Faculty Highlights - November, 2012
His paper, "''Religious Freedom,' The Individual Mandate, and Gifts: On Why the Church is Not a Bomb Shelter," appeared on the following six SSRN Top-Ten Download lists: Jurisprudence; Reproductive Rights; Law and Society: Family Law, Relations and Dispute Resolution; International Human Rights; Law and Religion; and Rights and Liberties. The paper, which he delivered at the recent Scarpa Conference, will be published in the Villanova Law Review
Gave an invited talk, "The Liberty of the Church: Source, Scope, and Scandal," at a conference on "The Freedom of the Church in the Modern Era," sponsored by the Institute for Law and Religion at the University of San Diego School of Law. His paper will be published, along with the other conference papers, in the University of San Diego Law Review
Gave several invited presentations, along with his co-author Prof. William Brewbaker III, on their forthcoming casebook "Christian Legal Thought: Cases and Materials" (Foundation Press 2013) at the annual meeting of the Christian Legal Society, in Colorado Springs. His principal presentation will be published in the Journal of Christian Legal Thought
Gave an invited paper entitled "'The Pursuit of Happiness' Comes Home to Roost: Same-Sex Union, the Summum Bonum, and Equality" at a conference on "Is Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Constitutionally Required?" at the Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. His paper will be published, along with the other conference papers, in the Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law
Gave a 2-hour CLE presentation, entitled "The Critique of Conventionality in Legal Ethics and in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles
," at Washington & Lee University Law School on November 9.Joseph Dellapenna
Participated in a conference on “Sovereignty and International Water Law” sponsored by the University of Bergen, Norway, on October 25 and 26. He spoke on “The Evolution of Water Law through 4,000 Years.”
Gave the keynote lecture, “A Primer on Groundwater Law,” at the Sixth Biennial Water Law Conference of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, on November 8.Michelle Dempsey
Participated in a week-long online symposium on Concurring Opinions
regarding Robin West's book, Normative Jurisprudence
, to which she contributed two blog posts analyzing West's arguments regarding natural law jurisprudence.
Hosted a workshop, sponsored by the Robina Institute for Criminal Law & Criminal Justice, on the topic of "Rethinking Sexual Offenses" on November 2.Diane Edelman
Co-presented the Philadelphia Bar Association's 10th annual Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition award, with Chancellor-Elect Kathleen Wilkinson '81, at the Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting on October 5.
Presented a talk, "A Global Approach to Legal Writing & Legal Research: Building Global Professionalism via Legal Skills Courses," on October 12 at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law's Law Review Symposium on "Building Global Professionalism: Emerging Trends in International and Transnational Legal Education." Her article on the topic will be published in the Drexel Law Review
Moderated a panel, "Partnering with Practice: A Dialogue between Practitioners and Professors on Educating and Training International Lawyers," at the fall meeting of the ABA's International Law Section on October 19.
Contributed a chapter, titled "More Perspectives on Academic International Lawyering -- Internationalizing the Legal Writing Curriculum and Developing International Legal Studies Programs," for the fourth edition of ABA's Careers in International Law, published in October.Abraham Gafni
Named best “Individual Mediator” as part of the Legal Intelligencer’s
"Best of 2012" special issue.
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in the United States
in the practice areas of Arbitration and Mediation for 2013; he has earned this honor each year since 2005. He was also named Best Lawyers'
2013 Philadelphia Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year."Ruth Gordon
Served on a panel, "Beyond Development: New Paradigms of Assistance and the Implications for Public International Law," at the Mid- Atlantic Law & Society meeting at the Earle Mack School of Law on October 20. Her paper was on the “Implications for Development Discourses of Chinese Investment in Sub Saharan Africa.”Richard Harvey
Appeared as keynote speaker at the George Mason University Journal of International Commercial Law Fall Symposium, The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act
, on October 22. His keynote address was mentioned on TaxProf Blog
Featured speaker on three panels for the University of San Diego School of Law - Procopio International Tax Institute on October 25 and 26. His presentation topics included joint tax audits between the US-Mexico-Canada; expanding scope of criminal tax investigations in international transactions; and FATCA's impact on local financial institutions in the Americas.
Quoted in a Reuters
blog post, “Firms subject to U.S. FATCA advised to press on with preparing despite rule delay,” on November 6.Beth Lyon
Her post, “Pennsylvania Law Professors Take Action on the Right to Vote
,” was published on the Society of American Teachers’ SALTLAW Blog on October 11.
Co-trained faculty and staff of la Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Universidad Salesiana de Bolivia, and legal services organization Capacitación y Derechos Ciudadanos on legal education reform and clinical legal education pedagogy from October 15 to 17 in La Paz, Bolivia. Her presentations included “Establishing Objectives for Legal Education,” “Description of the Villanova Law School Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic,” “Designing a Clinical Course,” and “Pedagogy for Skills Teaching” (English titles).
Lectured on the clinical legal education movement to students of la Universidad Católica Boliviana and La Universidad Salesiana de Bolivia.
Presented on “The Work of U.S. International Human Rights Clinics in the Inter-American Human Rights System” (English title) for the Seminario Internacional: Derechos Humanos en el Siglo XXI at Universidad Católica Boliviana on October 18.Michael Risch
His article, “America’s First Patents,” was featured along with two commentaries in the Florida Law Review Forum
Quoted in several Daily Journal
articles, including “Apple makes bold offer to gain advantage in patent lawsuit” (November 1); “Apple-Google patent trial dismissed” (November 6); and “Holding company wins $30 million patent verdict against Google, other defendants,” (November 7).
Quoted in the City Pages (
MN) article, “Patent war brews big bucks
,” on November 7. The article also appeared in numerous outlets nationwide, including San Francisco Weekly, St. Louis City Pages,
and the Village Voice
His article, "Federal Judicial Selection and the Senate's Blue Slip Tradition
," was published in the Nevada Lawyer
Presented to the UNC chapter of the Federalist Society on the separation-of-powers flaws in the Dodd-Frank Act that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Interviewed by CNN's The American Law Journal
for a half-hour segment, entitled "Does the Future of the Supreme Court Matter in This Election?" Watch the discussion here
Serving as co-counsel in a pro bono separation-of-powers challenge, which was based on an article he recently published in the Nevada Law Journal
Quoted in Tax Notes’
October 26 article, "The Presidential Power to Remove Tax Court Judges."Seval Yildirim
Her chapter, “Rule of Law as a Tool of Orient(aliz)ing the Muslim Legal Subject,” will be published in an edited volume, Middle Eastern Studies after September 11: Neo-Orientalism, American Hegemony and Academia
(ed. Mohammed Bamyeh and Tugrul Keskin). The volume is forthcoming from Brill in 2013.
Presented a work-in-progress, “On Law, Occupations, Revolt and Anarchy,” during the Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association meeting in October at the Earle Mack School of Law.