Sports have the ability to transcend barriers, whether they be socio-economic, geographical or political. But what happens when sports, politics and social movements collide? The 2018 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Symposium—Sports, Politics & Social Movements—examined the hard-hitting legal and political issues dominating sports and the national news media.
The symposium took place on Friday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA). This program, which was open to the public, is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3.5 CLE substantive credits.
The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation led cross-disciplinary workshops and discussions aimed at engaging the survivor community in the search for justice on April 5 and 6, 2018. Workshops were 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 took place on Thursday, April 5 from 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. and Friday, April 6 from 9 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. at The Inn at Villanova University (610 County Line Road, Radnor, PA). The event was open to the Villanova Community and the public and is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 9 sustainable credits. NASW-PA has approved the workshop for 9 CEU credits* and the event is approved by MPOETC for 9 CLEE credits.
A reception and awards ceremony followed the event on Thursday, April 5 in the Arthur M. Goldberg '66 Commons at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA).
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 brought 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” was 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 took 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.
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 included 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 took 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.
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 looked 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 took 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 Rules of Fashion: Understanding the Regulatory Side of the Fashion Industry
February 23, 2018
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosted 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 included 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 took 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.
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"— brought 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 took 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.