ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting

ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting

Hyatt Regency Chicago and Virtual
Speaking Engagement

The American Bar Association (ABA) will conduct its first-ever Hybrid Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, as a unique blend of an in-person meeting and an online experience. Session topics will include voting rights, environmental justice, student speech rights, cryptocurrency law, policing in America, an annual supreme court year in review, a judicial review on emergency public health orders, federalism, diversity and advocacy. View the full CLE schedule.

On Thursday, August 5 at noon CT, WilmerHale Partner Michael Leotta will moderate the panel "Cryptocurrency Law: The Wild West or the Financing of the Future?" sponsored by the ABA's Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee. 

Cryptocurrencies continue to proliferate, with a total market value of over $2 trillion as of April 2021. Many hundreds of companies currently support the development, investment and trading in these virtual currencies. Panelists will discuss the legal and regulatory regimes—or the lack thereof—that govern this space, and whether further regulation is necessary, or even possible. The panel will touch on the ways the advent of cryptocurrency is impacting the many areas of law and will discuss whether further regulation is needed and how it might be accomplished. 

Panelists will include:

  • Michelle Bond, CEO, Association for Digital Asset Markets
  • Katherine Dowling, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Bitwise Asset Management
  • Professor Dr. David Yermack, NYU Law School

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