The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance

About the Center

As a leader in legal education, the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law continually seeks to further enhance its national prominence and academic reputation through the development of signature programs - with sharp attention to expanding student opportunities that will position its graduates for success.

The Law School’s Centers of Excellence were created as a result of this focus.  The Centers bring together theory, practice and research. These knowledge hubs define the School’s specialties, add depth to the curriculum and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary work within the Law School and across the University.

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance builds upon the Law School’s dominant position at the intersection of law and business and will further the University’s goal of educating ethical leaders.

The task of educating compassionate and ethical lawyers is more urgent than ever. As the legal profession continues to undergo profound change, Villanova lawyers have unprecedented opportunities to set a new standard of excellence—one that is infused with the University’s Augustinian values. The Girard-diCarlo Center will be at the forefront of the effort to reclaim lawyers’ central place as pillars of society.

The Center will also honor the University’s Augustinian tradition by creating compliance and ethics programs that support the entire Villanova community in its academic, administrative and research undertakings.

 

The Center's Mission

The Girard-diCarlo Center is dedicated to the exploration and research of ethics, integrity and compliance—areas of vital importance in today’s world. The Center will bring leading scholars in these important fields to the Law School and will provide exciting new coursework and academic programs designed to help the Law School’s graduates succeed in a rapidly developing legal environment.

The Center will also be a leading resource on compliance and ethics by conducting conferences and seminars on emerging issues, sponsoring interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and engaging the media and external audiences.

Today’s lawyers do more than just practice law; they perform important roles as consultants, problem solvers and strategists. In the current complex environment, businesses are under heightened scrutiny from their various constituencies, including regulatory agencies and governments.

The Girard-diCarlo Center will play a key role in educating future Villanova lawyers and will be essential to defining what makes a Villanova lawyer—a professional with first-rate legal skills who thrives in law firms, government or business and who approaches his or her work with a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation; a leader who is committed to serving the community through government service, non-profit practice or pro-bono work; and an advocate who approaches his or her professional responsibilities with a strong moral compass and a heightened sense of accountability.

 

Center Leadership

The Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance benefits from the leadership of its Faculty Director, Professor Steven Chanenson. In his role as Faculty Director, Professor Chanenson establishes the Center’s curricular and programmatic goals, aligns activities with the Law School’s strategic plan and serves as a spokesperson for the Center.

Chanenson

Professor Chanenson is a former Supreme Court clerk and former Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, having been appointed to the Commission by three consecutive governors of the Commonwealth. His scholarship has been published in such journals as the Stanford Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Waseda Proceedings of Comparative Law and Yale Law Journal Pocket Part. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Law, teaching American law in the People’s Republic of China.

Early in his career, Professor Chanenson was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar in recognition of his commitment to public service. On behalf of the Truman Scholarship Foundation, Justice Clarence Thomas presented him with the Judge Joseph Stevens Award for Outstanding Public Service in the Field of Law in a June 2005 ceremony at the United States Supreme Court.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA in economics and MS in criminology), Professor Chanenson received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. In addition to clerking twice, he worked for a major national law firm and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney before joining the Villanova Law faculty.

 

 

The Advisory Board

In addition to the Girard-diCarlos, the Center is honored to have an outstanding group of Advisory Board members who provide vital real-world perspective and counsel to help the Center fulfill its mission.

Anne K. Bingaman

Anne Bingaman’s 40-year career included law, teaching, government and public service, and business. After graduating from Stanford University and Stanford Law School, Mrs. Bingaman moved to New Mexico and became the first woman in the state to be hired by a major law firm. From 1972-1977, she was an associate professor of law at the University of New Mexico School of Law with tenure, the first woman to hold such a position. She was a leader in the successful efforts to pass a state equal rights amendment, ratify the federal ERA, re-write New Mexico laws to conform to both and require the New Mexico Military Institute to accept women as cadets.

In 1977, Mrs. Bingaman started her own law firm in Santa Fe, where she developed an expertise representing plaintiffs in cartel antitrust litigation. In 1983, she moved to Washington, D.C. and continued her antitrust law practice there. In 1993, Mrs. Bingaman was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate as assistant attorney general for antitrust in the Department of Justice, a post she held for more than three years. She began the Microsoft series of cases and served as the administration’s spokesperson in Congress on the Telecom Act. She successfully sued 24 market makers on NASDAQ, saving consumers $1 billion a year in trading costs, and she issued Guidelines in Health Care and Intellectual Property for businesses and their counsel.

