Past CLE Programs

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law Symposium

Sports, Media and Millennials: Evolving Landscape of Consumer Demand

April 7, 2017

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law hosts its signature event—the annual Sports Law Symposium—on Friday, April 7, 2017. This year's symposium, Sports, Media and Millennials, features an in-depth look into changing patterns of consumer demand in sports.

The symposium takes place on Friday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 4 substantive CLE credits.

The 2017 Joseph T. McCullen Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law

Law & Religion Meets Law & Economics

March 17, 2017

Scholars of law, religion and economics often see themselves as working in separate fields with few connections between them. This conference will explore Pope Francis’ teachings on market economics to bring these two bodies of legal scholarship into dialogue. Discussion will center around Pope Francis’ theological critique and assessment of global capitalism, and reaction to that critique from different of legal, economic and religious perspectives. The conference will also explore the traditional role of religious language in constructing legal duties and obligations, how law and economics has secularized this branch of law, and conclude by analyzing the concept of liberty in economic, legal and religious thought.

The Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law takes place on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 9 am. to 4 p.m. at Villanova University School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 4.5 substantive CLE credits and one Ethics credit.

Engaging the Survivor Community in Advocacy, Healing and Criminal Justice

March 9 - 10, 2017

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation leads cross-disciplinary workshops and discussions aimed at engaging the survivor community in advocacy on Mar. 9-10. Workshops will be led by survivors and will encourage participants to engage in problem-solving scenarios on a variety of relevant topics and current issues in legislation, law enforcement and education.

The event takes place on Thursday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Friday, March 10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Rm 102) at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. It is open to the Villanova community and the public and is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 9.5 sustainable credits and 1 Ethics credit.

2017 Fashion Law Symposium

Navigating the Runway: A Closer Look at the Issues Facing the Fashion Law Industry

February 24, 2017

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Third Annual Fashion Law Symposium, Navigating the Runway: A Closer Look at the Issues Facing the Fashion Law Industry. This year's event explores social media and the Internet, in-house fashion law, intellectual property issues, fashion mergers and acquisitions, and more. 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 Lee Sporn, Former Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel, and Secretary of Michael Kors Holdings Limited; Susan Posen, Chair at House of Z LLC/Zac Posen; Julie Zerbo, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Fashion Law; and more.

The Symposium took place on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 101 of Villanova University School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 substantive CLE credits. 

2017 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium

Implementing the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

Friday, February 10, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

From household cleaning products and cosmetics to hand soap and food, Americans come into contact with thousands of different chemicals every day. For over 40 years, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) allowed existing chemicals to remain on the market for use without review of their safety. Recently, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA), which updates federal regulation of chemicals to modernize TSCA. The LCSA affects chemical manufacturers and processors, as well as downstream businesses that use, import, export, or sell products containing chemicals. The 2017 Blank Rome LLP Villanova Environmental Law Journal Symposium will explore the business, environmental, and legal implications of the new legislation.

The Symposium takes place on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Rm 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.

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.

Villanova University Graduate Tax Program’s Inaugural Tax Policy Symposium

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.

The 2016 Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium: Emerging Questions in Adoption Law and Catholic Social Thought

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.

Pennsylvania Pipelines: Assessing the Infrastructure Task Force Report

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 ComplianceThe 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.

April 13, 2013

2013 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Annual Blank Rome LLP Symposium: Decarbonization: a New Direction in Climate Change Policy?

This symposium addressed the science, law, and policy of decarbonization, a strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by replacing major fossil fuel uses with non-carbon alternative technologies. Scientists, legal scholars, economists, and policy experts assessed whether a combination of new "clean" replacement technologies is a realistic and feasible way to maintain our standard of living while eliminating or sharply reducing the major sources of greenhouse gases that are causing climate change.

Keynote speaker: Howard Latin, Distinguished Professor of Law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar, Rutgers University School of Law at Newark, and author of Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed (2012).

Other speakers include:

  • David Driesen, University Professor, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Dr. Frank A. Felder, Director, Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy, Rutgers University
  • Kenneth Gillingham, Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University
  • Dr. Stewart Prager, Director, Princeton Plasma Lab
  • Dr. Ajay K. Prasad, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Director, Center for Fuel Cell Research, University of Delaware
  • Matthew Stepp, Senior Policy Analyst, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
  • Dr. Michael Trachtenberg, Managing Director, Greenhouse Gas Industries, LLC
 

March 15, 2013

Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium: Concussion Conundrum

This symposium explored, debated, and informed on the key issues facing players,     teams, leagues, doctors, and lawyers regarding head injuries and brain trauma in     sports.


