VLS Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights:

May - September 2014

Todd Aagaard  

His article, “Tackling Climate Change: Don't Forget Energy Efficiency,” was published in the New York Law Journal on July 10.

Leslie Book 

In the Media: Quoted in May 14 Tax Notes Today article, “#3 2014 TNT 93-3 EITC Error Rate Grows; Improper Payments Top $13 Billion.”

Spoke on a panel at the May meeting of the ABA Tax Section in Washington, DC; his topic was “Teaching Taxation.”

Andrew Brandt 

In the Media: Quoted in the May 7 Legal Intelligencer article, “Could Former Players' Unease Spell Trouble for Proposed NFL Settlement?”

In the Media: Quoted in The Christian Science Monitor’s May 18 story, “NCAA and college sports: It is time to pay athletes to play?” The article was picked up by Yahoo! News and Alaska Dispatch.

In the Media: Quoted in The Christian Science Monitor’s May 21 story, “NBA's case against Donald Sterling: Would it hold up in court?

In the Media: Quoted in the May 23 Philadelphia Inquirer article, “NFL's Super Bowl decision not a good sign for Eagles.”

In the Media: Appeared on Bloomberg Television's Market Makers on June 13  and August 11 to discuss O’Bannon v. NCAA.

In the Media: Spoke to Bloomberg Television on July 10 about rumors that LeBron James might re-join the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In the Media: Appeared on Bloomberg Television’s Market Makers on August 7 to discuss Major League Baseball's steroid scandal.

In the Media: Quoted in the August 31 Main Line Media News article, “Shipley features all-star cast in well-attended concussion panel discussions.”

Patrick Brennan 

Planned and participated in a closed-door conference on "The Human Person, Economics, and Catholic Social Thought," sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago.

Delivered an invited lecture on "Religious Liberty and Conscience" as part of "The Manhattan Declaration in Philadelphia" at the National Constitution Center.

Joined an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in Perez v. Mortgage Brokers Association, a case concerning whether an agency can change an interpretation of a rule without using notice and comment procedures.

Awarded the degree Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Berkeley) and inducted into the School's College of Fellows, in May 2014.

Michael Campbell 

Presented and participated on a panel at the Health Law Institute in Philadelphia on the subject “Covering the Uninsured in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act.”

Benjamin Carlson 

Co-presented “Teaching Public Information Research Skills” with Amy Spare at the 2014 Greater Philadelphia Area Law Librarians Association Annual Institute at Drexel University School of Law on June 6.

David Caudill 

Delivered lectures on the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct at George Washington University and The College of William & Mary, as part of BARBRI’s summer 2014 bar exam preparation program.

Presented a paper on financial bias in scientific expertise at the annual “Studies of Expertise & Experience” workshop, held June 7-13 at Waterloo University in Ontario.

Taught an intensive week-long course (July 21-25) in Expert Evidence at the University of Melbourne in Australia, where he was appointed a Senior Fellow for 2014.

Presented on the Daubert gatekeeping duty to evaluate expert testimony for US federal judges at the Australian Federal Court in Melbourne on July 22.

Presented a CLE program on the use of survey evidence in trademark infringement litigation at the University of Melbourne on July 23.

Delivered a presentation at a symposium held in honor of Professor Penny Pether's scholarship at Wollongong University in Australia.

Presented his paper, "Discerning the Effect of the Economy on Expertise," at the annual meeting of the Society for the Sociological Study of Science, held in August in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Candace Centeno 

Was elected to the Executive Board of the Legal Writing Institute and will serve a two-year term as Treasurer.

Co-chaired the 2014 Legal Writing Conference in Philadelphia.

Presented "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - How do I Prepare the Most Effective Oral Argument of All?" at the 2014 Legal Writing Conference.

Michelle Dempsey 

Participated in the 19th annual Analytic Legal Philosophy Conference at the University of Oxford, England on May 23-24.

Participated in the 2014 Summer "Crimfest" Criminal Law Scholarship Conference at Rutgers-Newark on July 21.

