Temple University Beasley School of Law


Lectures in U.S. Litigation and Commercial Law 

Presented by Professors Rafael Porrata-Doria and David Sonenshein

May 14, 15, 16, and 17, 2019 | 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Temple University Rome
Via Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia 15, Roma, Italy

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Professors Rafael Porrata-Doria and David Sonenshein, full-time faculty members at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, present a series of lectures on U.S. Litigation and Commercial Law. Participants earn 3 crediti formativi for each lecture, and can earn up to 12 crediti formativi* by attending all four lectures.

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Each lecture: $100 USD
Attend all four lectures at a discounted rate: $300 USD

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Lecture Series Schedule

Tuesday, May 14, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

“Introduction to American Corporate Law Principles” (Professor Rafael Porrata-Doria)

Wednesday, May 15, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

“Trial by a Jury” (Professor David Sonenshein)

Thursday, May 16, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

“Crowdfunding” (Professor Rafael Porrata-Doria)

Friday, May 17, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

“U.S. Civil Litigation and U.S. Criminal Justice Compared to Italy” (Professor David Sonenshein)

About the Presenters

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Rafael Porrata-Doria


Professor Porrata-Doria graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1977. He also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, Professor Porrata-Doria practiced law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Miami, Florida.

Professor Porrata-Doria joined the Temple faculty in 1983 as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He became an Associate Professor in 1988 and was promoted to Professor in 1992. His courses include Business Associations, Securities Regulation, International Commercial Transactions, Comparative Law, Contracts, Contract Remedies, Corporate Law, Law of the European Union, International Trade and Investment, Advanced Securities Regulation, and other courses in the international and business law areas.

Professor Porrata-Doria has been a Visiting Professor at Rutgers-Camden Law School and the University of Puerto Rico Law School. He has also taught in Temple’s Summer Sessions Abroad Program in Rome and at the University of Athens, Greece. He is a member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Porrata-Doria has also served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations throughout the nation. He is Chair of the Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises, a Philadelphia economic development organization, and past Chair of the Association of Yale Alumni, Yale University’s national alumni organization. He is a 2003 recipient of the Yale Medal, the University’s highest alumni award.

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David Sonenshein


Professor David A. Sonenshein teaches at Temple University School of Law. A graduate of Cornell University and the New York University School of Law, Professor Sonenshein has taught at Boston University, DePaul University, and was the Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. He was named the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law at Temple in 1992. Professor Sonenshein has received the Outstanding Professor Award at both DePaul and Temple Law Schools a total of six times. In 2004, Professor Sonenshein was honored as one of the University’s finest teachers, receiving the University’s Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2007, Professor Sonenshein was awarded the University’s Great Teacher Award.

Professor Sonenshein is co-author with the late Irving Younger and Professor Michael Goldsmith of the casebook, Principles of Evidence. In addition, Professor Sonenshein has co-authored ten other books on Evidence as well as numerous articles on the subjects of Evidence and Civil Procedure.

Professor Sonenshein is formerly the Director of the American Institute for Law Training within the Office, the in-house training arm of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association. He has performed training in Trial Advocacy, Deposition Practice, Evidence, Motion Practice and Negotiation Skills at America’s premier law firms and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, Professor Sonenshein teaches Evidence to Federal Judges for the Federal Judicial Center.

Finally, he earned the Francis E. Rawle Award from the American Law Institute and American Bar Association for his outstanding contributions to the field of post-admission legal education.

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