Jody Blanke Elected to Executive Committee of Academy of Legal Studies in Business


ATLANTA – Jordan (Jody) Blanke, professor of computer information systems and law and Ernest L. Baskin Jr. Distinguished Chair in Mercer University's Stetson School of Business and Economics, was recently elected secretary-treasurer of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB).

Blanke begins a five-year term on the ALSB Executive Committee, and will serve as vice president next year, president-elect in 2016-17, president in 2017-18 and past president in 2018-19. His fellow officers represent institutions such as the University of Florida, University of Michigan, Penn State University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Blanke, who has been a member of the Mercer faculty since 1985 and the Stetson School of Business and Economics since 1990, was elected as the ALSB's new secretary-treasurer during the Academy's 89th annual conference, Aug. 4-7 in Seattle, Washington.

“I am very honored to be elected by my friends and colleagues at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and I will try to provide the same kind of leadership exhibited by those who came before me who have made the ALSB what it is today,” Blanke said. He went on to describe the Academy as providing “a warm and supportive environment for lawyers who teach at business schools.”

Blanke's current research focuses on the areas of privacy, copyright law and the legal and ethical implications of big data. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer science and psychology and his master's degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He went on to earn his law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1980. Prior to joining the faculty at Mercer, he served as an associate in the New York-based law firm of Otterbourg, Houston, Steindler & Rosen and as a law clerk to New York Supreme Court Justice Joseph Cohen.

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

The 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. The Academy publishes two top-tier journals: the American Business Law Journal (ABLJ) and the Journal of Legal Studies Education (JLSE).

About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics

Established in 1984, Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is named for Eugene W. Stetson, a 1901 Mercer graduate and business pioneer who leveraged the first major buyout in corporate history. Over the past 80 years, Mercer has granted over 12,000 business degrees, and many of its graduates hold senior leadership positions in companies around the world. Mercer's business school delivers career-focused business education programs and develops entrepreneurial leaders and responsible global citizens. It holds accreditation from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places it among the top five percent of all top business schools worldwide. Mercer's business school has been recognized by the Princeton Review as No. 3 for “Greatest Opportunity for Women” and one of its “Best Business Schools.” In addition, it has been recognized among the “Top 15 Schools in the Nation for Marketing and Accounting.”

The School offers the following programs: Atlanta (Evening BBA, Full-Time MBA, Flexible MBA, Executive MBA and Virtual Professional MBA), Macon (Traditional BBA and Flexible MBA), Savannah (Virtual PMBA), Douglas County and Henry County (Evening BBA).

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​