Her recent article, "Decriminalizing Victims of Sex Trafficking," has been accepted for publication in the American Criminal Law Review (Georgetown).

Accepted invitations to present her forthcoming book, Criminalizing Sex (co-authored with Jonathan Herring of the University of Oxford Faculty of Law), at faculty workshops hosted by the University of Virginia School of Law, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and at the 2015 Analytic Legal Philosophy Conference at the University of Southern California.

Accepted an invitation to join the American Society of Political and Legal Philosophy.

Appointed to the American Philosophical Association¹s Committee on Philosophy and Law.

Served as an expert consultant to the World Future Council's Future Policy Award 2014, an international prize that aims to highlight exemplary policies and laws on specifically urgent policy areas at the international level. This year, the award focused on policies that contribute towards ending violence against women and girls, in partnership with UN Women and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

In the Media: Quoted in the September 29 Christian Science Monitor article, “California adopts first 'yes means yes' sex assault law. Does it go too far?

Vicenç Feliú 

Presented “Finding a Legislative Solution to the Orphan Works Issue in Copyright Law” and spoke on the new European Union Ordinary Legislative Procedure at the Concordia School of Law in Boise, Idaho, in July.

John Gotanda 

Spoke on damages under the United Nations Convention on the International Sales of Goods at a conference sponsored by the University of South Africa and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, “The Use of UNCITRAL Instruments to Promote Regional Harmonization,” which was held this past May in Dinokeng, South Africa.

Keith Fogg 

His article, “Does the Failure to Timely Issue Notice and Demand Impact the Underlying Assessment Rather Than the Just Liens or Levies?,” was published in the April-May 2014 issue of the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure.

In the Media: His article, “Financial Disability for All,” was featured on TaxProf Blog on May 19.

In the Media: Quoted in September 3 Tax Notes Today article, “Limits to Tax Court Online Access Thwart Practitioners.”

Abraham Gafni 

Selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Arbitration and Mediation; he has earned this honor each year since 2005.

In the Media: His article, "Will a Court Ever order Discovery in Aid of Mediation?,' appeared in The Legal Intelligencer on May 20.

In the Media: His article, “Should Arbitration Agreements Fix the Time for the Award?,” appeared in The Legal Intelligencer on July 15.

Richard Harvey 

In the Media: Quoted in the May 2 Wall Street Journal article, “Banks Get Break on New Tax-Evasion Enforcement.” The article also appeared on AccountingWeb.com and Morningstar.

His article, “Schedule UTP – Why So Few Disclosures,” was selected to be included in the Practicing Law Institute’s Corporate Tax Practice Series.

In the Media: Quoted in the May 12 New York Times article, “A Deal to Dodge the Tax Man in America.” The story was re-published by Yahoo! News.

Presented on tax aggressiveness at the May 15 National Tax Association meeting in Washington, DC.

In the Media: Quoted in the May 18 Buffalo News article, “Companies move abroad to dodge U.S. taxes.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 20 Herald-Tribune article, “Blocking a rush to U.S. exit.”

Spoke on a panel at the May meeting of the ABA Tax Section in Washington, DC; his topic was “Tax Policy and Simplification.

In the Media: Quoted in the June 2 Politico article, “Thousands of banks sign onto US global tax law.”

In the Media: Quoted in the June 16 New York Times article, “In Medtronic’s Deal for Covidien, an Emphasis on Tax Savings.” The article also appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Presented and moderated a panel discussion on “Base Erosion and Profit Shifting” at the NYU Tax Controversy Forum in New York City on June 20.

In the Media: Quoted in the July 8 Tax Notes Today article, "More Questions Arise as Another LB&I Executive Departs.”

In the Media: Quoted in the July 14 New York Times article, “Drug Firms Make Haste to Elude Tax.” The story was picked up by CNBC.

In the Media: Quoted in the July 28 New York Times article, “Banks Cash In on Inversion Deals Intended to Elude Taxes.” This story was picked up by multiple media outlets, including CNBC, Yahoo! Finance and Financial Review.

In the Media: Featured as a guest on the August 4 edition of WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.

