Past CLE Programs

The Second Annual Tax Policy Symposium

Tax Reform in 2017 - Exploring the Blueprint

June 1, 2017

The 2016 Presidential campaign generated renewed interest in the need for Comprehensive Tax Reform. The President and Congress have indicated their desire to propose and pass comprehensive tax reform before the end of this year. 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. at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA). 

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.
 

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law Symposium
Sports, Media and Millennials: Evolving Landscape of Consumer Demand

April 7, 2017

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law hosts its signature event—the annual Sports Law Symposium—on Friday, April 7, 2017. This year's symposium, Sports, Media and Millennials, featured an in-depth look into changing patterns of consumer demand in sports.

The symposium took place on Friday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 4 substantive CLE credits.
 

The 2017 Joseph T. McCullen Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law
Law & Religion Meets Law & Economics

March 17, 2017

Scholars of law, religion and economics often see themselves as working in separate fields with few connections between them. This conference will explore Pope Francis’ teachings on market economics to bring these two bodies of legal scholarship into dialogue. Discussion will center around Pope Francis’ theological critique and assessment of global capitalism, and reaction to that critique from different of legal, economic and religious perspectives. The conference will also explore the traditional role of religious language in constructing legal duties and obligations, how law and economics has secularized this branch of law, and conclude by analyzing the concept of liberty in economic, legal and religious thought.

The Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law took place on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 9 am. to 4 p.m. This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 4.5 substantive CLE credits and one Ethics credit.
 

Engaging the Survivor Community in Advocacy, Healing and Criminal Justice

March 9 - 10, 2017

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation leads cross-disciplinary workshops and discussions aimed at engaging the survivor community in advocacy on Mar. 9-10. Workshops will be led by survivors and will encourage participants to engage in problem-solving scenarios on a variety of relevant topics and current issues in legislation, law enforcement and education.

The event takes place on Thursday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Friday, March 10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. It was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 9.5 substantive credits and 1 Ethics credit.
 

2017 Fashion Law Symposium
Navigating the Runway: A Closer Look at the Issues Facing the Fashion Law Industry

February 24, 2017

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Third Annual Fashion Law Symposium, Navigating the Runway: A Closer Look at the Issues Facing the Fashion Law Industry. This year's event explores social media and the Internet, in-house fashion law, intellectual property issues, fashion mergers and acquisitions, and more. Sponsored by the Fashion Law Society and the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, this symposium brings together fashion experts and trendsetters in the industry, including Lee Sporn, Former Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel, and Secretary of Michael Kors Holdings Limited; Susan Posen, Chair at House of Z LLC/Zac Posen; Julie Zerbo, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Fashion Law; and more.

The Symposium took place on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 substantive CLE credits. 
 

2017 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium
Implementing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

Friday, February 10, 2017

From household cleaning products and cosmetics to hand soap and food, Americans come into contact with thousands of different chemicals every day. For over 40 years, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) allowed existing chemicals to remain on the market for use without review of their safety. Recently, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA), which updates federal regulation of chemicals to modernize TSCA. The LCSA affects chemical manufacturers and processors, as well as downstream businesses that use, import, export, or sell products containing chemicals. The 2017 Blank Rome LLP Villanova Environmental Law Journal Symposium will explore the business, environmental, and legal implications of the new legislation.

The Symposium took place on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 substantive CLE credits.
 

The Eleventh Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture
Is the Present Day Spirit of Capitalism a Problem? Christian Reflections on Economy, Finance, Culture, and Regulation

Nov. 11, 2016

The current configuration of capitalism, in which finance plays a dominant role, has the capacity to shape people in ways that hinder the development of a critical perspective on it. Professor Kathryn Tanner's distinguished 2016 Gifford Lectures, the focus of this year's John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture, identify the various cultural forms of finance-dominated capitalism that have such an effect and suggest their force in life may be countered by Christian beliefs and practices. In this way, her lectures reverse the project of Max Weber in Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, while employing much the same methods he used. Pope Francis's reinvigoration of Catholic social doctrine as it pertains to the culture and regulation of economy provides a timely context within which to consider the arguments advanced by Professor Tanner in her Gifford lectures.
 

The 2016 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium
Exploring Police Accountability in America

Oct. 28, 2016

The relationship between police officials and the communities they serve has dominated the public agenda in recent times. The 2016 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium brings together a diverse collection of leading voices to discuss this topic from various viewpoints.  
 

