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Villanova Law Student Wins PA Bar Association’s 2017 Intellectual Property Writing Competition

A testament to Villanova’s strong legal writing programming and its outstanding students, Eliese Herzl-Betz ’17 earned first place in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s 2017 Honorable Intellectual Property Law Section writing contest for her paper, “Give Me the Beat Boys, and Free My Copyrighted Creativity: An Examination of Music Copyright Infringement Through the Lens of the Ninth Circuit’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Opinion.” Chandel Boozer ’18 took second place. Read more

 

Ask the Grad: Class of 2017

Villanova University Charles Widger School is pleased to celebrate the graduates of the Class of 2017. This impressive group of students—poised for success—joins a tight-knit community of more than 10,000 Villanova Lawyers. Before they embark on their next big adventure, we asked members of the Class of 2017 to share more about their Villanova Law experience. Read more

 

Dean Mark C. Alexander and Two Alumni Receive Distinguished Lawyers Award

Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Charles Widger School of Law, and two Villanova Law alumni were recognized by The Legal Intelligencer with its inaugural Distinguished Lawyers Award. Alums Michael J. Heller ’89, President and CEO of Cozen O’Connor, and Alan J. Hoffman ’73, Chairman and Managing Partner of Blank Rome LLP, were also selected for the honor. Read more

 

Four Alumni Named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s “25 Young Lawyers on the Rise” List

Four alumni from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law were chosen by the Philadelphia Business Journal as part of their “25 young lawyers on the rise” list. The list highlights those born between 1982 and 2000 who are beginning to make an impact on the legal profession in Greater Philadelphia. Read more


The Value of Career Exploration

As part of our “Where Law Meets Business” philosophy—which focuses on preparing students to thrive in 21st-century practice—Villanova Law encourages students to explore a variety of practice areas and settings during law school. For Christian Wynne ’18, taking Business Organizations unearthed a hidden passion for corporate law. Read more

 

The Second Annual Tax Policy Symposium, June 1

This event will bring together a cross section of business leaders—from tax and accounting to legal and government to renowned academics—to discuss the economic and tax policy issues surrounding the current tax reform proposals, as well as their economic impact.The symposium will take place on Thursday. June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more

 

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Alumni Spotlight

Bhaveen R. Jani ’09

Bhaveen R. Jani ’09

Associate
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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