On Tuesday, March 27, 6-8 p.m., WMU-Cooley Law School’s Student Federalist Society is offering a free event at the law school’s Grand Rapids campus for law students and community members to hear about an up-and-coming technology: the blockchain. The blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Blockchain technology is a decentralized network that relies on people, individuals and organizations to maintain it by contributing. It allows information to be stored forever on a digital ledger as long as the network is maintained. With blockchain technology, individuals or businesses selling digital goods or services over the internet, such as music or news content, could limit the number of digital copies available for customers to buy. These digital limitations are known as digital scarcity. “This has astounding and far reaching consequences. Notably, it allows for digital scarcity, private but auditable transactions and a trustless contracting system,” said WMU-Cooley student and organizer of the event Scott Block. From 6 to 8 p.m., four speakers will present on different aspects of the blockchain, including technical and legal implications. Professor of Electrical Engineering at Calvin College Mark Michmerhuizen will give an introduction about the technical aspects of the blockchain technology. Two entrepreneurs will talk about the different applications the technology has in everyday life, and Grand Rapids attorney Ian Northon will discuss several legal implications the technology invokes. This event, which will be held in Room 529, is open to the public. Seating is limited. Those who are interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP online at https://www.meetup.com/Grand-Rapids-Blockchain/events/248744581/. The campus is located at 111 Commerce Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.
Keynote speakers are three WMU-Cooley graduates, Andrew Acker, Jeffrey Butler, and Charles Dadswell, who will tell their story about their quest to recover, restore and return the famous lost Betty Board concert recordings to Betty Cantor Jackson, the Grateful Dead and Warner Music Group. RSVP for lunch at [email protected].
The charity event will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at WMU-Cooley's Auburn HIlls, Michigan campus at 2630 Featherstone Road. There will be live music, an auction, comedy, and a book drive.Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at GOO.GL/RCFRUR