Panels included:

  • commentary from retired professional athletes—Keith PrimeauJim NelsonTaylor Twellman, and  Brian Westbrook—about concussion awareness and prevention amongst players;
     
  • an examination of both sides of the NFL Concussion Injury Litigation—the concussion injury class action suit brought by former NFL players against the league—featuring an attorney for the plaintiff
     
  • an exploration of the science and concussion-related liability facing professional and amateur sports
     
  • a look at the state of sports and concussions with media personalities.

Click here for an archived webcast of the event.

March 12, 2013

The Villanova University School of Law Corporate Law Society hosted its 2nd Annual Corporate Law Society CLE Event entitled, "Legal Career Paths: Private Practice or In-house?"

The event featured the following speakers who discussed various aspects of working in private practice versus in-house: 

• Kristine Wellman, Esq.
  Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Capital One Financial Corporation

• Josh Averill, Esq.
  Banking and Consumer Financial Regulatory Attorney, Bank of America

January 18, 2013

The Norman J. Shachoy Law Review Symposium: Assessing the CISG and Other International Endeavors to Unify International Contract Law

The Villanova Law Review held a symposium on "Assessing the CISG and Other International Endeavors to Unify International Contract Law: Has the Time Come for a New Global Initiative to Harmonize and Unify International Trade?" This topic is both timely and important as the United Nations is considering a proposal to study whether it should undertake the drafting a new convention on international sales law. The symposium featured the leading authorities on the subject of international sales law from across the globe, including the Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), The Honorable Renaud Sorieul.

Participants Included: 

  • Yesim Atamer, Professor of Law, Istanbul Bilgi University; Vice Director, European Union Institute , Istanbul Bilgi University
  • Michael Bridge, Cassel Professor of Commercial Law, London School of Economics
  • Sieg Eiselen, Professor of Private Law, University of South Africa
  • Harry Flechtner, Professor of International and Domestic Commercial Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Alejandro Garro, Adjunct Professor of Law and Senior Research Scholar, Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, Columbia University School of Law
  • John Y. Gotanda, Dean and Professor, Villanova University School of Law
  • Keith Loken, Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law, U.S. State Department
  • Alejandro Osuna, Adjunct Professor, Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana; Osuna Gonzáles y Asociados, S.C.
  • Jan Ramberg, Professor Emiritus, University of Stockholm; former Chairman, CISG Advisory Council
  • Dr. Djakhongir Saidov, Professor of International Sales Law, University of Birmingham and Birmingham Law School
  • Dr. Ulrich Schroeter, Chair for Private Law, International Corporate Law, and European Business Law, University of Mannheim
  • Dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer, Professor of Private and Comparative Law, University of Basel
  • Han Shiyuan, Professor of Civil Law, Tsinghua University School of Law; Director, European and Comparative Law Center, Tsinghua University
  • Hiroo Sono, Professor of Law, Hokkaido University
  • Lisa Spagnolo, Assistant Lecturer in Property Law, Monash University
  • Renaud Sorieul, Secretary, UNCITRAL; Director, International Trade Law Division, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
  • Pilar Perales Viscasillas, Chair of Commercial Law, University Carlos III of Madrid
  • Peter Winship, Professor of International and Domestic Commercial Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

Click here for an archived webcast of the event.

Other Previous CLE & Symposia Include:

  • Preparing Students to be Practice-Ready Attorneys
    Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop at Villanova Law School (12/4/2012)
  • Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Annual Symposium: Moneyball's Impact on Business and Sports (02/10/12)
  • Villanova University Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium (9/23/2011)
  • Environmental Law Journal Symposium: Renewable Energy Development and Wildlife (01/29/11)
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium: Stitching Together the Past, Present, and Future of Antitrust Law in Professional Sports with an American Needle: Where Do Professional Sports Leagues Stand after American Needle v. NFL? (01/29/2011)
  • Villanova University School of Law Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum: Innocents Behind Bars: The Keys to Exoneration (01/21/11)
  • Joseph T. McCullen Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law
    Symposium on Jean Porter - Ministers of the Law: A Natural Law Theory of Legal Authority (10/22/10)
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