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Second Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics & Culture

3L Week Planning Committee

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

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Topic

The Judicial Office in Our Constitutional Democracy: Avoiding Dogmatism on a Disputed Question


Keynote Address

Hon. Antonin Scalia
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States


Overview

Americans of all walks of life -- scholars and citizens alike -- have reason to wonder about the role of the judge in our constitutional democracy. The Framers of the United States Constitution supposed that the federal judiciary would be “the least dangerous” of the three branches of government created by the Constitution. Today, however, the federal courts are called upon to decide cases that involve the most hotly contested moral questions of our time, and in doing so they necessarily decide what weight to give the moral traditions of the democratic majority of the American people. The second annual Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture will provide a forum for discussion of what gives legitimacy, or illegitimacy, to the exercise of the judicial power.

The renowned legal scholar Paul Bator once wrote that “the judicial power is neither a platonic essence nor a pre-existing empirical classification. It is a purposive institutional concept, whose content is a product of history and custom distilled in the light of experience and expediency.” By bringing the perspectives of the Catholic tradition into dialogue with those of contemporary Anglo-American jurisprudence and political theory, the Scarpa Conference will provide an opportunity to develop fresh critical perspectives on the “purposive institutional concept” that, as a matter of fact, shapes the judicial practice that, in turn, determines the directions we can or cannot take in this constitutional democracy.

Some of the questions to be pursued include the role of religious faith in the work of a judge, the relationship between written law and natural rights, the judge’s responsibility vis-à-vis the natural law and the common good, the judge as “animate justice,” the modalities of legal interpretation, the sources of law that are available to a state or federal judge, and the constitutional significance of the will of a democratic majority. These are questions to which every tradition gives its own answers, and it is our hope that the Scarpa Conference will provide a forum for fruitful discussion at the intersection of today’s lived traditions, both religious and non-religious.


Schedule

8:00-8:45 a.m. - Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:50 a.m. - Welcome: Dean Mark Sargent, Villanova University School of Law

9:00 a.m. - Textualism and Democracy

Jeremy Waldron
University Professor, New York University School of Law

Commentator:

Professor Catherine Lanctot
Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

Moderator:

Professor Chaim Saiman

10:00 a.m. - Break

10:15 a.m. - Determination and Deduction: How Aquinas Might Distinguish the Work of the Legislator from the Work of the Judge

James R. Stoner, Jr.
Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University

Commentator:

Professor Michael Moreland
Assistant Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

Moderator:

Visiting Professor Kevin Walsh

11:15 a.m. - Meaning, Intention, and the Purposes of Law: Judicial Interpretation in a Natural Law Context

Jean Porter
John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Commentator:

Michael J. White
Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Arizona State University

Moderator:

Professor Robert Miller

12:15 p.m. - Lunch (boxed lunches served in Bartley Hall)

1:10 p.m. - Keynote Address: The Role of Catholic Faith in the Work of a Judge

Hon. Antonin Scalia
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

Introductions by Dean Mark Sargent and Professor Steve Chanenson

Moderator:

Professor Steve Chanenson

2:15 p.m. - Break

2:30 p.m. - Sovereignty and Our Supreme Court: A Holy Alliance?

Patrick McKinley Brennan
John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies, Villanova University School of Law

Commentator:

Paulina Ochoa Espejo
Assistant Professor of PoliticalScience, Yale University

Moderator:

Professor and Associate Dean Doris Brogan

3:30 p.m. - Charisma and the Foundations of Judicial Authority

Paul Kahn
Ralph R. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities and Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr., Center for International Human Rights

Commentator:

Penelope Pether
Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

Moderator:

Professor Tiffany Graham

4:30 p.m. - End

4:45 p.m. - Mass, St. Thomas of Villanova Church


The Annual Scarpa Conference

The Annual Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture is sponsored and organized through the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies at Villanova University. Mr. Scarpa endowed the Chair in the hope of encouraging academic inquiry into matters of law, religion, and politics – of concern to us all - that press beyond the usual borders of academic inquiry. The topic of next year’s Scarpa Conference will be “Liberty of Conscience and Religious Equality in the American Tradition,” and the keynote address will be delivered by Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago, Professor Nussbaum is appointed in the Philosophy Department, the Law School, and the Divinity School; she is also an associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department. The Scarpa Conference for 2008 will be held on Friday, September 12.


Attending the 2007 Scarpa Conference

General registration, including full program materials, Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education credits, continental breakfast and boxed lunch is $80.

Advance registration required.

Registration is also possible by contacting:

Nicole Garafano, Villanova University School of Law
Email: garafano@law.villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-7066
Fax: 610-519-5672


CLE Credits

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 6 substantive credits.


Location

The symposium will be held at:

Villanova University
Connelly Center
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Parking is available in the main campus parking lot on Lancaster Avenue. For directions to the University - Click here.


Villanova University School of Law Continuing Legal Education Financial Hardship Policy

Program registrants who are unable to afford continuing legal course registration fees due to financial hardship may petition for registration fee waivers or discounted program fees. A petition for a reduced fee shall be filed at the same time the attorney pre-registers for the program, and state why the normal fee associated with the program causes the lawyer a financial hardship. The petition must be signed by the lawyer. The Law School’s CLE coordinator may waive or reduce the fee for the CLE program at his/her discretion.

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Villanova University, Connelly Center
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 8:00 AM (EDT)


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Villanova University School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085

Website: www.law.villanova.edu


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