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2008 Annual Conference for Academy of Legal Studies in Business

Members of the CSULB College of Business Administration (CBA) faculty will be taking part in the 2008 national conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), the national association of teachers and scholars in the fields of business law, legal environment, and business ethics, as the city of Long Beach takes its turn as the host city for the group’s annual event Aug. 12-16 at the Westin Hotel Long Beach.

None of the CSULB participants, however, are quite as busy as Kathleen Lacey. The business professor and director of the campus’ Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership is serving as the program chair for this year’s conference.

“Long Beach is such an exciting venue for a conference, with its harbor, oceanfront walkways and numerous restaurants. I have so enjoyed working with the Long Beach community and LB Convention Bureau over the last two years in organizing this conference,” Lacey said. “Additionally, CSULB President King Alexander and College of Business Dean, Michael Solt have been tremendously supportive.”

Alexander will be the featured speaker at the plenary luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 14, at noon, speaking on “The Ethical Challenges and Opportunities Confronting Higher Education.” Other CSULB participants will include Solt as well as faculty members Marsha Cooper, Lynn Dymally and Barbara Crutchfield George.

“We’re very proud of the participation of our own faculty at this conference,” Lacey pointed out. “It is an opportunity for them to share with colleagues their expertise in the best methods of teaching all topics in business law, and to present their academic research.”

ALSB provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and encourages support and cooperation among those who teach and conduct research in the field of legal studies. In addition, the academy works to foster understanding and cooperation between college and university administrators and its constituency.

Academic experts from across the United States and from countries such as Canada and England will join lawyers and judges to discuss curriculum and pedagogy in today’s business schools and touch on a wide range of law issues, including administrative, anti-trust, commercial, constitutional, consumer, cyber, discrimination, employment, intellectual property, international, marketing, privacy, property/real estate, regulatory and taxation. The conference will also touch on the topics of ethics, corporate governance and banking and finance.

Founded in 1924, ALSB is an association of teachers and scholars in the fields of business law, the legal environment and law-related courses outside of professional law schools. Its nearly 1,000 members teach primarily in schools of business in colleges and universities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, members come from all 50 states as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England and a number of other nations.

For more information about the 2008 ALSB national conference, contact Lacey at 562/985-5668 or e-mail her. Those interested can also find information at the organization’s Web site.