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The 2016 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium

Exploring Police Accountability in America


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 symposium takes place on Friday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 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 5.5 substantive CLE credits.


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Welcome: 9 - 9:15 a.m.

Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law


Panel 1: 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. "Root Cause Analysis in Civilian-Involved Shootings"

John Hollway, Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Quattrone  Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Sean Smoot
, Director and Chief Counsel for the Police Benevolent &       Protective Association of Illinois (PB&PA) and the Police Benevolent Labor  Committee (PBLC)
Kelvyn Anderson
, Executive Director, Police Advisory Commission, City of  Philadelphia and Vice President, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement

Break: 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.


Panel 2: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. "Policing Communities—How Police Police: Lessons Learned from Civil Litigation"

David Rudovsky, Founding Partner, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP
Paul Fishman
, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey


Panel 3: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  "Police Chiefs, Policy and Practice"

Rachel Harmon, F.D.G. Ribble Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Jordan Hyatt, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies, Drexel University 


Lunch: 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.


Featured Speaker: 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Lori Lightfoot, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP, and President, Chicago Police Board


Panel 4: 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. "Making Police Pay?"

Mildred Robinson, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Armando Brigandi, Chief Deputy City Solicitor, City of Philadelphia Law Department


Break: 2:45 - 3 p.m.


Panel 5: 3 - 4 p.m. "Communities Policing: How Communities Monitor Law Enforcement"

Rachel Moran, Clinical Fellow, Criminal Defense Clinic, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
, Associate Professor of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Austin Nolen, Managing Editor, The Declaration