Our Staff

Jennifer Henfey, Director of Career Strategy and Advancement

Jennifer Henfey, Esq.

Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
Executive Director of Career Strategy and Advancement
Email: henfey@law.villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-7031
Office: 214

Jennifer A. Henfey (VLS '99) joined the Office of Career Strategy and Advancement after practicing law for twelve years at Blank Rome LLP, an international law firm in Philadelphia.  Following graduation from Villanova Law, she joined Blank Rome as an associate in the Financial Services practice group and was elevated to partner in 2008.  Jennifer has extensive experience in hiring and recruiting.  While in private practice, she chaired the firm's recruiting and retention committee and served as the firm's hiring partner.  In addition, she was a member of the firms Philadelphia recruiting and retention committee from 2001 to 2011 and served as a co-chair of the firms summer program from 2003 through 2005.  Jennifer leads the Office of Career Strategy and Advancement.


Kristin L. Archibald, Esq. Associate Director of Recruitment

Kristin L. Archibald, Esq.

Director of Career Strategy and Recruitment
Email: archibald@law.villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-7032
Office: 216

 

Kristin L. Archibald, Esq. (VLS '01) joined the Career Strategy Office after practicing law for 5 years in the Philadelphia region.  As the Associate Director of Recruitment, Kristin has primary responsibility for the Law School's year round Recruitment Programs. Kristin works closely with our employer community to expand and maintain high quality student recruiting programs and job fairs, as well as markets Villanova Law to the legal community. Kristin counsels students in individual sessions and group education programs on the whole spectrum of career planning concerns.

Kristin brings a wealth of recruiting, marketing, and mentoring experience to her role as Associate Director of Recruitment.  While in private law practice, Kristin was active in client development and mentoring junior attorneys and staff.  Kristin has also gained valuable experience outside of the traditional practice of law through her management and recruitment positions.  Through her previous positions, she has honed her skills at marketing, managing, and preparing candidates in their career strategy.


Sharon Buckingham

Sharon Buckingham

Associate Director of Career Strategies and Professional Development
Email: sharon.buckingham@law.villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-3865
Office: 217

Sharon Buckingham (VLS ’85) joined the Office of Career Strategy after a career that included a wide range of experience in the legal profession.  Sharon began her law practice as a litigator with Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz and spent six years serving clients in the Commercial Litigation practice and pro bono arena.  During her years as an associate attorney, she chaired the Summer Associates Committee and was very involved in the firm’s recruiting efforts.  Her interaction with law students led her to leave practice to teach Legal Writing at Villanova Law and later to return to Pepper Hamilton to assume a unique leadership role in the firm’s talent management program, first as the firm-wide Director of Recruitment and Professional Programs and later as the firm’s first Director of Associate Development. 

Sharon also developed a niche in legal writing following her years teaching at the law school, and she consulted with law firms as a private legal writing coach.  She has deep experience in attorney and law student counseling and mentoring and in developing legal training programs.  Sharon also has been a guest presenter on various topics, including interviewing and succeeding in legal employment, at the NALP Conference and at other law schools.  Among her special focus areas, she counsels law students and alumni on career strategies and judicial clerkships, and she is responsible for overseeing the law school’s Professional Development course for first-year law students.


Becky Fitzsimmons

Becky Fitzsimmons

Associate Director of Public Service Careers and Judicial Clerkships
Email: becky.fitzsimmons@law.villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-5738
Office: 215

Becky Fitzsimmons is the Associate Director of Public Service Careers and Judicial Clerkships.  Prior to joining Villanova, Becky served as the Director of Communications for Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law.  At Chase, she also served as the Career Development Coordinator where she counseled students and alumni, coordinated Chase’s pro bono program, and served as a member of the Chase Summer Public Interest Fellowship committee.  While in law school, Becky worked as a law clerk and a summer associate in the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr LLP. After law school, Becky practiced in the Cincinnati office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, first as an associate, and later as a partner. She also served as general counsel for Chavez Properties/Parking Company of America.  Becky earned her JD from The University of Maryland School of Law, and her BA from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). 


Maria Renee McKinney

Associate Director of Employer Outreach
Email: mariarenee.mckinney@law.villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-7228
Office: 213

Maria Renee McKinney is the Associate Director of Employer Outreach.  In her role at Villanova, Maria Renee will work with employers to increase opportunities for students and alumni.  Maria Renee received her BA from Princeton University and her JD from Vanderbilt University. After law school, she practiced at Baker, Donelson and Blank Rome, as well as in-house at Longview Property Group.  


Director Jen Henfey with a Student

Contact the Office of Career Strategy & Advancement

Room: 208

Hours: 
Mon. - Fri.,
Year Round (Except Holidays)
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Phone: 610-519-7030
or directly contact one of our staff

Fax: 610-519-5144

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