Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Michael Campbell Visiting Assistant Professor Health Law Clinic

Michael Campbell

Professor of Law
Director, Clinical Program
Director, Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic
      (Health Law Clinic)

Michael Campbell joined the Faculty in 2008 following three decades as a public interest attorney. Prior to coming to Villanova, he directed the Pennsylvania Health Law Project ("PHLP"), an organization that he co-founded in 1993 to represent low income Pennsylvanians seeking access to quality health care and services. He litigated individual and class actions in the state and federal courts, led community education efforts around legal aspects of Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-term Care across Pennsylvania, and represented groups in administrative rulemaking campaigns before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and various departments of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  He has testified on numerous occasions before committees of the federal and state legislature.

Professor Campbell is a graduate of Villanova University and Temple Law School. He teaches the Health Care and the Law course and is the director of the Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic, which blends the talents of graduate nurses from Villanova’s College of Nursing and Villanova law students in litigating disability, guardianship, medical necessity and other cases at the intersection of law and medicine on behalf of poor clients.

 

Caitlin Barry, Assistant Professor of Law

Caitlin Barry

Director and Assistant Professor, Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC)
Co-Director, Community Interpreter Internship Program

Caitlin Barry is a community lawyer whose work focuses on migrant justice, gender self-determination and grassroots empowerment. Caitlin directs the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, where she teaches the clinic seminar and supervises students advocates in immigration and employment matters and collaborates with local community-based organizations on advocacy and outreach projects. Caitlin joined the Villanova faculty in 2012 as a Reuchlein Clinical Teaching Fellow and became the Director of the Farmworker Clinic in 2015. From 2011-2012, Caitlin supervised the Temple Immigration Law Clinic at Nationalities Service Center (NSC) as an adjunct professor. Prior to her clinical teaching, Caitlin served as a staff attorney at NSC, specializing in deportation defense for individuals targeted by the criminal system, and from 2007 to 2012 she was also the Immigration Specialist at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, a position she created with a 2007 post-graduate fellowship from the Berkeley Law Foundation. She is a graduate of the New College of Florida and Temple Law, where she was awarded the Beth Cross Memorial Award for Public Interest Service and the Leonard Sigal Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Law.

Director of Federal Tax Clinic, David Breen

David Breen

Director and Instructor, Federal Tax Clinic

Professor Breen directs the Federal Tax Clinic.  He has been an adjunct professor at Villanova since 2007 and a visiting professor at Villanova and Tax Clinic Director since 2014.  Prior to joining the Tax Clinic, he was spent 40 years at the Internal Revenue Service, retiring in 2014 from the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS.  Professor Breen received his B.A. and M.B.A. from LaSalle University and his J.D. from Widener University School of Law.  He is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate Tax Program at Philadelphia University. 

He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars, focusing primarily on federal tax procedure and IRS’s various initiatives to identify and investigate U.S. taxpayers suspected of using financial accounts in tax-secrecy jurisdictions to evade U.S. taxes. He is a contributor to procedurallytaxing.com, a nationally recognized blog covering procedural tax issues.

While at IRS he was one of the lead attorneys on IRS’s Offshore Credit Card Project and Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program.   

He was chosen as the IRS Chief Counsel Robert H. Jackson National Attorney of the Year in 2010.  He also was recognized as the Small Business, Self-Employed Division Attorney of the Year.  Professor Breen is a 2011 recipient of the IRS Commissioner’s Award for his work in combating offshore tax evasion.

Melanie McMenamin, Director of the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship

Melanie McMenamin

Assistant Professor
Director, Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship (CFLE)
 

Melanie McMenamin joined Villanova University School of Law as Director of the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship in June 2014. McMenamin was previously the Clinical Supervisor and lecturer of the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic at University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to her role at Penn, she was an associate in the Real Estate Finance Group at Dechert, LLP.  She received her BS/BA cum laude from Georgetown University, and her JD cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Journal of Law and Social Change as well as a Legal Writing Instructor.

Michele Pistone Professor of Law and Director of CARES clinic

Michele R. Pistone

Professor of Law
Director, Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES)   

Professor Pistone is a national authority on immigration law and procedure. Her work has focused on issues impacting asylum seekers and refugees. She is a Board Member of Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC), a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS International Human Rights Section, and as a consultant to American Law Institute-American Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, she authored an award-winning training video for lawyers representing asylum seekers. Professor Pistone has been a clinical teacher for several years and directs the Clinical Program. She also serves on the ABA's Committee on Clinical and Skills Education.  She earned her J.D. From St. John’s University School of Law and her LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

 

Dveera Segal Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Program and Civil Justice Clinic

Dveera Segal

Professor of Law
Director, Civil Justice Clinic

Professor Segal joined the Villanova faculty in the Fall of 1999. Her legal career has been as an advocate for the poor, as a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, the Delaware County Legal Assistance Association and as a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Segal is chair of the board of directors of HIAS Pennsylvania, member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee and Civil Gideon & Access to Justice Task Force, and past chair of the PA Bar Association’s Legal Access Task Force. In 2008, Prof. Segal received a PBA Special Achievement Award for her work as co-chair of the Legal Services to the Public Committee.  Her expertise and interests focus on poverty law, public interest practice and civil litigation. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

 

 

Staff

 

   Andrea Meals

   Senior Paralegal

   Federal Tax Clinic, FLAC and Interpreter Program

Deborah Rubino

Paralegal

Farmworkers Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC) and the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES)

Debbie received her paralegal certificate from the Villanova University Professional Studies program.

 

Jennifer Jeffrey

Paralegal

Civil Justice Clinic, Health Law Clinic and Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship

CARES Clinic: The Student Perspective

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