CLE Programs

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

 

 

The Irony of Modern Catholic History

Monday, November 4, 2019
Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

1 Substantive CLE credit

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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.

 

Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)

1 Substantive CLE credit

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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.

 

 

Past Events

 

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.

Past Symposia

 

2019 ComplianceNet Conference on Business Ethics  

Monday, June 3, 2019 & Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

10.5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits & 11 Ethics CLE credits

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosted the Second Annual ComplianceNet Conference on June 3-4, 2019 . With a theme of “Business Ethics,” this year’s Conference engaged participants on how to run ethical companies and how to encourage ethical behavior within organizations.

 

Lawyers and the Holocaust: An Ethical Exploration

Monday, April 29, 2019
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Cozen O'Connor's Philadelphia office (One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street, Suite 2800, Philadelphia, PA)

How could the Holocaust happen? Were there no laws to prevent it? “Lawyers and the Holocaust: An Ethical Exploration” will examine the history and ethics of the legal profession in Germany both prior to the ascension of the Nazi Party in 1933 and, then, during the Nazi period. Examining the role of legal practitioners—lawyers and judges—in Nazi Germany will underscore the reality that moral codes governing the legal profession can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. What is the proper role of lawyers, judges and the law? What did the legal profession do to further or oppose the legal system during the Holocaust? What are some of the characteristics of those ethical challenges that may recur – in a different form – in the present? This engaging and interactive program will investigate the enabling and executing roles that professionals and organizations played in Nazi Germany as a means of displaying the importance of professions in contemporary society.

 

The Church and the Scandal: New Challenges, New Questions

Tuesday, April 25, 2019
4:30 p.m.
Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy and Saint Thomas More Society of Philadelphia welcome Peter Steinfels, author of a recent essay in Commonweal, "The PA Grand-Jury Report: Not What It Seems." Peter Steinfels is University Professor Emeritus at Fordham University and was previously co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture. He was the senior religion correspondent for The New York Times from 1988 to 1997 and a columnist until 2010.

 

The 2019 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium

Friday, April 12, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Arthur M. Goldberg '66 Commons

Each spring, the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal hosts its annual symposium on current issues and hot topics in the world of sports law. Past symposia have covered issues ranging from concussions in sports, agents, and social movements. The Spring 2019 topic will be The Future of Sports: Trends and Insights on a Changing Landscape.

 

CSE Institute: Engaging Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation to End Gender-Based Violence

Thursday, April 11, 2019: 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m. & Friday, April 12, 2019: 9 a.m.-2p.m.
The Inn at Villanova
601 County Line Road
Wayne, PA 19087

The CSE Institute presents its 3rd annual survivor-led symposium, which will include cross-disciplinary workshops and discussions aimed at engaging the survivor community to end gender-based violence. Workshops will be led by survivors to encourage participants to engage in problem-solving scenarios on a variety of relevant topics and current issues in legislation, law enforcement and education.

 

Ethics in Action: Giving Voice to Values in the Law

Friday, March 29, 2019
8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)  

Understanding the Rules of Professional Conduct is a necessary but not sufficient condition to being a successful and ethical lawyer. University of Virginia Professor Mary C. Gentile has developed the “Giving Voice to Values” (GVV) approach, which can help lawyers act effectively and with professionalism. This innovative approach to ethical dilemmas argues that often the issue is not distinguishing right or wrong, but rather knowing how to act on your values successfully despite opposing pressure, and without sacrificing professional goals.

 

The 2019 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium

Friday, February 15, 2019
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)

In its annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium, the Villanova Law Review examines the implications of Villanova Law Professor Chaim Saiman’s book, Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, on law and legal theory. The symposium will bring together distinguished scholars of legal theory, law and literature, religious law and theology and religious studies.

 

2019 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium

Friday, February 8, 2019
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)

Environmental law, like many other regulatory areas, is rife with uncertainties, which are exacerbated by political transitions. The Obama Administration implemented significant regulatory changes, many of which the Trump Administration is now attempting to reverse. Courts have set aside regulations issued under both Administrations, adding to the uncertainty. Meanwhile, emerging problems, such as concerns about the chemical perfluorooctane sulfonate in groundwater, are generating public concern and litigation, without clear regulatory guidance. 

At the 2019 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium, representatives from private practice, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations will discuss strategies they use to manage regulatory uncertainty and transition for their clients.

 

The Fifth Annual Fashion Law Symposium

Friday, February 1, 2019
8:10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101) 

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Fifth 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 founders and leaders of fashion companies interact with both inside and outside counsel to run some of the most successful businesses in the world.

 

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)

 

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)

 

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.

 

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.

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