Sessions Information

  • January 5, 2017
    1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
    Session Type: Section Call for Papers
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    Room: Continental Ballroom 3
    Floor: Ballroom Level
    Startups and entrepreneurs have long played an important role in the U.S. economy.  From Henry Ford to Mark Zuckerberg, entrepreneurs have revolutionized the ways in which their customers receive products and services. As Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, has explained, “There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.”  That philosophy continues today as entrepreneurs disrupt markets and challenge business and legal norms. Traditional notions of the firm, fiduciary duties, contractual bargains, and optimal capital structures may not aptly fit entrepreneurial approaches. Indeed, entrepreneurs’ business models, financing needs, and operational objectives require lawyers and scholars to rethink governance, capital structures, and regulatory schemes that may limit or impede further innovation, both nationally and transnationally.  This program will examine the current and potential role of business, contract, and related laws on entrepreneurs and their business ventures. We hope to create a robust conversation that maps the past and future of legal theory and doctrine related to entrepreneurship—defining that concept broadly in terms of industry and size. Legal entrepreneurs also fit this model as they introduce contractual innovations and disrupt the field of business law itself. Taking a cue from entrepreneurs, the program welcomes all ideas, including those that may disrupt conventional norms.

    The section on Business Associations held a virtual business meeting in advance of the Annual Meeting.
Session Speakers
University of San Diego School of Law
Speaker from a Call for Papers

University of Washington School of Law
Speaker from a Call for Papers

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Google, Inc.

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Speaker from a Call for Papers

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School

Osgoode Hall Law School York University

Session Fees
  • [5210] Business Associations and Comparative Law Joint Program, Co-Sponsored by Agency, Partnership, LLCs and Unincorporated Associations, and Labor Relations and Employment Law: $0.00