Inaugural Law & Entrepreneurship Roundtable
October 3, 2017
The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship hosted its Inaugural Law and Entrepreneurship Roundtable which included professionals from law, venture capital, biotech and nonprofit organizations. The professionals from each of these fields discussed the opportunities for entrepreneurs and the challenges they face in seeking funding for their ideas.
The roundtable featured 4 segments: the first segment on nonprofit entrepreneurship was moderated by Professor of Law and the Director of the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, Melanie McMenamin, and featured guest speakers Kristina Wahl, President of The Barra Foundation; Elizabeth Killough, Director of The Untours Foundation; Marla Conley, Founding Partner of Conley Fleming, LLP, and Omar Woodard, Executive Director of GreenLight Fund Philadelphia. During this segment, panelists discussed social enterprise and the process for entrepreneurs who are seeking funding for nonprofit ventures.
The second segment on venture capitalism was moderated by Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, Andrew Lund, and featured guest speakers Jeffrey Bodle, Partner at Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP; Holly Flanagan, Gabriel Investments; Chris Hanssens, Managing Partner at Eureka Growth Capital; David Luk, Principal at Safeguard; and Christopher Miller, Partner at Pepper Hamilton. During this segment, panelists discussed the venture capital process and the challenges that entrepreneurs face in seeking these funds. They also discussed the criterion they typically look for when deciding which entrepreneurs to provide funding.
The third segment featured a presentation by the Villanova Entrepreneurs Capital Club. The club is passionate about helping Villanova students, alumni, and friends of Villanova achieve their entrepreneurial goals through assisting them in raising the capital they need to succeed.
The roundtable concluded with the featured segment, the Keynote Address by Jane Hollingsworth, Founding and Managing Partner of Militia Hill Ventures. Jane Hollingsworth discussed her journey from law school to a law firm, to the medical field, and to finally founding her own venture capital company, Militia Hill Ventures. Ms. Hollingsworth took questions from the audience and provided students and attendees with insight into how her experiences allowed her to develop the skills necessary to found her own company.
Following the Keynote Address there was a reception in the Law School’s Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons where students had the opportunity to network and continue discussions with the panelists.
Business Law Colloquium
March 31, 2017 – April1, 2017
The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship hosted its inaugural Business Law Colloquium, a two-day event on Friday March 31, 2017 and Saturday, April 1, 2017. The Colloquium centered around fourteen papers presented by Brian Broughman (Indiana), Virginia Harper Ho (Kansas), Larry Hamermesh (Delaware), Randall Thomas (Vanderbuilt), Robert Jackson, Jr. (Columbia), Elizabeth Pollman (Loyola-LA), Claire Hill (Minnesota), Usha Rodrigues (Georgia), Bill Bratton (Penn), Fred Tung (Boston University), and Richard Hynes (Virginia) along with Villanova Faculty Richard Booth, Yonathan Arbel, and Josephine Sandler Nelson.
Speaker Series co-sponsored by the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship and the Corporate Law Society
Spring Semester 2017
During the Spring 2017 semester, The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship co-sponsored a series of pop-up events along with the Villanova Corporate Law Society. This series took place on four Wednesday afternoons from 12pm-1pm and lunch was provided for attendees of the events. Each event was an approved concentration event fulfillment for students in the business law concentration.
On January 25, 2017, Corporate Litigation v. Corporate Transactional Career Panel featured corporate attorneys as panelists including Kate Buck, Esq. from McCarter & English; Glenn McGillivray, Esq. from Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnel LLP; Tyler Morris, Esq. from Nathan Trotter & Co., Inc; and Christopher Kelly, Esq. from Potter Anderson Corroon, LLP. During this discussion, the panelists shared their experiences from working as either a corporate litigator or a corporate transactional attorney to provide law students who are exploring these fields of law with insight on the similarities and differences between the practices.
On February 1, 2017, the second of the speaker series featured Rick Alexander, Head of Legal Policy at B Lab. B Lab is a nonprofit organization founded by the co-founder and president of AND1, and promotes the use of business for good. The speaker taught students about the emergence of benefit corporations, or B-Corps. B-Corps are for-profit corporations that include a public benefit in addition to financial profit. Students were able to participate in a Q&A session following the speaker’s presentation.
On February 15, 2017, the third of the speaker series featured guest speaker Jeffery Lattman, Executive Managing Director of Beecher Carlson’s executive liability practice. The speaker discussed Director and Officer insurance and challenges facing today’s firms. He shared his expertise in designing and negotiating Directors and Officers Liability, and topics included claims, indemnification, exclusions, and the firm’s commercial and financial services to clients. Students were able to participate in a Q&A session following the speaker’s presentation.
On March 15, 2017, the fourth and final of the speaker series featured a panel on white collar crime from a corporate perspective. The guest speakers included three practitioners: Douglas Rosenblum, Partner at Piertagallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick, & Raspanti, LLP; Richard Goldberg, Chief of the Economic Crime Section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of PA; and John Ryan, President and CEO of Unilife. The speakers each discussed their roles in their organizations, including representing entities and individuals who are under investigation for allegations of white collar crime, investigating fraud and trade secret violations, and implementing protective measures to prevent against white collar crime. Students were able to participate in a Q&A session throughout the panelists discussion.
