Legal challenges facing the "sharing economy" are the subject of a symposium to be held at the University of Virginia School of Law on April 6 in Caplin Pavilion.

Sponsored by the Virginia Law & Business Review and the John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program, "Regulating the Sharing Economy" will feature representatives from businesses connected to companies organized around online transactions, such as Lyft and Moonlighting. Scholars, government officials and private practitioners who are already dealing with innovative regulatory issues caused by the rise of companies like Uber and Airbnb will also weigh in.

The event will "evaluate the applicability of current legal standards to a changing economy, and spark discussion about what to expect in the future," said second-year student Alex Downie, executive editor and special projects editor of the Virginia Law & Business Review.

Jeff Tennery, founder and CEO of Moonlighting, will deliver the lunch address at 11:45 a.m.

Regulating the Sharing Economy

Friday, April 6

Caplin Pavilion 

8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:15 a.m.


  • Alex Downie '19, Special Projects Editor

9:20 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Risa Goluboff, Dean, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, and Professor of History, University of Virginia School of Law

9:30 a.m.

Regulation Panel

  • Christopher Coppola '02, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Austin, Texas
  • John Infranca, Associate Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
  • Derek Moore '06, Attorney Advisor, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission
  • Christopher Reilly '12, Corporate Counsel, Lyft
  • Moderator: Aditya Bamzai, Associate Professor Law, University of Virginia School of Law

10:30 a.m.

Employment Panel

  • Deepa Das Acevedo, Sharswood Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Todd Lebowitz, Partner, BakerHostetler
  • Alexandrea Ravenelle, Visiting Professor at Mercy College
  • ModeratorJ.H. “Rip” Verkerke, T. Munford Boyd Professor of Law and Director of the Program for Employment and Labor Law Studies, University of Virginia School of Law

11:30 a.m.

Break for Lunch

11:45 a.m.

Lunch Address

  • Jeff Tennery, CEO and Founder, Moonlighting

12:15 p.m.

Antitrust Panel

  • Sanjukta Paul, Assistant Professor of Law, Wayne State University
  • Cynthia Richman, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • Richard Schmalensee, Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management Emeritus and Dean Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management.
  • Moderator: Derek Moore '06, Attorney Advisor, Federal Trade Commission

1:05 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Charles Condro '19, Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Law & Business Review

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