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Faculty Highlights  

 

Leslie Book

Spoke at the Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Tax Law and Policy symposium at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on Mar. 22.

Spoke on “Giving Taxpayer Rights a Seat at the Table” at the 2019 Critical Tax Theory Conference at Pepperdine Law School on Apr. 6.

 

Andrew Brandt

Presented the keynote address at the inaugural The UNTOLD Foundation Gala in Philadelphia, PA on Mar. 7.

Served as an arbitrator on a hearing regarding Match Penalty for game misconduct between the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association (PLPA) in Villanova, PA on Mar. 15.

Presented “The NFL Model: The Behemoth of American Sports” at a training program with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Masters for International Players in New York, NY on Apr. 5.

In the Media: Appeared on an episode of The #AskGaryVee Show podcast titled “Business is the 5th Major Sport” released on Apr. 12.

Moderated panels on “The Future of Sports” at the 2019 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law on Apr. 12.

Hosted the 6th Annual Game Day Case Competition at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law on Apr. 13.

Participated in a panel on “Employment Law After Murphy vs. NCAA: From Fantasy to Reality” at The Future Is on the Clock: Gaming, Intellectual Property and Employment Law in the New World of Sports Betting in Philadelphia, PA on Apr. 25.

 

Doris Brogan

Spoke on “Navigating Ethical Challenges in Engineering” at an Electrical and Computer Engineering Professional Development Seminar at Villanova University on Mar. 11.                                             

Moderated and participated in multiple panels on “Ethics in Action: Giving Voice to Values in the Law” at The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance Symposium at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law on Mar. 29.

Presented on government responses to the opioid crisis at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law J. Willard O'Brien American Inn of Court meeting in Philadelphia, PA on Apr. 9.

 

Michelle Dempsey

Presented on “It Takes a Village: Juvenile Crime and Collective Responsibility” as part of the APA Committee Session: Punishing Children at The American Philosophical Association’s Annual Eastern Division Meeting in New York, NY on Jan. 10.

Presented remotely on “The Public Realms” at the Symposium on Antony Duff's The Realm of Criminal Law at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain on Feb. 8.

Moderated a panel on “The Rabbinic Idea of Law in Conversation with Movements in Legal Theory" at the 2019 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium “The Rabbinic Idea of Law: Interactions and Implications” on Feb. 15.

Organized "Coercion & Consent: An International Workshop in Criminal Law & Philosophy” at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law on Mar. 1-2.

Presented on “Consent, Coercion and Time” at The Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law and Policy on Apr. 22.

 

Diane Edelman

Appointed co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Committee on Academic Engagement in January.

Spoke at the “Study Visit to Philadelphia and Weekend in New York City” for the English for Law and International Transactions (EFLIT) and the European Center for Continuing Legal Education (ECCLE) on Apr. 22.

Presented on “How to Bring International Law to Life for First-Year Law Students” at the Teaching the Next Generation of Global Lawyers webinar sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute Global Legal Writing Skills Committee on Apr. 24.

Spoke to students at James G. Blaine Academics Plus School for “Law Day” with the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division in Philadelphia, PA on Apr. 30.

 

Brett Frischmann

Presented at a faculty workshop for Temple University's Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA on Jan. 24.

Spoke about his book Re-Engineering Humanity at Stanford Law School in Stanford, CA on Jan. 30.

In the Media: Published an article in Scientific American, “Electronic Contracts and the Illusion of Consent” on Feb. 19.

Spoke about his book Re-Engineering Humanity at Notre Dame Law School in Notre Dame, IN on Feb. 28.

In the Media: Featured in a story on Whatever: This Machine Mocks Fascists, “The Big Idea: Brett Frischmann” on Feb. 26.

Participated in a discussion on “Privacy Must Fall: The World According to Surveillance Capitalism” at the Annual Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Privacy Lecture in Berkeley, CA on Mar. 14.

Presented on “Common Sense Commons” at the Governing Markets as Knowledge Commons Conference at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, VS on Mar. 29.

Spoke about his book Re-Engineering Humanity at Oxford University in Oxford, England on Apr. 23.

Spoke about his book Re-Engineering Humanity at University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England on Apr. 24.

Spoke about his book Re-Engineering Humanity at the Chatham House in London, United Kingdom on Apr. 25.

 

Abraham Gafni

In the Media: Published in The Legal Intelligencer, “Is That Decision-Maker an Expert or an Arbitrator?” on Mar. 21.

 

Ruth Gordon

Awarded a Fulbright Research Grant in Hong Kong for the project “Chapter 9 Technology and Low-Income Countries in the Global South” in March.

 

Richard Harvey

In the Media: Quoted in the Law360.com story “Warren’s Biz Tax Plan Could Curb Income-Shifting Incentives” on Apr. 18.

 

Michael Moreland

Participated in a panel on “Living Together in Diversity: Law, Religion and Tradition” at the European Academy of Religion Annual Conference 2019 in Bologna, Italy on Mar. 6.

Assisted with the administration of the International Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion held in conjunction with the 2019 European Academy of Religion Annual Conference in Bologna, Italy on Mar. 6.

In the Media: Quoted in the Reuters article “Families can sue gun maker for Sandy Hook school massacre: court” on Mar. 14.

Presented on “Adjunct Faculty Unionization and Religiously Affiliated Universities” at the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, VA on Mar. 22.

Participated in a panel on “Perspective on Toleration” at Toleration and Religious Freedom in the Early Modern and Contemporary World Symposium at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England on Mar. 26.

Participated in a workshop on “Catholicism and the Common Good” sponsored by the Luce Foundation at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA on Apr. 4-5.                

Participated in a discussion “Two There Are: Understanding the Separation of Church and State” at Notre Dame Law School in Notre Dame, IN on Apr. 12.

 

Josephine Nelson

Participated in a panel discussion on “Gender, Race and Competition in the New Economy” at The Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA on Jan. 4.

Presented on “Compliance and Internal Firm Behavior” at the Cambridge Handbook on Compliance Conference at University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, FL on Jan. 19.

Participated in the discussion “A Memorial Celebration of Lynn Stout, and the Launch of Citizen Capitalism” in New York, NY on Jan. 31.

Participated in the Corporate Governance “Counter-narratives”: On Corporate Purpose and Shareholder Values Conference at Columbia Law School in New York, NY on Mar. 1.

Participated in a panel on “The Ethics of Workplace Surveillance & Monitoring” at the 2019 Ethics by Design Conference: Managing Organizations in an Era of Anxiety, Polarization & Disruption at the NYU Stern School of Business in New York, NY on Mar. 15.

Moderated the panel discussion “Giving Voice to Values at Villanova Law” at the Ethics in Action: Giving Voice to Values in the Law Symposium at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law on Mar. 29.

Appointed an official collaborator for Ethical Systems at NYU Stern's Business and Society Program in New York, NY in April.

 

Orli Oren-Kolbinger

Spoke on “The Effect of Judges’ Personal and Professional Backgrounds on their Decisions in Equitable 'Innocent Spouse Relief’ Cases” at the 2019 Critical Tax Theory Conference at Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, CA on Apr. 6.

 

Michele Pistone

Participated in the Ethics in Action: Giving Voice to Values in the Law symposium at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law on Mar. 29.

 

Shea Rhodes

Presented a guest lecture in “Investigations in the Treatment of Trauma” course at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA on Mar. 18.

Participated in a panel on “Recovery and Reentry: The Immediate and Long-Term Public Health Effects of Sex Trafficking” at the Health Law Journal Spring 2019 Symposium: The Legal and Public Health Implications of Sex Trafficking at Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven, CT on Mar. 22.

Presented an “Overview of Sex Trafficking” with Sarah Robinson ’16 and Jamie Pizzi ’18 at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Northeast Regional Office in Philadelphia, PA on Mar. 27.

Moderated a panel discussion on "Combating Human Trafficking Through Cross Disciplinary Collaboration" at 26th Annual Gaudenzia Women and Children's Conference in Harrisburg, PA on Mar. 29.

Presented on “Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking: Trauma-Informed Practices” with Sarah Robinson ’18 at the Juvenile Defender Association in Philadelphia, PA on Mar. 29.

Presented on “Navigating the Complex Legal Needs of Survivors: A Multidisciplinary Approach” at the Charting Change: 2019 National Social Services Conference in Kansas City, MO on Apr. 3.

Hosted the Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation’s Third Annual Survivor-Led Program “Engaging Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation to End Gender-Based Violence” with Professor Michelle Dempsey, Jamie Pizzi ’16 and Sarah Robinson ’18 at The Inn at Villanova on Apr. 11-12.

Presented “Combatting Human Trafficking: A Cross-Systems Trauma-Informed Approach to Investigations, Prosecutions, and Victim Services” at the Public Safety Leadership Symposium: Drugs and Human Trafficking at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA on Apr. 18.

Participated in “Missing Girls: A Community Conversation on Human Trafficking” at Richard Allen Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA on Apr. 23.

Participated in a sex trafficking presentation at Little Flower High School in Philadelphia, PA on Apr. 24.

Presented on “Sex Trafficking in Pennsylvania: The Law and Survivor-Centered Solutions” at the Pennsylvania Prison Wardens Association in Erie, PA on Apr. 26.

Participated in the Shared Hope International JuST Council Policy and Research meetings Apr. 30 - May 1.

 

Michael Risch

In the Media: Quoted in the Law.com article “Supreme Court Asks SG for Views on Another Section 101 Case” on Mar. 18.

In the Media: Quoted in the Law.com article “Skilled in the Art: Pop Goes the PTAB + Supreme Court Sure Seems Curious About Section 101” on Mar. 19.

In the Media: Interviewed on KCBS Radio San Francisco about “WikiLeaks Founder Gets Busted” on Apr. 11.

In the Media: Quoted in the Bloomberg Law article “HIV Pill Patent Gives Trump Team Leverage in Gilead Price Talks” on Apr. 12.

 

Chaim Saiman

Served as Scholar in Residence at Congregation Beth Israel in New Orleans, LA in January.

Participated in a panel discussion on “The Evolution and Use of ‘Judeo-Christian’ in American Law and Public Life” at The Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA on Jan. 3.

In the Media: A review of Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, “Book Review: Halakhah from Several Angles” appeared in The Reporter Group on Jan. 10.

Presented on “The Domain of Private Law” at a faculty workshop at Duke Law School in Durham, NC on Jan. 10.

Presented on his book Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law at Duke Law School and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies at Duke Law School in Durham, NC on Jan. 10.

In the Media: A review of Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, “Seeing Through the Lens of Jewish Law” appeared in Jewish Herald-Voice on Jan. 17.

Participated in a discussion on his book Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law at Shalom Hartman Institute in New York, NY on Jan. 17.

In the Media: A review of Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, “The Highest Halacha” appeared in Jewish Press on Jan. 21.

Presented on “The Domain of Private Law” at the Elmer J. Schaefer Workshop Series at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, VA on Jan. 24.

In the Media: A review of Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, “When Jewish Law Is Taken Too Far” appeared in The Algemeiner on Jan. 27.

In the Media: A review of Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law appeared in Jewish Book Council on Feb. 4.

Presented on “Rabbinic Law as Culture: How the Rabbis Transformed Jewish Law into a Way of Talking about Everything” at Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in Princeton, NJ on Feb. 7.

Presented on Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law at University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences in Philadelphia, PA on Feb. 7.

In the Media: A review of Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, “Understanding the Centrality of Law in Orthodox Judaism” appeared in Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute on Feb. 8.

Hosted the 2019 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium “The Rabbinic Idea of Law: Interactions and Implications” at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law on Feb. 15.

Participated in a discussion on Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law at Yeshiva University in New York, NY on Feb. 21.

 

Tuan Samahon

Presented on “Due Process as ‘Deeply Rooted Traditions’” at the Dignity, Tradition, & Constitutional Due Process: Competing Judicial Paradigms Symposium at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, NV on Mar. 14.

 

Amy Spare

Participated in a panel on “Acting Outside the Box: Seizing Opportunities to Expand Services” at the West Virginia University College of Law Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Hot Springs, VA on Mar. 22.

 

Christine Speidel

Wrote formal comments to the Treasury Department on “Impact on Taxpayers of the Recent Partial Government Shutdown,” which were also published in Tax Notes Today in March.

Presented on “Medicaid Morass: Tax Complications of Independent Home Care” at the Pepperdine School of Law 22nd Annual Critical Tax Conference in Malibu, CA on Apr. 7.

In the Media: Appeared on an episode of the Knowledge@Wharton radio show to discuss “Filing Taxes in the Gig Economy” on Apr. 12.

Presented on “Power and Privilege in Tax: A Case Study Hot Topics for Attorneys and Accountants in Low Income Tax” at the Cornell Law School Low-Income Taxpayer Conference in New York, NY on Apr. 26.