Cyberlaw Colloquium sponsored by the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship
February 3, 2017 – February 4, 2017
Professor Michael Risch hosted a two-day colloquium sponsored the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship on Friday, February 3, 2017 and Saturday, February 4, 2017. The Colloquium centered around papers and presentations by Mike Madison (Pitt), Joshua Fairfield (Washington & Lee), Kevin Werbach (Penn), Brett Frischmann (Villanova), Andrea Matwyshyn (Princeton), and Olivier Sylvain (Fordham).
Exponential Innovation: The Future of Radical Breakthroughs for the Benefit of Humanity Lee Stein
October 20, 2016
The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship hosted Lee Stein, the Founder and Chairman of Virtual Group, LLC, for a lecture on innovation for the benefit of humanity. Mr. Stein discussed his expertise of innovative solutions in the areas of energy and the environment. Students and attendees had the opportunity for a Q&A session following the lecture.
Prior to the event, Mr. Stein invited students to the Scarpa Center to meet with him for an opportunity to network and discuss student inquiries.
Entrepreneurs and Lawyers: Creating Win-Win Relationships
November 19, 2015
Presented by The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship and the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute
Entrepreneurs and Lawyers: Creating Win-Win Relationships was an opportunity for lawyers and entrepreneurs to discuss how they can optimize their working relationships. The event explored topics including selecting a lawyer or law firm, deciding to work with a start-up company, best practices for entrepreneurs to reduce legal expenses and best practices for lawyers to attract and keep entrepreneurial business. Entrepreneurs and lawyers shared expert advice in a question and answer format, providing perspective and actionable insights.
The event took place on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4-8 p.m. This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Board for 2 CLE credits.
Sock Hop Study Break
November 18, 2015
The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship welcomed students to the Sock Hop Study Break, which featured an introduction to the Center and a celebration of social entrepreneurship. The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 3-5 p.m. in the Scarpa Center space. To celebrate our focus on social entrepreneurship, attendees were asked to donate a pair of new adult socks which the Center collected on behalf of The Joy of Sox, an organization founded by Tom Costello Jr. '69 COE that distributes socks to the homeless.
June 11, 2015:
Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business Conference
The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship presented the second annual conference on Current Topics in Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business on Thursday, June 11. The featured speaker, Zane Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, discussed “Healthcare Fraud Enforcement & Business Compliance.” Read more
November 20, 2014:
Venture Capital: Key Negotiating Points
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Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted a lecture on venture capital—the second event of its Financing Growth Business Lecture Series—on Thursday, Nov. 20. Three panelists from local venture capital firm, Safeguard Scientifics, discussed the negotiation dynamics between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs that drive the terms and structure of VC financings of growing businesses. As one of the pioneering venture firms, Safeguard made early investments in companies like Comcast, QVC and Novell, and has completed more than 100 M&A transactions and more than 20 initial public offerings (IPOs). Read more
October 23, 2014:
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Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted a lecture on Crowdfunding on October 23. Crowdfunding— Internet-based financing that involves ordinary investors— is changing the way entrepreneurs raise capital for their growing businesses. In this interactive session, legal expert Yoel Kranz discussed the various ways to raise money that are permissible under current rules, and what may be coming soon. Read more
June 12, 2014:
Conference on Current Topics in Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business Development
Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, presented a special one-day forum on Current Topics in Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business Development on June 12 at the Law School. Helmed by a faculty of professional thought leaders, this conference created a formal venue for legal, compliance and business development professionals to discuss important topics affecting the Life Sciences sector in 2014 and beyond. Intended to showcase the vibrant Life Sciences sector of the greater Philadelphia/New Jersey region, this industry-focused summit offered networking opportunities for business and legal professionals to engage, communicate and connect. This program has been approved for 3.5 CLE credits. Read more
March 25, 2014:
Becoming the Entrepreneur of Your Own Career
Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted a lecture entitled “Becoming the Entrepreneur of Your Own Career.” The event will be held on Thursday, March 25 in Law School Room 102. In this interactive session, longtime entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr. Richard Caruso, discussed his 35 years of experience in the entrepreneurial field. Read more
February 13, 2014:
Venture Capital – The Catholic Healthcare Way
Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted a lecture entitled “How the Nation’s Largest Catholic Healthcare System Invests in Innovation” on Thursday, February 13. Seasoned venture capitalist, Matt Hermann, discussed his experiences in a field where medical innovation intersects with the venture capital market and the Catholic healing mission. Read more
January 21, 2014:
Villanova University School of Law Announces Major Curricular Innovations
Villanova University School of Law announced significant changes for the law school in 2014 that transformed the curriculum to provide students with both the academic and practical skills needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive market. Read more
June 12, 2013:
Professor Michael Risch Quoted in Wall Street Journal Blog
Villanova University School of Law Professor Michael Risch was quoted in a Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog post about President Barack Obama’s plan to take executive action against so-called “patent trolls.” An intellectual property expert, Professor Risch has written extensively on the topic with his article, “Patent Troll Myths,” cited often. Read more