Faculty: Michele Benedetto Neitz

Michele Benedetto Neitz


Professor of Law

San Francisco
Michele Benedetto Neitz


  • Blockchain and the Law
  • Business Associations
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Poverty Law
  • Professional Responsibility


  • Blockchain Law
  • Ethics of Blockchain
  • Judicial Ethics
  • Poverty Law
  • Poverty Law Conference, 2010
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Public Interest Law
  • Youth Law


  • JD, New York University
  • BA, Santa Clara University


  • Panelist, “A Holistic View of Blockchain: Understanding the Non-Financial Applications and the Latest Developments in Cryptocurrency,” National Association of Attorneys General Presidential Summit, August 9, 2022.
  • Panelist, “What Should Legal Professionals and Law Students Know About Blockchain and How Should it Be Taught?” Innovation in Law Studies Alliance International Webinar, June 8, 2022.
  • Presenter, “Blockchain for Government and Social Good,” BL4SG Center Training for Executive Staff of California State Controller’s Office, May 17, 2022.
  • Panelist, “Regulating or Not Regulating Blockchain,” Law, Innovation and Vulnerability Conference, University of Copenhagen, April 28, 2022.
  • Presenter, “Introduction to Blockchain and Blockchain Regulation,” BL4SG Center Training for California’s Office Of Financial Tech Innovation, March 9, 2022.
  • Panelist, “Why You Should Care About Decentralized Technology,” Social Impact Summit, Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web, March 2, 2022.
  • Presenter, “Blockchain Regulation and Social Good,” Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies Symposium, Golden Gate University, February 3, 2022.
  • Presenter, “Smart Contracts,” Data-Driven Economy Lab, Istanbul Bilgi University, January 11, 2022.
  • Presenter, “Introduction to Blockchain Technology,” The Future of Blockchain and Digital Assets: The View of Silicon Valley, Practicing Law Institute (presentation to 550+ attorneys nationwide), October 27, 2021.
  • Panel Chair, "Blockchain Development in Local Communities,” BGIN Block #3 (Conference of the Blockchain Governance Initiative Network), July 1, 2021. 
  • Panelist, “Past and Future Influence of Deborah Rhode,” Law & Society Annual Meeting, May 28, 2021. 
  • Presenter, “Implicit Socioeconomic Bias,” Children’s Law Center MCLE Training (to 400 employees), Los Angeles, CA, April 28, 2021. 
  • Introductory Speaker, “Presenting Athena Award for Executive Leadership,” Women in Tech Symposium: The New Era in Human-Computer Interaction, UC Berkeley, March 12, 2021.  
  • Panel Chair, “AML/KYC and Privacy in Decentralized Finance,” BGIN 2nd Workshop on Coordination of Decentralized Finance (CoDecFin), March 5, 2021. 
  • Panelist, “GameStop’s Rise to Fortune 500,” GGU Law, sponsored by student Business Law and IP & Privacy Law Associations, February 26, 2021. 
  • Presenter, “Procedural and Substantive Issues Discussed by the CA Blockchain Working Group," University of Tokyo's Blockchain Research Group Meeting, December 4, 2020. 
  • Panelist, “Blockchain for the Public Good,” CITRIS Research Exchange (UC Berkeley), October 28, 2020. 
  • Panelist, “Blockchain Working Group,” REIMAGINE2020 v. 2.0 Virtual Blockchain Conference, August 27, 2020. 
  • Presenter, “Blockchain Technology’s Implications and Challenges for Regulators,” Back to the Baysics Video Podcast, May 27, 2020, available at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTeLhLqd6sc&feature=youtu.be. 
  • Panelist, “Education, Regulation, Then Adoption,” REIMAGINE2020 Virtual Blockchain Conference, May 20, 2020. 
  • Presenter, “Privacy, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency after the CCPA and GDPR — Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave!” Public Webinar for California Lawyers Association (jointly organized by the Internet & Privacy Law Committee and Commercial Transaction Committee), recorded in San Francisco, March 23, 2020.  
  • Served as Judicial Clerk for the Hon. Napoleon A. Jones Jr., US District Court.
  • Designed and coordinated the Youth Outreach Project at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego as part of Equal Justice Works Fellowship.
  • Associate at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, in San Diego.


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  • Member, California State Bar


  • Voted Most Outstanding Professor by graduating classes of 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2020
  • Student Bar Association Law Professor of the Year (voted by student organizations), 2017-2018.
  • GGU Law Justice Jesse W. Carter Faculty Scholarship Award, 2009 - 2010
  • GGU Law Multicultural Graduation Diversity Award, 2008 - 2009