2019 Law Review Symposium

Demystifying Cryptocurrency and Blockchain for Lawyers

Event Schedule

8:30 a.m. REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00 a.m. WELCOME ADDRESS

9:15 a.m. INTRODUCTION
Max Fang
, Adjunct Professor
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law 

9:45 a.m. PANEL 1
The Evolving Regulatory Landscape of Virtual Currencies and Blockchain Technology from the Regulatory Agencies’ Perspective

What is cryptocurrency? Currency? Commodity? Security? Ignorance is risk. Reasonable regulation of the U.S. markets ensures transparency and fairness. However, unlike traditional stocks, commodities, and fiat currency, cryptocurrencies in the past 10 years have not had a single regulator — the absence of which has led to confusion and uncertainty. This panel will discuss how different regulatory agencies have applied old regulations and developed new ones to treat and characterize cryptocurrencies. This panel will also discuss future challenges in regulating cryptocurrencies.

Moderator:
Reza Dibadj, Professor
University of San Francisco, School of Law

Panelists:
Carla Carriveau, Senior Regulatory Counsel
Circle

Grant Fondo, Partner, Securities Litigation and White Collar Defense, Chair of the Blockchain and Digital Currency Group, and Privacy
Goodwin

Stephen Lau, Assistant General Counsel
California Department of Business Oversight

Scott Walker, Attorney
Securities and Exchange Commission

Steven Walker, Attorney
Law Offices of Steven Walker, PLC

11:00 a.m. BREAK

11:15 a.m. PANEL 2
Legal Landscape of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain: Current Cases and Recent Policy Developments

A lawyer is expected to keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology. This panel will discuss how the legal community is responding to various cryptocurrency- and blockchain-related developments, including governmental regulations, taxation, initial coin offerings, and corporate governance. This panel is focused on the perspective of counsel for business entities and/or consumers. This panel will also discuss consumer concerns regarding the ownership and use of cryptocurrencies, as well as how recent regulations have shaped and will alter the legal landscape and litigation of cryptocurrencies and blockchains.

Moderator:
Nancy Wojtas
, Partner
Cooley LLP

Panelists:
Paul Blechner
, Partner
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP 

James Creech, Attorney
The Law Offices of James Creech 

Brian Klein, Partner
Baker Marquart LLP

Daniel Wheeler, Partner
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

12:30 p.m. LUNCH

1:15 p.m. BLOCKCHAIN INTRODUCTION

1:30 p.m. PANEL 3
Blockchain and Reshaping the Legal Practice Through Technological Advancements

The distributed ledger technology has the potential to disrupt and transform the legal industry from the development of smart contracts, to more secure communication, protection of client data, record keeping, and resolution of most evidentiary issues. This panel will discuss the present and future uses and application of blockchain technology, how blockchain technology can benefit the practice of law, and how it can shape the way attorneys interact, manage, and represent clients in the future.

Moderator:
Joshua de Larios-Heiman ’05
, Managing Director
Data Law

Panelist:
Lydia De La Torre

Santa Clara University 

Laura Kryzialis ’97, Attorney
Law Offices of Laura Kryzialis

Gregory LaBlanc, Lecturer in Finance, Strategy, and Law
Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Jiariu Liu, Assistant Professor of Law, Academic Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Law Programs, and Director of International Relations for LLM Programs
University of San Francisco, School of Law

2:45 p.m. BREAK

3:00 p.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Jan Lynn Owen
, Commissioner
California Department of Business Oversight

3:45 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS 

4:00 p.m. RECEPTION