CPD Course – Introduction to Blockchain for Lawyers
Aimed primarily at lawyers, but applicable to other professions, this short course of 2 hours will focus on how Blockchain will impact the legal industry.
This course earns you 2 CPD Points:
- 1 point in Competency Area 1: Practice Management
- 1 point in Competency Area 4: Substantive Law
Approved by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.
Not only for lawyers. This course is for everyone who would like to learn more about the application of Blockchain in the legal space, but also some simple regulations you should know if you work in the industry. This is a non-technical course. No coding is required. No blockchain knowledge is required.
Legal professionals receive 2 CPD* points.
*CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development.
How will blockchain impact the “traditional” practice of law?
If you represent clients in blockchain-affected industries, you become an even greater resource as trusted adviser by understanding blockchain within the context of your client’s business.
Being so nascent, blockchain presents an incredible (unique, even) opportunity for lawyers to position themselves as trusted strategic advisors to clients navigating the myriad legal, regulatory, and logistical webs surrounding the technology and its applications. A lawyer serving the music industry, for example, makes herself an invaluable part of a client’s core team if she understands blockchain, how it affects her client, and how her client can capitalize on the technology.
Why? Because the lawyer as trusted advisor is situated differently than others most likely to have blockchain savvy (e.g. IT advisors). Yes, IT knows the technology (maybe). But only the lawyer can extrapolate from the technological understanding to what this really means for a client operating in a law- and regulation-bound environment.
Here are a few industry-specific examples of how lawyers can become trusted blockchain advisors to clients, within the context of an existing practice:
- The Smart Contract Firm
- The Smart Contract Mediator
- The Smart Title Company
- The Ledger Lawyer: Blockchain Law and Policy Advisor
Speaker – Chinelle Van Der Westhuizen
Chinelle van der Westhuizen is a lecturer in the School of Law at The University of Notre Dame and lectures Contract, Consumer and Banking Law. She completed her LLB and LLM at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. She completed a further Masters by Research at The University of Notre Dame titled ‘Future Digital Money: The Legal Status and Regulation of Bitcoin in Australia’. She is also currently completing her PhD. Through her research in the area of digital currency regulation and innovative approaches, she was named a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.