In the Media: Quoted in the August 6 NPR Marketplace.org article, “Why Walgreens stepped back from the inversion brink.”

In the Media: Quoted in the August 21 Washington Examiner article, “Treasury looks to stop 'corporate deserters' on its own.”

Listed by TaxProf Blog as #15 among the most downloaded tax law professors nationally based upon the number of SSRN downloads in the past 12 months.

In the Media: Quoted in the September 3 Bloomberg article, “Burger King on Hortons Deal: It's Not About the Taxes. Experts: That's a Whopper.”

Charlie Howland 

In the Media: His article, “Switch Flipped On at Largest Solar Farm on a Superfund Site,” appeared on the Environmental Protection Agency’s blog on July 9.

Catherine Lanctot 

Her paper was selected by the program committee of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility for presentation as part of its program on “The 21st Century Lawyer’s Evolving Duty of Competence” at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting. The paper, “Becoming a Competent 21st Century Legal Ethics Professor: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Technology (But Were Afraid To Ask)," will be published in the ABA’s Journal of the Professional Lawyer.

Beth Lyon 

Presented in a webinar organized by the AALS Clinical Section Teaching Methodologies Committee on Language Access & Experiential Learning: Law School Best Practices and Compliance with Civil Rights &Ethical Requirements.

In the Media: Co-authored the Foreword of The Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law—Volume 1, Issue 1 (2014).

James Maule 

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management, Inc. published his 505-4th, Trade or Business Expenses and For-Profit Activity Deductions.

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management, Inc. published his 501-4th, Gross Income: Overview and Conceptual Aspects.

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management, Inc. published his 502-4th, Gross Income: Tax Benefit, Claim of Right and Assignment of Income.

Matthew McGovern 

Presented “Legal Research Skills for the Practice-Ready Attorney” at the 2014 Greater Philadelphia Area Law Librarians Association Annual Institute at Drexel University School of Law on June 6. Co-presented with Kathleen M. Coon, Director of Library Services, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads.

Mark Momjian 

Spoke to CBS Philly on September 3 about “pre-pups” – prenuptials to include pets.

Michael Moreland 

In the Media: Quoted in the May 16 Delaware County Daily Times article, “Commencement speaker withdraws from Haverford College graduation.”

In the Media: Quoted in The Christian Science Monitor’s June 10 story, “California court strikes down teacher tenure rules in major ruling.” The article was picked up by CNBC.

In the Media: Quoted in the June 12 Constitution Daily blog post, “California teacher tenure decision echoes historic Brown case.”

In the Media: Appeared on CW Philly Eyewitness News on June 19 to to discuss the end of the Supreme Court’s term and legal challenges to the name of the Washington Redskins.

In the Media: Quoted in the August 9 Associated Press article, “From peyote to sex: Religious liberty fight recast.” The story was picked up by more than 75 media outlets, including The Washington Post, ABC News and The Huffington Post.

In the Media: Quoted in the August 19 Legal News article, “Term religious freedom takes on new meaning.”

Participated in a conference “The Totalitarian Epoch: The Fate of Law and Liberty in the 20th Century and Beyond” at Princeton University sponsored by the James Madison Program May 19-20.

Participated in a leadership meeting of the council for Fondazione Centesimus Annus-Pro Pontifice (CAPP-USA) in New York City May 30-31.

Delivered remarks at the mid-year general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 12.

Delivered remarks at a seminar “Medical Ethics: A Natural Law Perspective” sponsored by the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey on June 23.

Participated in the Annual Law and Religion Roundtable at Washington University-St. Louis School of Law June 26-27.

Participated in a teleforum convened by the Federalist Society on the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby on June 30.

Served as Project Leader and participated in the Libertas Project Summer Workshop on Economic Freedom at Villanova University School of Law July 7-9.

Served as Project Leader and participated in the Libertas Project Summer Workshop on Religious Freedom at Villanova University School of Law July 14-16.

Participated in a colloquium “Liberty of Conscience” sponsored by the Federalist Society and the Liberty Fund in Chicago, Illinois August 15-16.

