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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

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


Professor J. Richard Harvey, Jr. Quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Reuters

J. Richard Harvey, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Practice at Villanova University School of Law and its Graduate Tax Program, was recently quoted in The Wall Street Journal (March 30) and Reuters (March 28) about the offshore tax strategies of Caterpillar Inc., whose executives will soon testify before the US Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on tax aspects of corporate restructurings in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Read more


Professor Michael Risch Quoted in Bloomberg News Article

Villanova University School of Law Professor Michael Risch was quoted in a Bloomberg News article about the most recent patent infringement lawsuit between smartphone rivals, Apple and Samsung. A noted intellectual property expert, Risch has written extensively on the topics of patents, trade secrets and information access. Read more


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Captain Megan N. Schmid '11

Captain Megan N. Schmid '11

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate
Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma

Upon graduating from Villanova Law, Captain Megan N. Schmid '11 began her first Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps assignment at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate.  After two years, she was assigned to Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, where she serves as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate. As a JAG, Megan prosecutes military members in courts-martial and civilians in federal magistrate court, and advises commanders in environmental, contract/fiscal, civil, administrative, medical and labor law.

Salman Al-Sudairi '03

Salman Al-Sudairi '03

Office Managing Partner
Latham & Watkins, Riyadh

Salman Al-Sudairi ’03 is a partner at the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. He is currently the Office Managing Partner of Latham’s Riyadh office.  He previously practiced in the firm’s New York office, where he was a member of the Banking and Project Finance Practice. Salman is a US and Saudi Arabian-qualified finance and corporate lawyer with a focus on sophisticated financing transactions, including leveraged financings, project financings, Islamic financings, restructurings and capital markets transactions. He also advises Saudi Arabian and international clients in complex commercial transactions in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region in a wide range of industries, including energy, retail, manufacturing, defense, telecommunications, healthcare and hospitality.

Joseph O. Larkin '06

Joseph O. Larkin '06

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 

After Villanova Law and a federal district court clerkship, Joseph O. Larkin '06 joined one of the world's largest corporate law firms, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Over the past seven years at Skadden Arps, Mr. Larkin has represented companies and their boards in some of the largest transactions in history, including Anheuser-Busch in its $52 billion merger with InBev, and MacAndrews & Forbes in the recent groundbreaking decision from the Delaware Supreme Court that established a new standard for reviewing controlling stockholder mergers. Mr. Larkin currently concentrates his practice on corporate litigation with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, controlling stockholder going-private transactions, hostile takeovers, proxy contests and other “bet the company” disputes.