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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

In the Media: Professor Michael Risch’s Column Published in The Washington Post

Michael Risch, Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, co-authored an opinion piece in The Washington Post on Nov. 20, 2015. The article, “A patent reform we can all agree on,” published as part of In Theory, an editorial section that each week takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. Read more


Countering Corruption: Building A New Culture of Ethics and Compliance in Philadelphia's Traffic Court, December 3

Following a raid in 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took an unprecedented step and appointed Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer the Administrative Judge of Philadelphia's Traffic Court, aiming to reform the Traffic Court permanently and restore public confidence in the adjudication of traffic citations. Read more


VLS Announces Judges of 56th Annual Reimel Competition

The 56th annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition, hosted by the Villanova University School of Law and the Moot Court Board, will be held Nov. 21, 2015. Villanova Law is proud to welcome this year’s judges, who will preside over the final round. Read more


Villanova Law Faculty Recently Elected Members of The American Law Institute

The American Law Institute announces Michelle Madden Dempsey, Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Development, as one of 72 recently elected members. These highly regarded judges, lawyers and law professors were confidentially nominated by their peers, vetted by the Membership Committee and elected by the ALI Council. Read more


Ed Liva Appointed Director of the Villanova University Graduate Tax Program

Ed Liva has been named Director of Villanova’s nationally recognized Graduate Tax Program. A longtime adjunct professor, he joins the program full-time following his retirement from KPMG, where he most recently served as national Real Estate Industry Tax leader. In his new role, Liva oversees the cross-disciplinary program—designed for lawyers, accountants and business professionals—which is developed and managed by the Law School in conjunction with the Villanova School of Business. Read more


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VLS Alumni Spotlight

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.

Joshua Goldenberg ’13

Joshua Goldenberg ’13

Associate Counsel
Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC

Joshua Goldenberg ’13 serves as Associate Counsel for Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC. In this role, his focused attention has been on preparing, reviewing and negotiating legal documents related to the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis, set to open in July 2016. His responsibilities also include handling contracts, labor and employment matters, intellectual property protection, relationships with key partners, litigation management and compliance with NFL rules and regulations. 

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