VLS Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights: October/November 2013

Todd Aagaard

In the Media: Quoted in Law360’s September 26 article, “Energy Attys Slam Feds For Meddling In Pa. Fracking.”

April Barton

Led a panel discussion, hosted by the Distance Learning in Legal Education Working Group, on distance education at Harvard Law School in March.

Was asked to chair the Distance Learning in Legal Education Working Group’s committee on consortium efforts.

Andrew Brandt 

Spoke on “Navigating a CBA” at the 8th Annual Ivy Sports Symposium at Harvard Law School on November 22.

In the Media: Featured in a Sports Agent Blog post, "Six Questions With Andrew Brandt, NFL Business Analyst At ESPN," on November 21.

In the Media: His discussion with Sol Weiss on the NFL Concussion Litigation was referenced in Peter King’s September 22 column on Sports Illustrated’s MMQB.com.

Patrick Brennan 

Delivered an invited plenary address, "Resisting the Grand Coalition in Favor of the Status Quo by Giving Full Scope to the Libertas Ecclesiae," at the annual Convention of Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, held in Philadelphia. The paper will be published in the Proceedings of the Fellowship.

Michael Campbell 

Participated on a panel on the "Affordable Care Act" at the Bryn Mawr School of Graduate Social Work on November 16.

In the Media: Quoted in the September 28 Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Proof: Different rates for same health insurance."

In the Media: His Q&A column, “Insurance subsidies and Medicaid,” was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on September 22.

Ben Carlson 

Presented a BePress Digital Commons webinar, entitled “The Librarian and the Huntsman: Avoiding the Budget Ax by Taking on Digital Projects,” with Lori Strickler on October 29.

David Caudill 

Presented a 2-hour ethics CLE program on “Bias in the Courtroom” at the annual Washington and Lee University Law and Literature symposium, in Lexington, Virginia on November 1-2.

Candace Centeno 

Gave a presentation, entitled “Incorporating Simulations into the Legal Writing Curriculum to Encourage Active Learning and to Make Real World Connections,” at the Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference at University of Kansas School of Law on September 28.

Steve Chanenson 

Gave a guest lecture on criminal sentencing in two Villanova undergraduate courses on criminal courts.

Conducted sentencing workshops for PA trial judges in Pittsburgh and Blue Bell at the request of the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts.

Gave a presentation, entitled “Pennsylvania Sentencing: Striking a Different Balance,” on a Plenary Panel at the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s Symposium on Economic Crime in New York City on September 18. He later participated in breakout sessions on potential revisions of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Joseph Dellapenna 

Served as keynote speaker, presenting “Core Values, Sustainability, and the Privatization of Water,” at the University of Utrecht’s Centre for Water, Oceans, and Sustainability Law’s conference on “Water and Ocean Law in Times of Climate Change” on October 31.

Gave a public lecture at the University of Gent on “Behind the Red Curtain: Environmental Concerns and the End of Communism.”

Participated in the ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting in London, October 15-20.

Michelle Dempsey 

Elected to the American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Philosophy of Law, effective July 2014.

In the Media: Quoted in the October 18 KYW Newsradio story, "Villanova Forum Spotlights Problem of Sex Trafficking in Pennsylvania."

Presented at the 2013 Villanova University Civitas Dei Medal Award, honoring Judge John T. Noonan, Jr., on November 13. The title of her address was "Judge Noonan as Legal Philosopher.”

John Dobbyn 

His novel, Frame Up, has been contracted for publication in Turkey.

Keith Fogg 

His article, “Meeting Leads to Changes to Certain Practices in the Tax Court,” was published in the Fall 2013 edition of the ABA Section of Taxation NewsQuarterly.

In the Media: Quoted in the September 24 Tax Notes article, “ABA Meeting: Tax Court Encouraging Use of Low-Income Clinics, Judge Says.”

Abraham Gafni 

Presented on "Mediation Considerations" at the CLE program of the Pennsylvania Association For Justice on "Proving the Premises Liability Case” on November 1 in Philadelphia.

His article, "Do Arbitrators Have the Right to Exclude Relevant Testimony?," appeared in the Legal Intelligencer on October 15.

John Gotanda 

Presented on “Teaching as a Vocation” at Villanova University’s Center for Faith and Learning on October 9.

Spoke on “Deaning During Tough Times” at the Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership Workshop at the University of Washington School of Law on October 13.

Presented his paper, “Dodging Windfalls: Damages Based on Market Price, Actual Loss, and Appropriate Awards,” Unification of International Trade Rules in the Age of Globalization: China and the World,” at Tsinghua University on October 19. The conference was sponsored by Tsinghua University School of Law, the United Nations Centre for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the Chinese International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

Richard Harvey 

In the Media: Quoted in the Financial Times October 15 article, “Ireland Pledges to Close Apple Tax Loophole.” The article was also published by CNBC.

In the Media: Quoted in the October 8 New York Times story, “New Corporate Tax Shelter: A Merger Abroad.” The article also ran in The Economic Times, Yahoo! Finance and CNBC.com

Gave a presentation, titled “Apple's International Tax Planning,” to the VLS Tax and Corporate Law Societies on October 23. The presentation was posted to SSRN, where it made the Top 10 downloaded list for the Tax Law: Practitioner Series eJournal.

