Apr. - Sept 2016

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Faculty Highlights:

Apr. - Sept. 2016

Mark Alexander

In the Media: His op-ed, entitled "First Year Will Shape You For Decades to Come," was published by The National Law Journal on Sept. 26.

In the Media: Appeared on CBS This Morning on Sept. 24 as part of its segment "The art of the presidential debate."

In the Media: Profiled in The Philadelphia Tribune's Sept. 9 story, "Villanova's new law school dean settles in."

In the Media: Profiled in the KYW Newsradio story, "Villanova Law School’s New Dean Breaks Barriers," on Aug. 19.

Caitlin Barry

Presented on a panel titled "Teaching Movement Lawyering" at the Society of American Law Teachers Teaching Conference in Chicago on September 29.

Spoke on a panel at the Paley Library at Temple titled "Local Immigration Law and Policy: A Philadelphia Case Study" on September 22.

Leslie Book

Presented his paper, "Thinking About Taxpayer Rights and Social Psychology to Improve Tax Administration," at the Loyola (LA) Law School Tax Colloquium Symposium in Sept.

Presented a discussion of "Important Tax Cases Litigated by Kathryn Sedo" at the American Bar Association Tax Section Pro Bono and Tax Clinic Committee in May in Washington, DC.

Andrew Brandt

In the Media: Appeared in CBS This Morning segment, "How states regulate the big business of fantasy sports," on Aug. 27.

In the Media: Appeared in MSNBC segment, "Fallout continues for Olympic star Ryan Lochte," on Aug. 22.

In the Media: Appeared in CBS This Morning segment, "One-third of Russian team banned from Rio Games," on Aug. 6.

In the Media: Featured in the KYW Newsradio story, "Local Expert Weighs In On Whether Olympics Are Fun Or Fraud," on Aug. 6.

In the Media: Profiled in Above the Law's July 13 post, "The View From Up North: Meet Andrew Brandt — NFL Exec, Player Agent, Sports Business Analyst."

In the Media: Quoted in the Christian Science Monitor's July 7 article, "Has the NFL concussion settlement set precedent for the NHL lawsuit?"

Patrick Brennan

Completed his casebook (with co-author William Brewbaker III), Christian Legal Thought: Materials and Cases, which will be published by Foundation Press in February 2017.

Delivered an invited lecture, "Tolerance: Cui Bono?," at the International School of Ius Commune, in Erice, Sicily.

David Caudill

Published a chapter, entitled "Laboratory Life and the Economics of Science in Law," in Latour and the Passage of Law (ed. Kyle McGee, Edinburgh University Press 2015).

Published a chapter, entitled "Law and Psychoanalysis," in The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalysis in the Social Sciences and Humanities (eds. Anthony Elliott & Jeffrey Prager, Routledge 2015).

Taught Labor and Employment Law with Prof. Ann Juliano in the Villanova Summer 2016 Rome study program.

Taught intensive course in Expert Evidence at the University of Melbourne, Australia in July.

Gave a paper on the admissibility of "sleeptalk" evidence at the annual Studies in Expertise and Experience workshop (SEEshop) at Cardiff University in Wales in May.

Candace Centeno

Re-elected for a two-year term as Treasurer of the Legal Writing Institute, the second largest organization of law professors in the United States.

Presented "Check it Off: the Benefits of Student Generated Checklists" at the 2016 LWI Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Presented "Duties of Senior & Experienced Hearing Committee Members" at the Hearing Committee Training for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Steven Chanenson

Received The Richard P. Kern Memorial Award from The National Association of Sentencing Commissions presented at its Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT in August 2016. He gave the related Kern Keynote Lecture, "Commissions at the Core," at the conference.

Gave a presentation, entitled "Legal Ethics in Action: An Initial Attempt to Bring GVV to an American Law School," at the International Legal Ethics Conference in New York in July.

Continued his work as the Uniform Law Commission's Reporter for the Criminal Records Accuracy Act at the ULC national Annual Meeting in Stowe, VT in July.

Spoke on a CLE panel for the Defender's Association of Philadelphia about the use of risk assessment at sentencing in Philadelphia in June.

