CLE Programs

2015 Current Topics in Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business

Every year, Villanova Law hosts a number of symposia and CLE programs. In addition, the Villanova Law Review, the Villanova Environmental Law Journal and the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal each sponsor annual symposia and publish the papers submitted in those proceedings. Most of the symposia qualify for CLE credit. All of these events are open to the public. Upcoming programs and registration information will be listed below as they become available.


2018 Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium

Feb. 9, 2018

The current regulatory climate under the Trump Administration provides both challenges and opportunities for project developers as they work to engage in beneficial projects while remaining environmentally conscious. The 2018 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium—"Standing at the Intersection of Robinson Township and Trump: Current Issues in Real Estate Development and Environmental Law"— brings together experienced industry professionals to discuss and evaluate current issues faced by attorneys, developers and regulators.

Discussing the intersection of real estate development and environmental law, panelists will offer invaluable insight into the cutting-edge projects that strive to create renewable energy sources and other redevelopment projects on environmentally contaminated properties. Included in this symposium are discussions about industry practices in light of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's 2013 decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth, and the uncertain environmental obligations imposed on development projects. 

The Symposium takes place on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201) 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 3 substantive CLE credits.

Legal Ethics, Harassment and Discrimination: The Role of the Rules

Nov. 15, 2017

The text of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct now defines professional misconduct to include harassment and discrimination on wide range of bases. Is this a long-overdue response to a serious problem in the profession or a regulatory overreach that gives too much power to bar disciplinary authorities and presents First Amendment concerns? Is the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board's proposal on this topic, which would link misconduct findings to violations of anti-discrimination statutes, a wise compromise or an abdication of responsibility?

"Legal Ethics, Harassment and Discrimination: The Role of the Rules" tackled these questions and more in a panel discussion hosted by Villanova Law's The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance on Wednesday, Nov. 15. This program was approved for 2 ethics CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board.

Beyond Childhood and Adulthood: A Multidisciplinary Conversation about Humanhood

Oct. 27, 2017

What is humanhood?  This is the question that the 2017 John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture addressed through a conversation framed by the forthcoming book, Humanhood: Beyond Childhood and Adulthood, by distinguished Dartmouth philosopher James Bernard Murphy.  Professor Murphy argues in his new book that the study of a human life is intrinsically multidisciplinary, and so the conference speakers spoke from the disciplines of biology, psychology, political science, sociology, linguistics, biblical exegesis, anthropology, literary theory, and law.  The hope is to clarify a holistic conception of a developing human life, in which the virtues of children are also the virtues of adults, and both the temporal and the eternal are given their due. The event was held on October 27, 2017 and was approved for 5.5 CLE Credits (4.5 substantive and 1 ethics) by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board.

The 2017 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium

Oct. 20, 2017

The Villanova Law Review examined fifty years of operation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with its annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium on October 20, 2017. The symposium featured a group of distinguished FOIA and transparency scholars, governmental officials, and FOIA requesters and litigants engaging in a probing review of the issues as experienced on the ground.

The symposium took place on Friday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 substantive CLE credits.

Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Media

Oct. 18, 2017

Debates over the role and ethics of traditional and new media in politics, law and society have reached a fever pitch. The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance brought together three experienced media professionals to examine the issues facing today’s press and to share their views on how members of the public can make sense of media in 2017.

Entitled “Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Media,” the program featured Ginger Casey, an Emmy Award-winning television news journalist; Bill Marimow, two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient and Vice President of Strategic Development of Philadelphia Media Networkand Zack Stalberg, former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. Steve Chanenson, Faculty Director of the Girard-diCarlo Center, moderated the discussion.

The Second Annual Tax Policy Symposium

June 1, 2017

The 2016 Presidential campaign generated renewed interest in the need for Comprehensive Tax Reform. The 2017 Villanova University Graduate Tax Program Tax Policy Symposium explored the Blueprint for Reform that began the process, and discussed additional plans that have been proposed.

This event brought together a cross section of business leaders—from tax and accounting to legal and government to renowned academics—to discuss the economic and tax policy issues surrounding the current tax reform proposals, as well as their economic impact.

The symposium took place on Thursday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This program was approved for 4.5 substantive CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and for 4.5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) tax credits for Certified Public Accountants.


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