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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
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
Villanova University School of Law announces significant changes for the law school in 2014 that radically transform the curriculum to provide students with both the academic and practical skills needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive market, and that make law school more affordable by implementing a new “Innovation Scholars” program for academically eligible students. Read more
Villanova University Graduate Tax Program is proud to announce the launch of the Master of Laws in Taxation and Master of Taxation in an online modality in addition to its on-campus counterparts. These programs can be completed in as few as 24 months. Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2014 term. Read more
Alexandra Muolo ’14 is the recipient of a 2014 Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship. Beginning in September, Muolo will work at the Homeless Advocacy Project, a nonprofit organization that provides direct legal counseling and representation to Philadelphia’s homeless population. Read more
Pepper Hamilton, LLP will sponsor the 17th Annual Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Spring Auction at Villanova University School of Law on Friday, March 28, 2014. Proceeds will go toward providing $4,500 fellowships to students who commit their summers to performing public service legal work. Read more
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
Constantin Film Development
Rozanna Tesler Fried '03 has been paving her way to the top of the entertainment field since 2008 when she started with Twentieth Century Fox to become their Senior Counsel of Legal Affairs (Theatrical Productions). While at Fox, Fried managed all legal aspects of the development, production and post-production processes. She is now Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Constantin Film Development, a German film production and film distribution company. Following law school, Fried spent several years working at the international firms of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Loeb & Loeb in New York City before moving on to Twentieth Century Fox.
Chairman and CEO
Paul A. Tufano '86 began his legal career with Blank Rome, representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He now serves as the new Chairman and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas, a national Medicaid managed care company owned by Independence Blue Cross and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Before joining Independence Blue Cross, Tufano was General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Governor Tom Ridge from 1995 to 1999. Tufano also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Villanova University and is a member of Villanova Law’s Board of Consultors.
City of Philadelphia
Appointed by Mayor Nutter in 2008, Shelley R. Smith ’89 returned to the Law Department as City Solicitor of Philadelphia after two years in private practice. From 1992 until 2006, Smith was a trial lawyer and supervisor in the City's Law Department, having tried some of the City's most prominent legal matters to verdict. In 2007, Smith was named a "Minority Attorney on the Verge" by Pennsylvania Law Weekly and The Legal Intelligencer.