Carla L. Reyes

Full-time faculty

Assistant Professor of Law

Biography

Professor Reyes is an Assistant Professor of Law at SMU Dedman School of Law. An outstanding teacher and distinguished scholar, Professor Reyes is a nationally recognized leader on issues raised by the intersection of business law and technology. Professor Reyes was appointed the Chair of the Texas Work Group on Blockchain Matters in September 2021. The work group is charged with considering policy priorities related to blockchain technology in Texas. Professor Reyes was also named an American Bar Foundation Fellow in June 2021 and named one of the Women of Legal Tech 2020, an honor bestowed by the American Bar Association Legal Technology Resource Center.

Professor Reyes currently serves as the Research Director for the Uniform Law Commission’s Technology Committee, a member of the Digital Asset Working Group of the Joint ALI/ULC Drafting Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code and Emerging Technologies, an Expert Member of the UNIDROIT Work Group on Private Law and Digital Assets, and an Expert Member of the UNIDROIT Work Group on Best Practices for Effective Enforcement.

Prior to joining SMU Dedman School of Law, Professor Reyes served Michigan State University College of Law 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. 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 Stanford CodeX as a RegTrax Curator, MIT’s Cryptoeconomic Systems program, the University College London’s Blockchain Research Centre as a Research Associate, and the American Bar Association.

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 2022) (with Kristin N. Johnson (Emory))

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

Articles

Dataveillance in Primary Education (in progress)

Emerging Technology's Language Wars: Cryptocurrency (in progress)

Autonomous Corporate Personhood, 96 Washington Law Review (forthcoming 2021)

Creating Cryptolaw for the Uniform Commercial Code, 78 Washington & Lee Law Review (forthcoming 2021)

A Unified Theory of Code-Connected Contracts, 46 Journal of Corporate Law 981 (2021)

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)
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(Un)Corporate Crypto-Governance, 88 Fordham Law Review 1875 (2020)
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If Rockefeller Were a Coder, 87 George Washington Law Review 373 (2019)
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Conceptualizing Cryptolaw, 96 Nebraska Law Review 601 (2017)
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Distributed Governance, 59 William & Mary Law Review Online 1 (2017) (with Ben Edwards and Nizan Packin)
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Moving Beyond Bitcoin to an Endogenous Theory of Decentralized Technology Regulation: An Initial Proposal, 61 Villanova Law Review 191 (2016)
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WTO Compliant Protection of Fundamental Rights: Lessons from the EU Privacy Directive, 12 Melbourne Journal of International Law (2011) (peer reviewed)
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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

"Exploring the implications of Artificial Intelligence," an introduction co-authored with Kristin N. Johnson (Emory) to "Assessing the Promises and Perils of Artificial Intelligence," a special issue of the Journal of International and Comparative Law (forthcoming 2021) (co-editor and co-organizer of volume with Kristin N. Johnson (Emory)).

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

 

 

 

Presentations

Dataveillance in Primary Education
Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Florida (July 2021).

Computable LLC's for Regular People
MIT Digital Currency Initiative Meeting (Sept. 29, 2021).
Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Florida (July 2021).

Autonomous Commercial Transactions
National Business Law Scholars Conference (June 2021).

Creating Cryptolaw for the Uniform Commercial Code
ComplianceNet 2021 (June 2021).
DLGA Mult-State Meeting (Apr. 2021).
Junior Scholars Workshop (Mar. 2021).
Stanford CodeX (Jan. 2021) (unsolicited invitation).
Discussed during testimony before the Wyoming State Legislature's Select Committee on FinTech and Blockchain Technology (Nov. 2020).
Section on Commercial Law, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (January 2020) (unsolicited invited speaker).
Legal Tech Live Episode 75 (Feb. 2020) (with Lexon's Henning Diedrich).
Block (Legal) Tech, Chicago Kent University College of Law (Oct. 2019) (with Lexon's Henning Diedrich).

Autonomous Corporate Personhood
Business Law Colloquium, Texas A&M Law School (Sept. 2021).
Michigan Junior Scholars Conference, University of Michigan School of Law (Apr. 2021) (with Professor Nicholson Price (Michigan) as Senior Commenter).
ChicagoLand Junior Scholars Works-in-Progress Workshop, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (Sept. 2019) (with Prof. Cary Martin Shelby (Washington & Lee) as Senior Commenter).
Business Law Works-in-Progress Roundtable, University of Houston Law Center (Mar. 2019) (by unsolicited invitation only) (with Prof. Margaret Blair as Senior Commenter).
Internet Law Works-in-Progress Panel, Santa Clara University School of Law (Mar. 2019).
New Voices in Business Law Works-in-Progress Panel, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (Jan. 2019) (Selected via a competitive selection process).

Autonomous Business Reality
Section on Agency, Partnership, LLC's & Unincorporated Associations, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (Jan. 2020)(unsolicited invited speaker).
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).

A Unified Theory of Code-Connected Contracts
Journal of Corporation Law 2020 Symposium (Nov. 2020).
(Im)Perfect Enforcement Conference, Information Society Project Spring Conference, Yale Law School (Apr. 2019).
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Blockchain Workshop (Nov. 2018).

Smart Governance of Smart Tokens 
Securities Regulation Section 2020 AALS 2020 Works in Progress Session (selected via competitive call for papers process).

