The Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit since 1986, following a distinguished career in practice and academia. In a scholarly career spanning more than 50 years, Noonan has written major works on a broad range of topics, including usury, bribery, religious freedom, federalism, professional ethics, marriage and annulment, abortion and jurisprudence. The Eighth-Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture explored aspects of a number of topics Noonan has studied, emphasizing the thread that unites all of his work—the development of doctrine.
The conference was organized by Patrick McKinley Brennan, John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies, Villanova University School of Law.
The Symposium took place on Friday, Nov. 15, from 10:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Room 101 of Villanova University School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 4 substantive credits and .5 ethics credit.
Earlier that week, Judge Noonan received Villanova University’s Civitas Dei Medal, in recognition of his exemplary contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition.
The Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
William Cardinal Levada, Prefect Emeritus, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Holy See
Richard Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Kenneth Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, Columbus School of Law and School of Canon Law, The Catholic University of America
Reverend Michael Sweeney, O.P., President, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Berkeley)
Joseph Vining, Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Michigan School of Law
The annual Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture is named for John F. Scarpa, in recognition of his generous support of Villanova University School of Law.