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The Evolving Regulation of Crypto

Friday, October 28, 2022

Sponsored by the University of Arkansas School of Law and the Blockchain Center of Excellence in the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Join the Arkansas Law Review on Friday, October 28, for a fascinating and timely symposium discussing the evolving regulation of cryptoassets and transactions. With a keynote address by CFTC Commissioner Kristin Johnson, this all-day event offers an interesting overview of a complex and rapidly evolving area of law.

The symposium will include discussions and presentations by a range of nationally recognized experts, and in addition to the keynote address will also feature a Q&A session with SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce. With an introductory presentation by Dr. Mary Lacity, director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence, the symposium is designed to appeal to those with a background in crypto as well as those new to the space. It will also include a presentation by U of A law professor Carol Goforth and her co-author, Professor Yuliya Guseva of Rutgers School of Law, who jointly authored Regulation of Cryptoassets (West 2d Ed., 2022), the leading law school text on crypto regulation.

There are sessions dealing with tax implications, business alternatives (including a cutting edge look into Distributed Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) organized as cooperatives), and regulatory developments focused on cryptoassets as commodities and securities. Given that one of the crypto bills currently in Congress is jointly sponsored by Senator John Boozman, it seems especially appropriate for the Arkansas Law Review to be presenting information on this topic.

Cost & Registration

The symposium has been approved for 6.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit, and the public is invited to attend. Admission is free, but registration is requested. Lunch is provided for registered attendees.

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Symposium Speakers

Kristin N. Johnson, Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Hester M. Peirce, Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Downloadable Resources

Carol Goforth, Clayton N. Little Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law and co-author of Regulation of Cryptoassets (West 2d Ed., 2022)

Yuliya Guseva, Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School and co-author of Regulation of Cryptoassets (West 2d Ed., 2022)

Mary C. Lacity, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas

Eric D. Chason, Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School

Del Wright, Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Carla L. Reyes, Assistant Professor of Law at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Lee Reiners, Policy Director at the Duke Financial Economics Center and Lecturing Fellow at the Duke University School of Law

Jake Karlsruher, Senior Product Counsel at Grayscale Investments

James Wigginton, Senior Associate at Orrick

Spenser Stephens, Compliance Partnerships and Regulatory Initiatives Associate at Coinbase





Welcome/Opening Remarks

Speakers: Bailey Geller, Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Law Review, Dean Cynthia Nance; Austin Simmons, Symposium Editor, Arkansas Law Review; Professor Carol Goforth


Overview of Blockchain and Crypto

Dr. Mary Lacity, Blockchain Center of Excellence, Sam M. Walton College of Business


Crypto Regulation

Panel: Yuliya Guseva, Eric Chason, Del Wright




Keynote Address by CFTC Commissioner Kristin Johnson



Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees


Q & A with SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce


Current Issues in Crypto

Panel: Carla Reyes, Lee Reiners, Jake Karlsruher




Crypto Enterprises

Panel: James Wigginton, Spenser Stephens, Carol Goforth




Closing Remarks


For more information about the symposium, contact:

Austin Simmons
Symposium Editor, Arkansas Law Review