The event

Third Annual: Business Transactions Connecting the Threads

In this one-day program, lawyers will hear from business law professors from the Business Law Prof Blog, who are currently teaching at various schools across the United States.

Each discussion will be set up as a panel with the principle speaker engaging with a University of Tennessee College of Law professor and student. 

Each panel will include a  discussion of developing trends in various areas of business law. This is a CLE event that is designed to cover a variety of current topics in business law.

Specifically, it aims to weave the threads of topical business law issues together into a tapestry that engages legal scholarship, law teaching, and law practice.


Event Speakers

Colleen Baker

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies
University of Oklahoma

Benjamin Edwards

Associate Professor of Law
University of Nevada Las Vegas

Joshua Fershee

Dean and Professor of Law
Creighton University

Joan MacLeod Heminway

Professor of Law
University of Tennessee

Don Leatherman

Professor of Law
University of Tennessee

Douglas Moll

Professor of Law
University of Houston

J. Haskell Murray

Associate Professor
Belmont University

Stefan Padfield

Professor of Law
University of Akron

Thomas Plank

Professor of Law
University of Tennessee

Schedule of Events

(Subject to Change)

  • Registration 8 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Introduction 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

    Dean Melanie Wilson and Professor George Kuney

  • Panel I - The Fate of State Investor Protection 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

    Presenter: Benjamin Edwards

  • Panel II - Minority Owner Oppression in the Closely Held Corporation and the LLC 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

    Presenter: Douglas Moll

  • Break 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Panel III - Totalitarian Nudges, Illusory Externalities, and Utopian Benefits: Reflections on the 34th Economics Institute for Law Professors 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

    Presenter: Stefan Padfield

  • Panel IV - The End of Responsible Growth and Governance: The Risks Posed by Social Enterprise Enabling Statutes and the Demise of Director Primacy 11:15 - Noon

    Presenter: Joshua Fershee

  • Lunch Noon - 12:30 p.m.

  • Panel V - What is a Merger Anyway? 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

    Presenters: Joan Heminway, Tom Plank, Don Leatherman

  • Break 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.
  • Panel VI - Corporate Purpose and the Business Roundtable 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

    Presenter: Haskell Murray

  • Banking on the Cloud 2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

    Presenter: Colleen Baker

  • Closing 3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Additional info


University of Tennessee
College of Law
1505 Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996


Four Points Sheraton
1109 White Ave.
Knoxville, TN

Hilton Garden Inn
1706 Cumberland Ave. 
Knoxville, TN


McGhee Tyson Airport
GPS: 2055 Alcoa Hwy

Taxi, Lyft, Uber – Parking available throughout the conference at the College of Law.


Contact Us

Sophia Brown


Phone: 865-974-9917