After practicing law for almost 28 years, Mrs. Bingaman decided to start a business career. She joined LCI International as president of LCI’s local-service division, competing against the Bell Companies. She then founded and became the first chairman and CEO of Valor Telecom, a 500,000 line rural telecommunications company in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. After Valor went public on the NYSE, Mrs. Bingaman founded Soundpath Conferencing, which became the market leader for audio conferencing for the 100 largest law firms in the U.S. She sold Soundpath in 2008.

Mrs. Bingaman has served as a board member at Stanford University and Lear Corporation and currently serves on the boards of The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

Floyd I. Clarke

Floyd Clarke is currently an advisor for compliance, regulatory and security matters for MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc., a New York company with diversified public and private holdings that include entertainment, gaming, biotechnology, cosmetics and military equipment. Mr. Clarke joined MacAndrews & Forbes in 1994 as vice president of Corporate Compliance and was responsible for overseeing the compliance and regulatory programs for all the MacAndrews & Forbes companies.

From 1964-1994, Mr. Clarke served as an agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in various investigative, supervisory, management and executive positions. He started his career under Director J. Edgar Hoover and was first assigned to the Birmingham, Alabama office where he was responsible for civil rights investigations, including the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He served in the Boston office with responsibilities for organized crime and white collar crime investigations before being assigned to FBI headquarters where he headed a special detail unit for the U.S. Attorney General. Following that assignment, Mr. Clarke served in Philadelphia and Kansas City before returning to FBI headquarters in 1982 as the deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division with oversight of the FBI’s white collar crime, organized crime and illegal drug investigative programs worldwide. In 1985, he became the assistant director responsible for the FBI’s budget, personnel and procurement matters, and in 1989 he became deputy director with overall responsibility for all FBI operations worldwide. President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Clarke as acting director of the FBI in 1993.

During his time at the FBI, Mr. Clarke received several awards and recognitions including the President’s Distinguished Executive and Meritorious Executive Awards and the Attorney General’s Edmund J. Randolph Award—the Department of Justice’s highest honor for outstanding service. Mr. Clarke was a member of the Kerr Commission, which reviewed the responsibilities of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, and he was on the National Academy of Public Administration panel that issued a report in 2006 on “Transforming the FBI.” He also served on the FBI director’s advisory board from 2003 to 2013 under Director Robert Mueller.

Mr. Clarke currently serves on the board of directors for LexisNexis Special Services, Inc. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Washington University.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Jon Huntsman Jr. is chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chairman of No Labels. The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum to help shape policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world. The primary goal of No Labels is to start a national movement that will culminate in a Federal government that sees the presidential administration and both houses of Congress working together to achieve mutually agreed-upon goals that will solve the nation’s problems.

Gov. Huntsman began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has served each of the four U.S. presidents since then in critical roles around the world, including as ambassador to Singapore, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, U.S. trade ambassador and ambassador to China. In all three Senate confirmations, he received unanimous votes. Twice elected governor of Utah, he brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state’s rainy day fund and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows.

During his tenure as governor, Utah was named the best managed state in America. Recognized by others for his service, Gov. Huntsman was elected as chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving 19 states throughout the region. He ran for the presidency in 2012 where he ultimately placed third in the New Hampshire primary before bowing out.

Gov. Huntsman currently serves on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he serves as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation and chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Gov. Huntsman has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as a distinguished lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Gov. Huntsman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has eight honorary doctoral degrees.

Joseph Neubauer

Joe Neubauer was chairman of the board of Aramark Corporation, a leading global provider of professional services including food, hospitality, facility and uniform services, from 1984 until his retirement in 2015. Mr. Neubauer joined Aramark in 1979 as executive vice president of finance and development, chief financial officer and a member of the board of directors. He was elected president in 1981, chief executive officer in 1983 and chairman in 1984. During his tenure at the helm of Aramark, the company grew from a $2.5 billion business largely concentrated in the United States to a $13 billion global services provider.