The 2016 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic 

Sept. 16, 2016

The abuse of heroin and other opioids is a deadly epidemic in Pennsylvania. The 2016 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, explores the medical, legal, policy and sociological dimensions of this issue. This conference brings together leading experts—including Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine—and features an excerpted screening of NBC 10’s documentary “Generation Addicted” with commentary by the documentarians.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Shifting Perspectives and Policing Practices

Friday, June 24, 2016

Police, prosecutors and communities in the United States are experiencing a transformation in the way they view commercial sexual exploitation, and these shifting perspectives are affecting law enforcement’s response to prostitution and sex trafficking. At this pivotal moment, the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute), in collaboration with the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, hosts Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Shifting Perspectives and Policing Practices.

This one-day conference brought together national and international experts to discuss innovative police practices and prosecution strategies, international perspectives on policing commercial sexual exploitation, challenges to gathering sound empirical data and opportunities to advance reform.

Villanova University Graduate Tax Program’s Inaugural Tax Policy Symposium

Thursday, June 2, 2016

As the 2016 Election Year intensifies, candidates will provide their views and proposals for tax reform. At Villanova University Graduate Tax Program’s inaugural Tax Policy Symposium—Fundamental Tax Reform and Tax Policy Issues in Election Year 2016—attendees were introduced to the most salient issues within the debate, and the distinction among the various proposals that will impact your business and personal economic affairs.

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 societal issues surrounding the need for fundamental Tax Reform. Patrick Meehan, U.S. Representative of the Seventh District of Pennsylvania and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, was the featured speaker.

The 2016 Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium: Emerging Questions in Adoption Law and Catholic Social Thought

April 22, 2016

The 2016 Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law brought together leading scholars to explore Emerging Questions in Adoption Law and Catholic Social Thought. Topics included embryo adoption, international adoption and state nondiscrimination mandates applied to religious adoption agencies.

Pennsylvania Pipelines: Assessing the Infrastructure Task Force Report

Friday, April 15, 2016

Within the next few years, thousands of miles of natural gas pipelines will be constructed in Pennsylvania. In May 2015 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf established the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Task Force to address the Commonwealth’s pipeline system, which produced its first official report in February. The 2016 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Symposium, Pennsylvania Pipelines: Assessing the Infrastructure Task Force Report, brought together regional and national experts, including members of the Task Force, to discuss the future of Pennsylvania’s pipeline infrastructure and the broader issues relating to the Task Force report.

2016 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium
A Changing Game: Challenging the Status Quo in Sports Law

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law hosted its signature event—the annual Sports Law Symposium—on Friday, April 1, 2016. The symposium, A Changing Game: Challenging the Status Quo in Sports Law, explored the most topical and hard-hitting legal and business issues in sports today. Topics included a continuing look at player health and safety and concussion protocols; changes in the NCAA legal and business landscape; and an in-depth look at the numerous issues surrounding the daily fantasy sports industry.The event took place on Friday, March 11 from 12-4 p.m. This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 substantive credits.

Fashion Forward: Lessons in Law and Business for Fashion Entrepreneurs

Friday, March 11, 2016

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosted the Second Annual Fashion Law Symposium, Fashion Forward: Lessons in Law and Business for Fashion Entrepreneurs. This year’s event explored fashion entrepreneurship, trademark and licensing issues and the importance of business relationships when building and monetizing a brand. Sponsored by The Fashion Law Society and The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, this symposium brought together fashion experts and trendsetters in the industry, including Lori Kinkade, VP Corporate Counsel and Compliance at David's Bridal; Andrea Canepari, the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia; Jeffrey Levinson, Founder of Jeffrey Levinson LLC; and more.

Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, Featuring Val Ackerman

Jan. 29, 2016

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded programs, continued to influence the educational landscape. It raises complex compliance issues across the spectrum of the education system—from elementary and secondary districts to major research universities. Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, featuring Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman, brought together regional and national experts to explore Title IX compliance as it impacts sports, violence and broad issues of equality on campus. The conference was co-sponsored by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and ComplianceThe Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

Countering Corruption: Building A New Culture of Ethics and Compliance in Philadelphia's Traffic Court

Dec. 3, 2015

Following a raid in 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took an unprecedented step and appointed Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer the Administrative Judge of Philadelphia's Traffic Court, aiming to reform the Traffic Court permanently and restore public confidence in the adjudication of traffic citations. Judge Glazer has worked with former Pennsylvania Inspector General William G. Chadwick to instill a new culture of ethics and compliance in Traffic Court. On Dec. 3 Judge Glazer, Chadwick and Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Craig R. McCoy discussed these important issues at Countering Corruption: Building A New Culture of Ethics and Compliance in Philadelphia's Traffic Court.

