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May 11, 2018

1st Annual Innovation & Technology Law Symposium - Blockchain and FinTech: Innovation and Regulation

8:00 a.m.  -  5:45 p.m.

6.25 Law and Legal CLE Credits

This unique program, oriented for both the novice and the expert, brings together innovators and technologists, lawyers, and regulators to address the opportunities and regulatory challenges in financial innovation.
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The 1st Annual Innovation & Technology Law CLE, "Blockchain and FinTech: Innovation and Regulation," brings together innovators and technologists, lawyers, and regulators to address the opportunities and regulatory challenges in financial innovation.

Discussion-centered panels will supply an overview of the current state and future of blockchain technology, oriented for both the novice and the expert. Other topics include:

  • Blockchain applications within and beyond financial services
  • Considerations in advancing blockchain cybersecurity.
  • How regulators can avoid stifling innovation while preventing fraud and protecting the public.
  • Emerging payment systems in the regulatory "sandbox"


Agenda and speakers subject to change

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

8:30-8:35 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks


Annette Clark, Dean, Seattle University School of Law

8:35 - 8:45 a.m.

Overview of Themes, Tensions, and Opportunities


Professor Steven Bender, Program Chair, Associate Dean for Planning & Strategic Initiatives, Seattle University School of Law

8:45-10:20 a.m.

Session 1 - The Current State and Future of Blockchain Technology


Ryan Straus, President, P19 Labs; Attorney, Fenwick & West, LLP; Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law


Greg Gilman, Science Inc

Kate Mitselmakher, Bioccelerate

Tim Swanson, Director of Research, Post Oak Labs

Collette Taylor, President & CEO, Russell Investments Trust Company

Nikhil Jain, CEO and Co-founder, Oben Inc.

Sonali Perera, Crypto and Blockchain Speaker at Crypto LifeStyle

10:20-10:35 a.m.


10:35 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Session 2 - Applications of Blockchain Technology


Evan Jensen, Counsel, RChain Cooperative


Dax Hansen, Perkins Coie LLP

Nikhil Jain, CEO and Co-founder, Oben Inc.

Joseph M. Vincent, Dir. of Regulatory & Legal Affairs, Wash. Dept. of Fin. Institutions; Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Session 3 - Advancing Blockchain Cybersecurity: Technical and Policy Considerations for the Financial Services Industry


Steve Tapia, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Seattle University School of Law


Erin English, Microsoft

Derek Harris, Microsoft

12:30-12:45 p.m.

Luncheon - Pick up Box Lunches

12:45-1:30 p.m.

Lunch Networking

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Session 4 - Opportunity & Challenge: Regulatory Issues in Blockchain Technology


Joseph M. Vincent, Dir. of Regulatory & Legal Affairs, Wash. Dept. of Fin. Institutions; Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law


Charles Clark, Deputy Director, Wash. Dept. of Fin. Institutions

Joseph Cutler, Perkins Coie LLP

David C. Silver, Silver Miller, Washington, DC

Paul Swegle, General Counsel for Observa, SHOP CO-OP, Newyu, Breathometer and XeePay

Dr. Joseph Williams, Director of Economic Development for the ICT Sector, Washington Department of Commerce

3:00-3:15 p.m.


3:15-4:55 p.m.

Session 5 - The Innovation Regulatory Sandbox: Emerging Payment Systems


Joseph M. Vincent, Dir. of Regulatory & Legal Affairs, Wash. Dept. of Fin. Institutions; Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law


Lucinda Fazio, Chief of Regulation, Div. of Consumer Services, Wash. Dept. of Fin. Institutions

Aaron Gregory, General Counsel, Remitly

Youssef Sneifer, President, Microsoft Payment, Inc.

4:55-5:45 p.m.

Reception sponsored by Fenwick and West LLP


Steven Bender

Associate Dean Steven Bender is a national academic leader on immigration and real estate law. He taught previously at the University of Oregon for 20 years where he served as the James and Ilene Hershner Professor of Law, Director of Portland Programs, Director of the Green Business Initiative, and Co-Director of the Law and Entrepreneurship Center. His research interests coincide with his classroom teaching, which encompasses subjects such as Immersion Course: Lawyering for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Associations, Property, Real Estate Transactions, UCC Secured Transactions, Contracts, and Latina/os and the Law. Associate Dean Bender is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.


Charles E. Clark

Charlie Clark was appointed Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) on March 20, 2017. He also continues to serve as Director of the Division of Consumer Services within DFI, having been appointed to that role on January 1, 2015. As Director of Consumer Services, he oversees the regulation of residential mortgage lenders and servicers, mortgage brokers, escrow agents, consumer finance companies, payday lenders, and money transmitters. Charlie previously served as the Program Manager of the Division's Enforcement Unit since 2012. Prior to joining the DFI, Charlie represented the DFI as its lead litigation counsel as an Assistant Attorney General from 2005 through 2011. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, he worked as an attorney in private practice. Charlie currently sits on the Board of Directors and serves as Vice President of the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting and an M.B.A. from California State University, Sacramento. He received a J.D. degree in 1997 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Joseph Cutler

Erin English

Lucinda Fazio

Greg Gilman

Greg is co-founder and general counsel of Science Inc, founder of Science Blockchain, and a Managing Director of the $75 million Science Ventures Fund. He was a member of the board of directors of HelloSociety, FameBit, and PlayHaven until each was acquired (by The New York Times Co, Google, and RockYou, respectively) and currently sits on the board of Mammoth Media.