Prior to joining Aramark, Mr. Neubauer held senior positions at PepsiCo, Inc., including senior vice president of PepsiCo’s Wilson Sporting Goods division and vice president and treasurer of the parent company, PepsiCo, Inc. Prior to that, he served in several capacities from assistant treasurer to vice president of commercial lending at the Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. Neubauer serves on the board of directors of Macy’s, Inc. and Mondelēz International. He is chairman of the University of Chicago’s board of trustees and also chairman of the board of the Barnes Foundation. He was formerly a director of Verizon Communications, Inc. and Tufts University.

Mr. Neubauer has been recognized throughout his career for civic and professional achievements. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and he received the William Penn Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a businessperson in the Greater Philadelphia business community. For his civic involvement, he received the prestigious Philadelphia Award, and he was a Great Immigrants: The Pride of America honoree of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal from the University of Virginia for setting high standards in corporate and civic leadership, and he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship as well as recognition as a Financial Times Outstanding Director. In 1994, he was inducted into the prestigious Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, currently serving as immediate past chairman.

Mr. Neubauer received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Mr. Neubauer was awarded honorary degrees from Tufts University, Drexel University, Franklin & Marshall College and Widener University.

Thomas J. Ridge

Tom Ridge is chairman of Ridge Global, leading a team of international experts who provide clients with solutions to cyber security, international security, emergency preparedness and response, and risk management issues. Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, then-Governor Ridge became the first assistant to the president for Homeland Security, and in 2003 he became the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The creation of the country’s 15th cabinet department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania.

During his DHS tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000 employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods; instituted layered security at air, land and seaports; developed a unified national response and recovery plan; protected critical infrastructure; integrated new technology; and improved information sharing worldwide. Mr. Ridge served as secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until 2005. Before the events of Sept. 11, Mr. Ridge was twice elected governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Gov. Ridge’s aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment.

Gov. Ridge serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and other private and public entities. He is currently chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force.

Gov. Ridge graduated from Harvard University with honors. After his first year at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, Gov. Ridge earned his law degree and later became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms. Throughout his public and private sector career, Gov. Ridge has received numerous awards, honors and honorary degrees from both national and international institutions.
 

Anthony Welters

Tony Welters is executive chairman of the BlackIvy Group, LLC. Mr. Welters had invested early in oil leases in the Bakken Formation and established his own shale gas exploration and production company. Recognizing the growing need for physical and technical infrastructure outside the U.S., he turned his focus to Sub-Saharan Africa where BlackIvy Group builds and grows infrastructure businesses
in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. Mr. Welters’ globalization of entrepreneurship in these countries creates employment for individuals and new market opportunities for the region.

Mr. Welters had formerly been senior adviser to the Office of the CEO of UnitedHealth Group (UHG), which serves more than 100 million people worldwide through its health and well-being companies. During his tenure at UHG, he had served as executive vice president and a member of the Office of the CEO and had led UHG’s Public and Senior Markets Group. Mr. Welters joined UHG upon its acquisition of AmeriChoice, a health care company he had founded in 1989. Mr. Welters is a member of the boards of Loews Corporation, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., and C.R. Bard, Inc. He is trustee emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine board of trustees, chairman of the board of New York University (NYU) School of Law as well as vice chairman of the board of NYU and a trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center.

In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Welters to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he serves as chairman of the finance committee. Mr. Welters is a founding member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, bestowed on those who have overcome humble beginnings and adversity to achieve success and contribute to society, and he serves on the board of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Mr. Welters is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies in the country. He and his wife, Beatrice, are recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, in recognition of their long-standing commitment to philanthropy.

Mr. Welters was born and raised in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Manhattanville College and a JD degree from New York University School of Law.

News and Events

October 17, 2016

Huntsman

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance hosted a special event featuring Jon M. Huntsman Jr.—former governor of Utah, former U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore, and 2012 Presidential candidate—titled “Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Politics.” Brian Tierney—CEO of Brian Communications and former CEO and publisher of The Philadelphia InquirerThe Daily News and philly.com—moderated the discussion.

Click here to watch the event.

