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The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance

About the Center


As a leader in legal education, the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law continually seeks to further enhance its national prominence and academic reputation through the development of signature programs - with sharp attention to expanding student opportunities that will position its graduates for success.

The Law School’s Centers of Excellence were created as a result of this focus.  The Centers bring together theory, practice and research. These knowledge hubs define the School’s specialties, add depth to the curriculum and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary work within the Law School and across the University.

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance builds upon the Law School’s dominant position at the intersection of law and business and will further the University’s goal of educating ethical leaders.

The task of educating compassionate and ethical lawyers is more urgent than ever. As the legal profession continues to undergo profound change, Villanova lawyers have unprecedented opportunities to set a new standard of excellence—one that is infused with the University’s Augustinian values. The Girard-diCarlo Center will be at the forefront of the effort to reclaim lawyers’ central place as pillars of society.

The Center will also honor the University’s Augustinian tradition by creating compliance and ethics programs that support the entire Villanova community in its academic, administrative and research undertakings.


The Center's Mission


The Girard-diCarlo Center is dedicated to the exploration and research of ethics, integrity and compliance—areas of vital importance in today’s world. The Center will bring leading scholars in these important fields to the Law School and will provide exciting new coursework and academic programs designed to help the Law School’s graduates succeed in a rapidly developing legal environment.

The Center will also be a leading resource on compliance and ethics by conducting conferences and seminars on emerging issues, sponsoring interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and engaging the media and external audiences.

Today’s lawyers do more than just practice law; they perform important roles as consultants, problem solvers and strategists. In the current complex environment, businesses are under heightened scrutiny from their various constituencies, including regulatory agencies and governments.

The Girard-diCarlo Center will play a key role in educating future Villanova lawyers and will be essential to defining what makes a Villanova lawyer—a professional with first-rate legal skills who thrives in law firms, government or business and who approaches his or her work with a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation; a leader who is committed to serving the community through government service, non-profit practice or pro-bono work; and an advocate who approaches his or her professional responsibilities with a strong moral compass and a heightened sense of accountability.


Center Leadership


The Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance benefits from the leadership of its Faculty Director, Professor Steven Chanenson. In his role as Faculty Director, Professor Chanenson establishes the Center’s curricular and programmatic goals, aligns activities with the Law School’s strategic plan and serves as a spokesperson for the Center.


Professor Chanenson is a former Supreme Court clerk and former Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, having been appointed to the Commission by three consecutive governors of the Commonwealth. His scholarship has been published in such journals as the Stanford Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Waseda Proceedings of Comparative Law and Yale Law Journal Pocket Part. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Law, teaching American law in the People’s Republic of China.

Early in his career, Professor Chanenson was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar in recognition of his commitment to public service. On behalf of the Truman Scholarship Foundation, Justice Clarence Thomas presented him with the Judge Joseph Stevens Award for Outstanding Public Service in the Field of Law in a June 2005 ceremony at the United States Supreme Court.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA in economics and MS in criminology), Professor Chanenson received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. In addition to clerking twice, he worked for a major national law firm and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney before joining the Villanova Law faculty.



The Advisory Board


In addition to the Girard-diCarlos, the Center is honored to have an outstanding group of Advisory Board members who provide vital real-world perspective and counsel to help the Center fulfill its mission.

The Advisory Board
Pictured: Thomas J. Ridge, Joseph Neubauer, Floyd I. Clarke, Pamela Forbes Lieberman, Constance B. Girard-diCarlo ’74 and David F. Girard-diCarlo ’73; Not pictured: Donald J. McGrath, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, James C. Schwartzman & Anthony Welters

Floyd Clarke is currently an advisor for compliance, regulatory and security matters for MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc., a New York company with diversified public and private holdings that include entertainment, gaming, biotechnology, cosmetics and military equipment. Mr. Clarke joined MacAndrews & Forbes in 1994 as vice president of Corporate Compliance and was responsible for overseeing the compliance and regulatory programs for all the MacAndrews & Forbes companies.

From 1964-1994, Mr. Clarke served as an agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in various investigative, supervisory, management and executive positions. He started his career under Director J. Edgar Hoover and was first assigned to the Birmingham, Alabama office where he was responsible for civil rights investigations, including the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He served in the Boston office with responsibilities for organized crime and white collar crime investigations before being assigned to FBI headquarters where he headed a special detail unit for the U.S. Attorney General. Following that assignment, Mr. Clarke served in Philadelphia and Kansas City before returning to FBI headquarters in 1982 as the deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division with oversight of the FBI’s white collar crime, organized crime and illegal drug investigative programs worldwide. In 1985, he became the assistant director responsible for the FBI’s budget, personnel and procurement matters, and in 1989 he became deputy director with overall responsibility for all FBI operations worldwide. President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Clarke as acting director of the FBI in 1993.

