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National Law Journal Ranks VLS No. 34 'Go-To' Law School

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has ranked Villanova University School of Law (VLS) as the No. 34 “go-to” law school in its 2015 rankings. This annual report identifies the top 50 law schools with the highest percentage of 2014 juris doctor (JD) graduates hired as first-year associates at the nation’s most prestigious law firms. Read more

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports - Annual Speaker Series

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law continues its annual speaker series with three events in spring 2016. This semester, Center Director Andrew Brandt will lead revealing conversations on the business of sports, featuring: B.J. Schecter, Executive Editor of Sports Illustrated and Editor of Campus Rush; John PagePresident of the Wells Fargo Complex; and Aileen DagrosaSenior Vice President and General Counsel of the Philadelphia Eagles. Read more


Dean Gotanda Named President of Hawai‘i Pacific University

John Y. Gotanda, The Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, will step down to become the fifth president of Hawai‘i Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawai'i, effective June 1, 2016. Read more


Villanova Law among The National Jurist’s list of top “Super Lawyer”-producing schools

Villanova Law was ranked #30 as part of The National Jurist’s list of law schools that produce the most graduates who are selected “Super Lawyers” during their careers. An estimated 12.9% of Villanova Law alumni have been named “Super Lawyers,” according to the analysis. Read more


Prof. Harvey Quoted in The Wall Street Journal on Dec. 17

Professor J. Richard Harvey, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Practice at Villanova University School of Law and its Graduate Tax Program, was quoted in the December 17 Wall Street Journal article, “With U.S. Asset Sale, Avon Joins a Small Club.” As one of the nation’s leading experts on the taxation of U.S. multinational corporations, Harvey is regularly called upon by leading media outlets for his expert commentary on the matter. Read more


Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, Featuring Val Ackerman

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded programs, continues to influence the educational landscape. It raises complex compliance issues across the spectrum of the education system—from elementary and secondary districts to major research universities. Read more


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VLS Alumni Spotlight

Charles J. Dunlap Jr. ’75

Charles J. Dunlap Jr. ’75

Professor of the Practice of Law and Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security
Duke Law

Charles J. Dunlap Jr. ’75 is a Professor of the Practice of Law and the Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke Law. His teaching and scholarly writing focus on national security, international law, civil-military relations, cyberwar, airpower, counter-insurgency, military justice and ethical issues related to the practice of national security law. Prior to teaching, Dunlap spent more than 34 years in the Air Force as a military lawyer, during which his practice included everything from leading legal offices both in the U.S. and abroad, to serving as military judge, to participating in several operations in the Middle East and Africa.

James R. Wells ’83

James R. Wells ’83

General Counsel

James R. Wells ’83 is General Counsel at ARI, the world's largest privately held fleet management company. Wells is responsible for managing the legal affairs of the company and for providing guidance and strategic counsel to the senior management team on general business matters. Previously, Wells was Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC). Wells also worked at ARAMARK for more than 20 years, where he rose to serve as Vice President and Associate General Counsel. 

Julie S. Lu ’98

Julie S. Lu ’98

Attorney Advisor
Executive Office for United States Attorneys

Julie S. Lu ’98 is an Attorney Advisor on the Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Management Staff in the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, she advises EOUSA and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices nation-wide on EEO related issues, provides oversight to non-attorney staff, conducts training and supports efforts to increase workforce diversity. Prior to joining EOUSA, Ms. Lu was an Attorney in the Claims and Employment Law Branch, General Law Division, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  From 1999 to 2004, she was a litigator in the trial department at Duane Morris LLP.

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