Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium to Honor Professor Penelope J. Pether, October 24

Penelope Pether
Professor Penelope Pether

The Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium will honor and explore the scholarly work of Professor Penelope J. Pether (1957-2013), a valued member of the Villanova Law faculty from 2005-2013. Several leading academics and former students will address Pether’s publications in the fields of law and literature, pedagogical theory and reform, criminal law, federal judicial publication practices, indefinite detention, feminism and culinary jurisprudence.

Panels and Speakers

Panel 1 

  • Christopher Tomlins, Professor of Law, University of California-Berkeley School of Law: "A Fierce and Critical Faith: A Remembrance of Penny Pether"
  • Marianne Constable, Professor, University of California-Berkeley: "Be True to What You Said on Paper: Pether on U.S. Publication Practices, Precedent, and the Positivism of Law and Language"

Christopher Tomlins, Professor of Law, University of California-Berkeley School of Law
Christopher Tomlins, Professor of Law, University of California-Berkeley School of Law

Panel 2

  • Nan Seuffert, Professor of Law, Wollongong University School of Law: "A Seat at the National Table: Pether's Culinary Jurisprudence"
  • Joseph Pugliese, Professor, Macquarie University: "The Open in the Case: Guantanamo's Regime of Indefinite Detention and the Disintegration of Adnan Latif's Corporeal Hexis Through Administrative Practices of Torture"

Panel 3

  • Kunal Parker, Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar, University of Miami School of Law: "Representing Interdisciplinarity"
  • Mark Sanders, Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University: "Consequences of Reform: Penny Pether on Rape Law in Illinois and Australia"

Panel 4

  • Student Reflections: Brian J. Boyle '13, Amber J. Slattery '13, Joe Canamuchio '13, Mark Kasten '13, Whitney Young '14

Keynote Address

  • Peter Goodrich, Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law: "On Foreign Ground: Friendship and the Force of Law"


Professor Peter Goodrich, Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker Peter Goodrich, Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law

Following the Symposium, a bench outside the Law School building was dedicated in Professor Pether’s honor, thanks to the generous support of the Goldberg Family.

Honoring Professor Pether
Jody (Goldberg) Seibert ’96 and her husband Ed Seibert (both center) are joined by Professor David Caudill (left), Professor Pether's husband and the Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair at VLS, and Dean John Gotanda (right).
Honoring Professor Pether

The annual Villanova Law Review Symposium is named for Norman J. Shachoy, B.M.E. ’58, J.D. ’61 who served as Editor-in-Chief, Volume Six of the Villanova Law Review.  The naming was made possible through his generous support, along with that of his son N. James Shachoy ’86.