Mitchell Nathanson 

In the Media: His letter to the editor, “The Devil’s Snake Curve,” appeared in the July 27 New York Times.

Michele Pistone 

Her recent article, "No Path But One: Law School Survival in an Age of Disruptive Technology," was selected as the Article of the Month in June 2014 by the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning.

Named a Fellow with Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, an initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS).

Partnered with FWD.us to produce a series of educational videos from the country’s leading immigration law scholars on topics relevant to immigration law and reform.

Blogging on the intersection of technology and law for Legal Technology Blog, the newest blog in the Law Professors Blogs Network.

Anne Poulin 

In the Media: Quoted in the July 17 Sporting News article, “Experts: Aaron Hernandez legal team can handle two trials in five months.”

Michael Risch 

In the Media: Quoted in the April 22 KYW Newsradio story, “Supreme Court Considers Case That Could Change The Way We Watch TV.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 3 Washington Post article, “Apple Win Falls Far Short of $2 Billion Sought in Samsung Trial.” The story was picked up by multiple media outlets across the country and internationally, including The Japan News, Bloomberg and Yahoo! Finance.

In the Media: Quoted in the May 3 EvaluationEngineering.com article, “Apple gets win of sorts in patent dispute with Samsung.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 4 Bloomberg Businessweek article, “Apple’s $120 Million Win Over Samsung Called Small Change.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 4 Bloomberg Businessweek article, “Big Blue Juror in Apple-Samsung Trial Seen With Outsize Role.” The article appeared in numerous media outlets nationally and internationally, including The Washington Post and Yahoo! Finance.

In the Media: Quoted in the May 5 Bloomberg News article, “Samsung Will Fight Apple Smartphone Trial Verdict, Lawyer Says.” The article also ran in The Washington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald and numerous media outlets nationally and internationally.

In the Media: Quoted in the May 5 DroidForums.net article, “Apple Scores Hollow Victory Over Samsung in Retrial; New Damages are Just $120 Million.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 6 AppleInsider.com story, “Samsung to challenge $120M damages award in Apple patent suit.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 6 BGR.com article, “Of course Samsung isn’t content with simply dodging a massive bullet.” The article was also published by Yahoo! News.

In the Media: Discussed the Apple-Samsung legal battle on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law” program on May 7.

In the Media: Quoted in the May 9 InformationWeek article, “Oracle Beats Google In Android Appeal.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 9 The Verge story, “Federal court overturns Google v. Oracle decision, setting disastrous precedent.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 17 Washington Post article, “Apple Agrees With Google to Drop Smartphone Patent Lawsuits.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 17 The Drum article, “Finally, Google and Apple drop their lawsuits . . . now it's over to Samsung.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 17 Tech Times article, “Apple, Google drop patent lawsuits. Is this bad news for Samsung?

In the Media: Quoted in the May 18 AndroidOS.in article, “Apple, Motorola agree to drop all patent lawsuits against each other.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 19 Reuters article, “Lesson from the smartphone wars: Litigation is not a business plan.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 19 Benzinga.com article, “Have Apple And Google Kissed And Made Up?

In the Media: Quoted in the May 19 Binary News article, “Apple Inc.’s share price up, reaches an agreement with Google Inc. to drop litigations over smartphone patents.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 19 Invezz.com article, “Apple share price: IPhone maker and Google call truce in patent wars.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 19 Rethink Wireless article, “Apple and Google call patents truce.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 19 Guardian Liberty Voice article, “Apple vs Google Lawsuit Thermonuclear War Really Over?

In the Media: Quoted in the May 20 Seekingalpha.com article, “Apple And Google Kiss And Make Up.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 24 Bloomberg story, “Apple Seeks Order Blocking Sale of Some Samsung Phones.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 24 International Business Times article, “Which Samsung Smartphones Could Be Permanently Banned? Full List Following Apple’s Motion For Retrial.” The article also appeared in the Australian edition.

In the Media: Quoted in the May 24 Design & Trend article, “Apple, Hot off Win, Looks to Ban Samsung Products.”

