Carla L. Reyes

Full-time faculty

Assistant Professor of Law



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 as 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 recently named one of the Women of Legal Tech 2020, an honor bestowed by the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center.

Professor Reyes earned her J.D. magna cum laude and an L.LM. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law, holds an M.P.P. from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, and a B.A. summa cum laude from Whitworth University. 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”).  

Professor Reyes will teach Secured Transations and other courses related to law and technology at SMU Dedman School of Law.

Areas of Expertise


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


Secured Transactions
Blockchain Technology,
     Law and Policy



BUSINESS ENTERPRISES: AN EXPERIENTIAL APPROACH (casebook under contract with Carolina Academic Press, co-authored with Carliss N. Chatman (Washington & Lee))

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & LAW: MATERIALS, PROBLEMS & ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS (casebook under contract with Wolters Kluwer, co-authored with Jeff Ward (Duke))


(Un)Corporate Crypto-Governance, 88 Fordham Law Review _ (forthcoming 2020)
     • Invited for presentation at MIT’s Cryptoeconomic Systems Summit, October 5, 2019
     • Invited for presentation at Yale Information Society Project Technology & Law Speaker Series, March 6, 2019 (unsolicited invitation)
     • Featured on the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, May 7, 2019,

If Rockefeller Were a Coder, 87 George Washington Law Review 373 (2019)
     • Winning Paper, 2018 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Call for Papers Competition (winners selected through rounds of voting by a diverse faculty committee)
     • Featured on the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, Jan. 3, 2018,

Conceptualizing Cryptolaw, 96 Nebraska Law Review 601 (2017)

Distributed Governance, 59 William & Mary Law Review Online 1 (2017) (with Ben Edwards and Nizan Packin).
     • Featured on the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, Jan. 19, 2017,

Moving Beyond Bitcoin to an Endogenous Theory of Decentralized Technology Regulation: An Initial Proposal, 61 Villanova Law Review 191 (2016)

WTO Compliant Protection of Fundamental Rights: Lessons from the EU Privacy Directive, 12 Melbourne Journal of International Law (2011) (peer reviewed)



Book Chapters

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

Other Publications

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

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)



Autonomous Business Reality
     • 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)