During his time at the FBI, Mr. Clarke received several awards and recognitions including the President’s Distinguished Executive and Meritorious Executive Awards and the Attorney General’s Edmund J. Randolph Award—the Department of Justice’s highest honor for outstanding service. Mr. Clarke was a member of the Kerr Commission, which reviewed the responsibilities of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, and he was on the National Academy of Public Administration panel that issued a report in 2006 on “Transforming the FBI.” He also served on the FBI director’s advisory board from 2003 to 2013 under Director Robert Mueller.

Mr. Clarke currently serves on the board of directors for LexisNexis Special Services, Inc. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Washington University.


Pamela Forbes Lieberman serves on the board of directors of Standard Motor Products and guest lectures and speaks on culture, leadership, employee engagement and turnarounds.

Ms. Forbes Lieberman was president, chief executive officer and a board member of True Value Company, where she led a successful strategic, financial, operating and culture turnaround of a $2 billion, at the time public reporting, wholesaler/retailer. She joined True Value as chief financial officer in March 2001, assumed the additional responsibilities of chief operating officer in July 2001, and was promoted to CEO and appointed to the board of directors in November 2001. After leaving the company in late 2004, Ms. Forbes Lieberman led private equity owned ERI, an entertainment industry value-add distribution business.

Prior to joining True Value, Ms. Forbes Lieberman held CFO positions at ShopTalk, a start-up voice application software company, Martin-Brower Company, one of the largest distributors in the McDonald's system, and Fel-Pro Inc., an internationally renowned automotive parts company consistently recognized as one of Fortune's "Top 10 Best to Work For". She orchestrated the process that ultimately led to the sale of the business for an industry setting EBITDA multiple. Previously, Ms. Forbes Lieberman was vice president of finance for Bunzl Building Supply, a subsidiary of UK based Bunzl plc. Prior to that, she was a financial executive with Kraft Foods. She began her career at Price Waterhouse working on manufacturing, distribution and retail engagements until leaving as a senior manager.

Ms. Forbes Lieberman serves on the board of trustees of Rush University Medical Center, the executive council for Granite Creek Private Equity, and the International Women's Forum Chicago Chapter board of directors. She is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network where she was a former chair and a founding member of The Chicago Network’s Women on Boards committee. Ms. Forbes Lieberman was chairman of the board of AM Castle & Co. and a board member of VWR Corporation until both companies' change of control in 2017. She is also a former board member of several privately owned companies, including Tempel Steel and Kreher Steel, and is a former advisory board member of The HAVI Group as well as former board member of not for profit organizations including Winning Workplaces.

Ms. Forbes Lieberman holds an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and is a CPA.


Don McGrath is a communications and public relations executive with a 40-year professional management career that included communications leadership positions in government, agency and corporate sectors.

McGrath recently retired from Eaton Corporation where he served as a corporate officer and senior vice president of global communications.  At Eaton, a $22 billion global diversified manufacturing company, he led Eaton’s global internal employee communications, public and media relations, digital and marketing communications. During his years at Eaton, Don led all stakeholder communications in the company’s $11 billion acquisition of Cooper Industries, the largest in Eaton’s 100-year history. 

Earlier, McGrath was vice president of corporate communications for BASF Corporation, the $12 billion Americas subsidiary of BASF AG., vice president, global communications for Rockwell Automation and as director, corporate communications for Textron.

McGrath’s professional career began upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. As an Infantry officer, he served in a number of tactical units in Korea, Germany and across the United States.  As a senior officer, he served in a number of communications positions in the United States and Europe. These included director of communications for the 7th Army Training Command in Germany, press secretary and spokesman for the Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon during the First Gulf War and in the Army’s post-war restructuring.  Also, as director of communications for the United States Military Academy at West Point.

McGrath holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from West Point and a master’s degree in communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He is a former member of the Civilian Public Affairs Advisory Committee at West Point, an elected member of the Arthur W. Page Society, and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.  He is the recipient of the 2015 PRSA Lighthouse Award for career accomplishments in public relations.

McGrath has served on the board of directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, College Now Greater Cleveland, and the MetroHealth Hospital System in Cleveland. Previously, he served on the board of directors of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, the Woman’s Shelter of Rhode Island, AIDS Care Ocean State and on the University of Rhode Island President’s Advisory Committee.


Joe Neubauer was chairman of the board of Aramark Corporation, a leading global provider of professional services including food, hospitality, facility and uniform services, from 1984 until his retirement in 2015. Mr. Neubauer joined Aramark in 1979 as executive vice president of finance and development, chief financial officer and a member of the board of directors. He was elected president in 1981, chief executive officer in 1983 and chairman in 1984. During his tenure at the helm of Aramark, the company grew from a $2.5 billion business largely concentrated in the United States to a $13 billion global services provider.

Prior to joining Aramark, Mr. Neubauer held senior positions at PepsiCo, Inc., including senior vice president of PepsiCo’s Wilson Sporting Goods division and vice president and treasurer of the parent company, PepsiCo, Inc. Prior to that, he served in several capacities from assistant treasurer to vice president of commercial lending at the Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. Neubauer serves on the board of directors of Macy’s, Inc. and Mondelēz International. He is chairman of the University of Chicago’s board of trustees and also chairman of the board of the Barnes Foundation. He was formerly a director of Verizon Communications, Inc. and Tufts University.

Mr. Neubauer has been recognized throughout his career for civic and professional achievements. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and he received the William Penn Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a businessperson in the Greater Philadelphia business community. For his civic involvement, he received the prestigious Philadelphia Award, and he was a Great Immigrants: The Pride of America honoree of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal from the University of Virginia for setting high standards in corporate and civic leadership, and he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship as well as recognition as a Financial Times Outstanding Director. In 1994, he was inducted into the prestigious Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, currently serving as immediate past chairman.

Mr. Neubauer received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Mr. Neubauer was awarded honorary degrees from Tufts University, Drexel University, Franklin & Marshall College and Widener University.


Judge Marjorie Rendell received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor degree from the Villanova University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, she joined the law firm of Duane, Morris & Heckscher, where she subsequently became the firm’s second woman partner.

Judge Rendell was inducted as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in March of 1994 and was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in November of 1997. Judge Rendell took Senior Status on July 1, 2015.

In 2004, Judge Rendell was awarded the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Sandra Day O’Connor Award, given annually to a woman attorney whose career in the legal profession has demonstrated her superior legal talent and significant achievements within the legal community, and her support for women in the profession.

As First Lady of Pennsylvania from January of 2003 through January 2011, Judge Rendell’s primary initiative focused on imparting civic responsibility to Pennsylvania’s children through civic learning. In 2014 she co-founded the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, a nonprofit corporation that focuses on educating students, especially at the elementary level, regarding the principles and disciplines of democracy. Judge Rendell has served her community as Chairman of the Board of the Avenue of the Arts, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.


Tom Ridge is chairman of Ridge Global, leading a team of international experts who provide clients with solutions to cyber security, international security, emergency preparedness and response, and risk management issues. Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, then-Governor Ridge became the first assistant to the president for Homeland Security, and in 2003 he became the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The creation of the country’s 15th cabinet department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania.

During his DHS tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000 employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods; instituted layered security at air, land and seaports; developed a unified national response and recovery plan; protected critical infrastructure; integrated new technology; and improved information sharing worldwide. Mr. Ridge served as secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until 2005. Before the events of Sept. 11, Mr. Ridge was twice elected governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Gov. Ridge’s aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment.

Gov. Ridge serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and other private and public entities. He is currently chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force.

Gov. Ridge graduated from Harvard University with honors. After his first year at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, Gov. Ridge earned his law degree and later became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms. Throughout his public and private sector career, Gov. Ridge has received numerous awards, honors and honorary degrees from both national and international institutions.


Jim Schartzman is the Chairman of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Group. He has extensive experience representing and counseling lawyers, law firms and judges on ethics-related issues. He has trial experience in civil and criminal matters in most of the courts in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Mr. Schartzman is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and was a law clerk for the Honorable J. William Ditter, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has taught courses at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute and Temple University School of Law. In 2018, Jim was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to be a Judge on the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline. He previously served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board. He is a former Chairman of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Disciplinary Board, Continuing Legal Education Board and the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board.

As published in Philadelphia magazine, Mr. Schartzman has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2004 through 2020 by being selected by his peers as among the top 5 percent of lawyers in the Commonwealth. He was named one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Philadelphia in 2010 and 2012.

In addition, Mr. Schartzman has been selected by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Plaintiffs and Defendants Legal Malpractice Law and Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, and was named 2015 Philadelphia Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year.

Mr. Schartzman also received the Villanova Law Alumni Association Award for Public Service in 2019.


Tony Welters is executive chairman of the BlackIvy Group, LLC. Mr. Welters had invested early in oil leases in the Bakken Formation and established his own shale gas exploration and production company. Recognizing the growing need for physical and technical infrastructure outside the U.S., he turned his focus to Sub-Saharan Africa where BlackIvy Group builds and grows infrastructure businesses in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. Mr. Welters’ globalization of entrepreneurship in these countries creates employment for individuals and new market opportunities for the region.

