The Emerging Blockchain and the Law

Contrary to popular representation in the media, blockchain technology is suitable for a great many applications unrelated to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.  The decentralized, tamper-resistant nature of the technology has the potential to ensure the integrity of transactions among parties that do not know, and have no basis to trust each other, and removes the need for any central authority to mediate interactions.  Enthusiasts have proposed a seemingly endless set of uses for blockchain technology: creating self-executing contracts, managing the supply chain, maintaining digital identities, trading in energy markets, decentralizing democracy, managing healthcare, delivering financial services, recording corporate filings, among much more.

The adoption of blockchain technology, like that of the internet and other digital technologies that preceded it, is creating a host of new legal issues. This symposium will explore the following three issues. First, “smart contracting.” What issues are created when contracts are enforced automatically by technology rather than by a contracting party’s invocation of the coercive power of courts? Second: use of blockchain technology by local governments. Third: use by business organizations in applications such as controlling the supply chain and decentralizing management of the corporation itself

Opening remarks will be at 8:45 a.m. by Madeline Leamon, Editor-in-Chief of Wayne Law Review.

At 8:55 a.m. Nathan Dragun, founder of VectorRock, will tee-up the numerous topics related Technology of Blockchain.

Gordon Peery, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, will moderate an panel discussion related to blockchain and smart contracts at 9:15 a.m. Panelists will be:

  • Tonya M. Evans, Professor of Law and Chair of IP and Technology Online Programs, University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Carla L. Reyes, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Legal RnD, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Aaron Wright, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Founder/Director of Tech Startup Clinic, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

John Rothchild, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School, will moderate a panel discussion showcasing how blockchain will impact local government and what eventual blockchain regulation might look like at 10:45 a.m. Panelists will be:

The afternoon session will start with a 12:30 p.m. welcome back from Wayne State University Law School Dean Richard A. Bierschbach

At 12:35, John Rothchild, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School, will introduce the event’s Key Note Speaker; Sarah Jane Hughes, University Scholar and Fellow in Commercial Law, Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law

Anne Choike, Assistant Professor of Law (Clinical) and Director of Business and Community Law Clinic, Wayne State University Law School, will moderate a Organizational Law panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. Panelists will be:

Closing remarks will be given by Symposium Editor, Lauren Madison, at 2:45 p.m.

The day will include a continental breakfast, lunch and an evening cocktail and networking reception. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. Register at by February 15.

The event is made possible through the support of the Cohn Family Endowed Fund.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Lauren Madison, Symposium Editor, at

We look forward to seeing you on February 22!

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A Wave of Change: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Michigan’s Constitution and the Evolution of State Constitutionalism

Just a friendly reminder to mark your calendars for Friday October 11, 2013, for the Wayne Law Review Symposium – A Wave of Change: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Michigan’s Constitution and the Evolution of State Constitutionalism, made possible through the support of the Cohn Family Endowed Fund. The event will be held from 8am-5pm at Wayne Law. Click here to RSVP!

56 Wayne L. Rev. 4

Promoting Urban Agriculture an an Alternative Land Use For Vacant Properties in the City of Detroit: Benefits, Problems and Proposals for a Regulatory Framework for Successful Land Use Integration
56 Wayne L. Rev. 1521
John E. Mogk, Sarah Kwiatkowski & Mary J. Weindorf

Syllogisms, Enthymemes and Fallacies: Mastering Secured Transactions Through Deductive Reasoning
56 Wayne L. Rev. 1581
Timothy R. Zinnecker

Grating Race-Conscious Student Assignment Plans in the Cauldron of Parents Involved v. Seattle School District
56 Wayne L. Rev. 1655
Joseph O. Oluwole & Preston C. Green III

The Paradox of Insurance Coverage for Vandalism but Not Theft
56 Wayne L. Rev. 1747
Morley Witus

Understanding the Overrulings: A Response to Robert Sedler
56 Wayne L. Rev. 1761
Trent B. Collier & Phillip J. DeRosier

Charges and International Extradition
56 Wayne L. Rev. 1813
Roberto Iraola

Cost-Shifting in E-Discovery: Reexamining Zubulake and 28 U.S.C. § 1920
56 Wayne L. Rev. 1825
Andrew Mast

Recuse Me? Caperton, Campaign Spending and Disqualification of Judges in Michigan
56 Wayne L. Rev. 1851
Louie Meizlish

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Options For An Independent Judiciary In Michigan – 56 Wayne Law Rev. 2

56 Wayne L. Rev.  Sandra Day O’Connor
Two Cheers For The Appointment System
56 Wayne L. Rev.  John B. Wefing
Why Merit Selection Of State Court Judges Lacks Merit
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Matthew Schneider
The Selection Of Judges In Michigan: The Constitutional Perspective
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Robert A. Sedler
Change From On High? The Possible Implications of Caperton and Citizens United For State Judicial Selection Reform
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Aman Mcleod
Selection System, Diversity And The Michigan Supreme Court
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Mark S. Hurwitz
Public Confidence And Judicial Campaigns
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Michael R. Dimino
Judicial Selection: A View From Outside
56 Wayne L. Rev.  John V. Orth
The Voters’ Views On Judicial Merit Selection
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Seth S. Andersen
Michigan: A Model Of Recusal Reform
56 Wayne L. Rev.  James Sample
Contemporary Supreme Court Campaigns Undermine Public Trust In Courts
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Rich Robinson
The North Carolina Experience
56 Wayne L. Rev. Jesse Rutledge
Judicial Performance Evaluation
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Rebecca Kourlis
The Indian Experience
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Daryl Yost
Your Account Balance Is Due-Pay Up Or Get Out: Streamlining The Eviction Process In Michigan
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Mary Weindorf
The Lisbon Treaty And EU Treaty-Making Power: The Next Evolutionary Step And Its Effect On Member States And Third-Party Nations
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Richard Merpi
The Breakdown Of A System: The Consequences Of Permitting Dangerous Illegal Juvenile Aliens To Reside In Your Community
56 Wayne L. Rev.  Shannon M. Ray
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Family Law


Annual Survey of Michigan Law 2010 – 56 Wayne L. Rev. 1

56 Wayne L. Rev. 1 Sarah M. Kwatkworski
The Impact of Heidi’s Law on Alcohol-Related Driving Offenses and Other Recent Developments in Michigan Criminal Law
56 Wayne L. Rev. 3 Stacey M. Studnicki, John P. Apol
Administrative Law
56 Wayne L. Rev. 73 John M. Dempsey
Alternative Dispute Resolution
56 Wayne L. Rev. 85 Mary A. Bedikian
Business Associations
56 Wayne L. Rev. 131 Michael K. Molitor
Civil Procedure
56 Wayne L. Rev. 151 Tricia L. Roelofs
Contract and Commercial Law
56 Wayne L. Rev. 171 Kevin Scott
Employment and Labor Law
56 Wayne L. Rev. 189 Patricia Nemeth, Deborah Brouwer
56 Wayne L. Rev. 307 M. Bryan Schneider
Family Law
56 Wayne L. Rev. 389 Karen S. Sendelbach
Government Law
56 Wayne L. Rev. 407 Patricia Paruch
Health Law
56 Wayne L. Rev. 435 Bettye S. Elkins
Insurance Law
56 Wayne L. Rev. 455 James T. Mellon, David R. Dyki, David A. Kowalski
Professional Responsibility
56 Wayne L. Rev. 507 Robert E. Murkowsi
56 Wayne L. Rev. 521 Lynn Gandhi
56 Wayne L. Rev. 539 Ronald Weiner
Workers’ Disability Compensation
56 Wayne L. Rev. 551 Martin L. Critchell
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