VLS Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights:

March - April 2015

Heather Baum

Presented "Leading With Character in the Legal Writing Classroom and Law School" at the Southeastern Regional Legal Writing Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee in April.

Andrew Brandt

In the Media: Quoted in the April 28 Bloomberg.com article, “NFL Will End Its Tax-Exempt Status, Goodell Tells Owners.”

In the Media: Joined BBC on April 23 to discuss NFL concussion litigation settlement.

In the Media: His article, “On Prospect Maturity, Domestic Violence and Players We Don’t Know,” was published on the Sports Illustrated website on April 16.

Leslie Book

Co-organized, with Deena Ackerman, the American Tax Policy Institute’s conference, Delivering Benefits to Low-income Taxpayers, on April 24 and moderated the panel, International Tax Administration.

His article “Academic Clinics: Benefitting Students, Taxpayers and the Tax System” was published in the Spring 2015 issue of Tax Lawyer.

David Caudill

Drafted two questions for the State Bar of California: one on legal ethics for use in the Summer 2015 California Bar Exam and one on contracts for use in the 2015 First Year Law Student’s Examination.

Gave a paper on attorney experts in legal malpractice lawsuits at the annual Studies in Expertise and Experience conference held at the Cardiff University in Wales on May 10.

Leslie Book

Co-organized, with Deena Ackerman, the American Tax Policy Institute’s conference, Delivering Benefits to Low-income Taxpayers, on April 24 and moderated the panel, International Tax Administration.

His article “Academic Clinics: Benefitting Students, Taxpayers and the Tax System” was published in the Spring 2015 issue of Tax Lawyer.

Candace Centeno

Spoke at the Montgomery County Bar Association’s Women in the Law meeting on May 7.

Michelle Dempsey

Testified on May 8 before Philadelphia City Council at hearing on “yes means yes” standard.

In the Media: Quoted in Newsworks.org May 8 article, “Council hearing discusses sexual consent at Philly area colleges."

In the Media: Quoted in the April 23 Daily Pennsylvanian article, “Penn Law professors debate sexual assault policies.”

Presented a paper on "Sex and Public Wrongs" at the Analytic Legal Philosophy Conference at University of Southern California on April 10, and at a faculty workshop at University of Virginia School of Law on April 24.

Participated on a public panel and closed door workshop at the University of Pennsylvania on Title IX compliance and campus sexual misconduct policies and procedures on April 22.

Presented her book manuscript "Sex, Wrongs, and Criminalization" to the Oxford Jurisprudence Discussion Group on March 6.

With Director and Co-Founder of the CSE Institute, Shea Rhodes, hosted a training session to address commercial sexual exploitation with the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security for over 180 attorneys, investigators and victim advocates on March 3.

Her article, "Decriminalizing Victims of Sex Trafficking," was published as the lead article in the most recent volume of the American Criminal Law Review (Georgetown).

Robert Dunham

In the Media: Quoted in the National Law Journal May 8 article, "Q&A: Is Capital Punishment Near a 'Tipping Point'?"

Ben Carlson

Presented a lightning talk about the Villanova Law School Digital Repository at the inaugural Law Repositories conference in Williamsburg, Virginia on March 31.

Steven Chanenson

Unanimously reelected in March for a two-year term as Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing.

Vicenç Feliú

Presented at the South East Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference on What to Expect When You Are Expecting (To Be an Academic Law Library Director) at the University of Kentucky School of Law on April 18.

Keith Fogg

CCHGroup.com quoted him in an article, “Finance Panel Delves into Simplifying the Tax Code,” on March 11.

Abraham Gafni

In the Media: The Legal Intelligencer published his article, “Don’t Ignore the Details of the Arbitration Agreement,” on April 22.

Richard Harvey

In the Media: Quoted in the April 30 Bloomberg BNA article, “Financial Reporting in the BEPS Era: Are FASB and the SEC the New Watchdogs?”

In the Media: Quoted in the April 10 New York Times article, “G.E.’s Retrieval of Overseas Cash Highlights Tax Debate.”

Ann Juliano

Spoke on a panel addressing Inherent Tribal Governmental Status at the Federal Bar Association's 40th Annual Indian Law Conference on April 10.

Presented on challenging school dress codes under Title IX at the Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia Feminist Law Teachers Conference on March 21.

Michael Moreland

Delivered remarks on a panel “Pope Francis and the Vocation of a Lawyer” at Fordham Law School’s Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work in New York City on April 29.

Delivered remarks on “Pope Francis and the Project of Catholic Legal Theory” at the annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture at Villanova University School of Law on April 24.

In the Media: Quoted in the April 25 National Catholic Reporter article, “Will the PBS series 'Wolf Hall' tarnish St. Thomas More's halo?” This article was also published in The Washington Post on April 23.

Delivered remarks on National Labor Relations Board jurisdiction over Catholic universities on a panel, “The Impact of Pacific Lutheran on Collective Bargaining at Catholic Colleges and Universities,” at the annual conference on Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City on April 21.

Participated in the launch event of the Villanova University Public Policy Society in Washington, DC on April 14.

Moderated a panel and participated in a conference, “Politics, Theology, and the Limits of Ethics,” celebrating the work of Gilbert Meilaender at Princeton University on April 10.

Invited participant in a colloquium on Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America sponsored by the Ryan Center at Villanova University on March 27.

Invited participant in the 30th annual Notre Dame Medical Ethics Conference in Rome, Italy and presented remarks on “Catholic Hospital Mergers and Implementation of the Ethical and Religious Directives” on March 8-12.

Michele Pistone

Presented Making Educational Videos at a 2-session workshop at the AALS Clinical Conference in Rancho Mirage, California on May 5-6. She also moderated the Technology and Legal Education session on May 5.

