Block(Legal)Tech: Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Blockchain Legal Event August 9, 2018

There is an important number of blockchain-related events around the world, but how many of them are related to law and blockchain? The Chicago-Kent College of Law announced on June the 22nd, that they will be holding an event related to the legal aspects of blockchain technology.

The Block(Legal)Tech daylong event will take part on Thursday, August 9, 2018 and will feature presentations and panel discussions from different experts in the topic. Moreover, the conference will include talks and debates about the complicated issues affecting the cryptocurrency landscape.

Regulations will be also discussed during the event, including the position taken by the U.S. government and how the country and other governments are promoting distributed ledger technology. Furthermore, the meeting will also be related to how to minimize risks of crypto-litigation, the role of lawyers in the ecosystem, the evolution of smart contracts, and their impact on the legal profession.

Those who want to attend the meeting will not be charged and CLE Credit will be available. But the admission will be limited just to the first 600 ticket holders.

Professor Dan Katz commented about that:

“With our lineup of top legal minds, current and former regulators, C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and academics, we intend for this conference to be the seminal, daylong legal-themed blockchain conference.”

According to Justin Steffen, litigation partner at Jenner & Block LLP, said that the conference will serve as a one-day, advanced education on blockchain and the law and not just a basic meeting.

There are some figures already confirmed for the Block(Legal)Tech including the following:

  • Director Ken Blanco: Director of FinCEN and former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.
  • Stephen Palley: Partner at Anderson Kill and co-chair of the firm’s Blockchain and Virtual Currency Group.
  • Preston Byrne: Founder and former COO of Monax. He is also an independent consultant to the distributed ledger industry.
  • Angela Walch: Research Fellow at the Centre for Blockchain Technologies of University College London and a Professor of Law at the St. Mary.
  • Jennifer O’Rourke: President and Co-Founder of Attest, Inc. a blockchain-enabled digital identity company.
  • Peter Van Valkenburgh: Director of Research at Coin Center and Board Member at the Zcash Foundation.
  • Joshua Klayman: Md. Klayman is Of Counsel at Morrison Foerster and leads the firm’s global Blockchain and Smart Contracts Group.
  • Alan Niemerg: Had of Research and Investments at DRW Trading/Cumberland, an important OTC liquidity provider in the digital currency space.
  • Colleen Sullivan: CEO of CMT Digital Holdings LLC, a division of Capital Markets Trading Group, that focuses on emerging digital markets, assets, and ancillary technologies in the blockchain space.
  • Drew Hinkes: Mr. Hinkes is the General Counsel at Athena Blockchain, a blockchain professor at NYU’s Stern School of BUsiness.
  • John Roth: Chief Compliance Officer at
  • Kevin Batteh: Partner with Delta Strategy Group and senior advisor to several blockchain-related companies.
  • Amy Davine Kim: Global Policy Director and General Counsel at the Chamber of Digital Commerce.

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