April 22: Law and Mathematical Finance with Professor Tom Brennan

April 14, 2014 · Filed Under Career Panel, Information Panel · Comments Off on April 22: Law and Mathematical Finance with Professor Tom Brennan 

The Society for Law, Science and Technology is excited to welcome Professor Tom Brennan to talk about his academic and professional work as a mathematician and lawyer. Professor Brennan received his Ph.D. in Mathematics before attending law school, and worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Goldman Sachs before returning to academia.

Professor Brennan is currently visiting Columbia from Northwestern, where his research is focused on the use of finance and economic theory to analyze and inform tax policy. His other research interests include the application of finance theory to the law in areas other than tax, the empirical analysis of corporate financing decisions, and the empirical study of judicial behavior. His full CV is available here.

We invite students from the Law and Business schools, and the Math department to meet a uniquely interdisciplinary figure.

When: Tuesday, April 22, 12:10 – 1:10 PM

Where: Room L104, William & June Warren Hall

Non-pizza lunch will be served. Please RSVP here.

We hope to see you there!

April 7: Law as Code – Reality, Possibility and Potential Blockchain Legal Trends

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SLST is proud to sponsor, along with CBLA and CLES, a panel discussion on the regulatory and legal trends surrounding the public ledger database known as the “Blockchain,” which is integral to the functioning of Bitcoin. Our panelists will introduce you to the tech basics before moving on to the legal landscape and to hot topics such as “Smart Contracts.” You will also learn about the involvement of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the SEC, the IRC and the CFTC.

This panel will be extremely useful to all law students who seek to distinguish themselves by demonstrating knowledge of the latest legal topics.


  • Miles Cowan – Founder and CEO, TilliT Inc. Prior to founding TilliT, Mr. Cowan was a transactional attorney in the New York office of an international law firm. His practice focused on private equity and venture capital transactions, including debt and equity financings and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Zachary Smith – Co-Founder, TilliT Inc. Mr. Smith is an investor and business operator located in New York. His previous experience includes running hosting operations for Voxel, managing global cloud business strategy for Internap and founding payment processor MerchantPlus.

When: Monday, April 7, 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM

Where: Room 101, Jerome Greene Hall

Non-pizza lunch will be served. Please email CBLA@law.columbia.edu by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 4 if you require a kosher option. Please register and submit questions for panelists here.

For further questions, please contact Claudie Tirefort at crt2128@columbia.edu.

The Powerpoint slides for the presentation are available here: Law as Code Presentation Slides.