The Ninth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture will explore the topic "Catholic Legal Theory: Aspirations, Challenges, and Hopes." The symposium will take place on Friday, April 24, from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., in Room 201 of the Law School. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5 CLE credits (4 substantive, 1 ethics).
Welcome and Introduction: 9:15 a.m.
Patrick McKinley Brennan, Professor of Law and John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies, Villanova University School of Law
Session 1: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Robert Vischer, Dean and Mengler Chair in Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law: "How Should Catholic Legal Theory Matter to Catholic Legal Eduction in a Time of Retrenchment?"
John Breen, Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law: "Catholic Legal Theory in Catholic Law Schools: Past and Present"
Elizabeth Schiltz, Professor, Thomas J. Abood Research Scholar, and Co-Director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law: "'You Talkin' to Me?' Who Are We Talking to? And Why Should They Listen to Us?"
Session 2: 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Michael A. Scaperlanda, Professor of Law and Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law, The University of Oklahoma College of Law: "Challenging the Common Assumptions regarding Liberty"
Michael Moreland, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law: "Pope Francis and the Project of Catholic Legal Theory"
Patrick McKinley Brennan: "Problematics of Catholic Legal Theory under the Roman Regime of Novelty (since 1965 or so)"
Session 3: 1:15-2:45 p.m.
Thomas C. Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law: "The Relevance and Irrelevance of the Reformation to the Catholic Legal Theory Project"
Marc O. DeGirolami, Associate Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, St. John's University School of Law: "Tradition and Catholic Legal Theory"
Susan Stabile, Professor of Law and Faculty Fellow for Spiritual Life, University of St. Thomas School of Law: "Evangelii Gaudium and Catholic Legal Theory"
Kevin C. Walsh, Associate Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law: "Marius Victorinus at MOJ"
Roundtable: 3:00-4:15 p.m.
The Catholic Legal Theory Project: Concepts and Goals
The annual Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture is named for John F. Scarpa, in recognition of his generous support of Villanova University School of Law through the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies.