Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Del Wright Leaves UMKC For LSU

LSU Law News, Crypto Scholar, Former US Department of Justice Prosecutor Del Wright Jr. to Join LSU Law faculty in Fall 2024 Semester:

Wright 2Del Wright Jr., a former U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor with the Tax Division and legal scholar whose research focuses on crypto and the regulation of blockchain technologies, will join the LSU Law faculty at the start of the Fall 2024 semester as the Vinson & Elkins Endowed Professor of Law.

Prof. Wright teaches in the areas of tax, finance, business, securities, entrepreneurship, and in the last few years, crypto and blockchain regulation. He began his academic career at Valparaiso University Law School and taught there from 2010 to 2017, then joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School. His earlier scholarship explored the intersectionality of tax and finance, and in 2019 he expanded his focus to include the law and regulation of blockchain technologies.

In 2020, he published his first book, A Short and Happy Guide to Bitcoin, Blockchain and Crypto. He has two additional books in the works—Legal Issues in Blockchain & Crypto In a Nutshell, and Blockchain, Law & Policy: Materials, Problems & Interdisciplinary Considerations—to be published by West Academic Publishers. His articles have been published in academic journals such as the BNA Tax Management Real Estate JournalVirginia Tax Law ReviewAkron Law ReviewArizona State Law Journal, and the University of Missouri Kansas City Law Review. ...

Prior to joining the academy, as a prosecutor with DOJ’s Tax Division from 2003 to 2008, Prof. Wright prosecuted tax and other white-collar crimes, as well as drug crimes while he served on DOJ’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force in Maryland. During his time with the DOJ, he oversaw multiple criminal investigations, receiving an Outstanding Attorney Award in 2004 and a Special Service Award in 2007.

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