Virtual Currency Litigator to Headline Arkansas Law Review Symposium

Marjorie J. Peerce
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Marjorie J. Peerce

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Marjorie J. Peerce, a partner and litigator at Ballard Spahr LLP, will present the keynote address at the annual Arkansas Law Review Symposium. 

The symposium, titled "The Evolving Regulation of Crypto" will be held from 8:25 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the law school's E.J. Ball Courtroom. This fascinating look into the varying regulatory regimes applicable to crypto transactions will feature legal, business, governmental and academic experts. 

Peerce has been practicing law for more than three decades and has handled matters across the criminal and regulatory spectrum. She is co-managing partner of the firm's New York office, a member of its elected board and a founding leader of the Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency team.

She represents several clients under criminal and Securities and Exchange Commission investigation related to initial coin offerings. She is also handling an investigation into alleged manipulative conduct in cryptocurrency trading.

Peerce earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Vince Broderick for two years and was a member of Stillman and Friedman PC for 27 years.

"The Evolving Regulation of Crypto" is sponsored by the University of Arkansas School of Law and Sam M. Walton College of Business. It is worth up to 6.5 hours of continuing legal education credit (pending approval) and the public is invited to attend. Admission is free, but registration is requested. Register today to reserve your seat and lunch. The full schedule is available on the law school's website. 

Additional speakers and panelists include:

  • James Blakemore, adjunct professor, School of Law, University of Michigan; co-founder, Ketsal Consulting LLC; and co-founder, Blakemore, Fallon, Garcia, Rosini and Russo PLLC
  • Kathryn Gadberry Carlisle, Blockchain Center of Excellence senior managing director, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas
  • Carol Goforth, University Professor and the Clayton N. Little Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Arkansas
  • Andrew "Drew" Hinkes, of counsel, Carlton Fields
  • Mary Lacity, Walton Professor of Information Systems and Blockchain Center of Excellence director, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas
  • Michael Oh, lecturer, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas
  • James McDonald, director, Division of Enforcement, United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Maureen L. Murat, attorney and principal, Crowdie Advisors LLC
  • Stan Sater, associate member of corporate practice, Founders Legal
  • Mark Vilardo, special counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, Division of Corporation Finance, United States Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Del Wright, associate professor and China Study Abroad Program director, School of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City

About the Arkansas Law Review Symposium: The University of Arkansas School of Law, in conjunction with the Arkansas Law Review, hosts an annual Arkansas Law Review Symposium. The one-day event is designed to explore an area of the law from many perspectives. Guest scholars from institutions around the nation are invited to participate in panel discussions and contribute to the publication's symposium issue.

About the Arkansas Law ReviewThe Arkansas Law Review publishes relevant scholarship on notable domestic and international issues to elicit informed discussions and provide intellectual and practical assistance to members of the legal community. The quarterly publication disseminates scholarly and authoritative articles on significant legal issues. Its Editorial Board serves the Arkansas legal community and beyond by publishing scholarship of state, national and international importance.


Darinda Sharp, director of communications
School of Law


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