Participated on a CLE panel for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 33rd Annual Criminal Law Symposium about Pennsylvania Sentencing in Harrisburg in June.

Gave a presentation, entitled "Laurels and Darts," as part of a Plenary Session of the 25th National Seminar on Federal Sentencing in Orlando, FL in June.

Completed his service as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing's Strategic Planning Work Group, which issued its final report in May.

Accepted an appointment from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Criminal Jury Instruction Committee.

Lori Strickler Corso

Presented a CLE webinar, "Be Your Own Sherlock Holmes: Tracking Down Background Information for Free," to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Aug. 3.

Presented a CLE webinar, entitled "Conducting Free Legal Research Online: Fast, Reliable and No Budget Required!" to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Apr. 12.

Michelle Dempsey

Published an article, "Why We Are All Jurisprudes (Or, At Least, Should Be)," 66 Journal of Legal Education 29 (2016).

Published a chapter, "Against Liability: Toward a Reasons-Based Account of Self-Defense," in Ethics of Self-Defense, Christian Coons and Michael Weber, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Published an article, "Punishment and Coherence" in the Italian journal of Philosophy and Public Issues - 5 (1) Filosofia e Questioni Pubbliche 43 (2015-2016).

Presented keynote address, "Against Liability: Toward a Reasons-Based Account of Self-Defense," at the Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership (co-sponsored by McMaster University, University of Toronto and York University) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in May 2016.

Presented a paper, "Why We're All Juriprudes (Or Should Be)," at the Future of Legal Scholarship Conference (co-sponsored by the Journal of Legal Education), at Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, in April 2016.

Presented a draft of sections of forthcoming book, Sex, Wrongs, and Criminalization (Oxford University Press), at the Georgetown Law Center's Feminism, Law & Philosophy Seminar, in April 2016.

Presented comments in response to Harvard University's Littauer Professor of Philosophy & Public Policy Frances Kamm's paper, "Torture, Rescue, Prevention, and Punishment," at Villanova University's Ethics of War Conference, in April 2016.

Performed several peer reviews for articles submitted to international journals of law and philosophy, including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Social Philosophy.

In the Media: Quoted in the Main Line Suburban Life's June 28 article, "Villanova School of Law hosts seminar on sex trafficking."

Abraham Gafni

Selected for inclusion in the 2017 Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Arbitration and Mediation.

In the Media: His article, "What if a Party is Unable or Unwilling to Pay for Arbitration?," appeared in the Legal Intelligencer on Sept. 20.

In the Media: His article, "Waiving and Reviving the Right to Arbitrate Disputes," appeared in the Legal Intelligencer on July 19.

In the Media: His article, "Unwittingly Submitting to Mandatory Arbitration Provisions," appeared in the Legal Intelligencer on May 12.

J. Richard Harvey

His article, “Corporate Tax Aggressiveness — Recent History and Policy Options,” was highlighted in Jordan Barry and Karen Burke’s “A Brief Review of Corporate Tax Articles 2014-15” in Tax Notes, Vol. 151, No. 2, 2016.

His paper, "Offshore Accounts: Insider’s Summary of FATCA and its Potential Future," made the SSRN top 10 list of most downloaded public tax law papers in history.

With fellow international tax law experts, submitted comments in support of two proposed Treasury Department anti-inversion rules. TaxProf Blog published a post highlighting the comments on July 7.

In the Media: Quoted in CNNMoney's July 7 article, "Facebook is being investigated by the IRS."

In the Media: Quoted in Tax Notes' Sept. 22 article, "Hope Springs Eternal for the CCCTB."

In the Media: Quoted in Tax Notes' Sept. 13 article, "Tax Court Decision 'Beyond Meaningful Challenge,' Altera Argues."

In the Media: Quoted in Tax Notes' Sept. 6 article, "Tax Extortion—the European Version."

In the Media: Quoted in the Financial Times' Aug. 31 article, "Apple's €13bn bill swamps its EU tax filings."

In the Media: Quoted in Tax Notes' Aug. 22 article, "Can financial accounting help the government win Altera?"

