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National Law Journal Ranks Villanova No. 38 ‘Go-To’ Law School

The National Law Journal has ranked Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law as the No. 38 “go-to” law school in its 2016 rankings. This annual report identifies the top 50 law schools with the highest percentage of 2015 juris doctor (JD) graduates hired as first-year associates at the nation’s 100 largest law firms. Read more


Mark C. Alexander, JD, Appointed New Dean of Charles Widger School of Law

Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, announced the appointment of Mark C. Alexander, JD, as the Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, effective July 1. Read more


The 2016 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum: Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

The abuse of heroin and other opioids is a deadly epidemic in Pennsylvania. The 2016 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, explores the medical, legal, policy and sociological dimensions of this issue. Read more


Andrew Lund Named Director of the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Law

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law appointed Andrew Lund the new Director of the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, one of four Centers of Excellence at the Law School, and Professor of Law. Read more


Donation Establishes the Adler Collection on the International Criminal Court

Founded in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the world’s only permanent, treaty-based international criminal court, and Villanova Law alum Enid Adler ’83 aided in its creation. Last summer, Adler donated materials to the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Library to establish the Adler Collection on the International Criminal Court. Read more


Three Recent Alum Receive Pro Bono Distinction Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association recently recognized Steve Bertil ’16, Azadeh Erfani ’16 and Rachel Silver ’16 with the 2016 Eve Biskind Klothen Law Student Pro Bono Distinction Award—given to students from area law schools for their outstanding pro bono and public interest work during law school. Read more


CARES Receives Light of Liberty Award for Dedicated Service to Immigrants

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) recently honored Villanova Law’s Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES) with the Light of Liberty Pro Bono Law Firm award for its dedicated service to vulnerable immigrants in detention and in the community. Read more


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VLS Alumni Spotlight

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. 

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.

Matthew A. Homyk ’11

Matthew A. Homyk ’11

Blank Rome LLP

Matthew A. Homyk ’11 is an associate at Blank Rome LLP, where he concentrates his practice in intellectual property matters and related business issues confronting companies and individuals in many industries—including fashion, e-commerce, social networking, insurance, musical instruments and building materials. He was recently named one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2016 “40 Under 40,” which recognizes young professionals in the Greater Philadelphia region for outstanding success and contributions to their community. Homyk also teaches trademark law as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova Law and is a member of the Radnor Township Zoning Hearing Board.

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