This session, Educating Law Professors about Blockchain, is intended to introduce you to the technology and terminology and to highlight some prominent and promising use cases in education, generally, and legal education in particular. And also, at a more fundamental level, to encourage you to consider the vital and essential role of technology in the classroom and curricula at every level of education. There are two basic ways that we, as educators, must be prepared for this latest technological wave of innovation. The first is to educate ourselves so that we can empower our students. The second is to understand how the technology is poised to disrupt, disintermediate and transform the education industry in some really exciting ways.
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Tonya M. Evans is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. She directs the school’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program and developed its world-class instructor pool and curriculum. She is also the former Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs.
Evans has expertise in the areas of intellectual property, new technologies (including blockchain and distributed ledger technology), entrepreneurship & innovation (including advisor to startups), entertainment law, trusts & estates, and municipal finance. She writes, speaks, and teaches primarily about the intersections of copyright and new technologies, blockchain and the law, and trusts and estates.
Professor Evans is a member of the Consensys Grants Advisory Board, Bermuda Global FinTech Advisory Board, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency, the ITU Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology, and also The Accord Project’s IP Working Group, which works to develop best practices and standardization of smart legal contracts. Professor Evans serves on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the Court of Federal Claims. She also received the inaugural Enterprise Blockchain Award in the category of Governance and Policy Leadership during the 2019 Blockchain Revolution Global Conference in Toronto.
Professor Evans is a graduate of Northwestern University (Dean’s List) and Howard University School of Law (cum laude). She also served as the Howard Law Journal editor-in-chief. She is licensed in PA, NJ, NY and DC.