At a time when both inter and intra-party tensions are at an all-time high, Governor Huntsman shared his views on how citizens and lawmakers can fix the broken politics of Washington, DC, by working together and putting the needs of the nation above the needs of their respective parties. Governor Huntsman is a co-chairman of No Labels, a bipartisan advocacy group committed to solving problems by uniting members of both political parties.

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January 29, 2016

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded programs, continues to influence the educational landscape. It raises complex compliance issues across the spectrum of the education system—from elementary and secondary districts to major research universities. Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, featuring Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman, brought together regional and national experts to explore Title IX compliance as it impacts sports, violence and broad issues of equality on campus. The conference was co-sponsored by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

Panel 1: “The Future of Title IX Equality Compliance"

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Corruption Event

December 3, 2015

Following a raid in 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took an unprecedented step and appointed Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer the Administrative Judge of Philadelphia's Traffic Court, aiming to reform the Traffic Court permanently and restore public confidence in the adjudication of traffic citations. Judge Glazer has worked with former Pennsylvania Inspector General William G. Chadwick to instill a new culture of ethics and compliance in Traffic Court.

On Dec. 3 Judge Glazer, Chadwick and Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Craig R. McCoy discussed these important issues at Countering Corruption: Building A New Culture of Ethics and Compliance in Philadelphia's Traffic Court, sponsored by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance and the Chief Integrity Officer, City of Philadelphia.

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Ridge

April 15, 2015

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance presented the Honorable Thomas J. Ridge on April 15 in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons. Ridge, the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former Governor of Pennsylvania, focused his speech on issues of ethics in government.

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February 24, 2015

According to The National Jurist, "Compliance, cyber security and intellectual asset management top the list of hot alternative legal careers." 

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Cooper

October 2, 2014

Cynthia Cooper, author of Extraordinary Circumstances: Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower, visited Villanova Law to speak about corporate ethics and her experiences at the center of the WorldCom collapse. Cooper and her team unraveled the massive fraud at WorldCom, which amounted to $9 billion and led to the imprisonment of five company executives. She was named one of Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” in 2002 for her role in uncovering one of the largest corporate frauds in history.

 

Curricular Innovation

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Robert Bohner ‘91, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Lincoln Financial Group, leads a session of Villanova Law's third-year compliance module

As part of its mission, the Girard-diCarlo Center will introduce new cross-disciplinary coursework. The first such course, an elective learning module on compliance, was introduced in January 2015. Now, a full elective course is offered.

Corporate Compliance Risk Management

This course will service as an introduction to compliance and ethics programs. The course is intended to blend the legal and regulatory basis for compliance programs with more practical discussions of how to implement a compliance and ethics program. The goal of the course will be to provide an overview of ethics and compliance programs in a practical way so that students with an interest in this area will have solid grounding if they choose to pursue opportunities in the compliance field or an in-house attorney. While the course will explain the theories behind compliance and ethics programs it is specifically intended to focus on how to create and run a compliance and ethics program.

With that in mind, we will discuss the origins of corporate compliance programs and how cases such as WorldCom and Enron changed expectations for corporations. We will also look at statutory scheme such as Sarbanes Oxley that mandated compliance obligations on corporations. After that we will exp lore, how enforcement agencies such as the US Department of Justice view compliance programs and how US Sentencing Guidelines treat compliance programs. We will look at deferred prosecution agreements and the compliance and ethics program and discuss strategies that companies use to implement compliance programs. We will address items such as whistleblower hotlines, risk assessments, codes of conduct, conflicts of interest, policies and procedures, auditing and monitoring programs and tone at the top. We will discuss the role of a chief compliance officer and the corporate governance issues such as reporting to boards of directors and privilege considerations that general counsels and chief compliance officers face on a daily basis. Finally, we will look at specific risk areas and building compliance programs to address these areas. As an example, we will look at the joint guidance issued by the Department of Justice and SEC regarding effective anticorruption (FCPA) compliance programs.

 

About the Girard-diCarlos

David and Connie Girard-diCarlo

Ambassador David and Constance Girard-diCarlo have had a significant impact on corporate, legal, political and civic affairs during their careers. Both Villanova Law alumni, each has made a major mark in their respective fields. 