In the Media: Quoted in Bloomberg's April 27 article, "Delaware's $1 Billion Incorporation Machine."

In the Media: Quoted in Bloomberg's April 13 article, "Panama Leak Spurs Global Zeal to Crack Shell Companies, But How?"

In the Media: Quoted in Politifact's April 11 article, "Sanders: U.S. multinationals would owe $620 billion on overseas profits." His quote was subsequently included as part of TaxProfBlog's April 12 post, "Harvey, Kleinbard Fact-Check Bernie Sanders's Claim That U.S. Multinationals Owe $620 Billion In U.S. Taxes On Cash Stashed Overseas."


Submitted with fellow professors an Amicus brief to the 9th Circuit on the Altera case and whether IRS regulations were arbitrary or capricious under the Administrative Procedures Act. The brief was subsequently highlighted in Tax Notes on July 6./p>

Ann Juliano

In the Media: Quoted in The Hill's August 15 article, "NY Post asks, will Bill Clinton be allowed female interns?"

Catherine Lanctot

Spoke at the Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession in Hershey, Pennsylvania in May, serving on a panel moderated by journalist Joan Biskupic on the female Supreme Court Justices, focusing on the opinions of Justice O'Connor.

Edward Liva

In the Media: Quoted in The News Journal's June 1 article, "Donald Trump moves more than 110 trademarks to Delaware."

Michael Moreland

Published a book chapter, "John Courtney Murray and the "'Primacy of the Spiritual': Lessons for the Law," in The Future of Public Theology and the Global Common Good (Orbis Books, 2016).

Published a book chapter, "What Are We Really Arguing about When We Argue about Freedom of the Church?," in Religious Liberty: Essays on First Amendment Law, eds. Daniel N. Robinson and Richard N. Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Elected to the Board of Trustees of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia.

Participated in a seminar on "Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation," at the University of California-Berkeley sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute on July 31-August 7.

Invited participant in a colloquium sponsored by the Federalist Society and the John Templeton Foundation on "The Past and Future of Free Exercise," in San Francisco, California on June 24-25.

In the Media: Quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer's June 23 article, "U.S. Supreme Court upholds race-based admissions."

Presented a paper on "Adjunct Faculty Unionization and Religiously Affiliated Universities," at the Annual Law and Religion Roundtable at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec on June 21.

Presented a paper on "Torts and Double-Effect in the Common Law Tradition," at the Intention and Double-Effect Workshop at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, Chile on May 20.

Invited participant in a colloquium sponsored by the Notre Dame Program on Constitutional Structure on Adrian Vermeule's book, Law's Abnegation: From Law’s Empire to the Administrative State (Harvard University Press, forthcoming), on May 4.

Invited participant in a Liberty Fund conference on "Liberty in James Bryce's Studies in History and Jurisprudence," in Toronto, Ontario on April 21-24.

Invited participant in a colloquium sponsored by the Notre Dame Program on Church, State and Society on Kathleen Brady's book, The Distinctiveness of Religion in American Law: Rethinking Religion Clause Jurisprudence (Cambridge University Press, 2015), on April 15.

Invited participant in a colloquium sponsored by the Notre Dame Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life on Yuval Levin's book, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism (Basic Books, 2016), on April 12.

Mitchell Nathanson

In the Media: His op-ed, "Leaders will stand up—or sit down—for their beliefs," was published in the Sept. 4 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Gave a talk on his book, God Almighty Hisself: The Life and Legacy of Dick Allen, at the Free Library of Philadelphia West Oak Lane branch on April 7.

In the Media: Interviewed about his book, God Almighty Hisself, in numerous outlets, including MLB Network's MLB Now, MLB Network Radio's Behind the Numbers, Sirius XM Radio's "Remember When," KNBR Radio's "Sports Talk San Francisco," 94-WIP FM, "Talkin’ Baseball," PA Sports Network, PA Books and Beyond the Game.

Participated in a podcast and interview at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in New York City on April 21.

In the Media: Quoted in Discovery News' Apr. 29 article, "Who Really Invented Baseball?"

