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 Network; and 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.