Pipeline to the Legal Profession: Overcoming Barriers to Entry
Presented by Villanova University School of Law School and The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

The conference included thought-provoking discussions with lawyers and advocates on the obstacles that marginalized communities face in accessing and succeeding in the legal field. Breakout sessions allowed current lawyers and law school graduates the opportunity to earn five CLE credits towards their continuing professional development for the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. The event sought to attract local high school, college, and law school students, administrators and faculty as well as practitioners, lawyers, public interest officials, social justice advocates, and community members.

The Tenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Culture
"The Perfections of Our Imperfect Constitution: Marbury and Administration, the Power of the President and Constitutional Stare Decisis."

Oct. 16, 2015

Henry Paul Monaghan, the Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia Law School, has helped generations of jurists, scholars and students understand the meaning of the Constitution of the United States by evaluating the document's perfections and insisting upon its imperfections. The Tenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture explores Monaghan's scholarship by focusing on three of his landmark articles: “Marbury and Administrative Law,” 83 Colum. L. Rev. 1 (1983); “The Protective Power of the President,” 93 Colum. L. Rev. 1 (1993); “Stare Decisis and Constitutional Adjudication,” 88 Colum. L. Rev. 723 (1988).

The 2015 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium
Celebrates the Journal’s 60th Anniversary
 

September 18, 2015

The 2015 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium celebrated the Villanova Law Review’s 60th anniversary and honors the scholarship published throughout the journal’s history. Since its founding in 1956, the journal has published articles and essays by leading legal scholars, regarding issues at the foundation of law and justice, and at the cutting edge of current legal problems.

For this symposium, members of the Villanova Law faculty presented essays reflecting on the importance of one or more articles published in the Villanova Law Review. These 11 essays—along with three additional works by John Y. Gotanda, The Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law; Patrick McKinley Brennan, John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies and Professor of Law; and Michael P. Moreland, Professor of Law—were published in the Villanova Law Review’s Sexagennial Volume in 2016.

2013 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Annual Blank Rome LLP Symposium: Decarbonization: a New Direction in Climate Change Policy?

April 13, 2013

This symposium addressed the science, law, and policy of decarbonization, a strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by replacing major fossil fuels uses with non-carbon alternative technologies. Scientists, legal scholars, economists and policy experts assessed whether a combination of new "clean" replacement technologies is a realistic and feasible way to maintain our standard of living while eliminating or sharply reducing the major sources of greenhouse gases that are causing climate change.

Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium: Concussion Conundrum

March 15, 2013

This symposium explored, debated, and informed on the key issues facing players, teams, leagues, doctors, and lawyers regarding head injuries and brain trauma in  sports. Panels included commentary from retired professional athletes Keith Primeau, Jim Nelson, Taylor Twellman, and Brian Westbrook about concussion awareness and prevention amongst players. Other topics of conversation included an examination of both sides of the NFL Concussion Injury Litigation—the concussion injury class action suit brought by former NFL players against the league—featuring an attorney for the plaintiff; an exploration of the science and concussion-related liability facing professional and amateur sports; and a look at the state of sports and concussions with media personalities.

Click here for an archived webcast of the event.

The Norman J. Shachoy Law Review Symposium: Assessing the CISG and Other International Endeavors to Unify International Contract Law

January 18, 2013

The Villanova Law Review held a symposium on "Assessing the CISG and Other International Endeavors to Unify International Contract Law: Has the Time Come for a New Global Initiative to Harmonize and Unify International Trade?" This topic was both timely and important as the United Nations was considering a proposal to study whether it should undertake the drafting a new convention on international sales law. The symposium featured the leading authorities on the subject of international sales law from across the globe, including the Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), The Honorable Renaud Sorieul.

Click here for an archived webcast of the event.

Other Previous CLE & Symposia Include:

  • Preparing Students to be Practice-Ready Attorneys
    Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop at Villanova Law School (12/4/2012)
  • Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Annual Symposium: Moneyball's Impact on Business and Sports (02/10/12)
  • Villanova University Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium (9/23/2011)
  • Environmental Law Journal Symposium: Renewable Energy Development and Wildlife (01/29/11)
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium: Stitching Together the Past, Present, and Future of Antitrust Law in Professional Sports with an American Needle: Where Do Professional Sports Leagues Stand after American Needle v. NFL? (01/29/2011)
  • Villanova University School of Law Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum: Innocents Behind Bars: The Keys to Exoneration (01/21/11)
  • Joseph T. McCullen Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law
    Symposium on Jean Porter - Ministers of the Law: A Natural Law Theory of Legal Authority (10/22/10)
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