Organized Journey of the Unaccompanied Minor Conference, co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, Villanova University and Villanova Law School Clinical Program, on April 9 at Villanova Law School. She moderated a panel on Catholic Social Thought and Immigration at the event and delivered closing remarks.

In the Media: The Catholic New Service April 15 article, “Speakers: Mistreatment, little medical care common at detention centers,” covered "The Path of the Unaccompanied Minor” conference that she organized. America Magazine also published this article.

In the Media: Quoted in the April 9 CBS Philly article, “Villanova Hosting Conference On Children Heading To U.S. Alone To Escape Violence.”

Produced series of videos on legal education pedagogy for AALS. The video collection features professors from law schools around the country.

Presented a talk, The Future of Legal Education, at the Igniting Law Teaching conference at American University Washington College of Law on March 19.

Anne Poulin

In the Media: Quoted in the April 15 Sportingnews.com article, “Patriots Nation chose facts over fandom to convict Hernandez.”

Her article, “The Investigation Narrative: An Argument for Limiting Prosecution Evidence,” will be published in the Iowa Law Review.

Shea Rhodes

Received the Volunteer Award from the Philadelphia Coalition of Victim Advocates on April 24.

Presented the Keynote Motivational Speaker Address at the Soroptimist’s North American Regional Conference on April 18.

Presented on Act 105 to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Law Enforcement Human Trafficking Workgroup on April 14.

Presented a workshop and legal training to the Mid Atlantic Juvenile Detention Facility on April 13.

Hosted a webinar viewing at VLS on Open Source Intelligence related to investigating the Demand for Pennsylvania State Police and the Philadelphia Police Department on April 10.

Interviewed for the documentary “From Liberty to Captivity,” regarding sex trafficking in Pennsylvania on April 7.

Led a day long conference in Enola at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape for PAATH (the working group of stakeholders working to implement Act 105) on March 24.

Testified before the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing regarding enhancements to sentencing under Act 105 on March 18.

Presented on ACT 105 (Pennsylvania’s new comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation) during Skype sessions to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape Middle and Western Regional Meetings on March 16-17.

Spoke at the Be Beautiful event sponsored by Radio One on March 14.

Taught 6 workshops, at 6 separate locations, to Philadelphia children for the Philadelphia Police Department’s CHEERS program (Community Health Enrichment Empowerment Resource Services) on March 14, 21 and 28.

Provided Policy Education on March 11-12 to the staff of State Senators Daylin Leach and Stewart Greenleaf for the Safe Harbor legislation to be introduced either this month or June.

Hosted a training session with Michelle Dempsey, Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development, to address commercial sexual exploitation with the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security for over 180 attorneys, investigators and victim advocates on March 3. And Presented a CLE to prosecutors and law enforcement on Act 105 (Pa’s comprehensive HT law).

Provided on-sight technical assistance to the Pennsylvania State Police/Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office on an active juvenile sex trafficking case on March 2.

Michael Risch

In the Media: His blog post “Weighing Treaties v. Restatements,” was cited in Forbes Magazine April 28 article, “Will The American Law Institute 'Restate' Or Try To Rewrite U.S. Copyright Law?” This article was also published by the Washington Legal Foundation.

Presented on The Layered Patent System at the fifth annual Patent Conference on April 10-11.

Spoke at the Technology Policy Institute’s conference, “Patent Reform and the 114th Congress: What does the Evidence Show?” on April 7. Bloomberg BNA covered the conference in its April 7 article, “Professors Spar on Evidence—or Lack Thereof—Supporting Patent Litigation Legislation.”

The JD Supra Business Advisor cited his paper, “The Layered Patent System,” in a post on April 3.

Spoke at the Hoover IP2 symposium, The American Innovative Machine, on March 26 in Washington, DC.

Spoke at the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy Briefing, Patent Trolls: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly on March 20.

Spoke at the Penn Intellectual Property Group’s symposium on design patents on March 19.

Presented on Net Neutrality, Common Carrier, and the Consolidation of ISPs at Villanova University School of Law on March 18.

His guest post, “The Layered Patent System,” appeared on the Patently-O blog on March 18.

His work was referenced in a March 17 IPwatchdog.com article, “Understanding the valuable role played by Patent Trolls.”

In the Media: Quoted in the March 5 Law360 article, “Notorious IP Plaintiff ArrivalStar Back On The Hunt.”

His article, “A Generation of Patent Litigation” was published in the San Diego Law Review.

The Telecommunications Reports International, Inc. quoted him in its article “Need for patent litigation reform debated.”

Mary Ann Robinson

Her article, “Producing Professionals: Opportunities to Practice Professionalism in the 1L Legal Writing Course,” was published in the spring 2015 issue of The Second Draft.

Chaim Saiman

In the Media: His article, “Rav Aharon Lichtenstein: The Impassioned Moderate” was published in The Jewish Week on April 21.

Tuan Samahon

Presented, with Professor Beth Lyon, "Taking the FBI to Court: Historical Discovery, Engaged Scholarship, and Training Student Lawyers" at Villanova University's Quarterly Club on April 22.

Participated in a panel on President Obama's executive actions on immigration, co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society-Federalist Society, on April 9.

Presented on the characterization of federal powers for separation of powers purposes to University of Colorado, Boulder student chapter of the Federalist Society on April 8.

Presented "The Fortas Resignation" at Oxford University's Rothermere American Institute on March 19.

Louis J. Sirico, Jr.

His article, “A Proposal for Improving Argument Before the United States Supreme Court,” was published in the Pepperdine Law Review.