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Cannabis in the Metaverse: Real Issues in a Virtual World

Moderated by Shabnam Malek, Chief Legal Officer of 1906 by Nuka Enterprises, LLC, speakers will join session organizer Belle Borovik, Head of IP at Chia Network Inc., to share their knowledge and understanding of Web 3.0, including: addressing issues central to blockchain and cryptocurrency, such as securities implications around tokenization and fiat; providing an overview of IP issues related to the Metaverse and NFTs; and discussing clients' need for ongoing support with the same old issues in this new disruptive space.

Special guest: Evan Horowitz from WeedClub, will speak to the issues as they pertain to his everyday - the client's - perspective.

Steve Schain - will impart on the masses his knowledge and understanding of the blockchain and cryptocurrency, including addressing some of the securities issues around tokenization and fiat. (10-12min)

Belle Borovik  - will follow his presentation with a brief overview of IP issues related to NFTs and the Metaverse. (10-11min) 

Evan Horowitz - will examine/discuss the issues just raised as they pertain to his everyday - the client's perspective. (10-11min)

Hannah Stitt  - will close out the presentation with a quick discussion of how clients in this new disruptive space still need help with the same old issues. (10-11min)

Belle Borovik, Law Clerk, Horst Legal Counsel, PC

Belle Borovik practices intellectual property law, focusing on trademarks and copyrights in regulated industries.  Ms. Borovik performs domestic and international trademark clearance, prosecution, maintenance, and portfolio management, and counsels clients with U.S. and International trademark portfolios. Ms. Borovik also handles infringement matters on social media platforms and represents clients in Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution (UDRP), in court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).  Ms. Borovik drafts, reviews, and negotiates trademark and copyright licenses and assignments, settlement agreements, trademark co-existence agreements, intellectual property purchase agreements, software licenses, software development agreements, nondisclosure agreements, independent contractor agreements (including work-for-hire agreements), and marketing services agreements. Ms. Borovik graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law with honors, where she was Executive Editor of the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Senior Editor of the USF Law Review, a board member for the University of San Francisco Moot Court Board, and a winner of the Best Oral Argument award in the University of San Francisco Moot Court Advocate of the Year Competition. Ms. Borovik was also a founder of the USF Space and Aeronautical Law Association. 
Prior to entering law school, Ms. Borovik received training as a neuroscientist, and successfully combined her love of music and science by creating a research-based music program for toddlers. Ms. Borovik is a mom to a 10-year-old philosopher, and a 7-year-old mad scientist, who both inspire her every move.

Steve Schain, Senior Counsel, Smart Counsel

Winner of National Law Journal’s “2019 Finance, Banking, & Capital Markets Trailblazer” award, Steve Schain runs 100% woman owned, national cannabis law firm Smart-Counsel, LLC's PA and NJ practices and Chair its Financial Services Group. Admitted to practice in PA and New Jersey, Steve represents entities, governments and individuals in litigation, regulation and compliance, license applications, entity formation, and drafting legislation. Steve is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of, and teaches “Cannabis Law” at, Stockton University, one of only 5 universities offering a minor in Cannabis Studies. A nationally recognized Cannabis, banking law and consumer finance litigation expert, Steve serves as a court appointed judge pro tempore and arbitrator, is a The Legal Intelligencer, New Jersey Law Journal, and Cannabis Business Executive columnist, and frequent presenter for the National Cannabis Industry Association, International Cannabis Bar Association, Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Group, Marijuana Business Daily, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and National Bar Institute.

Evan Horowitz, Co-Founder, WeedClub

Evan Horowitz, 50, is the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Farmhouse since its inception in January 2014. Mr. Horowitz is responsible for the management and execution of business development, market strategies, social media and brand development. Prior to Farmhouse, he was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of multiple technology businesses primarily in the affiliate networking, advertising and domaining channels. As Co-Inventor on two prior-issued and subsequently monetized technology patents, he has firsthand intellectual property expertise related to branding, marketing, startups, defense and growth. Mr. Horowitz studied Mass Communications at the University of California, Berkeley, 1990 to 1994.

Shabnam Malek, Chief Legal Officer, Nuka Enterprises, LLC

Shabnam Malek has a broad practice but takes greatest pleasure in advising clients on how best to grow, navigate risk, resolve disputes, and how to think creatively in balancing business needs and legal concerns. Shabnam is recognized as an expert in the field of cannabis intellectual property and clients and colleagues seek her out for her expertise in addressing particularly thorny and novel legal issues. She’s a creative thinker looking for solutions that help her clients succeed. Shabnam truly enjoys the role of counselor to start-ups, woman-owned companies, large, global companies as well individuals.

Shabnam is a co-founder and the founding President of the International Cannabis Bar Association. Today, INCBA boasts a membership base of over 700 individual attorney members and a strong international presence. She currently sits on the governing board of INCBA and helps plan the educational curriculum of the organization with a focus on INCBA’s flagship event, the Cannabis Law Institute. Shabnam is also the Chair of the PLI Cannabis Business Law program and an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Shabnam recently joined the editorial board of Law360’s Cannabis Editorial Advisory Board.


In addition to serving the business community, Shabnam developed a robust pro bono practice representing imprisoned women before the California Board of Parole Hearings as well as representing houseless San Francisco residents through the Coalition on Homelessness.

Shabnam regularly speaks and writes on the topics of trademarks, brand expansion, regulated industries such as cannabis and hemp, and the role of women in creating change. Her professional affiliations include holding a seat on the Board of Directors of the International Cannabis Bar Association and a committee role with the International Trademark Association.  She is an active member of the California Lawyers' Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild, the Queen’s Bench, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. Shabnam was named a Northern California Rising Star three years in a row by Super Lawyers Magazine.


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