Caitlin Dance ’16 Wins New York State Bar Association Writing Competition

Caitlin Dance ’16

Caitlin Dance ’16 placed first in an annual student writing competition sponsored by the New York State Bar Association’s Business Law Section.

The prestigious competition is open to any J.D. or LL.M. candidate nationwide. Each year, the NYSBA names first-, second-, and third-place winners.

Dance’s winning article, “In re Coinflip, Inc.,” will run in the NY Business Law Journal, published by the NYSBA Business Law Section. The article discusses the evolution of a legal standard to regulate the use of Bitcoin derivatives. Bitcoin, a decentralized form of digital currency, poses unique challenges for the commodity industry.

Professor Ronald H. Filler submitted Dance’s article. “Caitlin Dance was an outstanding student here at NYLS,” Professor Filler said. “Her paper reflects a most current issue facing the financial services industry as to how digital currencies should be regulated, if at all. She truly deserved this honor.”

“The field of Bitcoin derivatives has the potential to transform investment,” said Dance, echoing a point made in her article. “New inventions and technologies should be encouraged, not eliminated, and by increasing transparency in this market, investors can participate with confidence.”

Dance graduated cum laude and served as Notes and Comments Editor of the New York Law School Law Review. She is an associate at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, where she works on the Capital Markets team.