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National Law Journal Ranks VLS No. 47 'Go-To' Law School

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

 

In the Media: Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean and Professor of Law

Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, was quoted in the August 9 Associated Press article, "From Peyote to Sex:  Religious Liberty Fight Recast." The story ran in more than 75 media outlets, including The Washington Post, ABC News and The Huffington Post. Read more

 

Andrew Brandt Discusses O’Bannon v. NCAA ruling on Bloomberg Television’s Market Makers

Andrew Brandt, Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law, appeared on Bloomberg Television’s Market Makers to discuss the August 8 ruling against the NCAA in O’Bannon v. NCAA.  Click here to view the segment. Read more

 

Op-ed Co-authored by Professor Todd Aagaard Published in New York Law Journal

Professor Todd Aagaard, whose scholarship focuses on environmental law, co-authored a July 10 New York Law Journal op-ed with Joel Eisen of the University of Richmond Law School on the EPA's recently announced Clean Power Plan. Read more

 

Two VLS 2014 Alums Take Top Honors in IP Law Writing Competition

Two recent graduates of Villanova University School of Law (VLS)—Leah Octavio ‘14 and Michael Haviland ’14—were announced as first and second place winners of the PA Bar IP Law Writing competition. Read more

 

Lany Villalobos ’14 Named ABA Tax Public Service Fellow

Lany Villalobos ’14 is the recipient of a 2014 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship. Beginning in the fall, Villalobos will work with the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project, a division of Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA). Her fellowship project is designed to expand tax services to Spanish-speaking, low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers in rural Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Deanship of Villanova University School of Law Named in Honor of Arthur J. Kania ‘56

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

 

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Ricardo E. Cantú '12 JD, '13 LLM

Ricardo E. Cantú '12 JD, '13 LLM

General Counsel
Torch Energy Solutions


Ricardo E. Cantú '12 JD, '13 LLM is currently general counsel for Torch Energy Solutions, a Houston-based retail energy broker that has developed the first website of its kind: a platform where consumers are able to name their own price for electricity. Torch Energy provides consumers with options in a utilities market, which are traditionally known for having limited options available. Ricardo is also involved with and prides himself in aiding startup companies with their organization and tax-planned growth strategies and continues to grow his estate planning practice through court appointments, private clients, and performing contract work for other estate planning attorneys.

Honorable Sheldon K. Rennie '97

Honorable Sheldon K. Rennie '97


Court of Common Pleas for New Castle County, Delaware

Honorable Sheldon K. Rennie '97 is a judge in the Court of Common Pleas for New Castle County, Delaware. He was appointed by Governor Jack Markell in June of 2013 and took the bench in July, 2013. Prior to becoming a judge, Sheldon was a partner with the law firm Fox Rothschild, LLP. During that time, Sheldon represented national and international clients in the areas of Delaware corporate and business litigation and creditor’s rights. While at Villanova Law, Sheldon served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Law Journal and was also the 1995 recipient of the Louis L. Redding Fellowship.

Jill Weiner '03

Jill Weiner '03

Vice President of Compliance for Fidelity Charitable Services
Fidelity Investments

Jill Weiner '03 is the Vice President of Compliance for Fidelity Charitable Services at Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States. She is also the Chief Compliance Officer of the Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund and serves as the organization's legislative expert. Prior to joining Fidelity in 2005, Jill worked for the Delaware law firm of Tybout Redfearn & Pell. While at Villanova Law, Jill was an associate in both the Farmworkers Legal Aid and Federal Income Tax Clinics, and served as an intern at the Civil Branch of the New York State Supreme Court. She also received the Faculty Recognition Award for outstanding contribution to the school. 

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