So about last week … The Enterprise Blockchain Awards at #BRG2019 were magic! Big win for #UNHLawBlockchain

Honoring the foremost thinkers, leaders, and builders in enterprise blockchain technology, the Enterprise Blockchain Awards (EBA), held during the Blockchain Revolution Global 2019 Conference, unveiled the winners at a gala ceremony in downtown Toronto. Bringing together the brightest and best of the international community, the ceremony featured a special performance by award-winning musician and technologist Imogen Heap and hosted by comedians Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath.

The judges were overwhelmed with the unanticipated number of nominations. Many categories were hotly contested. In fact, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, head of the EBA judging panel, noted “we were  very happy to have received over 100 nominations from around the world.”

The Awards Panel assessed nominations in five categories: New Frontier in Enterprise Blockchain Research, Innovative Entrepreneurship in Blockchain, Young Leaders, Enterprise Blockchain Transformation, and Blockchain Leadership. The latter, the category for which I received the EBA, honored “an executive who has championed blockchain for their industry.”

My nomination was based on my work to develop, direct, and teach in the University of New School of Law’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Law online professional certificate program.

The program launched Spring 2019 and was the first of its kind to offer a comprehensive certificate that includes Blockchain and the Law Fundamentals, Tokenomics & Crypto Regulations, Data Privacy & Data Integrity, Smart Cities, Blockchain for Social Impact, as well as coverage of blockchain law issues in sports, entertainment, and healthcare use cases.

For more information and to register for the fall session, visit law.unh.edu/blockchain.

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The 2019 winners are:

Blockchain Leadership

This category honors executives who have championed blockchain for their industries and organizations:

Enterprise & Industry Leadership

Dale Chrystie, FedEx

Governance & Policy Leadership

Tonya M. Evans, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Community & Ecosystem leadership

Bernie Moreno, Ownum

[See the full list of Enterprise Blockchain Award Winners and categories]

Excited to welcome Renee Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Ops & Player Relations

I am honored and excited to welcome my dear friend Reneé Brown to Widener Law Commonwealth to deliver the final Black Law Students Association Fireside Chat where students connect with high level executives in professional sports.

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Credit: Seattle Times 4/16/2016 Renee Brown & Talia Walton

Reneé and I met some years ago at a Black Women in Sport Foundation banquet. She was being honored and I, known then as “Lawyer by Day, Poet by Night”, performed my signature piece, Find Your Own Shine.

Reneé, a huge admirer of spoken word and of tennis (which is great for a former pro tennis player like me, of course), loved the performance and we hit it off immediately. The rest, as they say, is history!

 

Reneé is extremely accomplished, authentic, generous, tough, funny, warm and kind. My students are extremely fortunate that Reneé is giving of her time to participate in this informal yet engaging presentation and chat.

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Credit: Tonya M. Evans

Two weeks ago, we welcomed DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association.

Congratulations to BLSA for a stellar fireside chat lineup this year.

About Reneé M. Brown

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Credit: J. Pottheiser/    Getty Images

Reneé Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, oversees all player scouting and acquisition for the league, as well as the administration of player-related policies and programs. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing the policies for all on-court basketball operations.

 

Prior to being promoted to her current position, Brown served as WNBA Vice President and Senior Director. She joined the WNBA in September 1996 as Director of Player Personnel.

Brown also plays an integral role in USA Basketball, currently serving on both the Steering and Selection Committees. She has chaired the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team Selection Committee and served on the Executive Committee for USA Basketball for three consecutive quadrants, from 2000 to 2012. The U.S. Women’s Senior National Team won Olympic gold medals at the conclusion of each of Brown’s tenures, in 2004, 2008 and 2012. She also served as Vice President for the Senior Women’s Programs from 2000 to 2004.

During the 1995-96 season, Brown served as an assistant coach to Tara VanDerveer for the gold medal-winning USA Basketball Women’s National Team in Colorado Springs, where she helped with game preparation, player conditioning and scouting.

Brown served as an assistant coach for women’s basketball teams at the University of Kansas, Stanford University, and San Jose State University. During her tenure at Kansas, she helped guide the Jayhawks to an 88-31 record, four trips to the NCAA Tournament and a Big Eight Conference title. Her Stanford team won the NCAA tournament in 1990 and earned a trip to the Final Four in 1991.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education, both from UNLV.

Prof. Evans to present paper at #WIPIP2016 Colloquium on impact of copyright transfer terminations on loan-outs & other gratuitous transfers

On February 18-19, 2016 the University of Washington Law School and Center for Advanced Study & Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP) will host the annual Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium.

intellectual_property_transferThe organizers selected Professor Evans to present her work-in-progress, Reclaiming Copyright in the Age of Celebrity Loan-Outs & Gratuitous Transfers, at this esteemed IP law conference.

Many scholars, practitioners, and copyright transferees in the entertainment business surmised the likely impact of the first reclamation trigger date of January 1, 2013 under §203 of the 1976 Copyright Act on post-1977 transfer terminations. Some also expressed concern with the apparent distinction between, and treatment of, transfers by will and nonprobate transfers.

In this Article, Professor Evans focuses on what has actually transpired since that trigger date. In addition, she considers how to reconcile the probate and nonprobate dispositions of copyright termination interests in a way that best honors an author’s testamentary intent given what we can now glean in fact from the post-1977 termination cases just starting to make their way through the court system.

WIPIP is one of the largest academic conferences for U.S. IP academics fostering robust and productive discussion of intellectual property law and policy scholarship. The Colloquium provides intellectual property scholars with a forum to present their academic works-in-progress and receive early feedback from their colleagues.

That same weekend, CASRIP will also host The Forum will be held on February 18, 2016 at the Hotel Deca. The IV Asia Pacific IP Forum hosted by CASRIP will bring together founding members from UW, UC Berkeley, Waseda University, Hokkaido University, Seoul National University, Renmin University and National Taiwan University, as well as leading Pacific Rim scholars, practitioners, judges and policymakers, to discuss comparative transnational IP law in practice.

More information about Professor Tonya M. Evans

More details about WIPIP 2016