VLS Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights

December 2014 - February 2015

Leslie Book

In the Media: Quoted in the March 2 Tax Notes Today article, “Revisiting the Record Rule in CDP Cases.”

David Caudill

Gave a presentation on attorney experts in legal malpractice cases at the annual St. Mary’s Journal of Ethics and Malpractice Journal symposium in San Antonio on February 27.

Shared a paper on economic bias affecting expertise in the courtroom at a workshop on February 20 at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Candace Centeno

Participated in a panel discussion on December 5 about Developing and Implementing Upper-Level Legal Writing Courses at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law.

Michelle Dempsey

Organized and chaired a panel on "The Role Morality of the Legal Scholar" at the annual AALS meeting in Washington, DC, on January 4.

Elected Chair of the Jurisprudence Section of the AALS on January 5.

Participated in a meeting of experts regarding violence against women, convened by the Vice President's council on January 5.

Presented a guest lecture on "Sex Trafficking and Criminalization: In Defense of Feminist Abolitionism" at Rutgers-Camden School of Law on February 24.

Presented a faculty workshop on "Sex and Public Wrongs" at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at Arizona State University on March 2.

Robert Dunham 

In the Media: Quoted in the February 14 Reading Eagle article, “Gov. Tom Wolf puts moratorium on death penalty in Pennsylvania.”

Diane Penneys Edelman

In the Media: Her co-authored guest column, “NAGPRA and Congress's Foresight,” was published in Jurist on January 18.

Vicenç Feliú

His article, “Orphans in Turmoil: How a Legislative Solution Can Help Put the Orphan Works Dilemma to Rest,” was published in Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy in Issue 2 of Volume 12.

Keith Fogg

Won the 2015 Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award at the ABA meeting in Houston.

In the Media: Quoted in the February 3 Tax Notes Today article, “Ninth Circuit Holds Firm on Equitable Tolling.”

Abraham Gafni 

In the Media: His article “Who Decides Res Judicata and Collateral Estoppel in Arbitration?" appeared in the Legal Intelligencer on February 24.

John Gotanda

Presented his paper, “To Fee or Not To Fee: Whether a new International Sales Convention Should Include a Provision on Attorneys’ Fees and Costs?” at the 35 Years CISG and Beyond Conference at the University of Basel.

In the Media: Featured in the January 16 Philadelphia Business Journal article, “Villanova Law dean talks strategy.”

Richard Harvey

In the Media: Quoted in the February 25 Wall Street Journal article “Caterpillar's Tax Liability from Overseas Unit Could Grow.”

In the Media: Quoted in the February 16 Tax Notes International Magazine article, “News Analysis: The Common Reporting Standard and FATCA.”

In the Media: Quoted in the February 4 Bloomberg Business article, “Companies Too Big to Invert Would Take Brunt of Obama Tax Plan.”

In the Media: Quoted in the February 1 German Press article, “Apples Versteckspiel mit den steuern.”

His paper “Corporate Inversions - Background, Causes, and Policy Options” is listed number four on TaxProf Blog’s Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads on SSRN.

Listed on TaxProf Blog with 1,450 SSRN downloads in the past 12 months, placing him 15th among all tax professors nationally.

Rufus C. King

In the Media: His article, “Lawyers as Entrepreneurs,” was published in the Best Lawyers edition of US News and World Report.

Catherine Lanctot 

Moderated a CLE presentation at the VLS Reunion weekend in November on "The Ethics of Social Media: Look Before You Tweet," with Molly DiBianca '04 and K.T. Newton '92.

Presented her paper, “Becoming a Competent 21st Century Legal Ethics Professor: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Technology (But Were Afraid To Ask)," at the AALS Annual Meeting in January, to be published in the ABA’s Journal of the Professional Lawyer.

James Edward Maule

In the Media: Quoted in the February 20 article on NJ.com, “Experts weigh in: Does new coalition have clout to get marijuana legalized in N.J.?”

Michael Moreland

Participated in a roundtable discussion, “A Confident Pluralism,” at Notre Dame Law School on December 11.

Moderated a junior scholars works-in-progress panel at the Federalist Society’s Annual Faculty Conference in conjunction with the AALS meeting in Washington, DC on January 4.

Appointed to the Program Committee of the AALS Section on Law and Religion.

Delivered a webinar, “Legal Issues in Church Management,” on February 25 for the Villanova University School of Business Center for the Study of Church Management.

Delivered a paper, “Wisdom and Justice in the Law School Curriculum,” on February 28 at the “Wisdom, Law, and Lawyers” conference sponsored by the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Michele Pistone

In the Media: She, and two students in her CARES clinic, were featured in the February 16 Philadelphia Inquirer article, “Many Factors Contribute to Backlog of Asylum Seekers.”

Named co-managing editor of the Journal on Migration and Human Security.

A member of the Planning Committee for the 2015 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education.

Organized the second Igniting Law Teaching conference on March 20 at American University Washington College of Law. The conference’s 36 talks focused on innovations in law school teaching methodology.

Anne Poulin

In the Media: Quoted in the February 14 Morning Call article, “Who has the authority to investigate Kathleen Kane?”

In the Media: Quoted in the January 23 Law360 article “Pa. High Court Win Won't Guarantee End To Kane Charges.”

In the Media: Quoted in the January 14 CBS Philly article, “Pa. Attorney General and Her Attorney Push Back Against Grand Jury Leak Probers.”

Teri Ravenell

In the Media: Quoted the January 24 York Daily Record article, “York, police officer facing $900,000 civil rights lawsuit.”

Michael Risch

Bloomberg BNA included his presentation at George Washington University in November in its coverage of the 2014 Design Law Symposium, published in Volume 89

Presented “The Layered Patent System” at a conference in January called The American Innovation Machine: What Role for Patents?

In the Media: Quoted in the February 25 Bloomberg Business article, “Apple Plays the Odds for Overturning $533 Million Patent Verdict.”

In the Media: Quoted in the February 11 Legal Skills Prof blog post “A Limited and Flawed Study on Clinics and JD Employment Outcomes.”

In the Media: Quoted in the January 21 Patently-O: Patent Law Blog post, “Giving Deference to the Supreme Court in Teva v. Sandoz.”

In the Media: His article, “How Law Professors Use Twitter,” was referenced on PinHawk Blog.

Tuan Samahon 

Presented a paper on the 17th Amendment and restoring the procedural safeguards of federalism to the student chapter of the Federalist Society at Southern Illinois University on February 11.

Presented a paper on the U.S. president’s power to remove as a power to control, to the student chapter of the Federalist Society at the Washington University in St. Louis on February 10.

Taught a constitutional law segment on January 13 for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Immigration CLE about President Obama's executive actions regarding executive discretion and Article III standing to challenge.

Participated in Villanova’s faculty workshop on Prof. Ernie Young's 2001 Law Review contribution on process federalism on February 23.

Louis J. Sirico, Jr.

Legal Skills Prof Blog, on which he is contributing writer, named Best Law Professor Blog in the 2014 Blawggie Awards.

His book, “Persuasive Legal Writing,” was published in its fourth edition. His co-author is Nancy Schultz.

Jennifer Sperling

Invited to be a presenter at the 2015 Applied Legal Storytelling Conference this summer in Seattle. Her presentation will focus on the potential for collaboration and synergy between applied legal storytelling and the nascent activist art movement known as "social practice."

Received a Certificate of Recognition from the Federal Supervision to Aid Reentry (STAR) program, recognizing the Civil Justice Clinic's participation in a pilot referral program for STAR participants needing assistance with family law issues.