for UT Law School's consistently outstanding hospitality! 

Here's the abstract of our article:

Despite their escalating importance, thus far, there has been minimal legal scholarship on metals derivatives markets. Given the key role of these markets in the transition to a clean energy future, increased focus on them is imperative. Hence, it is not surprising that the agendas for the last four meetings of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee each dedicated a significant portion of the meeting to metals derivatives markets and their role in the transition to a clean energy future.

Fundamentally, the United States and the world are moving from their long-term dependence on the fossil fuels that built the modern world, to dependence on new commodities such as copper and lithium. Coal and then natural gas made the modern economy possible by providing heat, power, and electricity to growing industries and populations in the world’s growing urban centers. Then oil made globalization possible by powering international sea and air travel as well as overland vehicles. As electric vehicles increasingly displace fossil fuel vehicles and renewable energy sources increasingly replace fuels in heating and industry, the economic and geopolitical stakes of metals markets will grow higher and higher. The criticality of metals derivatives markets, such as the dysfunctional market for nickel, will also escalate as governments, businesses, and others seek to hedge risks related to the increasing global dependency on metals.

Our article makes at least two contributions. First, it expands the minimal analysis of metals derivatives markets in the legal scholarship. Indeed, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first law review article to focus primarily on these markets. Second, it explores the role of metals derivatives in preparing for the transition to a clean energy future. We provide a brief overview of metals derivatives, including new markets in development, and their regulation in Parts I and II, respectively. In Part III, we explore the central role of metals derivatives markets in securing a clean energy future.  

February 7, 2024 in Colleen Baker, Financial Markets | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Open Visiting Faculty Positions - Howard University School of Law

Dear BLPB Readers:

"HOWARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for two visiting faculty
positions during the 2024-2025 academic year. Howard University, a culturally
diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university,
provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate,
graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and

Position 1 – We are hiring a visiting law professor for a full-year podium visit. This
professor will teach one section of our first-year contracts course, which is a full
year course. In addition to the contracts course, we are open to a wide range of
other offerings in both semesters with a particular interest in business courses and
upper level writing seminars.

Position 2 – We are hiring a visiting law professor for a Fall 2024 podium visit. This
professor will teach one section of our fall first-year civil procedure course. In
addition to the civil procedure course, we are open to a wide range of other
offerings in the fall semester with a particular interest in business courses and
upper level writing seminars."

The complete announcement about these positions is here: Download HUSL Visiting Faculty Announcement - AALS 01.18.24[61]

January 31, 2024 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Teaching and Supporting Small Business and Innovation

As you may know or recall, I am teaching an advanced business law course that leverages the characters and transactions featured in HBO Max's Succession.  I reported on the course here back in November. The inspiration for the course came in part from the work some of us did to produce a series of educational sessions as the Waystar Royco School of Law last year.  I posted on that lecture series here on the BLPB, too, including here.

From that series of Zoomcasts, a publication opportunity, some press inquiries, and a few new friendships followed, as well as the idea for my Succession course.  We are only a few classes in so far, but we had the pleasure of hosting friend-of-the-BLPB Ben Means in class today.  As you may know, Ben directs South Carolina's innovative Family and Small Business Program.  He also participated int he Waystar Royco School of Law (ad)venture and was a super guest.  We covered a lot of ground on family businesses, big and small, in our 75 minutes together this morning.  Thank you, Ben.

This class meeting and my Securities Regulation teaching today had me thinking about small businesses and innovation.  That reminded me that I keep forgetting to blog about a nifty small business that I was introduced to last year.  The business is The Grain Free Baker.  I learned about the business from one of my fellow BLPB editors, Colleen Baker.  It is her sister's business.  As a cook, a foodie, and a business lawyer supportive of entrepreneurship, it was fun to learn about the business--founded by a Baker who is a baker!  You can read about it here

It is the need to bring money into businesses like this that helps drive me to teach a new generation of law students to be corporate finance lawyers.  It is essential that lawyers understand, I argued earlier today, what a security is and what the legal implications of offering and selling securities are if they are to use their law degrees to support start-ups and small businesses.  Although many entrepreneurs will seek out commercial loans to finance their businesses, corporate finance transactions are desired or needed by others.

I hope those of you who are instructors also can find passion projects that inspire your teaching.  They can be so helpful in motivating instruction at downtimes during the semester.  That has been true for me.  And what's not to like about financing businesses that produce amazing products like the mix that made these cookies?!


January 23, 2024 in Colleen Baker, Corporate Finance, Family Business, Joan Heminway, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Some American Bar Association Opportunities for Law Students

Dear BLPB Readers:

I wanted to help spread the word about various ways in which law students can begin connecting with the American Bar Association (ABA) and encourage interested readers – especially the professors! – to also assist in getting the word out! 

First, law students can join the ABA for FREE!  They can find out more here.  

Second, the annual Banking Law Committee meeting will be in Washington D.C. on January 18-20, 2024.  This year, it’s an in-person only event (other meetings this year will offer virtual options).  Law students can attend this and other meetings for FREE (to do so, a student must become a member of the ABA and the Business Law Section)! 

Of course, the ABA has many committees in addition to the one on banking, including consumer financial services, bankruptcy, corporate governance, antitrust etc. and resources and opportunities for students interested in a variety of professional legal paths (transactional, litigation, regulatory etc.).

Third, the Banking Law Committee will also have full day meetings at two ABA conferences later in 2024 (Orlando, April 4-6 and San Diego, September 12-14).  Both meetings will have in-person and online options.  Additionally, the April meeting (and perhaps the September one too!) will have a one-hour “New Members Subcommittee Session,” which could be a helpful way for law students to begin connecting with the ABA!    

January 10, 2024 in Colleen Baker | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 8, 2024

Call for Conference Participation - MALSB Annual Conference in Chicago (April 2024)

Dear BLPB Readers:

"The Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB) Annual Conference is held in
conjunction with the MBAA International Conference. MBAA International draws hundreds of
academics from business-related fields such as accounting, business/society/government, economics,
entrepreneurship, finance, health administration, information systems, international business,
management, and marketing. The MALSB has its own program track on Legal Studies and attendees
may take advantage of the multidisciplinary nature of this international conference and attend sessions
held by the other program tracks.

Presentations in 2024 will have the option of in person or live online delivery. Tentatively MALSB paper
and panel in person/live online presentations are scheduled to begin Thursday morning (April 11, 2024)
and conclude Friday afternoon (April 12, 2024). If registration numbers require additional sessions, they
will be held Wednesday afternoon (April 10, 2024)."

Note that the registration/submission deadline is January 15, 2024.  The complete call for conference participation is here. Download Malsb_call_for_participation_2024

January 8, 2024 in Colleen Baker, Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Open Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Law Position - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Dear BLPB Readers:

"The Accounting Area in the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking to fill a full-time/academic year tenure-track position in business law as part of the university’s year-round operations initiative with a contemplated appointment in summer of 2024.

Applicants must have the ability to work with diverse students. Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.

Primary duties and responsibilities are to: (A) teach undergraduate and graduate business law courses; (B) maintain an active portfolio of research in business law accompanied with publication in high quality law journals and other approved peer reviewed publications; and (C) perform extensive area, college, and university service duties (e.g., curriculum committee, academic senate, etc.)."

The complete job posting is here.

December 20, 2023 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Call for Papers - 2024 Wharton Financial Regulation Conference

Dear BLPB Readers:

"The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will host its annual Wharton Financial
Regulation Conference on April 5, 2024. A conference dinner will be held the night before, on
April 4, 2024.

We issue a call for papers to scholars from any discipline—law, economics, political science,
history, business, and beyond—to submit papers on the following topics related to financial

• Digital assets and the payments system
• Regional and community banking (including banking market structure)
• Central banking, monetary and fiscal policy
• Bank regulators & constitutional governance

To submit a paper, please include an unpublished manuscript not exceeding 25,000 words and a
CV to conference organizer Christina Skinner ([email protected]) by February 1,
2024. Selected presenters will be notified by email by February 15, 2024."

A pdf of this call for papers is Download 2024 Wharton FinReg Call for Papers.

December 13, 2023 in Call for Papers, Colleen Baker | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Positions in Business Law and Ethics, Indiana U. Kelley School of Business

Dear BLPB Readers:

"The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington seeks applications for a tenured/tenure-track position or positions in the Department of Business Law and Ethics, effective Fall 2024. The candidate(s)selected will join a well-established department of 27 full-time faculty members who teach a variety of courses on legal topics, business ethics, and critical thinking at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is anticipated that the position(s) will be at the assistant professor rank, though appointment at a higher rank could occur if a selected candidate’s record so warrants.
Candidates with appropriate subject-matter expertise and interest would have the opportunity to be involved on the leading edge of a developing interdisciplinary collaboration between the Kelley School of Business and the Kinsey Institute, the premier research institute on human sexuality and relationships and a trusted source for evidence-based information on critical issues in sexuality, gender, and reproduction. Such expertise, however, is not required to be qualified and considered for the position or positions."

The complete job posting is here.

December 6, 2023 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Open Postdoctoral Scholar Position - Berkeley Center for Private Law Theory

Dear BLPB Readers:

"Private law structures the legal building blocks that most profoundly affect our social and economic life, notably property, contract, and torts as well as central aspects of family law, trust law, work law, and more. It thus governs our relationships with each other in arguably the most important spheres of our lives: in the market, the workplace, the neighborhood, and intimate relations. Private law theories develop conceptual and normative analyses of these building blocks and critically investigate their meanings, their interrelationships, their varied institutionalizations, and their implications in these and other social settings. The theory of private law has a proud legacy stretching back to antiquity, which has been continually renewed and updated. The need for a new generation of private law theory has become all the more acute given questions and challenges posed by rapid technological change, economic globalization, and the rise of new forms of family and personal relations.

