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National Law Journal Ranks Villanova No. 38 ‘Go-To’ Law School

The National Law Journal has ranked Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law as the No. 38 “go-to” law school in its 2016 rankings. This annual report identifies the top 50 law schools with the highest percentage of 2015 juris doctor (JD) graduates hired as first-year associates at the nation’s 100 largest law firms. Read more


2017 Blank Rome LLP Villanova Environmental Law Journal Symposium

The 2017 Blank Rome LLP Villanova Environmental Law Journal Symposium will explore the business, environmental, and legal implications of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century legislation. The Symposium takes place on Friday, February 10, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Room 201 of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Read more


Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will mark its annual commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with three events in January 2017 as part of a University-wide celebration. Read more


Sean P. Lugg ’96 named Delaware State Prosecutor

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn announced on Dec. 13 that long-time prosecutor Sean P. Lugg ’96 will be replacing Kathy Jennings ’78 as Delaware State Prosecutor, effective Dec. 19.  The State Prosecutor manages the Delaware Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, which is responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases throughout the state. Read more


Villanova Professors’ Federal Tax Blog Named to ABA Journal’s Blawg 100

Procedurally Taxing, a federal tax blog co-created by Villanova Law professors Leslie Book and Keith Fogg, was selected as part of ABA Law Journal’s Blawg 100, the publication’s annual list of 100 best blogs for a legal audience. At Villanova, Book and Fogg teach as part of the School’s renowned tax law program, which includes both JD and LLM coursework as well as a Federal Tax Clinic. Read more


Pursuing Her Passion: Sydney Naylor '17

A childhood love of entertainment and fashion gave Sydney Naylor ’17 the inspiration and focus to pursue a career in these highly competitive industries. Now thanks to hard work, networking and Villanova Law’s comprehensive externship program, she is pursuing her dreams with concurrent externships at Louis Vuitton and BET Networks in New York City. Read more  


From Refugee to Legal Advocate

Resilience and perseverance. Two qualities that helped to save the life of Luis E. Canales ’17, now a 3L student at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. When Canales was 16 years old, he fled gang violence in his native Honduras, making the trip to the United States, not once, but four times. Now, he’s studying the law and advocating for fellow refugees at Villanova’s Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES) and the United Nations. Read more


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VLS Alumni Spotlight

Bhaveen R. Jani ’09

Bhaveen R. Jani ’09

Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman

Bhaveen R. Jani '09 is an associate in the Personal Injury department at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman in Princeton, New Jersey. He concentrates his practice in the areas of motor vehicle personal injury, construction accidents, product defect cases and premises liability claims. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Associate at Blank Rome LLP in the Consumer Finance Litigation group. Jani is also a very active member of the bar and currently serves as the President-Elect of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ) and will serve as the association's President next year. SABA-NJ is a specialty bar organization whose membership includes approximately 150 South Asian New Jersey attorneys, judges and law students throughout New Jersey.

Frannie Reilly '04

Frannie Reilly '04

Law Office of Frannie Reilly, LLC

Frannie Reilly ’04 has extensive experience counseling clients on corporate policies, best practices and corporate governance and started her own firm in June 2014, focusing her practice on individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Reilly also founded and runs a nonprofit education foundation—the Foundation for Wallingford-Swarthmore Schools—which works to ensure that teachers and students continue to promote innovation, creativity and excellence, especially in difficult economic times.

Jeffrey S. Nast ’99

Jeffrey S. Nast ’99

Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Jeffrey S. Nast ’99 serves as Senior Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Working in the Hazardous Waste and Chemical Law Branch in Philadelphia, his primary duties include national historic preservation and enforcing chemical and hazardous waste statutes. Nast previously served in the Gulf war as an Armor Crewman with the First Cavalry Division. He is currently a member of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses, appointed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald in December 2015 for a three year term. 

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