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2015 Current Topics in Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business

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

 

Trafficking & Trauma: Engaging in Legal Advocacy for Survivors of CSE

Featuring introductory remarks by The Honorable President Judge Marsha H. Neifield, Philadelphia Municipal Court

In 2014, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted the Commonwealth’s first comprehensive anti-trafficking statute. The statute provides enhanced legal protections for victims of human trafficking, including a civil remedy and the ability to vacate convictions for crimes that occurred as a direct result of victimization. These critical protections can help victims restore their lives and reduce some of the collateral consequences of their experiences. However, since the statute was enacted, very few survivors have successfully utilized these provisions.

”Trafficking & Trauma: Engaging in Legal Advocacy for Survivors of CSE” will introduce attorneys to the federal and state laws related to commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. The symposium will feature introductory remarks by The Honorable President Judge Marsha H. Neifield,. Participants will be trained in the technical instruction and empirical knowledge necessary to pursue post-conviction relief on behalf of survivors and learnhow to engage in trauma-informed lawyering.

The event takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 from 1-4:15 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Rm 101) at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. It is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 2 substantive credits and 1 Ethics credit.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
1 - 4:15 p.m.
Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)

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The Thirteenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Culture

"Adrian Vermeule on the Current State of Administrative Law: An Interdisciplinary Conversation"

Is administrative law unlawful?  “No,” answers Adrian Vermeule in Law’s Abnegation: From Law’s Empire to the Administrative State (Harvard Univ. Press 2016), a nuanced yet bold defense of the administrative state we inhabit today.  

Critics of the contemporary administrative state contend that it amounts to a regime of quasi-law; to a sustained and highly reticulated response to what Karl Schmitt termed a “state of emergency;” and perhaps occasionally to the agent of what Hannah Arendt termed “administrative murder.”

Answering these and other criticisms of contemporary administrative law, Adrian Vermeule, the Ralph S. Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, will be the featured speaker at the Thirteenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture. Professor Vermeule will be joined in conversation by distinguished scholars of law, political science, economics, philosophy, sociology, and theology. One such scholar, Edward Rubin (Dean Emeritus, Vanderbilt Law School) has prominently argued that the modern administrative state is giving us what he has called “the new morality.”  The conference speakers will assess both the factual claims and normative implications of contemporary administrative law as the possible vehicle of radical moral innovation.

The event takes place on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. in the Martin G. McGuinn Ceremonial Courtroom (Rm 201) at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. It is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 substantive credits and 1 Ethics credit.

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

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The Death Penalty and Pope Francis

Panel hosted by The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy  

Tuesday, Sept. 18
4 p.m.
Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

On August 2, 2018, Pope Francis directed that the language in the Catechism of the Catholic Church be revised to say that the death penalty is "inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and the dignity of the person.” Although the Catholic Church has taught that the state may, in principle, use the death penalty where necessary, Pope Francis’ decision reflects several years of increasing opposition by the Church to the death penalty in practice. This panel will explore the death penalty today and in light of Pope Francis’ change to the Catechism from the perspectives of law, theology and criminology.

The panel is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 credits.

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Previous Events

 

Law and the Augustinian Tradition Inaugural Lecture Series

“From Gospel to Law: Martin Luther’s Reformation of Law, Politics, and Society”

John Witte, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law

August 28, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

This lecture was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 Ethics CLE credit.

Mass Exoneration and Ethics

April 9, 2018

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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 joins 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 will bring 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.

“Mass Exoneration and Ethics” is 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.

The Symposium takes place on Monday, April 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Laurence E. Hirsch'71 classroom (Room 101) of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 4 substantive and 2 ethics CLE credits.

Scientific Expertise in the Courtroom

March 29, 2018

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Science History Institute

315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Testimony by scientific experts plays a key role in criminal and civil cases throughout the U.S. Yet it is an area that is continually evolving as cutting-edge scientific procedures are developed and new ethical questions are raised.

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and the Science History Institute bring together top scholars and experienced practitioners in evidence, psychology, economics and ethics to tackle some of the field’s most pressing issues in a symposium entitled “Scientific Expertise in the Courtroom.” Topics of discussion include the crisis in forensic science; the standards for admissibility of expert testimony, including statistical estimation evidence; the problem of bias in expertise; the ethical dilemmas of attorneys drafting expert reports; and the ethical challenges when consulting experts become testifying experts.

The event takes place on Thursday, March 29, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Science History Institute (315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 2 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits.

Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum: Creating and Facilitating Best Practice Alternatives to Jails and Prisons for Persons with Mental Illness

March 16, 2018

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Two million persons with mental illness are booked into jail each year in the United States according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The criminal justice system is not equipped to treat such individuals, and the consequences for an arrest and incarceration can be catastrophic for the persons and families.

The 2018 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum will look at the challenges facing law enforcement officials, the courts, mental health professionals and policy makers at the state and county levels. Attendees will hear from experts who have been working on the issue in Pennsylvania and around the country as they share best practices, as well as ongoing legal and practical challenges to the development of appropriate treatment options in suitable settings.

The event takes place on Friday, March 16 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101) at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education board for 3.5 substantive credits.

The Fourth Annual Fashion Law Symposium

The Rules of Fashion: Understanding the Regulatory Side of the Fashion Industry

February 23, 2018

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Fourth Annual Fashion Law Symposium, which will bring together lawyers and non-lawyers to examine the various regulations that fashion designers and companies regularly encounter. This year’s event will include discussions on the interaction between the fashion industry and employment law, real estate, international sourcing and production.

Sponsored by the Fashion Law Society and the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, this symposium features fashion experts and trendsetters in the industry, including Justin Zamparelli, General Counsel at Vineyard Vines; Michael Marra, Co-Regional Managing Partner at Fisher Phillips; Nadeem Malik, Senior Store Design Project Manager - International at Michael Kors; and Alexa McDevitt '15, Associate Corporate Counsel, David's Bridal.

The symposium takes place on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 1  p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101) of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education board for 3.5 substantive CLE credits.

2018 Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium

Feb. 9, 2018

The current regulatory climate under the Trump Administration provides both challenges and opportunities for project developers as they work to engage in beneficial projects while remaining environmentally conscious. The 2018 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium—"Standing at the Intersection of Robinson Township and Trump: Current Issues in Real Estate Development and Environmental Law"— brings together experienced industry professionals to discuss and evaluate current issues faced by attorneys, developers and regulators.

Discussing the intersection of real estate development and environmental law, panelists will offer invaluable insight into the cutting-edge projects that strive to create renewable energy sources and other redevelopment projects on environmentally contaminated properties. Included in this symposium are discussions about industry practices in light of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's 2013 decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth, and the uncertain environmental obligations imposed on development projects. 

The Symposium takes place on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201) of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 substantive CLE credits.

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

Nov. 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 Wednesday, Nov. 15. This program was approved for 2 ethics CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board.
 

Beyond Childhood and Adulthood: A Multidisciplinary Conversation about Humanhood

Oct. 27, 2017

What is humanhood?  This is the question that the 2017 John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture addressed through a conversation framed by the forthcoming book, Humanhood: Beyond Childhood and Adulthood, by distinguished Dartmouth philosopher James Bernard Murphy.  Professor Murphy argues in his new book that the study of a human life is intrinsically multidisciplinary, and so the conference speakers spoke from the disciplines of biology, psychology, political science, sociology, linguistics, biblical exegesis, anthropology, literary theory, and law.  The hope is to clarify a holistic conception of a developing human life, in which the virtues of children are also the virtues of adults, and both the temporal and the eternal are given their due. The event was held on October 27, 2017 and was approved for 5.5 CLE Credits (4.5 substantive and 1 ethics) by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board.
 

The 2017 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium

Oct. 20, 2017

The Villanova Law Review examined fifty years of operation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with its annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium on October 20, 2017. The symposium featured a group of distinguished FOIA and transparency scholars, governmental officials, and FOIA requesters and litigants engaging in a probing review of the issues as experienced on the ground.

The symposium took place on Friday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 substantive CLE credits.
 

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

Oct. 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 Networkand Zack Stalberg, former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. Steve Chanenson, Faculty Director of the Girard-diCarlo Center, moderated the discussion.
 

The Second Annual Tax Policy Symposium

June 1, 2017


The 2016 Presidential campaign generated renewed interest in the need for Comprehensive Tax Reform. The 2017 Villanova University Graduate Tax Program Tax Policy Symposium explored the Blueprint for Reform that began the process, and discussed additional plans that have been proposed.

This event brought together a cross section of business leaders—from tax and accounting to legal and government to renowned academics—to discuss the economic and tax policy issues surrounding the current tax reform proposals, as well as their economic impact.

The symposium took place on Thursday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This program was approved for 4.5 substantive CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and for 4.5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) tax credits for Certified Public Accountants.

 

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