Sexual Abuse Litigation with the Catholic Church: An Insider’s View


CLE credits earned: 2 General Credits (WA 2 Law and Legal)

Dan Schiavetta, who defended the Catholic Church in sexual abuse cases for twenty years, takes you on a tour of the sexual abuse defense landscape, offering insider perspectives on the attitudes of hierarchy, clergy and laity, the inner workings of how the Church controls the defense, legal issues in suing the Church and providing a defense, and the special difficulties in handling evidence from witnesses, victims, and abusers.  Note that graphic situations will be described. 

Key topics to be discussed:

The Catholic view of how the Church’s attitude toward sex created the abuse crisis 
Corporation structure of the Church and whom to sue 
Legal theories that will and will not succeed 
Suing for sexual abuse in foster care and school settings
Priests, laity, and victims as witnesses 
Reaching available insurance 

Date / Time: February 25, 2021

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: February 25, 2021

Daniel Schiavetta, Jr. | Russo & Gould LLP

Dan Schiavetta, Jr. (currently of Counsel to Russo & Gould, LLP, New York, N.Y.) spent twenty years defending Catholic institutions in sexual abuse lawsuits. He is admitted in New York, New Jersey, and all related federal courts. He has also given a number of live presentations and webinars on insurance coverage, electronically stored information in litigation, and defense of nursing homes; and is on the CPLR Committee of the New York State Bar Association.

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I. The Catholic view of how the Church’s attitude toward sex created the abuse crisis 2:00-2:20
II. Corporation structure of the Church and whom to sue 2:20-2:40
III. Legal theories that will and will not succeed 2:40-3:00
IV. Suing for sexual abuse in foster care and school settings 3:00-3:20
V. Priests, laity, and victims as witnesses 3:20-3:40
VI. Reaching available insurance 3:40-4:00