He is the Executive Chairman of RxVantage, and previously served as a Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he designed and taught courses in intellectual property law and licensing. He also held FINRA (then NASD) Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. He received his B.A from Tufts University and his J.D. from the University of Southern California.

Aaron Gregory

Dax Hansen

Nikhil Jain

Nikhil Jain is the co-founder and CEO of ObEN, an artificial intelligence company developing Personal Artificial Intelligence (PAI), a 3D intelligent avatar that looks, talks and behaves uniquely like its human counterpart. ObEN is an early adopter of Project PAI, a fully decentralized blockchain based network designed to give people trackable ownership and management rights to their PAI. Prior to ObEN, Nikhil cofounded technology companies OnGreen and Up and Running Software. Nikhil has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pondicherry University.

Evan Jensen

Aaron Kleiner

Kate Mitselmakher

Kate Mitselmakher is the CEO, Founder & General Partner of Bloccelerate VC, a venture fund and an accelerator focused on emerging blockchain companies. Kate has not only been one of the early investors in cryptocurrencies who has seen a 100x return since 2013, but also a passionate blockchain advocate for the enterprise applications across Fortune 500 companies. During her time with world's largest technology research firm, Gartner, Kate has supported top CIOs of global public and private enterprises across full spectrum of their technology strategy & implementation. In the past three years, as a part of Gartner Invest group, Kate has advised numerous venture-based companies and accelerators, such as Alchemist Accelerator. She also worked alongside some of the top investors in Silicon Valley, thereby creating a strong network of top entrepreneurs, VCs, and technology buyers. During her free time, Kate also runs Seattle-based Crypto-Miners Meet-ups, and completes her Master's thesis on Blockchain from Harvard University.

Sonali Perera

Sonali Giovino Perera has been involved in the crypto space for the last year and has been working full time with crypto and blockchain technology for the past 6 months. She is an active investors, trader, seller and public speaker. She speaks weekly in Vancouver in front of groups of people who are all interested in learning about crypto. She teaches live workshops on crypto fundamentals, blockchain technology, trading, alt coins, ICO's, mining, chart analysis and much more.

Prior to this Sonali was the founder of a company called Service Angels Global, which is a Digital Marketing Company. She is also the Founder of Inner Power Events, which produces personal development events designed to inspire people to take actions towards their dreams and bringing innovative visions to life.

David C. Silver

Youssef Sneifer

Ryan Straus

Tim Swanson

Paul Swegle

Steve Tapia

Steve Tapia has practiced entertainment, media and intellectual property law for over 30 years.

As in-house counsel for DIRECTV Sports Networks, he was the primary contract negotiator and rights manager for sports programming and distribution partnerships with the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, Big Sky Conference, Mountain West Conference and many other teams and conferences. Before joining DIRECTV, he was a Senior Attorney in Microsoft's Law and Corporate Affairs department. His assignments included leading Microsoft's Copyright And Trade Secret Practice Group, and advising on Microsoft's open source licensing strategies and policies. He also was the primary counsel for MSN, MSNBC, Slate, and Microsoft's corporate marketing and advertising operations. In addition to legal positions, he also led Microsoft's business development teams for ebooks and entertainment. Prior to joining Microsoft, Professor Tapia was in-house counsel for HBO (specializing in motion picture and television production) and also KCET (Los Angeles' PBS station). He began his legal career as an intellectual property and media law litigator at Loeb and Loeb, Los Angeles. He frequently speaks on copyright law, social networking, online advertising issues, media law, first amendment issues and digital downloads of entertainment content.

He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Districts Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the California State Bar. He is a former President of the Yale Club of Southern California. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2009, Interim Music Director of Faith Lutheran Church (Redmond, WA) and is a professional musician.

Collette Taylor

Joseph M. Vincent

Joseph M. Vincent is Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs for the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, where he has taught Financial Institutions Law & Policy and co-taught Introduction to Financial Technology Law. Joe has had nearly four decades of experience in banking and financial services regulation, consumer protection, corporate governance matters, real estate and mortgage lending, land development and construction law, information technology, litigation and litigation management. This has included several years as a civil litigator and trial lawyer in private practice, 11 years as corporate counsel for Washington Federal, N.A. (f/k/a, Washington Federal Savings), and 5 years as an entrepreneur with information technology firms, including running an Internet-based mortgage company and as a consultant for public key infrastructure (PKI) solutions. Joe served on the stakeholder committee in 1995 that drafted the original version of the Washington Electronic Authentic Act, and he helped develop and served on the Board of Advisers of the LLM/MLS Program in Innovation & Technology Law at Seattle University School of Law. Joe is State Law Developments Subcommittee Chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. Joe was graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received his Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Dr. Joseph Williams

A former executive with Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, Dr. Williams served as the Dean of the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University before joining the Washington Department of Commerce. His distinguished career in the tech industry, in academia and the public sector includes extensive experience working with angel investing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and customers on the business models and economics of cloud computing. He has authored three books and dozens of articles related to the ICT industry while he was a professor in the College of Business at Colorado State University in the 1990s. Dr. Williams has degrees from the University of California-Berkley, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Texas-Austin.


General Registration                $225

Seattle University Alumni       $195

Current Seattle University School of Law Students (on a space available basis) - No cost

Live webcast and in person registration options available