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Event Announcement: Joseph T. McCullen, Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law, March 23


This year’s annual Joseph T. McCullen, Jr. Symposium at Villanova University School of Law brings together leading legal scholars to discuss The Moral Foundations of Private Law. Speakers will address a range of topics related to the moral foundations of private law (torts, contracts, property, and remedies), with a particular focus on the ways in which the renaissance of private law theory is shaping a range of areas of legal scholarship. The symposium’s keynote speaker is one of the leading comparative law scholars in the United States, James Gordley, the W.R. Irby Chair in Law, Tulane University Law School and Professor of Law Emeritus at Boalt Hall, University of California-Berkeley.

To register, visit This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5 substantive CLE credits.

Chapin Cimino
, Associate Professor of Law, Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University
Eric Claeys, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
Andrew Gold, Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law
James Gordley, W.R. Irby Chair in Law, Tulane University Law School (Keynote Speaker)
Jody Kraus, David E. Kaufman & Leopold C. Glass Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Michael Moreland, Associate Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law
Nate Oman, Associate Professor of Law, William & Mary Law School
Jeffrey Pojanowski, Associate Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School
Chaim Saiman, Associate Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

Friday, March 23, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Panel I
Cimino - “The Aristotelian Underpinnings of Relational Contract Norms”
Claeys - “Locke Unlocked: Productive Use in Trespass, Adverse Possession, and Labor Theory”
Gold - “A Theory of Redressive Justice”

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Panel II
Kraus - TBD
Saiman - “The Moral Foundations of Private Law: A Jewish Law Perspective”
Oman - “Markets as a Moral Foundation for Contract Law”

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Panel III
Moreland - “Preemption as Inverse Negligence Per Se”
Pojanowski - “Statutory Interpretation, Legislative Supremacy, and the Autonomy of Private Law”

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Keynote and Concluding Discussion
Gordley - “Foundations of Private Law Revisited”

Villanova University School of Law, Room 101
299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, Pennsylvania

The annual Catholic Social Thought and the Law Symposium is named for the Honorable Joseph T. McCullen, Jr., B.A. ’57, Hon. Ph.D. ’76, in recognition of his generous support of Villanova University School of Law.