Keynote Speaker: John O. McGinnis

John O. McGinnis is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also has an MA degree from Balliol College, Oxford, in philosophy and theology. Professor McGinnis clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. From 1987 to 1991, he was deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. He is the author of Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Government Through Technology (Princeton 2013) and Originalism and the Good Constitution (Harvard 2013) (with M. Rappaport). He is a past winner of the Paul Bator award given by the Federalist Society to an outstanding academic under 40. He has been listed by the United States on the roster of panelists who may be called upon to decide World Trade Organization Disputes.

Every spring since 1999, Fowler School of Law's Chapman Law Review has hosted its annual Law Review Symposium. Topics are selected to challenge participants to confront pressing legal issues from a variety of perspectives. Panelists have included distinguished scholars, judges and practitioners.

2023 Symposium: Blockchain and Beyond: The interaction between distributed ledger technology and the law.

Friday, January 27, 2023
10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


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Friday, January 27th
10:15 AM

Panel 1 - Blockchain, the Law, and the Future

George Geis, University of Virginia
Michele Neitz, University of San Francisco
Billy Abbott, O’Melveny & Meyers
Ravi Mohan, Rutan & Tucker
Kurt Eggert, Chapman University, Fowler School of Law

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

12:00 PM

Keynote Address: Public Vs. Private Digital Currencies: Current Developments and Fundamental Tensions Between Them

John O. McGinnis, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

1:15 PM

Panel 2 - Innovation Vs. Regulation of Blockchain Technology

Lan Cao, Chapman University, Fowler School of Law
Carol Goforth, University of Arkansas
Tom W. Bell, Chapman University, Fowler School of Law
Kurt Eggert, Chapman University, Fowler School of Law

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM