Dedman Law Welcomes Professor Carla L. Reyes


SMU Dedman School of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Carla L. Reyes as an Assistant Professor of Law, joining the law school in fall 2020. 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.

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.

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.