His article, titled “Worldwide Taxation of U.S. Citizens Living Abroad: Impact of FACTA and Two Proposals,” made the SSRN top 10 downloaded list of tax articles in the past 60 days.

Ann Juliano 

Elected to the American Law Institute.

Cathy Lanctot 

Her essay, “Using Videos to Teach American Legal History,” has been published in the American Journal of Legal History’s October 2013 symposium issue on “Teaching Legal History In U.S. Law Schools.” The essays in this symposium will also be published next year in a book to be called Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives, published by Wildy, Simmonds & Hill of London.

Beth Lyon 

Recently co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of Latina/Latino Critical Legal Theory and submitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Arce v. Huppenthal.

Presented a successful proposal to the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors, on behalf of the PBA Civil and Equal Rights and the Law Related Education Committees, to establish a statewide Civil and Equal Rights Paper and Documentary Contest for college students.

Presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor’s Forum, “Putting Power Behind the Prose: Using International Human Rights Law to Influence American Jurisprudence and Policy,” on October 22.

Presented on a panel, entitled “Overcoming Isolation & Exclusion; Promoting Access to Justice for Language Minorities,” at the LatCrit 2013 Biennial Conference in Chicago, Illinois on October 4.

Published “Promoting Language Access in the Legal Academy” in the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class (with Dutton, Rathod & Weissman).

James Maule 

In the Media: Quoted in the Reuters Great Debate blog, “After healthcare mess, do you want D.C. doing your taxes?” on October 24.

Spoke on the issue of whether federal income tax deductions and credits are mandatory at a luncheon gathering of the Wilmington Tax Group, on Nov. 19, at the University and Whist Club in Wilmington, Del.

Michael Moreland 

Spoke at a plenary session on “Religious Freedom and Anti-Discrimination Norms,” led a mentoring session for law students, and conducted a workshop on First Amendment issues at the annual meeting of the Christian Legal Society in Clearwater, Florida on October 18-19.

Presented at a faculty lunch workshop at Duquesne University School of Law and spoke to the University Faculty Congress on the topic of National Labor Relations Board jurisdiction over religiously-affiliated colleges and universities on November 4.

Participated in the annual conference of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame on November 8-10.

Michele Pistone 

Served as curator and licensee for TEDxVillanovaU: Create, Innovate, Inspire, which was held on November 22 in Driscoll Auditorium.

Invited to serve on the American Bar Association accreditation site team for the sabbatical re-accreditation review of the Law College at Michigan State University from Nov. 3-6.

Created and produced a teaching video on Persuasive Lawyering.

Invited by the Dean of Southern Illinois University School of Law to present a faculty workshop on "How Flipping the Classroom Addresses Potential Disruption of Legal Education" on October 7.

Presented her paper, “No Path But One: Law School Survival in an Age of Disruptive Technology,” at LatCrit 2013 in Chicago, Illinois on October 4.

Conducted a webinar on “Flipping the Law School Classroom,” on September 27.

Michael Risch 

In the Media: Quote in San Francisco Weekly’s November 13 article, Glass Bottom Boat: Google's Control Over its Secrets Becomes Clearer.

Spoke at Rutgers Law School on design patent and trade dress on November 14.

In the Media: Quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education blog post, Venture Capitalists Call Patent Aggregators Negative Forces for Innovation, on October 31.

In the Media: Quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s October 25 article, “Under Financial Pressure, Universities Give Patent Buyers a Closer Look.”

In the Media: Interviewed about by KCBS Radio on September 28.

Featured as a panelist in “Hot Topic Workshop: Congress v Trolls” at the Licensing Executives Society’s annual meeting on September 24 in Philadelphia.

Participated in a panel on Patent Licensing: New Business Models and New Opportunities at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason School of Law’s Inaugural Academic Conference on Patent Law on September 12. The Conference focused on “The Commercial Function of Patents in Today’s Innovation Economy."

Mary Ann Robinson 

Her article, “Mission: Impossible, Mission: Accomplished or Mission: Underway? A Survey and Analysis of Current Trends in Professionalism Education in American Law Schools” (co-authored with Alison Kehner at Penn Law) was listed in SSRN's Top Ten download list for: Law Educator: Courses, Materials & Teaching eJournal, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility eJournal and Law &Society: The Legal Profession eJournal.

Tuan Samahon 

Authored and filed reply brief in a pro bono appeal on behalf of taxpayers in Kuretski v. Commissioner.

Spoke to the Vanderbilt Law School chapter of the Federalist Society on the scope of the President's recess appointment authority.

Participated on panel at Gwynedd-Mercy College concerning the Second Amendment and gun control.

Louis Sirico 

His paper, “Benjamin Franklin, Prayer, and the Constitutional Convention: History as Narrative,” was published in 10 Legal Communication & Rhetoric 89 (2013).

Lori Strickler  

Presented a BePress Digital Commons webinar, entitled “The Librarian and the Huntsman: Avoiding the Budget Ax by Taking on Digital Projects,” with Ben Carlson on October 29.

Peter Thompson 

Served as Faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Mid-Atlantic Program: Building Trial Skills on November 4 and 5.

Taught a CLE program on “Effective Immigration Practice for Solo and Small Firms: What Every Lawyer Should Know” for the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education at Rutgers Law School.

Contact: Kate Johnston
Tel: 610-519-8333
Email: kate.johnston@villanova.edu