5 Cryptocurrency CLE You Need to Watch in 2020

Sarah Mills | November 5, 2019

Cryptocurrency, virtual currencies, Bitcoin - between the IRS plan to tax virtual currencies, and the pullout of investors from Facebook’s planned currency “Libra", cryptocurrency stays in the news. Maybe you already understand crypto and were an original Bitcoin investor, or maybe you have been fudging your way through cocktail party conversations - either way, we have the CLE you need to get up to speed. Check out the five cryptocurrency programs every attorney should watch before 2020:


  1. An Introduction to Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, and the Legal Issues Surrounding Them. This introductory level class will help you understand what, exactly, cryptocurrency is, how it is regulated within the U.S. banking system, and how these regulations have been playing out in the real world.
  2. The Intersection of Cryptocurrency & Securities Law. Once you’ve covered the basics of virtual currency regulation, take a deeper dive into the intersection of securities law and cryptocurrency, including SEC enforcement actions, published guidelines, and predictions for the future. 
  3. Cryptocurrency & Legal Ethics. Everything you need to know about cryptocurrencies, with a helping of legal ethics thrown in. This program is especially useful for attorneys whose clients are involved in the development of cryptocurrencies, or are in industries where virtual currencies are heavily used (hint: there’s a lot of them). 
  4. FinCEN and State Money Transmitter Regulations for Virtual Currencies. Part of Lawline’s 2019 Banking & Finance Law curriculum, this November 8, 2019 webcast will go in depth into the mechanisms by which different states and regulatory agencies will be enforcing financial crimes and money transmitter statutes against users of virtual currencies, and provide practical guidance on keeping your clients compliant. 
  5. "Virtual Currency" in a Real Tax World: Tax Implications for Buying, Selling, and Using Virtual Currencies. Airing on December 6, 2019 as part of the 2019 Tax Law event, this live webcast will explore past IRS treatment of virtual currency users, and a recent letter announcing heightened scrutiny going forward. This increased focus implicates an expanding pool of businesses and individuals, and this program will bring lawyers up to speed on how best to advise their clients to avoid any negative tax consequences. 

Can’t make one of the live webcast dates? All programs go on-demand within 48 hours of airing! 

All these programs - and more - available at no cost with Lawline’s Free Trial

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Written by Sarah Mills

Sarah graduated from Simon's Rock College in 2005 with a BA in Linguistics, then worked in events production for several years before obtaining a JD from New York Law School in 2012. Before joining Lawline, they worked in litigation management. They love working as a program attorney as it combines their legal knowledge and production background. They have two kids, two cats, and they love public transit and rainy days.


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