Mr. Welters had formerly been senior adviser to the Office of the CEO of UnitedHealth Group (UHG), which serves more than 100 million people worldwide through its health and well-being companies. During his tenure at UHG, he had served as executive vice president and a member of the Office of the CEO and had led UHG’s Public and Senior Markets Group. Mr. Welters joined UHG upon its acquisition of AmeriChoice, a health care company he had founded in 1989. Mr. Welters is a member of the boards of Loews Corporation, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., and C.R. Bard, Inc. He is trustee emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine board of trustees, chairman of the board of New York University (NYU) School of Law as well as vice chairman of the board of NYU and a trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center.

In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Welters to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he serves as chairman of the finance committee. Mr. Welters is a founding member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, bestowed on those who have overcome humble beginnings and adversity to achieve success and contribute to society, and he serves on the board of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Mr. Welters is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies in the country. He and his wife, Beatrice, are recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, in recognition of their long-standing commitment to philanthropy.

Mr. Welters was born and raised in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Manhattanville College and a JD degree from New York University School of Law.


The Center is grateful to its former Advisory Board members who have given their time and efforts on behalf of the Center. 


Anne Bingaman’s 40-year career included law, teaching, government and public service, and business. After graduating from Stanford University and Stanford Law School, Mrs. Bingaman moved to New Mexico and became the first woman in the state to be hired by a major law firm. From 1972-1977, she was an associate professor of law at the University of New Mexico School of Law with tenure, the first woman to hold such a position. She was a leader in the successful efforts to pass a state equal rights amendment, ratify the federal ERA, re-write New Mexico laws to conform to both and require the New Mexico Military Institute to accept women as cadets.

In 1977, Mrs. Bingaman started her own law firm in Santa Fe, where she developed an expertise representing plaintiffs in cartel antitrust litigation. In 1983, she moved to Washington, D.C. and continued her antitrust law practice there. In 1993, Mrs. Bingaman was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate as assistant attorney general for antitrust in the Department of Justice, a post she held for more than three years. She began the Microsoft series of cases and served as the administration’s spokesperson in Congress on the Telecom Act. She successfully sued 24 market makers on NASDAQ, saving consumers $1 billion a year in trading costs, and she issued Guidelines in Health Care and Intellectual Property for businesses and their counsel.

After practicing law for almost 28 years, Mrs. Bingaman decided to start a business career. She joined LCI International as president of LCI’s local-service division, competing against the Bell Companies. She then founded and became the first chairman and CEO of Valor Telecom, a 500,000 line rural telecommunications company in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. After Valor went public on the NYSE, Mrs. Bingaman founded Soundpath Conferencing, which became the market leader for audio conferencing for the 100 largest law firms in the U.S. She sold Soundpath in 2008.

Mrs. Bingaman has served as a board member at Stanford University and Lear Corporation and currently serves on the boards of The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.


Jon Huntsman Jr. is chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chairman of No Labels. The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum to help shape policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world. The primary goal of No Labels is to start a national movement that will culminate in a Federal government that sees the presidential administration and both houses of Congress working together to achieve mutually agreed-upon goals that will solve the nation’s problems.

Gov. Huntsman began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has served each of the four U.S. presidents since then in critical roles around the world, including as ambassador to Singapore, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, U.S. trade ambassador and ambassador to China. In all three Senate confirmations, he received unanimous votes. Twice elected governor of Utah, he brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state’s rainy day fund and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows.

During his tenure as governor, Utah was named the best managed state in America. Recognized by others for his service, Gov. Huntsman was elected as chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving 19 states throughout the region. He ran for the presidency in 2012 where he ultimately placed third in the New Hampshire primary before bowing out.

Gov. Huntsman currently serves on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he serves as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation and chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Gov. Huntsman has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as a distinguished lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Gov. Huntsman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has eight honorary doctoral degrees.

News and Events


The Future of the President’s Pardon Power: 2021 Clemency Panel Series

Jointly organized by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, the Collateral Consequences Resource Center, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance 

September 14, 21 & 28, 2021

The series’ three panels will discuss the use of the pardon power by President Donald Trump and how it may influence pardoning in the future. They will consider whether Trump’s irregular pardoning may have been a blessing in disguise by prompting much-needed reforms in law and in practice.

Watch the recordings from this series:


Annual Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium – "Practical Ethics in Corporate Law: The Science, Instruction and 'Real-World' Application"

Co-sponsored by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance

February 19, 2021

Watch the recorded symposium

The virtual 2021 Annual Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium, co-sponsored by the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, examined a variety of issues relating to the social science, pedagogy, and practical application of practical ethics within corporate law. Distinguished researchers, instructors and practitioners discussed the science of behavioral ethics, its teachings, its evolution and its application in today’s corporate world.

Shachoy 2021 (14)
"How Behavioral Ethics Manifests in the Corporate 'Real World': The Practitioner Perspective" Panelists: Brian H. Benjet, Partner, DLA Piper & Adjunct Professor of Corporate Compliance at Villanova Law; Precious Murchison Gittens, Senior Director of Compliance Investigations, Fresenius Medical Care North America; Lawrence Oliver, Chief Counsel, Investigations, The Boeing Company; Nancy Peterson, Sr. VP/Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Allied Universal Security Services; Moderated by Doris DelTosto Brogan, Professor of Law and Harold Reuschlein Leadership Chair, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

The Legacy of Nuremberg: 75 Years Later

Presented by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Greater Philadelphia Law Professors' Ethics Consortium

October 29, 2020

Watch the recorded livestream

75 years after the opening of the Nuremberg trials, Villanova Law hosted a conversation to explore how the next generation can continue this fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes.

Featured Speakers:

Welcome from:

  • Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Moderated by:

  • Bradley D. Wine, Partner, Morrison & Foerster; Member, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council; Member, Committee on Conscience
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Chief prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz presents documents as evidence at the Einsatzgruppen Case. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Benjamin Ferencz

The Art and Science of Compliance

October 23, 2019

Compliance sits at the intersection of law and business. Substantively, compliance draws broadly from criminal law, corporate law, ethics, management and more. The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance presented a lively discussion with experienced executive and compliance professionals.

Speakers included Precious Gittens, Senior Director of Compliance Investigations at Fresenius Medical Care North America, Dale LeFebrve, Founder and Executive Chairman of Investments and Larry Potts, Executive Vice President of IGI and former Deputy Director of the FBI.

The Art & Science of Compliance
Pictured: Dale LeFebrve, Precious Gittens and Larry Potts

2019 ComplianceNet Conference on Business Ethics

June 3-4, 2019

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will hosted the Second Annual ComplianceNet Conference with a theme of “Business Ethics.” This year’s Conference engaged participants on how to run ethical companies and how to encourage ethical behavior within organizations. The Conference welcomed attempts to explore the strengths and limitations of various approaches, to identify how measurement strategies have shaped practices, and to understand how we can improve outcomes, for instance through new technology and combining methods.

The Conference allowed scholars from across disciplines and different legal regulatory topics to exchange research and explore connections for collaboration.

This event featured Mary C. Gentile, Creator/Director of “Giving Voice to Values” and Professor at University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Robert Mass, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and Linda K. Treviño, Professor at Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business.

Please visit the ComplianceNet website for more information and videos from this event.

ComplianceNet 2019
Pictured: Hui Chen, Robert Mass, Josephine Sandler Nelson, Linda K. Treviño and Phil Nichols

Lawyers and the Holocaust: An Ethical Exploration

Monday, April 29, 2019

How could the Holocaust happen? Were there no laws to prevent it? “Lawyers and the Holocaust: An Ethical Exploration” will examine the history and ethics of the legal profession in Germany both prior to the ascension of the Nazi Party in 1933 and, then, during the Nazi period. Examining the role of legal practitioners—lawyers and judges—in Nazi Germany will underscore the reality that moral codes governing the legal profession can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. What is the proper role of lawyers, judges and the law? What did the legal profession do to further or oppose the legal system during the Holocaust? What are some of the characteristics of those ethical challenges that may recur – in a different form – in the present?

This engaging and interactive program delved into the enabling and executing roles that professionals and organizations played in Nazi Germany as a means of displaying the importance of professions in contemporary society.

This event featured faculty affiliated with the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), which challenges young professionals to develop as ethical and responsible leaders through two-week, intensive programs. Presented by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance in partnership with Cozen O'Connor.


Ethics in Action: Giving Voice to Values in the Law

Friday, March 29, 2019

Understanding the Rules of Professional Conduct is a necessary but not sufficient condition to being a successful and ethical lawyer. University of Virginia Professor Mary C. Gentile has developed the “Giving Voice to Values” (GVV) approach, which can help lawyers act effectively and with professionalism. This innovative approach to ethical dilemmas argues that often the issue is not distinguishing right or wrong, but rather knowing how to act on your values successfully despite opposing pressure, and without sacrificing professional goals. 

This approach is widely adopted in business schools and industry settings around the world, and is designed to build the skills, confidence, moral muscle, and habit of voicing our values in challenging situations. Law firms and law schools can capitalize on GVV to help lawyers who have identified the right choice, to act on that choice ethically, with professionalism and in the best interest of their clients.

The Girard-diCarlo Center was honored to host the first-ever GVV conference focused on legal profession and law schools in March 2019. Speakers included Dr. Gentile, the developer of GVV, as well as academics from across the country and around the world. Among other things, the conference highlighted the way in which the Center and Villanova Law have adapted GVV to the legal setting.

Mary Gentile
Speaker: Mary C. Gentile

Mass Exoneration and Ethics

April 9, 2018

Thousands of dismissed convictions due to police misconduct, law enforcement lab scandals, discredited experts and faulty forensics have made national headlines in recent years. Yet how many other convictions tainted by systemic error or ethically compromised officials exist and go unexamined once the headlines fade?

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance joined forces with leading criminal justice organizations to tackle this question and more as part of a daylong symposium entitled “Mass Exoneration and Ethics.” The event brought together legal experts from around the nation—and across the ideological aisle—to discuss ways to investigate and consider large-scale reviews of cases affected by systemic errors or misconduct.

For a full list of panels and videos, please click here.

“Mass Exoneration and Ethics” was presented in partnership with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the Exoneration Project, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Registry of Exonerations, Maryland Office of the Public Defender, City of Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mass Exoneration and Ethics


Legal Ethics, Harassment and Discrimination: The Role of the Rules

November 15, 2017

The text of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct now defines professional misconduct to include harassment and discrimination on wide range of bases. Is this a long-overdue response to a serious problem in the profession or a regulatory overreach that gives too much power to bar disciplinary authorities and presents First Amendment concerns? Is the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board's proposal on this topic, which would link misconduct findings to violations of anti-discrimination statutes, a wise compromise or an abdication of responsibility? 

"Legal Ethics, Harassment and Discrimination: The Role of the Rules" tackled these questions and more in a panel discussion hosted by Villanova Law's The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance on at Cozen O'Connor's Philadelphia office (One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street, Suite 2800, Philadelphia, PA).

Harassment workshop
Pictured: Doris Brogan '81, Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. '81 and Josh Blackman

Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Media

October 18, 2017

Debates over the role and ethics of traditional and new media in politics, law and society have reached a fever pitch. The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance brought together three experienced media professionals to examine the issues facing today’s press and to share their views on how members of the public can make sense of media in 2017.

Entitled “Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Media,” the program featured Ginger Casey, an Emmy Award-winning television news journalist; Bill Marimow, two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient and Vice President of Strategic Development of Philadelphia Media Network; and Zack Stalberg, former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. Steve Chanenson, Faculty Director of the Girard-diCarlo Center, moderated the discussion. 

Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Media


October 17, 2016

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance hosted a special event featuring Jon M. Huntsman Jr.—former governor of Utah, former U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore, and 2012 Presidential candidate—titled “Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Politics.” Brian Tierney—CEO of Brian Communications and former CEO and publisher of The Philadelphia InquirerThe Daily News and—moderated the discussion.

At a time when both inter and intra-party tensions are at an all-time high, Governor Huntsman shared his views on how citizens and lawmakers can fix the broken politics of Washington, DC, by working together and putting the needs of the nation above the needs of their respective parties. Governor Huntsman is a co-chairman of No Labels, a bipartisan advocacy group committed to solving problems by uniting members of both political parties.

Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or lack thereof) in Politics


January 29, 2016

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded programs, continues to influence the educational landscape. It raises complex compliance issues across the spectrum of the education system—from elementary and secondary districts to major research universities. Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, featuring Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman, brought together regional and national experts to explore Title IX compliance as it impacts sports, violence and broad issues of equality on campus. The conference was co-sponsored by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

Panel 1: “The Future of Title IX Equality Compliance"


December 3, 2015

Following a raid in 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took an unprecedented step and appointed Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer the Administrative Judge of Philadelphia's Traffic Court, aiming to reform the Traffic Court permanently and restore public confidence in the adjudication of traffic citations. Judge Glazer has worked with former Pennsylvania Inspector General William G. Chadwick to instill a new culture of ethics and compliance in Traffic Court.

On Dec. 3 Judge Glazer, Chadwick and Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Craig R. McCoy discussed these important issues at Countering Corruption: Building A New Culture of Ethics and Compliance in Philadelphia's Traffic Court, sponsored by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance and the Chief Integrity Officer, City of Philadelphia.

Corruption Event

April 15, 2015

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance presented the Honorable Thomas J. Ridge on April 15 in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons. Ridge, the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former Governor of Pennsylvania, focused his speech on issues of ethics in government.


