EVENTS & REUNION
Villanova Law Reunion
June 1-4, 2021
Join us for this year's virtual Law Reunion! We are excited to welcome all Law alumni, including those celebrating milestone reunions, for Law Reunion 2021, this year featuring faculty and alumni-led virtual programming.
Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with classmates and Villanova Law faculty, earn CLE credits and hear from the Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law Mark Alexander, JD.
Law Reunion 2021 Events
Your favorite faculty members miss you! Sign up to virtually start your morning catching up with some favorite professors. A different professor will be joining us each day of Reunion for a small group coffee chat. Space is very limited, so sign up soon!
June 1, 8:30-9:00 a.m. | Professor Doris Brogan
June 2, 8:30-9:00 a.m. | Professor Steve Chanenson
June 3, 8:30-9:00 a.m. | Associate Dean Candace Centeno
June 4, 8:30-9:00 a.m. | Professor Michael Campbell
Friday, June 4
The 2020-21 academic year has been a monumental one in many ways for Villanova Law. Hear from Dean Mark Alexander about what made this year significant, and what’s next for Villanova Law. Registrants will be able to submit questions during registration or at the program.
Judges are Human Too: Recognizing and Combatting Judicial Bias
Tuesday, June 1
1.0 Ethics CLE
Professors Itay Ravid and Jessica Webb
While discussions about judicial bias are as old as the judiciary itself, recent years have shown meaningful advancement in empirical and normative research in this domain. In this CLE we will offer an overview of the current trends in scholarship about judicial bias and will specifically address how the media coverage of crime affects judicial decision-making. Through our discussion, we hope to achieve two main goals: first, advance conceptual understandings about the meaning and consequences of the (somewhat loaded) term "judicial bias," and second, discuss potential methods for reducing the influence of bias in the decision-making process.
Legal Issues in the Olympics and International Sports Law
Wednesday, June 2
1.0 Substantive CLE
Moderated by Professors Andrew Brandt and Diane Edelman
Katherine Porter '10, Associate, International Litigation and Arbitration, Skadden
Matthew Kaiser '16, Attorney, Global Sports Advocates
Andrew Visnovsky '13, Lawyer and Sports Management Consultant, Ad Victoriam Sports Group, LLC
This year has been an unusual year in so many areas of the law – including international sports law. Postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020, the Olympics are now scheduled to take place in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8. In addition to COVID's effects on athletes' travel, competitions – and even team practices – other legal issues are currently challenging athletes' abilities to compete.
This CLE, featuring three Villanova Law alumni who earned Master’s Degrees in International Sports Law at Madrid's Instituto Superior y Derecho as part of the Law School's JD/LLM International Studies program, have become experts not only in areas of domestic sports law practice, but in areas of international practice as well. They will share their perspectives on Olympic hot topics like anti-doping, the rights of transgender athletes, equal pay issues, and COVID-19 regulation. Please join us for what promises to be a timely and captivating discussion!
Law and Literature – The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
Thursday, June 3
1.0 Ethics CLE
Professor David Caudill
This one-hour ethics CLE program will focus on Russell Banks' 1991 novel, The Sweet Hereafter. Set in a small town in upstate New York, the novel explores the tragic aftermath of a school bus accident that has taken the lives of many of the town's children. Through Banks's skillful use of multiple first-person narratives, we enter the lives of the survivors, the grief-stricken parents and the lawyer hired to file a lawsuit seeking damages.
The novel, which was made into an award-winning motion picture of the same title, brilliantly illuminates the personal impact of the catastrophe on several characters, including those who are now charged with seeking justice. The novel also effectively explores the tort system—while the novel delineates the emotional and psychic damage wrought by the accident, it spends much more time on questions about liability, the complexities of litigation and, ultimately, the process of healing. These and many other questions — including a surprising twist in testimony by one of the victims — make the novel a good choice for a CLE ethics program.
Throughout the year, Villanova Law offers a number of events for our alumni to network, learn and socialize with other Law alumni.
We also encourage members of the Villanova Law Alumni Association to also engage with the larger Villanova University Alumni Association (VUAA) which offers alumni events around the country and world.
As a service to our alumni, Villanova Law hosts a number of symposia every year which are eligible for continuing legal education credits. Alumni are welcome to join for either earning CLEs or for enrichment.
Check back for upcoming events!
15th Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture: "Taking Measure of the 'Biden Effect': American Catholics and The President"
Friday, April 23
April 19, 2021
Tuesday, March 23–Thursday, March 25
Wednesday, March 10
Saturday, March 20
Tuesday, February 23
February 5, 12 & 19
Friday, February 19
Presented by the Delaware County Bar Association Community Outreach Committee
January 19, 2020
January 13, 20 & 27
Wednesday, December 9
October 27–November 2
Thursday, October 29
Thursday, October 22
Wednesday, October 21
Thursday, September 24
Tuesday, September 1
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