Spoke as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Author Series on Aug. 3.

Appeared as a guest lecturer at the Union League of Philadelphia on June 29 and as a featured speaker at the Lehigh County Bench Bar Conference in Cooperstown, NY, on Sept. 10.

Presented to the SABR Regional Meeting in Springfield, MA, on Apr. 25.

Michele Pistone

Selected to be a Faculty Fellow with the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL) during the Fall 2016 semester.

Organized and spoke at a TEDxVillanovaUSalon event, "Who Are Refugees," on Sept. 20 at Villanova University.

Moderated a panel of authors at the Rethinking the Global Refugee Protection System Conference, hosted by the Center for Migration Studies on July 5-7 at the SUNY Global Center, New York, NY. She is editing the 25+ papers that were written for the conference for publication in the Journal on Migration and Human Security, for which she serves as co-managing editor.

In the Media: Quoted in Vice.com's June 16 article, "Immigration Raids are Targeting People with Valid Asylum Claims."

In the Media: Quoted in WHYY Radio's June 15 story, "Are Non-Lawyers the Future of Law School?"

In the Media: Quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer's June 13 item, "Legal Matters."

In the Media: Quoted in The Legal Executive Institute's June 7 story, "Allowing Non-Lawyers to Provide Legal Services Could Help Profession."

Invited to present her paper, "Disrupting Law School," at Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, on Apr. 8.

Spearheaded the creation of a new Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Technology, Law and Legal Education; she serves as chair of the new section.

Serves as Chair of the AALS Clinical Section's Technology Committee.

In the Media: Her op-ed, "How non-elite law schools can survive existential market threat," was published by Inside Higher Ed on August 1.

Her whitepaper, "Disrupting Law Schools," was the subject of articles in The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Anne Bowen Poulin

In the Media: Quoted in The Patriot-News' July 8 article, "Dauphin County state-trooper-shooting case argued in Bill Cosby hearing."

Shea Rhodes

In the Media: Quoted in Philadelphia magazine's July 22 article, "Kensington Looks for Hope After Brutal Attacks on Prostitutes."

In the Media: Quoted in the Main Line Suburban Life's June 28 article, "Villanova School of Law hosts seminar on sex trafficking."

Michael Risch

Participated as a Senior Distinguished Commentator at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property Edison Fellow conference on Sept. 20.

In the Media: Joined Bloomberg Radio's Bloomberg Law for a discussion, "Google Triumphs Over Oracle in Court," on May 27.

In the Media: Quoted in the May 26 Washington Post article, "Google beats Oracle on copyright, defeating $9 billion claim."

In the Media: Quoted in the May 11 Bloomberg article, "Schmidt Dons Sun Hat to Shield Google at Oracle-Java Trial."

In the Media: Quoted in the May 9 Bloomberg article, "Oracle and Google to Replay World Series of Copyright Trials."

Presented the keynote speech—"Rules, Standards, and Change in the Patent System"—at the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court Annual Dinner in May 2016.

Presented his paper, "Patent Trolls: Benevolent, Benign, or Malignant?," at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 10th Annual IP Law Institute in April.

Presented as part of BNA Bloomberg’s webinar, "Overcoming Alice: An Empirical Analysis of Granted Patents Since Alice."

Louis Sirico  

Received The 2016 William Burton Award for Outstanding Contribution to Legal Writing Education.

Gave a presentation, entitled "Young, Middle and Senior Faculty Talk with One Another," at the Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference.

Serves as Coordinator and Facilitator of the Legal Writing Institute Writers Workshop and as a Member of the Committee on Committees, the Association of American Law School's Section on Legal Writing, Research and Reasoning.

Serves as Chair of the Legal Writing Institute Scholarship Grants Committee.

His paper, "Opening an Oral Argument Before the Supreme Court: The Decline of Narrative's Role," was published in The Review of Litigation Online (University of Texas Law School) (Summer 2016).

His article, "Writing a Compelling Statement of the Issue," was published in the Fall 2016 edition of At Issue, the newsletter of the Young Lawyers Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.