Albany Law School Panel to Discuss Blockchain Technology and Local Governments

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A panel of legal experts and government officials will discuss the potential uses and effects of cryptocurrency and blockchain on for state and local governments during the 2022 Edwin L. Crawford Lecture on Municipal Law at Albany Law School on Tuesday, November 29, at 3:30 p.m. in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom. 

“Blockchain technology is one of the most innovative pieces of technology to evolve in the last decade,” said Hon. Leslie E. Stein '81 (Ret.), Director of Albany Law’s Government Law Center. “As blockchain-powered currencies like Bitcoin gain popularity in everyday life, government leaders are considering how this technology could affect how they interact with constituents and deliver services.”

The panel discussion - moderated by Antony Haynes, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy Law at Albany Law School – will include:

  • Deborah Hoffman ’96 - Co-director and Adjunct Professor, Financial Compliance and Risk Management Program, Albany Law School; Managing Associate General Counsel, Western Union
  • Anna Kelles - Member, New York State Assembly
  • Tanya Marshall - State Archivist and Chief Records Officer, State of Vermont
  • Christopher C. Rosenquest- Mayor, City of Plattsburgh, N.Y. 

This free event is open to the public, includes a networking reception, and offers Continuing Legal Education credit for practicing attorneys. Attendees may join in-person or online via Zoom. Registration is required to receive CLE credit.

In-person guests must adhere to the law school’s COVID-19 policies.

The Government Law Center established the Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law in 1996 to honor the memory of Edwin L. Crawford, former executive director of the New York State Association of Counties. The program strives to educate and promote dialogue on important and timely issues affecting local governments.