October 2, 2014

Cynthia Cooper, author of Extraordinary Circumstances: Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower, visited Villanova Law to speak about corporate ethics and her experiences at the center of the WorldCom collapse. Cooper and her team unraveled the massive fraud at WorldCom, which amounted to $9 billion and led to the imprisonment of five company executives. She was named one of Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” in 2002 for her role in uncovering one of the largest corporate frauds in history.



Curricular Innovation


Precious Gittens
Precious Gittens, Senior Director of Compliance Investigations at Fresenius Medical Care North America, discusses compliance with students after a lecture.

As part of its mission, the Girard-diCarlo Center has worked with new and existing faculty to expand curricular offerings in the areas of ethics, integrity and compliance.

The most sweeping curricular addition has been to adapt the well-respected Giving Voice to Values (GVV) pedagogy from the business school and corporate settings. Professor Steve Chanenson, the Center’s Faculty Director, and Professor Doris Brogan, the Harold Reuschlein Leadership Chair and one of the Center’s Affiliated Faculty members, have brought GVV to every single Villanova Law student through the school’s Professional Development course. This innovative effort was on display during the Center’s ground-breaking March 2019 program entitled Ethics in Action: Giving Voice to Values in the Law, which was the first law-based conference on GVV.  The Center has also brought the GVV curriculum to Villanova’s Engineering Department.  As part of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Professional Development Seminar, a required course, the Center has for the past several years conducted a 3-hour program each semester for sophomore ECE majors.


Other Center-related courses include:

Business Ethics

This course raises practical questions of business ethics that confront business people and the attorneys who represent them. It explores such foundational questions as: What are business ethics? What do ethics have to do with making money? How are business ethics different from general ethics?, and Why should I care about business ethics? Topics include the benefits of acting ethically; the moral philosophical bases for business ethics; the legal foundations for business ethics;   the corporation as an ethical “person” in modern society; whistleblowing; and major ethical traps in modern business. The class draws on both law and business materials, giving students an exposure to the law in these areas as well as ideas and findings from management theory, organizational behavior, marketing, and strategy.

Corporate Compliance Risk Management

This course serves as an introduction to compliance and ethics programs. It blends the legal and regulatory basis for compliance programs with more practical discussions of how to implement a compliance and ethics program. The course provides an overview of ethics and compliance programs in a practical way so that students with an interest in this area will have solid grounding if they choose to pursue opportunities in the compliance field or as an in-house attorney. While the course explains the theories behind compliance and ethics programs, it is specifically focused on how to create and run a compliance and ethics program. Among other things, the course explores the origins of corporate compliance programs, relevant statutory schemes, enforcement patterns, and the role of a chief compliance officer.

Health Care Business and Compliance

The law plays a critical role in dictating how health care is financed in the United States - from setting conditions for provider payment in government-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid to establishing mandates at the federal, state and local levels for the maintenance of tax exemptions. This course focuses on business relationships among the various players in a hospital system (medical staff, nurses, administrators, boards, funders, other health care providers, etc.) and how laws governing quality, privacy, professional autonomy, and reimbursement impact these relationships. It explores what makes a highly regulated health care system competitive, what drives decisions to acquire or discard health care providers, and how transactions are structured to the benefit of the hospital and its patients.

Law of Investigations

This course covers the law and procedural rules involved in conducting an effective investigation. Students explore how lawyers conduct an investigation, as well as how to represent the interests of the government, individuals and corporations. Specifically, students learn the methods by which both prosecutors, defense attorneys and in-house counsel conduct investigations and the different ways in which criminal procedure and the rules of professional responsibility govern their conduct.

Legal and Compliance Issues in Amateur Athletics

The amateur athletics industry has undergone dramatic changes over the past few decades. Many of the same competitive, legal, regulatory and business dynamics that have historically applied to professional sports are now part and parcel of the world of amateur athletics. At the same time, there are dimensions that are clearly unique and distinctive to the various amateur models (interscholastic, intercollegiate, Olympic/international sports). Students who take this course will develop a deep understanding of the various legal, regulatory, compliance, and business issues facing amateur athletics, and propose well-articulated solutions and reforms to those problems.



Girard-diCarlo Lecture Audience
Audience members comprised of faculty, students, alumni and other legal professionals attend "The Art and Science of Compliance" event hosted by the the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance.

About the Girard-diCarlos


David and Connie Girard-diCarlo

Ambassador David and Constance Girard-diCarlo have had a significant impact on corporate, legal, political and civic affairs during their careers. Both Villanova Law alumni, each has made a major mark in their respective fields. 

