National Business Law Scholars Conference 2023


Register now to attend the event on June 17-18, 2021, or sign up to present your research or moderate a panel during the conference.

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This two-day conference will take place Thursday, June 15 and Friday, June 16, 2023 and is hosted by The University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is the 14th meeting of the National Business Law Scholars Conference, an annual conference that draws legal scholars from across the United States and around the world. Presenters hail from a variety of business law disciplines. This website will be updated with the conference program and information about transportation, lodging, parking, and more as the conference date approaches.

Call for Papers

We welcome all scholarly submissions relating to business law. Junior scholars and those considering entering the academy are especially encouraged to participate. If you are thinking about entering the academy and would like to receive informal mentoring and learn more about job market dynamics, please let us know when you make your submission.

Submission Guidelines

You may use the “Submit now!” button on this conference website to submit an abstract by Friday, April 28, 2023. Please be prepared to include in your submission the following information about you and your work:

 – Name
 – E-mail address
 – Affiliation/school
 – Paper title
 – Paper description/abstract
 – Keywords (3-5 words)
 – Does the paper relate to DEI issues?*
 – Dietary restrictions
 – Mobility restrictions

* If yes, based on availability, would you prefer to be on (1) a DEI-focused panel, (2) a subject matter-focused panel (not specifically DEI-focused), or (3) any panel (i.e., no preference as to type of panel)?


If you have any questions, concerns, or special requests regarding the schedule, please indicate that in your submission or email Professor Eric C. Chaffee directly at We will respond to submissions with notifications of acceptance a few weeks after the submission deadline. We anticipate the conference schedule will be circulated in May.

conference organizers

University of California Davis
University of Chicago
University of Toledo
University of Tennessee
EMORY University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Utah
University of Oklahoma
University of California Berkley