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Every year, Villanova Law hosts a number of symposia and CLE programs. In addition, the Villanova Law Review, the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal each sponsor annual symposia and publish the papers submitted in those proceedings. Most of the symposia qualify for CLE credit. All of these events are open to the public. Upcoming programs and registration information will be listed below as they become available.


Upcoming Events


An Orderly Estate Administration: Preparing your Executor or Leaving your Executor a Mess 

Wednesday, December 9
5:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

1 Substantive CLE Credit


The most important job for an Executor is gathering a client’s assets and distributing those client’s assets to his/her heirs at the conclusion of the estate administration. But how does an Executor know what assets your client owned when the client died? Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., Entertainment Lawyer, and Robert M. Maxwell, Managing Director of The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. will discuss how a client can best share that information with the client’s Executor, as well as how an executor can search for and discover assets a client had if the client leaves his/her affairs in a mess. 

Bernard will discuss his book The Big List in the context of how to advise clients regarding minimizing personal risk when it comes to medical care, trust and estate planning, and life in general during the time of Covid-19. Bob will look at the messy side of things – traditional ways to search for a client’s assets as well as gaining access to digital assets and information through Pennsylvania’s newly passed Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. Please join us for this seminar. This not only applies to estate attorneys, but to each of us who plans to leave a legacy. 


Past Events


The Inaugural CARES Symposium – Immigrant Justice: Victories and Visions

The Clinic for Asylum, Refugee & Emigrant Services (CARES) at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, will bring together the legal, faith and university communities for an inaugural symposium focused on fighting for immigrant justice. Speakers representing diverse communities will share effective, replicable strategies and sustaining visions for supporting our national and immigrant communities in, and beyond, this election year. Writing from Birmingham Jail, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. cited St. Augustine for his principle that an unjust law is no law at all. The CARES Symposium will seek to inspire attendees to examine the moral responsibility we have to question laws and their implications for all and offer attendees new tools and avenues to support immigrant justice surrounding this pivotal election. 

This series of events consists of the following free CLE opportunities:

The Last Four Years: Emergent Strategies for Immigrant Justice, 10/26 at 12:00 p.m.

The Black Immigrant Experience, 10/26 at 4:30 p.m.

Introduction to Immigration Detenetion, 10/27 at 12:00 p.m.

A Conversation Between Rev. Kaji Douša amd R. Stanton Jones, 11/2 at 12:00 p.m.


The Legacy of Nuremberg: 75 Years Later

Thursday, October 29

1 Ethics Distance CLE Credit

75 years after the opening of the Nuremberg Trials, join us for a virtual conversation with Ben Ferencz, last living Nuremberg prosecutor. Presented in partnership with the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, this conversation will explore how the next generation can continue this fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes. 

43rd Annual Donald A. Giannella Lecture

Thursday, October 22

1 Substantive Distance CLE Credit

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will hold its annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture virtually on Thursday, October 22 at 4:00 p.m. The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy welcomes Intisar A. Rabb, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law and faculty director of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School, to present “Interpreting Islamic Law.”


From the Ballot Box to the Oval Office? Lessons Learned from Past Elections

Wednesday, October 21

1 Substantive CLE Credit

As the machinery of elections operates in local, state, and national races, sometimes things go wrong. The most prominent example, of course, is the 2000 presidential election, culminating in Bush v. Gore (2000). There are a variety of cases dealing with remedial possibilities for defective elections which shed light on the subject which help form a framework for analysis. Presented by Mark C. Alexander, JD, The Arthur J. Kania Dean, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, this CLE will present that caselaw and framework, then discuss Bush v. Gore. The session will end with consideration of how these principles and precedents could apply in our 2020 presidential election, in unprecedented times and circumstances.


Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

Thursday, September 24

1 Substantive Distance CLE Credit

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center will host a discussion on recent Supreme Court developments surrounding freedom of religion and preview upcoming cases about religious freedom. Panelists will include Michael Moreland, University Professor of Law and Religion & Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy and Stephanie Barclay, Associate Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame Law School.


Law and the Augustinian Tradition Lecture Series: "Black Dignity and the Augustinian Political Theology"

Tuesday, September 1

1 Substantive Distance CLE Credit

The McCullen Center welcomes Vincent Lloyd Ph.D., Director of the Africana Studies Program and Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. The basis of this lecture will be Lloyd’s recently published article “Human Dignity Is Black Dignity” in Church Life Journal, a journal of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.


