Carla L. Reyes

Full-time faculty

Assistant Professor of Law

Biography

Professor Reyes comes to SMU Law from Michigan State University College of Law. She served as an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Technology & Innovation, and taught Business Enterprises, Technology Transactions, Artificial Intelligence & the Law, and Blockchain Law & Policy. Professor Reyes currently serves as the Research Director for the Uniform Law Commission’s Technology Committee, the co-chair (with University of Pennsylvania’s Professor Chuck Mooney) of the Digital Assets Other Than Virtual Currency sub-group of the Joint ALI/ULC Study Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code and Emerging Technologies, and was a 2019-2020 Faculty Fellow at the Michigan State University Hub for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

An outstanding teacher and distinguished scholar, Professor Reyes is a nationally recognized leader on issues raised by the intersection of business law and technology. She was named one of the Women of Legal Tech 2020, an honor bestowed by the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center.
 

Prior to teaching law, Professor Reyes practiced law as an associate in the Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency industry group at Perkins Coie LLP.

A former Fulbright Scholar, Professor Reyes had the opportunity to pursue her research as a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University from September 2017-August 2019. Professor Reyes also actively contributes to blockchain technology initiatives at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, the American Bar Association, and the Coalition of Automated Legal Applications (“COALA”).  

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Law and Technology as it relates to Blockchain Technology and Artificial Intelligence

Education

B.A., summa cum laude, Whitworth University
J.D., magna cum laude, Duke University School of Law
L.LM. in International and Comparative Law, Duke University School of Law
M.P.P., Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

Courses

Secured Transactions
Artificial Intelligence & the Law
Blockchain Law & Policy 

 

Books

BUSINESS ENTERPRISES: AN EXPERIENTIAL APPROACH (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2021) (with Carliss N. Chatman (Washington & Lee))

THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE LAW (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021) (with Kristin N. Johnson (Emory))

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & LAW: MATERIALS, PROBLEMS & ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS (casebook under contract with Wolters Kluwer) (with Kristin N. Johnson (Emory))

Articles

Autonomous Corporate Personhood:  Lessons in Limiting Artificial Rights (in progress)

Building a Crypto-Legal Structure:  A Smart-UCC Financing Statement (in progress)

Emerging Technology's Language Wars (in progress)

Smart Regulation for Smart Tokens (in progress)

Cryptocurrency as Pedagogy, subject of MSU Hub Fellowship (in progress)

Autonomous Business Reality, 21 Nevada Law Journal 437 (2021)
Full-text: SSRN | SMU Repository

Digging Into Algorithms:  Legal Ethics and Legal Access, 21 Nevada Law Journal 325 (2020) (with Jeff Ward)
Full-text: SSRN | SMU Repository

(Un)Corporate Crypto-Governance, 88 Fordham Law Review 1875 (2020)
Full-text: SSRN | SMU Repository

If Rockefeller Were a Coder, 87 George Washington Law Review 373 (2019)
Full-text: SSRN | SMU Repository

Conceptualizing Cryptolaw, 96 Nebraska Law Review 601 (2017)
Full-text: SSRN | SMU Repository

Distributed Governance, 59 William & Mary Law Review Online 1 (2017) (with Ben Edwards and Nizan Packin)
Full-text: SSRN | SMU Repository

Moving Beyond Bitcoin to an Endogenous Theory of Decentralized Technology Regulation: An Initial Proposal, 61 Villanova Law Review 191 (2016)
Full-text: SSRN | SMU Repository

WTO Compliant Protection of Fundamental Rights: Lessons from the EU Privacy Directive, 12 Melbourne Journal of International Law (2011) (peer reviewed)
Full-text: SSRN | SMU Repository

 

 

Book Chapters

Reimagining Investor Protection:  Commentary on Rewritten SEC v. Howey, in FEMINIST JUDGEMENTS:  REWRITTEN CORPORATE LAW (Kelli Alces Williams, Usha Rodrigues, Anne Choike eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021 (with Kristin Johnson (Emory))

Other Publications

More Legal Aspects of Smart Contract Applications, Perkins Coie LLP Whitepaper (May 2018) (with J. Dax Hansen & Laurie Rosini)

Regulatory Framework for Token Sales: An Overview of Relevant Laws and Regulations in Different Jurisdictions. COALA Report, in collaboration with the Blockchain Research Institute (Jan. 2018) (with P. De Filippi, B. Schuppli, N. Divisseko, X. Lavayssiere, F. Dagnino, M. Funke, F. Bierwith, A. Schiemann, N. Kaiser, J. Sheng, G. Abegg, and J. Yang)

Blockchain-Based Agencies, 42 Administrative & Regulatory Law News 9 (Summer 2017)

Legal Aspects of Smart Contract Applications, Perkins Coie LLP Whitepaper (May 2017) (with J. Dax Hansen)

Distributed Ledger Technology Will Drive Legal Innovation, in WHITEPAPER ON DISTRIBUTED LEDGER TECHNOLOGY 58 (Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Nov. 11, 2016)

 

Essays

A Unified Theory of Code-Connected Contracts, _ Journal of Corporate Law _ (forthcoming 2021)

Introduction to "The Implications of Artificial Intelligence for a Just Society," a special issue of the Journal of International and Comparative Law (forthcoming 2021)
(Served as co-editor and co-organizer of the issue, together with Kristin Johnson (Emory))

Cryptolaw for Distributed Ledger Technologies: A Jurisprudential Framework, 58 Jurimetrics Journal (2018) (peer reviewed)

 

 

 

Presentations

Autonomous Business Reality
2020 Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (unsolicited invitation)
2019 University of Houston Law Center’s Business Law Works-in-Progress Roundtable (unsolicited invitation)
2019 Southeast Association of Law Schools New Scholars Program
Corporate Law New Scholars Program, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (July 2019)
Governing Emerging Technology & Sciences Conference, Arizona State University Scholl of Law (May 2019)
Semi-Annual Business Law & Technology Roundtable, Michigan State University (Apr. 2019)

(Un)Corporate Crypto-Governance
MIT’s Cryptoeconomic Systems Summit (invited) (October 5, 2019)
Yale Information Society Project Technology & Law Speaker Series (unsolicited invitation) (March 6, 2019)

Digging Into Algorithms: Legal Ethics and Legal Access
2020 AALS Professional Responsibility Works-in-Progress workshop (after a competitive call for papers selection process)

Autonomous Corporate Personhood:  Lessons in Limiting Artificial Rights (in progress)
AALS 2019 New Voices in Business Law call for papers panel (after a competitive call for papers process)

Building a Crypto-Legal Structure:  A Smart-UCC Financing Statement (in progress)
2020 Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (unsolicited invitation)
Stanford CodeX in January 2021 (unsolicited invitation)

Emerging Technology's Language Wars (in progress)
Max Plank Institute, Luxembourg (unsolicited invitation) (November 2019) 

Smart Regulation for Smart Tokens (in progress)
2020 AALS Emerging Voice in Securities Regulation Panel (after a competitive call for papers selection process)

 

Other

Blogs:

(Un)Corporate Crypto-Governance
Featured on the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog (May 7, 2019)

If Rockefeller Were a Coder
Featured on the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog (Jan. 3, 2018) 

Distributed Governance
Featured on the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog (Jan. 19, 2017)

Awards:

If Rockefeller Were a Coder
Winning Paper, 2018 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Call for Papers Competition (winners selected through rounds of voting by a diverse faculty committee)