The Eleventh Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture
Is the Present Day Spirit of Capitalism a Problem? Christian Reflections on Economy, Finance, Culture, and Regulation
Featuring Kathryn Tanner,
Frederick Marquand Professor of Systemic Theology and Religious Studies at Yale University
Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 4:35 p.m.
The current configuration of capitalism, in which finance plays a dominant role, has the capacity to shape people in ways that hinder the development of a critical perspective on it. Professor Kathryn Tanner's distinguished 2016 Gifford Lectures, the focus of this year's John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture, identify the various cultural forms of finance-dominated capitalism that have such an effect and suggest their force in life may be countered by Christian beliefs and practices. In this way, her lectures reverse the project of Max Weber in Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, while employing much the same methods he used. Pope Francis's reinvigoration of Catholic social doctrine as it pertains to the culture and regulation of economy provides a timely context within which to consider the arguments advanced by Professor Tanner in her Gifford lectures.
The 2016 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium
Exploring Police Accountability in America
Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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 2016 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The abuse of heroin and other opioids is a deadly epidemic in Pennsylvania. The 2016 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, explores the medical, legal, policy and sociological dimensions of this issue. This conference brings together leading experts—including Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine—and features an excerpted screening of NBC 10’s documentary “Generation Addicted” with commentary by the documentarians.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Shifting Perspectives and Policing Practices
Friday, June 24, 2016
8:50 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Police, prosecutors and communities in the United States are experiencing a transformation in the way they view commercial sexual exploitation, and these shifting perspectives are affecting law enforcement’s response to prostitution and sex trafficking. At this pivotal moment, the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute), in collaboration with the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, hosts Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Shifting Perspectives and Policing Practices.
This one-day conference brings together national and international experts to discuss innovative police practices and prosecution strategies, international perspectives on policing commercial sexual exploitation, challenges to gathering sound empirical data and opportunities to advance reform.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
As the 2016 Election Year intensifies, candidates will provide their views and proposals for tax reform. At Villanova University Graduate Tax Program’s inaugural Tax Policy Symposium—Fundamental Tax Reform and Tax Policy Issues in Election Year 2016—you will be introduced to the most salient issues within the debate, and the distinction among the various proposals that will impact your business and personal economic affairs.
This event will bring together a cross section of business leaders—from tax and accounting to legal and government to renowned academics—to discuss the economic and societal issues surrounding the need for fundamental Tax Reform. Patrick Meehan, U.S. Representative of the Seventh District of Pennsylvania and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, will be the featured speaker.
Friday, April 22, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The 2016 Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law brings together leading scholars to explore Emerging Questions in Adoption Law and Catholic Social Thought. Topics include embryo adoption, international adoption and state nondiscrimination mandates applied to religious adoption agencies.
Friday, April 15, 2016
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Within the next few years, thousands of miles of natural gas pipelines will be constructed in Pennsylvania. In May 2015 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf established the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Task Force to address the Commonwealth’s pipeline system, which produced its first official report in February. The 2016 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Symposium, Pennsylvania Pipelines: Assessing the Infrastructure Task Force Report, will bring together regional and national experts, including members of the Task Force, to discuss the future of Pennsylvania’s pipeline infrastructure and the broader issues relating to the Task Force report.
2016 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium
Friday, April 1, 2016
9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law hosts its signature event—the annual Sports Law Symposium—on Friday, April 1, 2016. This year's symposium, A Changing Game: Challenging the Status Quo in Sports Law, will again explore the most topical and hard-hitting legal and business issues in sports today. Topics will include a continuing look at player health and safety and concussion protocols; changes in the NCAA legal and business landscape; and an in-depth look at the numerous issues surrounding the daily fantasy sports industry.The event takes place on Friday, March 11 from 12-4 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Rm 101) at the Law School and is open to the Villanova Community and the public. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 substantive credits.
Fashion Forward: Lessons in Law and Business for Fashion Entrepreneurs
Friday, March 11, 2016
12- 4 p.m.
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Second Annual Fashion Law Symposium, Fashion Forward: Lessons in Law and Business for Fashion Entrepreneurs. This year’s event explores fashion entrepreneurship, trademark and licensing issues and the importance of business relationships when building and monetizing a brand. Sponsored by The Fashion Law Society and The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, this symposium brings together fashion experts and trendsetters in the industry, including Lori Kinkade, VP Corporate Counsel and Compliance at David's Bridal; Andrea Canepari, the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia; Jeffrey Levinson, Founder of Jeffrey Levinson LLC; and more.
Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, Featuring Val Ackerman
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
9 - 3:45 p.m.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded programs, continues to influence the educational landscape. It raises complex compliance issues across the spectrum of the education system—from elementary and secondary districts to major research universities. Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, featuring Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman, will bring together regional and national experts to explore Title IX compliance as it impacts sports, violence and broad issues of equality on campus. The conference is co-sponsored by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
4:30 - 6 p.m.
The Law School presents its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP. This year’s featured speaker Yasser Payne, Associate Professor of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware, will talk on “School-to-Prison Pipeline in the 21st Century: Understanding the Educational Experiences of The Streets of Black America.”
Countering Corruption: Building A New Culture of Ethics and Compliance in Philadelphia's Traffic Court
Presented by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance and the Chief Integrity Officer, City of Philadelphia
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
5:30 - 6:40 p.m.
Mayor's Reception Room -- Philadelphia City Hall
Following a raid in 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took an unprecedented step and appointed Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer the Administrative Judge of Philadelphia's Traffic Court, aiming to reform the Traffic Court permanently and restore public confidence in the adjudication of traffic citations. Judge Glazer has worked with former Pennsylvania Inspector General William G. Chadwick to instill a new culture of ethics and compliance in Traffic Court. On Dec. 3 please join Judge Glazer, Chadwick and Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Craig R. McCoy as they discuss these important issues at Countering Corruption: Building A New Culture of Ethics and Compliance in Philadelphia's Traffic Court.
Entrepreneurs and Lawyers: Creating Win-Win Relationships
Presented by The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship and the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
4 - 7:30 p.m.
Villanova University School of Law - Room 101
Entrepreneurs and Lawyers: Creating Win-Win Relationships is an opportunity for lawyers and entrepreneurs to discuss how they can optimize their working relationships. The event explores topics including selecting a lawyer or law firm, deciding to work with a start-up company, best practices for entrepreneurs to reduce legal expenses and best practices for lawyers to attract and keep entrepreneurial business. Entrepreneurs and lawyers will share expert advice in a question and answer format, providing perspective and actionable insights.
Pipeline to the Legal Profession: Overcoming Barriers to Entry
Presented by Villanova University School of Law School and The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Villanova University School of Law
The conference will include thought-provoking discussions with lawyers and advocates on the obstacles that marginalized communities face in accessing and succeeding in the legal field. Breakout sessions will allow current lawyers and law school graduates the opportunity to earn five CLE credits towards their continuing professional development for the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. The event seeks to attract local high school, college, and law school students, administrators and faculty as well as practitioners, lawyers, public interest officials, social justice advocates, and community members.
The main objectives are to:
- Identify, discuss, and strategize how to overcome barriers of entry into legal education and the profession.
- Help talented regional high school, community college, and HBCU students better understand the challenges and opportunities presented by a life in the law, particularly for underrepresented and social justice-minded individuals.
The Tenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Culture
Featuring Henry Paul Monaghan, Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia Law School
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Villanova University School of Law - Room 201
"The Perfections of Our Imperfect Constitution: Marbury and Administration, the Power of the President and Constitutional Stare Decisis."
Henry Paul Monaghan, the Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia Law School, has helped generations of jurists, scholars and students understand the meaning of the Constitution of the United States by evaluating the document's perfections and insisting upon its imperfections. The Tenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture explores Monaghan's scholarship by focusing on three of his landmark articles: “Marbury and Administrative Law,” 83 Colum. L. Rev. 1 (1983); “The Protective Power of the President,” 93 Colum. L. Rev. 1 (1993); “Stare Decisis and Constitutional Adjudication,” 88 Colum. L. Rev. 723 (1988).
The 2015 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium
Celebrates the Journal’s 60th Anniversary
Friday, September 18, 2015
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Villanova University School of Law - Room 101
The 2015 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium celebrates the Villanova Law Review’s 60th anniversary and honors the scholarship published throughout the journal’s history. Since its founding in 1956, the journal has published articles and essays by leading legal scholars, regarding issues at the foundation of law and justice, and at the cutting edge of current legal problems.
For this symposium, members of the Villanova Law faculty present essays reflecting on the importance of one or more articles published in the Villanova Law Review. These 11 essays—along with three additional works by John Y. Gotanda, The Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law; Patrick McKinley Brennan, John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies and Professor of Law; and Michael P. Moreland, Professor of Law—will be published in the Villanova Law Review’s Sexagennial Volume in 2016.