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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


Dean Gotanda Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for VLS

On August 25, Dean John Gotanda accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as part of a viral video campaign aimed at raising awareness about and donations to fund research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." Villanova Law was challenged to participate by Temple University School of Law. 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


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VLS Alumni Spotlight

Jane North '91

Jane North '91

Senior Vice President of Claims
Philadelphia Insurance Companies

Jane North '91 spent 23 years as a trial attorney in Philadelphia, trying products liability, construction and premises cases. She was the first female partner at Deasey, Mahoney, Valentini & North, becoming a shareholder in 2000, managing partner in 2004 and a named partner in 2007. Jane recently accepted a new appointment with Philadelphia Insurance Companies, a leading property and casualty and professional liability insurance company for niche markets, as their Sr. Vice-President of Claims, overseeing claims nationwide and reporting to the Chief Claims Officer.

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.

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