The Auditors Report

Eighteenth Annual
Midyear Auditing Section Conference

Dear Auditing Members,

Please make plans to attend the Eighteenth Annual Auditing Section Midyear Conference to be held in Savannah, Georgia on January 12–14, 2012. The Conference will be held at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront, located on the Historic Riverfront, and connected to River Street via the Riverwalk. Walk throughout the Historic District and enjoy beautiful squares, historic house museums, art galleries and antique shops. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the special conference rate of $139 per night inclusive of internet access, single or double. Please make your Hotel Reservations before December 12, 2011 to take advantage of this special room rate.

You can Register Online for the Early Registration price of $195 until December 12, after which the Registration price increases to $225. You will need your AAA Login ID and password to log in; if you have forgotten your Login ID and/or password, use the Password Request Form (Note that the email address you enter must be the same email address contained in your AAA member record.) If you do not receive an email message containing your login information, please contact the American Accounting Association at

The KPMG Foundation is generously sponsoring the Midyear Conference. Similar to previous years, the meeting will include two keynote plenary speakers and concurrent sessions dealing with a wide variety of contemporary topics related to audit and assurance research, practice, and education.

The Friday morning plenary session will feature an open discussion by PCAOB Board member Jay D. Hanson. Mr. Hanson's full biography is posted HERE.

The Saturday morning plenary session will feature a presentation by Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos. Mr. Markopolos' full biography is posted HERE.

This year's program will again include a pre-conference Audit Education Workshop on Thursday afternoon beginning at 1:00 PM. The purpose of this Workshop is to bring together audit educators and leaders from the accounting profession to discuss emerging issues related to audit education. This year's workshop will focus on the role of enterprise risk management and internal and external audit in effective organizational governance. New cases and teaching materials will be discussed and provided that can be used to introduce these topics in introductory audit or advanced auditing courses.There is a $40 registration charge for this Workshop and pre-registration is required. If you have questions regarding the workshop you may contact Urton Anderson (e-mail: or the Mid-Year meeting Co-Chairs (e-mail:

Thanks to the generous support of the KPMG Foundation, the 13th Annual Auditing Section Doctoral Consortium will be held on January 12, preceding the Midyear meeting. The chair of this year's Consortium is Jean Bédard. The purpose of the Consortium is to stimulate students' research by exposing them to the latest ideas from leading researchers in auditing, and by providing opportunities for networking with other Ph.D. students, established auditing researchers, and journal editors. The Consortium is open to all Ph.D. students who have an interest in auditing research. Students may be at any stage in their program. There is a limit on the total number of students who can attend the Consortium, and a maximum of four students from any one university may attend. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis via the Registration Form online. Students are advised to register early.

Make plans now to join us in Savannah next January!

Joe Brazel and Keith Jones
2012 Auditing Section Midyear Conference Co-Chairs

Scott Showalter
Auditing Section President