In the Media: Quoted in the Albawaba.com article, “Things are getting intense: Apple seeking legal product ban on Samsung.”

In the Media: Quoted in the May 29 Law.com article, “Qualcomm Unit Loses Bid to Shift Fees in TV Tech Case.”

In the Media: Quoted in the June 4 CQ Roll Call blog post, “Fee-Shifting Decision in ‘Troll’ Case Shows Where Courts Have a Role, Profs Say.”

In the Media: Interviewed by NBC News on June 26 about the Supreme Court Aereo Ruling. The segment was picked up by more than 10 NBC affiliates across the country.

In the Media: Quoted in the July 7 JD Supra article, “An Exchange with Michael Risch: Do the Facts Matter in Patent Eligibility?

In the Media: Quoted in the July 10 Bloomberg Businessweek article, “Apple’s Bid for Samsung Sales Ban Pitched as More Modest.”

In the Media: Quoted in the July 17 Ars Technica story, “Aereo: So, we’re a cable company, right? US Copyright Office: Um, no.”

In the Media: Quoted in the July 18 MLex story, “Supreme Court patent decisions filter into Apple-Samsung dispute.”

In the Media: Quoted in the July 29 The Recorder article, “Apple-Jabs-at-Samsung’s Academic Allies in Smartphone Appeal.” The article also appeared on Law.com.

In the Media: Quoted in the August 6 Washington Post story, “Apple and Samsung end their patent battles outside the U.S.” The story ran in numerous national media outlets including Bloomberg and Yahoo! Finance.

In the Media: Quoted in the August 6 Bloomberg Businessweek article, “Smartphone War: What Was It Good for? Absolutely Nothing.” The story was also published by Yahoo! Finance.

In the Media: Quoted in the August 6 Reuters article, “End of patent fight? Samsung, Apple halt lawsuits outside US.”

In the Media: Quoted in the August 6 PC Pro article, “Samsung and Apple call off all legal disputes, except in the US.”

In the Media: Quoted in the August 6 Androidsis.com article, “Apple y Samsung anuncian el fin de la guerra de patentes fuera de EEUU.”

In the Media: Quoted in the August 7 Herald Globe article, “Softening stance, Apple and Samsung drop cases outside US.”

In the Media: Quoted in the August 8 MLex story, “Patent scholars shed new light on ‘patent troll’ impact.”

In the Media: Quoted in the August 18 Stamford Advocate article, “Priceline founder looks to innovate patent licensing.”

In the Media: Quoted in the August 25 The Vanguard blog post, “Apple and Samsung make peace outside the U.S.

In the Media: Quoted in the August 29 Design & Trend article, “Apple Denied Request for Sales Ban on Samsung Products.”

Mary Ann Robinson 

Presented her paper, “Mission: Impossible, Mission: Accomplished or Mission: Underway? A Survey and Analysis of Current Trends in Professionalism Education in American Law Schools,” at the 2014 Legal Writing Conference in Philadelphia.

Louis Sirico 

His article, "The Constitutional Convention: Drafting to Charter Future History," was published in 12 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 157 (2014).

Organized and facilitated the Legal Writing Institute’s Writers Workshop in June.

Spoke at the Legal Writing Institute’s 16 Biennial Conference in July on "What Should We Teach in the Second Year?"

Tuan Samahon 

Won a summary judgment motion against the FBI in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia in Samahon v. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In the Media: Featured in the August 31 Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Villanova professor's quest reveals LBJ vendetta against George Hamilton.”

In the Media: Featured in the September 3 CBS Philly story, “Villanova Law Professor Granted FBI Investigation Files.”

In the Media: Quoted in The National Law Journal's September 10 article, "Professor Examines Nixon, Hoover Role in Fortas' Fall."

Collaborating with Supreme Court counsel on a cert petition in Kuretski v. Commissioner, which challenges the President's power to remove the judges of the United States Tax Court.

Amy Spare 

Co-presented “Teaching Public Information Research Skills” with Benjamin Carlson at the 2014 Greater Philadelphia Area Law Librarians Association Annual Institute at Drexel University School of Law on June 6.