The Berkeley Center for Private Law theory promotes interdisciplinary research on these themes. We organize a variety of activities designed to stimulate dialogue, to exchange and advance knowledge, and to explore new ideas. The Berkeley Center for Private Law Theory aims to foster insights into the legal building blocks of our social and economic life and contribute to making them fair and just.

The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar. The successful candidate will be mentored by Professor Hanoch Dagan and the dynamic and collaborative research team of the Berkeley Center for Private Law Theory."

The complete position description is here.


November 29, 2023 in Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Call for Papers - ABLJ 2024 Special Issue: Doing Business in a Disaster Economy

Dear BLPB Readers:

"In 2022, the United States experienced 26 natural disasters, more than any other country in the
world. One storm alone, Hurricane Ian, cost the economy more than $110 billion dollars. Beyond
flooding, drought, and wildfire, in recent years the world has also seen the previously
unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple areas of human conflict,
including the war in Ukraine, which has disrupted global food supply and upended life for
millions of people. Each of these disasters brings a unique mix of impact to local businesses,
human lives, and the global economy.

What should businesses, regulators, lawmakers, and attorneys do to prepare for life in an
economy in which disasters are both more likely to strike, due to climate change, and more likely
to have profound multinational impacts, due to globalization? The American Business Law
Journal (ABLJ) seek manuscripts that address this question.

The “Doing Business in a Disaster Economy” special issue will take a broad perspective.
Submissions may cover a wide variety of topics addressing legal planning and regulatory
mechanisms for addressing disasters–before, during, and after the event. Paper topics may
include but are not limited to:
• Insolvency and financial aid, particularly for SMEs post-disaster.
• Meeting health care needs, particularly in underserved or rural areas.
• Addressing the impacts of systemic racism and ethnic bias on disaster preparedness and
the impact of disasters on communities of marginalized populations.
• Economic programs related to unemployment, loan repayment, or essential industry
protection or rebuilding.
• Land use and other environmental programs intended to mitigate predicted impacts of
natural disasters on local and national economies.
• The role of digital assets in a disaster economy.
• Evaluating previous relief programs (such as the American Rescue Plan) and making
recommendations for future programs.
• Valuation of property and insurance issues in high-risk areas.

Submissions incorporating interdisciplinary approaches and/or comparative and international law
are welcome, as are submissions from researchers based outside of North America. It is expected
that four papers will be accepted for the special issue; papers not accepted may be resubmitted to
the ABLJ for publication outside of the special issue.

Articles selected for the special issue will be published in Issue 4, Volume 61 (2024), of the
ABLJ. Submissions must be received by March 1, 2024 for consideration. Submissions should
be made to [email protected]. Authors will be notified of their acceptance by March 15,

The complete call for papers is here: Download ABLJ 2024 Special Issue Call for Papers

November 16, 2023 in Call for Papers, Colleen Baker | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Open Tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Business Law - Babson College

Dear BLPB Readers:

"Babson College invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in our Accounting & Law division, beginning Fall 2024. We seek an intellectually curious colleague who is aligned with Babson’s mission of educating responsible entrepreneurial leaders who create economic and social value everywhere. Our commitment to diversity of all kinds empowers our students to consider possibilities beyond their own individual experiences – to design products and services, found companies and create value that will transform businesses, communities, and lives. As such, Babson is continually focused on attracting exceptional talent that will add richness to the academic experience. Babson is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer."

The complete job posting is here.

November 15, 2023 in Call for Papers, Colleen Baker | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Open Lecturer Position(s) in Dept. of Bus. Law & Ethics - Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Dear BLPB Readers:

"The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington seeks applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track lecturer position or positions in the Department of Business Law and Ethics, effective Fall 2024. The candidate selected will join a well-established department of 27 full-time faculty members who teach a variety of residential and online courses on legal topics, business ethics, and critical thinking at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Lecturers have teaching and service responsibilities but are not expected to engage in research activities."

The complete job posting is here.

November 8, 2023 in Business School, Colleen Baker, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Call for Papers - 2024 Michigan Junior Scholars Conference

Dear BLPB Readers:

"The University of Michigan Law School is pleased to invite junior scholars to attend the 10th Annual Junior Scholars Conference, which will take place in-person on April 12-13, 2024, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Conference provides junior scholars with a platform to present and discuss their work with peers and receive feedback from prominent members of the Michigan Law faculty. The Conference aims to promote fruitful collaboration between participants and to encourage their integration into a community of legal scholars. The Junior Scholars Conference invites papers in response to the 2024 theme or under the general call for papers in law and related disciplines. We welcome applications from graduate students, SJD/PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, teaching fellows, and assistant professors (pre-tenure) who have not held an academic position for more than four years are welcome. We particularly invite submissions from scholars working on or located in the Global South and scholars from groups traditionally under-represented in academia.

Applications are due by January 5, 2024. For further details, see Conference's website "

November 1, 2023 in Call for Papers, Colleen Baker | Permalink | Comments (0)