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Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Smart Contracts, and Blockchain for Lawyers

An Introductory Seminar

Monday December 06, 2021 | 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

This seminar is a uniquely rigorous overview of key emerging technologies impacting legal professionals. Our instructors will help participants develop a clear understanding of how and why decentralized finance, smart contracts, and blockchain are reshaping legal services for both practitioners and affiliated business professionals. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to cultivate or enhance legal and professional skillsets within this dynamic classroom setting. No prior knowledge of emerging technologies or blockchain is required.

Register today and gain practical guidance throughout this interactive CLE-accredited workshop.

This program is eligible for up to 6 CLE credits* and 6 NASBA CPE credits.

*Number may vary in accordance with state guidelines

Online registration now available.

Please be advised, registration is capped to facilitate a safe, socially distant environment for our guests.

Event Details

San Francisco, CA

$895 USD

For questions about this event, please call 1-800-308-1700 or email us at

Why You Should Attend

  • This seminar offers a unique opportunity for lawyers and contract professionals to augment their better understand “smart contracts” in professional practice
  • Attendees will gain a marked advantage over peers as experts in one of the most influential technological innovations of late
  • We offer a safe, collegial, and interactive classroom setting throughout the seminar
  • Our content is accessible to both beginners and more seasoned professionals familiar with blockchain technology

Who Should Attend

  • In-house and outside counsel
  • Contracts professionals and specialists
  • Corporate legal department and law firm technologists
  • Corporate and law firm innovation professionals

Chair(s) and Faculty

Chair(s) Faculty
David Cass
Senior Partner, Law & Forensics
Daniel Garrie
Co-Founder of Law & Forensics LLC
Bradford Newman
Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

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Event agenda

(all times local)

Monday December 06, 2021

8:00 AM PT Registration & Breakfast
8:55 AM PT Introduction
9:00 AM PT Introduction to Smart Contracts


  • Smart contracts basics
  • Smart contracts use cases
  • Smart contracts vs. traditional contracts
  • Current state of the law and regulations for smart contracts
10:00 AM PT Break
10:15 AM PT Blockchain Basics


  • Overview of blockchain technology
  • What is the blockchain?
  • Where is blockchain used today?
  • How does it work?
  • What makes it unique?
  • What is the relationship between blockchain and cryptocurrency?
  • Current state of the law and regulations for blockchain
11:15 AM PT Break
11:30 AM PT Introduction to Decentralized Finance


  • Overview of DeFi technology
  • What is DeFi?
  • Where is DeFi used today?
  • How does DeFi work?
  • What makes it unique?
  • Decentralized banking vs traditional banking
  • Future use cases of DeFi
  • Current state of the law and regulations for DeFi
12:30 PM PT Networking Luncheon
1:15 PM PT Regulations and Case Law


  • Smart contracts – statues and case law
  • Regulation of blockchain: smart contracts and cryptocurrencies
  • Case law
2:15 PM PT Break
2:30 PM PT Governance and Risk Issues


  • Risk considerations
  • Governance issues
  • Smart contract risk management
  • Blockchain risk management
3:30 PM PT Conclusion

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Please be advised, Thomson Reuters has not secured a room block for this program. Interested parties may inquire directly with the hotel about available rates.

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