Little Ethical Issues Everywhere: Law & Lawyers in Celeste Ng's Little First Everywhere

Thursday, May 21, 2020

1 Ethics credit

In partnership with the Delaware County Bar Association and Villanova Law's David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, this one-hour ethics law and literature CLE will focus on Celeste Ng’s latest novel, Little Fires Everywhere. Many vital issues, including an agonizing custody trial, an indecisive family court judge and the ethical sensibilities of two very good attorneys, will be the subjects of our discussion.


Sixth Annual Fashion Law Symposium: "The Many Faces of Fashion Law"

Friday, February 21, 2020

3.5 Substantive CLE credit

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Sixth Annual Fashion Law Symposium, which will bring together lawyers and non-lawyers, focusing on the key players in the fashion industry. This year’s event will include discussions on how leaders of fashion companies interact with both inside and outside counsel to run some of the most successful businesses in the world.


2020 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium

Friday, February 7, 2020

3 Substantive CLE credit

At the 2020 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium, representatives from shareholder activist groups, advisors, companies, attorneys, and academics will discuss the use of shareholder proposals to advance environmental objectives, including the proposed Rule 14a-8 amendments.


Religious Freedom: A Global Conversation

Monday, February 10, 2020

1.5 Substantive CLE credit

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy and the Villanova Political Theology Project welcome Michael D. McNally, Emilia Justyna Powell and Jolyon Thomas to discuss their new books exploring religious freedom and the intersection of law and religion in the global context.


Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

1 Substantive CLE credit

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Piblic Policy welcomes Keith Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. This lecture will focus on his book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, which won the PROSE Award for best book in education and the Heterodox Academy Award for Exceptional Scholarship.


The Irony of Modern Catholic History 

Monday, November 4, 2019

1 Substantive CLE credit

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy welcomes George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies of the Ethics & Public Policy Center. He will discuss his new book, The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform, which reveals how Catholicism offers 21st Century essential truths for society’s survival and flourishing.


The Art and Science of Judging in a Constitutional Republic

Monday, October 28, 2019

1 Ethics CLE credit

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy welcomes The Honorable Thomas Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Hardiman was nominated by President George W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on January 9, 2007 and was confirmed by the Senate (95-0) on March 15, 2007. Prior to becoming an appellate judge, he served as a trial judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as of November 1, 2003.


Annual Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium: Gender Equity in Law

Thursday, October 25, 2019

7 Substantive CLE credits

Despite the significant demographic change in the gender composition of law faculty during the last 25 years, persistent questions of unequal treatment and unconscious bias continue to hamper the ability of female faculty to achieve full equality in law schools. This symposium will examine a broad variety of issues relating to gender equity in law schools.


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Law

Thursday, October 3, 2019

3 Substantive CLE credits

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are transforming the way all industries behave. Although law has been perhaps slower to adapt, these new technologies have become powerful disruptors in the legal profession that is traditionally labor-intensive. The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Villanova School of Business welcomes Arup Ras and his team from Alphaserve, to present an interactive course introducing these technologies.


2019 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum: In the Best Interest of the Child?

Friday, September 20, 2019

2 Ethics and 1 Substantive CLE credits

What is in the best interest of the child? This is the question that is often at the center of custody and welfare cases involving minors. How do attorneys go about answering this question and what in the United States’ current system helps or hinders their efforts? The 2019 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum will bring together attorneys, experts and government officials to tackle issues in policy and to offer possible solutions.


Fourteenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Culture: Liberalism, Accommodation and the Profanity of Law

Monday, September 16, 2019

5.5 Substantive and 1 Ethics CLE credits

The Fourteenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Culture aims to ask how some of the basic conceptual building blocks of the liberal state can be fortified, reformed or limited, in response to growing dissatisfaction with the paradoxes or perversities of life in a classically liberal regime in the early 21st century. Inspired by the important work of Prof. Nomi Stolzenberg, Nathan and Lilly Shapell Chair in Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, the conference will focus on what Stolzenberg has termed “the profanity of law,” the future of liberalism, and the future of accommodation litigation in the federal courts.


Law and the Augustinian Tradition Lecture Series  

Thursday, September 5, 2019

1 Substantive CLE credit

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy welcomed Robert Louis Wilken, William R. Kenan, Jr. Emeritus Professor at the University of Virginia and author of Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom.

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