Emerging Technology as Pedagogy
Bellet Chair Symposium: Technological Innovations in Legal Practice and Legal Education, Fordham University School of Law (June 2019) (by unsolicited invitation only).

Emerging Technology's Language Wars 
Max Plank Institute's Conference on Blockchain Technology, Luxembourg (November 2019) (unsolicited invitation).

(Un)Corporate Crypto-Governance
MIT Cryptoeconomics Field Building Summit, MIT (Oct. 2019).
Information Society Project Technology & Law Speaker Series, Yale Law School (Mar. 2019).
Chicago-Land Junior Scholars Conference, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (Sept. 2018).
Blockchain Technology Roundtable, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (July 2018).
National Business Law Scholars Conference, University of Georgia School of Law (June 2018).
Governance of Emerging Technologies Conference, Arizona State University (May 2018).
Internet Works-In-Progress Workshop, New York Law School (Mar. 2018).
First Annual Blockchain Works in Progress Conference, Cardozo Law School (Jan. 2018).

If Rockefeller Were a Coder
Annual Corporate Law Symposium: The Business Uses of Trusts, University of Cincinnati Law School (Mar. 2019) (unsolicited invited speaker).
Joint Session of the Sections on Trusts & Estates and Business Associations, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (Jan. 2019) (Selected for presentation via a competitive selection process).
Call for Papers Winners Luncheon, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (July 2018).
National Business Law Scholars Conference, University of Utah School of Law (June 2017). 

Conceptualizing Cryptolaw
Fifth Annual Conference on the Governance of Emerging Technologies, Arizona State University (May 2017).
Internet Law Works-In-Progress Workshop, Santa Clara University School of Law (Mar. 2017).
National Business Law Scholars Conference, University of Chicago School of Law (June 2016).

OTHER RECENT PRESENTATIONS 

Issues in Enforcement Against Digital Asset Collateral, Presenter, UNIDROIT Working Group on Best Practice for Effective Enforcement (Oct. 20, 2021).
On All Things Blockchain, Presenter, ABA Senior Law Division International Committee (Oct. 20, 2021).
Digital Assets and the Digital Economy: Questions of Scope and Sales, Presenter, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting (Sept. 24, 2021).
Dude, Where’s My Bitcoin?,Panelist, Florida Bar Association Business Law Section UCC      Bankruptcy Committee CLE (Sept. 4, 2021).
Computable Contracts, Panelist, Stanford CodeX FutureLaw 2021 (Apr. 8, 2021).
Blockchain and Commercial Law, Speaker, Dallas Bar Association Blockchain Study Group (Aug. 11, 2021).
Blockchain Update: DAOs, Panelist, SMU Cox Caruth Blockchain Summit Webinar (July 15, 2021).
Securities Backed by Digital Assets, Speaker, Digital Twins Workship, UNIDROIT Working Group on Digital Assets and Private Law (May 31, 2021).
The UCC and Emerging Technology: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace, Panelist, American Bar Association Virtual Annual Meeting (Sept. 2020).
Ownership of AI Thinking: Accountability, Transparency and Ethics, Moderator, American Bar Association Virtual Annual Meeting (Sept. 2020).
Emerging Legal Issues and Blockchain, Discussant, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual  Meeting (Aug. 2020).
Blockchain and the Law, Michigan ICLE 31st Annual Business Law Institute (Oct. 2019).
Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency: What Commercial Lawyers Need to Know, American College of Commercial and Financial Lawyers 2019 Advanced Seminar (Sept. 2019).
A Primer on Cryptocurrency, Blockchain Technology and Distributed Ledger Technology, a Webinar for the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on Revisions to the Uniform Commercial Code in Light of Emerging Technologies (Sept. 2019).
Initial Coin Offerings and Securities Laws, Security Regulation Section Panel, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (Jan. 2019) (invited speaker).
Blockchain Governance and Blockchain for Social Good, United Nations Internet Governance Forum      (Nov. 2018).
Blockchain and Law, John Marshall School of Law Braun Symposium (Nov. 2018).
Initial Coin Offerings and Securities Laws, PIABA Annual Meeting (Oct. 2018).
Panels on Blockchain & Smart Contracts, Artificial Intelligence Basics, and Artificial Intelligence and Bias, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting (Sept. 2018).
Cryptolaw and Disruptive Regulation, Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium: Blockchain and the Crypto-Economy, University of St. Thomas School of Law (Spring 2018).
Smart Contracts, Cleveland State Law Review Symposium: Blockchain Law & Technology, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law (Spring 2018).
The Danger of Suppressing Innovation, Policy Principles for a New Paradigm in Financial Services, Harvard Law School (Spring 2018).
Legal and Regulatory Issues in Blockchain Technology, COALA Blockchain Workshops, Strathmore Business School, Nairobi, Kenya (Dec. 2016).
Intellectual Property and Blockchain Technology, COALA Blockchain Workshops, Strathmore Business School, Nairobi, Kenya (Dec. 2016).
Dynamic Coalition on Blockchain Technologies, United Nations Internet Governance Forum,  Zapopan, Mexico (Nov. 2016).
Main Session on IGF Dynamic Coalitions, United Nations Internet Governance Forum, Zapopan,    Mexico, (Nov. 2016).
Main Session on Human Rights: Broadening the Conversation, United Nations Internet Governance Forum, Zapopan, Mexico (Nov. 2016).

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)