Oranburg to moderate panel on blockchain and its implications on law

Seth OranburgTechnology is ever-changing. Its influences are felt worldwide, and it has taken hold of most facets of life. The digital ledger originally developed for cryptocurrency-blockchain-now impacts a host of legal constructs, such as contract law, secured transactions, financial regulations, and trusts and estates. This dynamic topic will be discussed as the NYU Journal of Law & Business and The Classical Liberal Institute present "The Impact of Blockchain on the Practice of Law" on March 25, at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Seth Oranburg, assistant professor of law, will moderate the panel. "I'm looking forward to moderating this event because blockchain is proving to be relevant to many areas of the law, not just cryptocurrency, and it's exciting to help lawyers know what's coming soon in tech and how to deal with innovation that will disrupt legal practice," he said.

In addition to moderating, Oranburg will present "Blockchain Basics." Other panelists will include Carly Howard, CEH Consulting; professor Heather Hughes, American University; professor Angela Walch, St. Mary's University; and Zach Smolinski from Smolinski Rosario Law. The speakers at the event will discuss decentralized finance, estate planning, software governance, smart contracts, and secured transactions.

Oranburg, editor of the upcoming practice manual "Blockchain Law," first became interested in blockchain when he learned about bitcoin in 2015. "Even then I saw how this digital ledger technology could radically change how transactions work. Smart contracts in particular fascinated me, since I'm a contract law professor, and these smart contracts essentially obviate the need for lawyers and courts. Lawyers and legal educators need to get ahead of these changes if our profession is to remain relevant," he said.

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