Constance B. Girard-diCarlo was a successful lawyer and executive in the service industry, having held numerous senior management positions throughout her 25-year career with Aramark Corporation. She joined Aramark, a multi-billion dollar service management company headquartered in Philadelphia, as an assistant general counsel in the legal department following her graduation from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in 1974. In 1981, she moved into a management role as a vice president in Aramark’s Campus Services division; in 1986, she became president of the School Support Services division. From 1990 until her retirement in 1999, Mrs. Girard-diCarlo was president of the Healthcare Support Services division, which managed non-clinical support service departments for institutions in the acute care and continuing care segments of the healthcare market. The division served 250 client facilities nationwide, managed 18,000 employees and oversaw client department budgets totaling in excess of $700 million annually.

Mrs. Girard-diCarlo was active in numerous civic, professional and corporate organizations. She was a member of the boards of The Day & Zimmermann Group, Inc., a global provider of diversified professional, technical and consulting services; EnergyNorth, Inc., a public utility holding company; and The Multicare Companies, Inc., a provider of high quality long-term care and specialty medical services. She served on the boards of Widener University, The Franklin Institute and The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. She was chairman of the Corporate Advisory Council for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania, having also served on the GSSEP board of directors.

Mrs. Girard-diCarlo was the recipient of Widener University School of Management's Distinguished Performance in Management Award. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development named her one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, and she was the recipient of the Philadelphia Forum of Executive Women’s Star Award in recognition of her creation of economic value and her contribution to the community at large.

President George W. Bush appointed Mrs. Girard-diCarlo to be a council member at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and she served on the USHMM council from 2005 until 2011. She currently serves on the board of The Lensic Performing Arts Center. A native of Elkins Park, Pa., Mrs. Girard-diCarlo earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Miami.

Ambassador David F. Girard-diCarlo, Ret. is a 1973 graduate of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Villanova Law Review and chairman of the honor board. Mr. Girard-diCarlo had served for 22 years as managing partner and then chairman of Blank Rome LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States, and had also served as chairman and CEO of Blank Rome Government Relations LLC, when he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2008 and confirmed by the Senate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria. In that role, Ambassador Girard-diCarlo oversaw more than 500 U.S. and Austrian employees at the Embassy. Ambassador Girard-diCarlo’s responsibilities also included oversight of the operations of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Vienna and the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

After his diplomatic service, Mr. Girard-diCarlo joined the Philadelphia-based international law firm Cozen O’Connor where he was a member in the business law department and the government relations group until his retirement in 2012. Throughout his career, Mr. Girard-diCarlo provided strategic advice to clients in the banking, health care, education, transportation and service industries. Mr. Girard-diCarlo was consistently named in The Best Lawyers in America as a leading corporate lawyer and government relations specialist.

Actively involved in politics for more than three decades, Mr. Girard-diCarlo held positions with numerous local, state and federal campaigns and served as co-chairman of the host committee for the 2000 Republican National Convention held in Philadelphia.

Mr. Girard-diCarlo served on the boards of numerous public companies and governmental entities, including PNC Financial Services Group, Midlantic Corporation, Continental Bank, Pennoni Associates, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) and the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. He served as chairman of the board of both the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

An active participant in the cultural communities in which he lived and worked, Mr. Girard-diCarlo served in leadership positions at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Gettysburg Foundation, the National Constitution Center and Saint Joseph’s University, among others.

Mr. Girard-diCarlo has received numerous awards and honors, including the Americanism Award from the Anti-Defamation League; the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee; and the Pontifical Honor of Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, conferred upon him by Pope John Paul II for his work as chairman of Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools.

Mr. Girard-diCarlo has been an active alumnus of the Law School throughout the years, having served as chairman and now life member of the Board of Consultors. In 2003, Mr. Girard-diCarlo was recognized for his ongoing commitment to Villanova Law as the recipient of the Law School’s Gerald Abraham Award for Distinguished Service. He has chaired major fundraising campaigns for the Law School, including the Reuschlein Fund, the Law School’s first capital campaign, and the Campaign for Villanova Law, which helped fund the construction of the current School of Law building. As part of that second campaign, Ambassador and Mrs. Girard-diCarlo generously donated the funding for the Student Lounge. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Mr. Girard-diCarlo graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a bachelor’s degree in history. He was awarded an honorary degree from Drexel University.


Affiliated Faculty


The Girard-diCarlo Center works with the entirety of the Villanova Law faculty, but is especially pleased to have the following affiliated faculty members:

Doris DelTosto Brogan


Doris DelTosto Brogan

Professor of Law
Harold Reuschlein Leadership Chair


David Caudill


David S. Caudill

Professor of Law
Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair


Josephine Nelson


Josephine S. Nelson

Associate Professor of Law (Business Ethics)


Contact Us


The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance


Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085 USA


Tel.: 610-519-7459