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Faculty Highlights
 

Leslie Book        

Presented “Injecting Taxpayer Rights into IRS Guidance” at the Temple Law Review Symposium on Taxpayer Rights in the United States: All the Angles on Oct. 26.

Presented “Meeting Taxpayers Where They Live: Improving US Refundable Credits While Reflecting the Lives of the Working Poor” at Tax Justice for All: Examining Contemporary Issues in State and Federal Tax Administration, a workshop at Georgia State University College of Law on Oct. 3.

Richard Booth  

Presented “Materialization of Risk and Loss Causation in Securities Fraud Class Actions” at The University of Richmond School of Law on Oct. 19.

Published “Appraisal Rights and Economic Growth” in The Business Lawyer, Volume 73, Number 4, fall 2018.       

Andrew Brandt

Moderated the VLAA Octoberfest panel “You Bet Your Life—Legalization of Sports Betting” in Philadelphia on Oct. 16.         

Participated in a panel on “The Business of Sports Management” for the Association for Corporate Growth Philadelphia’s Breakfast Briefing on Sept. 21.     

Doris Brogan     

Participated in a panel on “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Ethics, Values and the WordPress Community” at the WordCamp Philly WordPress Conference at the University of the Sciences on Oct. 27.

David Caudill    

Spoke on the legal issues in Ernest Gaines’ death penalty novel, A Lesson Before Dying, at the 26th Annual Alumni College Law and Literature Weekend, Washington and Lee University School of Law on Oct. 19.                

Michelle Dempsey        

In the Media: Quoted in The New York Times, “Bill Cosby, Appealing Conviction, Hires 12th Firm and 20th Lawyer,” on Oct. 22.                                                

Participated in The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy panel “The Death Penalty and Pope Francis” at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law on Sept. 18.

Diane Edelman

Interviewed by The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation for their “Q & A with Experts in the Field” in September.

Brett Frischmann

Presented "Field Experiments to Test Programmed Stimulus-Response Behavior on Social Media Platforms" at the 25th Anniversary International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference on Oct. 25-26.

Hosted and participated in "Privacy as Knowledge Commons Governance Conference" at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law on Oct. 12-13.

Participated in a panel on "Governments, Data, and Society: Asking the Right Questions" at the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington on Oct. 3-5.

Presented "Re-Engineering Humanity and the Perils of Smart Environments" at the Infrastructures as Regulation Conference at the Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU School of Law on Sept. 29.

Presented “How the Internet is Shaping the World We’re Building for Ourselves, our Children and Future Generations” to the League of Women Voters in Media, PA on Sept. 14.

In the Media: His article "Algorithm and Blues: The Tyranny of the Coming Smart-Tech Utopia" was published in Le Monde on Sept. 21.

In the Media: His article "There's Nothing Wrong with Being a Luddite" was published in Scientific American on Sept. 20.

In the Media: A review of his book Re-Engineering Humanity, “Humanity’s Halting Problem,” was published in Social Epistemology Review & Reply Collective on Sept. 18.

In the Media: His article "The Misleading Power of Internet Metaphors " was published in Scientific American on Sept. 5.

In the Media: A review of his book Re-Engineering Humanity,Are Our Smart Devices Turning Us into Dumb Humans?,” was published in Nursing Clio on Aug. 23.

In the Media: A review of his book Re-Engineering Humanity, “Engineers vs. Re-engineering,” was published in Linux Journal on Aug. 2.

Abraham Gafni

In the Media: His article "Resolving Ambiguities in the Arbitration Agreement" was published in The Legal Intelligencer on Sept. 25.             

Dick Harvey       

In the Media: Quoted in The New York Times, “Jared Kushner Paid No Federal Income Tax for Years, Documents Suggest” on Oct. 7.

Michael Moreland         

Participated in a panel on "Approaches to Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation" at the Federalist Society’s 2018 Pennsylvania Chapters Conference on Oct. 19.                                                       

Spoke on the Supreme Court's decision in Janus v. AFSCME at Seton Hall Law School sponsored by the Federalist Society student chapter on Sept. 27.      

Participated in a panel on Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's book Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World at the Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture at the University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 26.                       

Participated in a Constitution Day panel on “The Scope and Limits of Presidential Power” at the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College on Sept. 17.

Participated in a panel on “The Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse Crisis” at Villanova University on Sept. 6.                        

Participated in a seminar on "Truth and Authority in Augustine's City of God" at the University of California, Berkeley sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute on July 21-28.

Presented on "American Conceptions of the Rule of Law in the Founding Era and Early Republic” at the Summer Teacher Institute at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on July 9.                                  

In the Media: Interviewed by NBC10 "Testy Confirmation Hearing Underway for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh” on Sept. 4.                                

In the Media: Quoted in Catholic News Service "Despite hearing's drama, some say Kavanaugh won't make major changes" on Sept. 8.                                                      

In the Media: Quoted in The Tablet, "At Supreme Court Hearing, Much Ado About Judge Brett Kavanaugh – Is It All Just Hot Air?" on Sept. 12.                                           

In the Media: Interviewed by NPR’s Radio Times on "The Kavanaugh/Ford hearings" on Sept. 28.

In the Media: Interviewed by FOX29 on "FBI Investigation Underway for Supreme Court Nominee" on Sept. 30.                               

In the Media: Interviewed by FOX29 on "Brett Kavanaugh Moves Forward with Supreme Court Nomination" on Oct. 7.

Orli Oren-Kolbinger      

Presented “The Effect of the Macroeconomic Environment on Judicial Behavior: The (Surprising) Case of Israeli Tax Litigation” at the Midwestern Law & Economics Association’s 18th Annual Meeting at The University of Alabama School of Law on Sept. 14-15.    

Michele Pistone             

Presented on “Addressing Access to Justice in Immigration” as the invited speaker for the Faculty Colloquium Luncheon on Oct. 19.

Presented on “Policy & Legal Developments Pertaining to Citizenship” at the Center for Migration Studies, Annual Academic and Policy Symposium in New York City on Oct. 9.       

Participated in a panel on “#EdTech for Law Schools” at Society of Law Teachers/AALS Section on Technology, Law and Legal Education Teaching Conference at Penn State Law on Oct. 6.

Presented on “Who is My Neighbor in a Climate Threatened World? Climate Change Refugees” at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish on Oct. 1.                                           

Participated in the Inaugural Roundtable on Law's Futures: New Institutions for Legal Education at Claremont McKenna College on Sept. 20-21.            

In the Media: Quoted in ABC7 Washington D.C. “Trump: Migrant caravan is ‘great midterm issue for Republicans’” on Oct. 18.                                

In the Media: Interviewed by BYU Radio Top of Mind with Julie Rose on “Asylum Seeker Advocates” on Sept. 12.                                                                                                

Teri Ravenell    

Participated in a panel on “Winning the Criminal Battle Without Losing the Civil War: Recognizing the Relationship Between Criminal and Civil Cases and Avoiding Pitfalls to Obtain Success in Both” at the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Oct. 12.  

Shea Rhodes     

Presented on “Legal Considerations for Survivors of Sex Trafficking” at The Salvation Army: Integrating Mission with Vision 2018 Territorial Social Ministries Conference in Lancaster, PA on Oct. 29.

Presented on “Legal Responses to Sex Trafficking in Pennsylvania” at the Cassat RRG Holdings Conference for Medical Providers in Malvern, PA on Oct. 24.     

Participated in the Annual JuST Policy Council Meeting at the Shared Hope International JuST Conference in San Diego on Oct. 15.             

Presented “Trauma Informed Legal Counsel for Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation” at the U.S.-Ghana Chamber of Commerce’s Global Professional and Business Women’s Conference in Accra, Ghana on Oct. 6.                                                               

Michael Risch   

In the Media: Interviewed by NPR’s All Things Considered on “The Tinder-Bumble Feud: Dating Apps Fight Over Who Owns The Swipe” on Oct. 30.

In the Media: Quoted in Law.com “Skilled in the Art: Qualcomm says 'Nevermind' to Curiel” on Sept. 18.

Chaim Saiman  

Presented “The Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance and the Creation of Insurance Law” at the Contract and Insurance Law Workshop at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in October.

Served as Rabbinical Court Judge in a commercial dispute at Beth Din of America in October.      

Spoke as the Scholar in Residence at Kesher Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 19.               

Spoke at a book launch for Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law at Harvard Law School on Oct. 17.            

Presented “Legal Interpretation as the Moving Average of Meaning” at the Workshop on Devotion and Relativity in Jewish Studies at the Center for Jewish History in New York City on Oct. 8.                          

Spoke at a book launch for Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law at Yale Law School on Sept. 17.

Published “What Happens in Heaven? Study. Of What? Jewish Law” in Mosaic Magazine on Sept. 13.

In the Media: A review of his book Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, “Halakhah through the ages examined,” appeared in San Diego Jewish Law on Oct. 30.

In the Media: A review of his book Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, “No Law in Heaven,” appeared in The Lehrhaus on Oct. 29.

In the Media: A review of his book Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, “In Defense of Halacha,” appeared in Jewish Link of NJ on Oct. 11.

In the Media: A review of his book Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, “Review of Halakhah - the Rabbinic Idea of Law,” appeared in the Jewish Chronicle (UK) on Oct. 8.

In the Media: A  review of his book Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, “Funny, You Don’t Look Yeshivish,” appeared in Commentary Magazine  in September.

In the Media: A review of his book Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law appeared in Reading Religion in September.

In the Media: Interviewed by The Forward on “Why Are Jews So Obsessed With The Study Of Halacha, Religious Law?” on Sept. 5.                                                                                                                            

Tuan Samahon 

Participated in a panel on Professor David Rabban’s draft article, “When Should Offensive Campus Speech Be Regulated More Than Speech in the Public Sphere” at the 2018 Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Conference in Chicago on Oct. 12.

Participated in a panel on “Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Lucia v. SEC” at the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference in Philadelphia on Sept. 24.        

Dveera Segal    

Re-elected President of the Board of Directors of HIAS Pennsylvania, a non-profit organization that provides legal services and resettlement services to immigrants and refugees, on Sept. 26.     

Christine Speidel            

Participated in a panel on “Operationalizing Taxpayer Rights: IRS Efforts and Experiences of Lawyers Who Represent Clients Pro Bono and at Low Income Taxpayer Clinics” at the 2018 Temple Law Review Symposium on Oct. 26.                   

Participated in two panels at the American Bar Association Section of Taxation Fall Meeting in Atlanta on Oct. 5 and 6. She presented “Ethical Pitfalls in Representing Spouses” for the Standards of Tax Practice Committee and moderated a panel on Canceled Debt Reporting Under IRC Section 6050P for the Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee.       

Published “Third Party Fraud and APTC Repayment Liability” in The Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure in August.

Ellen Wertheimer          

Elected to membership in the American Law Institute on Oct. 18.