CALSB and PNALSB Distinguished Paper Awards  2017 -

There will be two distinguished paper awards at the 2017 CALSB – PNALSB Conference: (1) CALSB Distinguished Paper Award and (2) PNALSB Distinguished Paper Award. 

(1) Requirements:
Paper must be selected by CALSB - PNALSB for presentation at the conference
Author agrees to have paper considered for the award
Paper must be submitted to by no later than 11:59 pm (PDT) April 10th, 2017  (paper will be automatically considered for both awards but may only win one award)
Paper must be submitted in either MS Word or PDF format
Paper must NOT be published or already accepted for publication
Papers must be edited to remove anything that might identify the author or the author’s institutional affiliation(s) (including passages that refer to the author’s own prior work and subsequently referred to in a citation)
Papers must conform to a well-accepted system of citation within the discipline  - examples:

  • Footnote based styles
    • Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation 8th edition – also known as the “McGill Guide”,
    •   The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation 20th edition
  • Non-footnote based styles
    • APA - American Psychological Association style
    • MLA style – Modern Language Association of America style
    • Chicago Manual of Style

(2) Evaluation guidelines

Papers will generally be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Topic selection- interest and currency, societal significance, relevance to both law and business. In the case of the CALSB Distinguished Paper Award, the paper’s relevance or potential applicability to Canadian context will also be considered.
Research and Scholarship– advancement of scholarship – particularly addressing significant gaps in literature,  original and creative insight, strength of research – including use of primary and secondary sources, integration of legal principles / law within a business-related topic, quality of referencing (example: use of footnotes, explanatory notes etc.)
Analysis and Writing – coherency and logic of argument advanced, persuasiveness of position taken – including use of supporting points for primary argument, addressing contrary or alternative perspectives, effective use of headings and sub-headings, consistent formatting according to reference style, grammar and spelling.

(3) Selection:

Papers will be evaluated by an anonymous panel of judges.  The winner of the “Distinguished Paper Award” will be determined by the panel of judges in their sole and absolute discretion.  The panel of judges will not be providing any feedback or commentary to the authors. The award winning papers will be announced at the 2017 Joint CALSB – PNALSB conference in Vancouver. 

​Paper Submissions for 2017 Conference

If you wish to present a paper at the conference an abstract and titleonly must be received no later than 11:59 pm PDT April 1, 2017.   

If your paper has been accepted, and you wish your paper to be considered for either of the Distinguished Paper Awards, you must email your completed anonymized paper in PDF form no later than 11:59 pm PDT on April 10, 2017.    

If you wish your paper to be circulated among attendees, it must be e-mailed any time after April 12, 2017 but no later than 11:59 pm April 25, 2017.   For conference presentation purposes, other than those being considered for the Distinguished Paper Awards, draft versions of papers (but not rough notes) are acceptable.

All abstracts and papers, for all purposes, should be e-mailed to

Please review the following for  more details about the parameters for the Distinguished Paper awards.

Paper Submissions