Annual Austin W. Scott Jr. Lecture: The Digital Shareholder featuring Professor Andrew Schwartz

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When Thursday, April 11, 2024
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Wolf Law Building
For Public; Faculty; Staff; Students; Alumni; CLE Credit

For decades, ordinary people were legally prohibited from investing in startup companies. Wealthy, so-called ?accredited? investors, and the friends and family of the founder, were allowed to participate?but the public was expressly excluded. This well-meaning rule was intended to protect the public from losing our money in speculative startup companies, yet it was also exclusionary and unfair?and so it was reformed. A recent change in federal law authorized a new form of online stock market for startup companies, open to the whole public, known as ?investment crowdfunding.? Finally, ordinary people were allowed to invest in startup companies?and millions of Americans have already taken the plunge, investing billions of dollars in thousands of companies from coast-to-coast. Are these investments safe? Are they lucrative? Should you join the crowd? The public is invited to an open lecture at the University of Colorado Law School by Prof. Andrew A. Schwartz. An engaging lecturer and Fulbright Scholar, he literally wrote the book on the subject: Investment Crowdfunding, recently published by Oxford University Press. The Austin W. Scott Jr. lecture is named after Austin Scott, a member of the law school faculty for 20 years. He was a beloved teacher as well as a prolific writer, whose scholarly work was in the fields of criminal law and procedure. In 1973, former Colorado Law Dean Don W. Sears established the lecture series in his memory. Each year, the dean of the law school selects a member of the faculty engaged in a significant scholarly project to lecture on his or her research.

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