Constance B. Girard-diCarlo was a successful lawyer and executive in the service industry, having held numerous senior management positions throughout her 25-year career with Aramark Corporation. She joined Aramark, a multi-billion dollar service management company headquartered in Philadelphia, as an assistant general counsel in the legal department following her graduation from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in 1974. In 1981, she moved into a management role as a vice president in Aramark’s Campus Services division; in 1986, she became president of the School Support Services division. From 1990 until her retirement in 1999, Mrs. Girard-diCarlo was president of the Healthcare Support Services division, which managed non-clinical support service departments for institutions in the acute care and continuing care segments of the healthcare market. The division served 250 client facilities nationwide, managed 18,000 employees and oversaw client department budgets totaling in excess of $700 million annually.

Mrs. Girard-diCarlo was active in numerous civic, professional and corporate organizations. She was a member of the boards of The Day & Zimmermann Group, Inc., a global provider of diversified professional, technical and consulting services; EnergyNorth, Inc., a public utility holding company; and The Multicare Companies, Inc., a provider of high quality long-term care and specialty medical services. She served on the boards of Widener University, The Franklin Institute and The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. She was chairman of the Corporate Advisory Council for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, having also served on the GSSEP board of directors.

Mrs. Girard-diCarlo was the recipient of Widener University School of Management's Distinguished Performance in Management Award. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development named her one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, and she was the recipient of the Philadelphia Forum of Executive Women’s Star Award in recognition of her creation of economic value and her contribution to the community at large.

President George W. Bush appointed Mrs. Girard-diCarlo to be a council member at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and she served on the USHMM council from 2005 until 2011. She currently serves on the board of The Lensic Performing Arts Center. A native of Elkins Park, Pa., Mrs. Girard-diCarlo earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Miami.

Ambassador David F. Girard-diCarlo, Ret. is a 1973 graduate of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Villanova Law Review and chairman of the honor board. Mr. Girard-diCarlo had served for 22 years as managing partner and then chairman of Blank Rome LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States, and had also served as chairman and CEO of Blank Rome Government Relations LLC, when he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2008 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria. In that role, Ambassador Girard-diCarlo oversaw more than 500 U.S. and Austrian employees at the Embassy. Ambassador Girard-diCarlo’s responsibilities also included oversight of the operations of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Vienna and the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

After his diplomatic service, Mr. Girard-diCarlo joined the Philadelphia-based international law firm Cozen O’Connor where he was a member in the business law department and the government relations group until his retirement in 2012. Throughout his career, Mr. Girard-diCarlo provided strategic advice to clients in the banking, health care, education, transportation and service industries. Mr. Girard-diCarlo was consistently named in The Best Lawyers in America as a leading corporate lawyer and government relations specialist.

Actively involved in politics for more than three decades, Mr. Girard-diCarlo held positions with numerous local, state and federal campaigns and served as co-chairman of the host committee for the 2000 Republican National Convention held in Philadelphia.

Mr. Girard-diCarlo served on the boards of numerous public companies and governmental entities, including PNC Financial Services Group, Midlantic Corporation, Continental Bank, Pennoni Associates, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) and the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. He served as chairman of the board of both the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

An active participant in the cultural communities in which he lived and worked, Mr. Girard-diCarlo served in leadership positions at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Gettysburg Foundation, the National Constitution Center and Saint Joseph’s University, among others.

Mr. Girard-diCarlo has received numerous awards and honors, including the Americanism Award from the Anti-Defamation League; the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee; and the Pontifical Honor of Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, conferred upon him by Pope John Paul II for his work as chairman of Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools.

Mr. Girard-diCarlo has been an active alumnus of the Law School throughout the years, having served as chairman and now life member of the Board of Consultors. In 2003, Mr. Girard-diCarlo was recognized for his ongoing commitment to Villanova Law as the recipient of the Law School’s Gerald Abraham Award for Distinguished Service. He has chaired major fundraising campaigns for the Law School, including the Reuschlein Fund, the Law School’s first capital campaign, and the Campaign for Villanova Law, which helped fund the construction of the current School of Law building. As part of that second campaign, Ambassador and Mrs. Girard-diCarlo generously donated the funding for the Student Lounge. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Mr. Girard-diCarlo graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a bachelor’s degree in history. He was awarded an honorary degree from Drexel University.

 




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The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance

 

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085 USA

 

Tel.: 610-519-7459