BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The annual conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business may have been held virtually this year, but one constant feature remained – high honors for business law faculty at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Three professors – Nathaniel Grow, Jennifer Pacella and Abbey Stemler – were the recipients of numerous awards. Avanti Cheruvallath, a senior studying finance, marketing and professional sales, also was honored as the winner of the Student Paper Competition.
“The conference has shown why Kelley BLE is leading the discipline in every facet,” said Jamie Prenkert, associate dean of academics and the Charles M. Hewitt Professor of Business Law.
“I sat in on presentation after presentation, panel after panel featuring colleagues who were just hitting it out of the park. Without exception, I was blown away by the depth and breadth of the expertise we have in this department and the excellence that each of you exudes,” Prenkert said in a note to faculty.
Grow, associate professor of business law and ethics, was honored as one of the American Business Law Journal Outstanding Reviewers for 2020. His paper, “Free Agency for the Front Office : How Data Analytics and Non-Compete Agreements Threaten to Disrupt Competitive Balance in U.S. Professional Sports Leagues (forthcoming in American Business Law Journal),” was honored in the competition for the Holmes-Cardozo Award for Best Submitted Conference Paper as a Distinguished Paper.
It earlier was also honored as the winner of the Jackson Lewis PC Employment Law Paper Award by the ALSB’s Employment law section.
Pacella’s paper, “Whistleblowing in the Compliance Era (forthcoming in Georgia Law Review and written with two co-authors at Temple University),” won the Virginia Maurer Ethics Award from the ALSB Ethics Section, for the best ethics paper.
Stemler was honored with the ALSB Distinguished Early Career Achievement Award – considered an outstanding junior faculty award and the highest honor for faculty in the first eight years of their legal studies/business law career. The award recognizes a scholar whose career shows exceptional promise based upon their early accomplishments in research, teaching, and service.
One of her papers, “Regulation of Sharing Economy Platforms: A Multi-Country Comparative Study,” also was a finalist for the Ralph Bunche Award from the ALSB International Law Section for the best international law paper.
Stemler also has been advising Cheruvallath, who has been her research assistant since December 2018. Part of Kelley’s prestigious Investment Management Workshop, Cheruvallath’s paper, “Differences in Rigidity of Homesharing Regulatory Action as Related to Country Economic Status,” was recognized in the Individual Student Paper/Presentation category. Lecturer Angela Aneiros helped her prepare for the competition, “offering outstanding feedback and a helpful perspective,” Prenkert said.