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National Law Journal Ranks VLS No. 47 'Go-To' Law School

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has ranked Villanova University School of Law (VLS) as the No. 47 “go-to” law school in its 2014 rankings. This annual report identifies the top 50 law schools with the highest percentage of 2013 juris doctor (JD) graduates hired as first-year associates at the nation’s most prestigious law firms. Read more


Andrew Brandt Discusses O’Bannon v. NCAA on Bloomberg Television’s Market Makers

Andrew Brandt, Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law, discussed the potential impact of financial compensation for college athletes on the NCAA's business model.

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Two VLS 2014 Alums Take Top Honors in IP Law Writing Competition

Two recent graduates of Villanova University School of Law (VLS)—Leah Octavio ‘14 and Michael Haviland ’14—were announced as first and second place winners of the PA Bar IP Law Writing competition. Read more


In the Media: Prof. Harvey Quoted in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Professor J. Richard Harvey, Jr. was recently quoted in The New York Times (May 12) and the Wall Street Journal (May 2 and May 11) about the now-abandoned proposal for a Pfizer takeover of U.K.-based AstraZeneca and his prediction that the IRS would delay its enforcement of FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act). Read More


Villanova Federal Tax Clinic Again Receives Highest Grant Awarded by the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that Villanova University School of Law was awarded a $98,000 grant by their Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program (LITC). The IRS awarded nearly $10 million to fund 133 organizations in 2014. This marks the sixth consecutive year that the Villanova Federal Tax Clinic received the highest grant awarded by the IRS. Read more


Lany Villalobos ’14 Named ABA Tax Public Service Fellow

Lany Villalobos ’14 is the recipient of a 2014 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship. Beginning in the fall, Villalobos will work with the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project, a division of Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA). Her fellowship project is designed to expand tax services to Spanish-speaking, low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers in rural Pennsylvania. Read more


Deanship of Villanova University School of Law Named in Honor of Arthur J. Kania ‘56

Villanova University School of Law has announced the naming of its deanship position in honor of Arthur J. Kania ’56.  Mr. Kania, a member of the inaugural graduating class of 1956, and his wife, Angela, have been significant benefactors to the Law School throughout its history. John Y. Gotanda serves as The Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University School of Law. Read more


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VLS Alumni Spotlight

Anthony D. Foti '07

Anthony D. Foti '07

Managing Associate
Dentons US LLP

Anthony D. Foti '07 is a managing associate at Dentons US LLP, a top international law firm in New York City where he focuses on corporate and securities law. Prior to joining Dentons, Anthony worked at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Throughout his career, Anthony has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies and bulge bracket investment banks, including Goldman Sachs & Co. and Bank of America. Following his graduation from Villanova Law where he was a managing editor of the Villanova Law Review, Anthony clerked for The Honorable Dennis M. Cavanaugh, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Nancy R. Peterson '97

Nancy R. Peterson '97

VP/Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
AlliedBarton Security Services

Nancy Peterson '97 is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for AlliedBarton Security Services, the largest national security guard firm in the U.S. She previously served as General Counsel for a nationwide candy manufacturer and licensing company and as Assistant General Counsel for ARAMARK Corporation in the Sports and Entertainment business. In 2002 she received the Forum Award from The Forum of Executive Women and was honored with a Lawyers on the Fast Track Award by The Legal Intelligencer. While at Villanova Law, Nancy received the Herman Schwartz Award.

Jeffrey E. Fleming '88

Jeffrey E. Fleming '88

Vice President Compliance North America

Jeffrey E. Fleming '88 is the Vice President Compliance North America for AstraZeneca, a leading global pharmaceutical company. He is responsible for leading the AstraZeneca Compliance programs in the U.S. and Canada and serves as the U.S. Compliance Officer. After graduating from Villanova Law, Jeff completed a federal court clerkship in Wilmington, DE and was an associate at Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia. Thereafter Jeff held various roles in the Legal Department at AstraZeneca, including an international assignment in Sweden, prior to joining the Compliance Department in 2012.

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