Published: March 4, 2024 By

The University of Colorado Law School is pleased to announce that Prof. Andrew Schwartz will deliver the 48th annual Austin W. Scott Jr. Lecture. Schwartz will speak on “Digital Shareholders” on Thursday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Wittemyer Courtroom. A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m.  Scott lecture poster

Schwartz's lecture will draw from his new book Investment Crowdfunding, recently published by Oxford University Press. In this book, Schwartz details the recent reforms that have changed federal law to allow the general public to participate in the online investment of startup companies—a venture from which they were formerly excluded.  

Are these investments safe? Are they lucrative? Should you join the millions of Americans that have already taken the plunge, investing billions of dollars in thousands of companies from coast-to-coast? Come learn about the opportunities – and dangers—of this new market from the Colorado Law professor and Fulbright scholar who wrote the book on the subject. 

“The point of investment crowdfunding is to invite the general public—’the crowd’—to take their chance and invest in startup companies alongside wealthy angel investors and professional venture capitalists, so I'm particularly excited to present this lecture to the public. Everybody is welcome, everybody is invited, and I will offer lots of practical advice. Plus it will be funny.” 

One general CLE credit pending for Colorado attorneys. Register here.  

Named for Austin Scott, a member of the law school faculty for 20 years, this annual lecture features a member of the Colorado Law faculty selected by the dean who is engaged in a significant scholarly project. This year's Scott Lecture is co-sponsored by Silicon Flatirons. 

Please contact or (303) 492-8048 for any questions you may have about the event.  

Learn more about the Austin W. Scott Jr. Lecture. 

More about Andrew Schwartz 

Andrew A. Schwartz joined the Colorado Law faculty in 2008 and was promoted to full professor in 2017. He teaches and publishes on corporate, securities and contract law, and has become an internationally recognized expert on investment crowdfunding. In 2017, Professor Schwartz served as a Fulbright Research Scholar and visiting professor at the University of Auckland Law School in New Zealand. Read Prof. Schwartz’s full bio here.