Carla L. Reyes

Carla L. Reyes
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Assistant Professor of Law & Director of Center for Law, Technology & Innovation
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 327
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Carla L. Reyes joined the Michigan State University College of Law as an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Technology & Innovation in 2018. She teaches Business Enterprises, Technology Transactions, Artificial Intelligence & the Law, and Blockchain Law & Policy. Recognized for her leadership in the issues raised by the intersection of business law and technology, Professor Reyes also currently serves as the Research Director for the Uniform Law Commission’s Technology Committee, and as a 2019-2020 Faculty Fellow at the Michigan State University Hub for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

    A former Fulbright Scholar, her current research focuses on the intersection of blockchain technology and the law, theorizing about the technology from a commercial and corporate law perspective. Professor Reyes enjoyed the privilege of pursuing 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”).

    Prior to joining the Law College faculty, Professor Reyes taught business and commercial law courses at Stetson University College of Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law from 2016-2018. Professor Reyes’ scholarship and teaching draws on her experience as a technology transactions attorney. Prior to law teaching, Professor Reyes practiced law as an associate in the Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency industry group at Perkins Coie LLP. Professor Reyes earned her JD magna cum laude and an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law, and holds an MPP from the Duke University Sanford school of Public Policy.

  • Degrees

    J.D. 2009 magna cum laude, Duke University; LL.M. 2009, Duke University; M.P.P. 2009, Duke University; B.A. summa cum laude 2004, Whitworth University

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses

    Artificial Intelligence & Law
    Artificial Intelligence is experiencing a “golden age” of rapid development. As the use of AI increases, people and computers are knowingly and unknowingly interacting in new ways. Lawyers are confronting computer issues in every practice area. Smart contracts. Autonomous vehicles. Creation and ownership of property. Robot policing and warfare. Interconnected products. Autonomous devices. AI requires updated and new regulations, new ways of practicing, and an understanding of how laws and code interact as a new regulatory system within society. This class will look at how computers are affecting the law and what lawyers should know to provide legal services in this hybrid world.

    Blockchain Technology, Law and Policy
    Blockchains—decentralized databases that are maintained by a distributed network of computers—present manifold challenges and opportunities, including unprecedented potential to disrupt financial systems, to support civic participation and democratize access to resources, and even to change what we understand “law” to be. As this set of technologies rapidly emerges, we must consider the extent to which we allow regulation and government intervention, balancing the maintenance of social norms against the need to let a nascent technology innovate. This course aims to help each of us unpack the various legal and regulatory levers potentially applicable to these technologies and to consider the design trade-offs inherent in adopting them as part of policy-making and governance.

    Business Enterprises
    This course deals with issues relating to common forms of business organization, including corporations, limited liability companies and closely held corporations. The four credit version of Business Enterprises also includes an introduction to mergers and acquisitions.

    Technology Transactions Skills
    This course introduces students to the core laws that affecting technology transactions and the way transactions are structured, documented and completed in contemporary transactional legal practice. The course will teach students the rudimentary skills of transactional drafting, including such skills as identifying the objectives or purposes of any given document, drafting to accomplish those objectives or purposes, and negotiating and collaborating to arrive at a final document acceptable to all parties involved in the transaction. Student will learn to analyze, revise and draft contracts in light of the unique substantive legal environment applicable to both consumer-to-business and business-to-business technology transactions.

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  • Publications

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    Selected Law Review Articles

    (Un)Corporate Crypto-Governance, 88 Fordham L. Rev. _ (forthcoming 2020) 

    If Rockefeller Were a Coder, 87 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 373 (2019)

    Conceptualizing Cryptolaw, 96 Neb. L. Rev. 601 (2017)

    Distributed Governance, 59 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. Online 1 (2017)

    Moving Beyond Bitcoin to an Endogenous Theory of Decentralized Technology Regulation: An Initial Proposal, 61 Vill. L. Rev. 191 (2016)

    Other Publications and Writings

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

    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 Admin. & Reg. L. News 9 (Summer 2017).

    Legal Aspects of Smart Contract Applications, Perkins Coie LLP Whitepaper (May 2017) (with J. Dax Hansen).