Student Organizations Directory

Email: artlaw@law.villanova.edu

Mission:  The Art Law Society strives to give Villanova Law students the opportunity to learn about this unique area of law and to explore different career paths relating to Art Law. Art Law is made up of many different aspects of the law including contracts, business, international law, and litigation. The ALS hopes to create an opportunity for networking in this specialized field and bring guest speakers to the law school to inform members of the different areas of Art Law as well as to enrich the law school community local creative endeavors.

Advisor: Professor Diane Pennys Edelman

2016-2017 Officers:  

Co-President: Mark Houston, 3L Co-President: Matt DiMaio, 3L Co-Vice President: Maggie Trembath, 3L Co-Vice President: TBD Secretary: Virginia Hansen, 3L Treasure: TBD Alumni Outreach: Benjamin Yarter, 3L

Email: vls.apalsa@gmail.com

Mission: APALSA provides opportunities for Asian and Pacific American law students to further their academic and professional goals and celebrate their culture. APALSA also engages the VLS community in opportunities to participate, educate, and inform themselves of parts of Asian and Pacific American culture.

Advisor:  Professor Tuan Samahon

2016-2017 Officers:

Andrew Duong (Co-President), Class of 2018. hduong02@law.villanova.edu Bridget Whan Tong (Co-President), Class of 2018. bwhanton@law.villanova.edu

Email: BLSA@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The VLS Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is an official chapter of the National Black Law Students Association that seeks to foster the profession of law among individuals of Black ancestry as well as other individuals who have an interest in legal issues relevant to the Black community. BLSA strives to meaningfully influence the legal community though various professional, social, and community activities and services.

Advisor:  Professor Teressa Ravenell

2016-2017 Officers:

President: Effi Taylor 2017 Vice President: Janet Akinola 2017 Treasurer: LaVelle King 2018 1L Liaison: Chandel Boozer

Email: christianlegal@law.villanova.edu;
aricha24@law.villanova.edu

CLS is a non-denominational Christian membership association whose members seek to encourage and serve Villanova Law and the greater Philadelphia region out of the love and grace of Christ, in-part, through our weekly meetings and community involvement.

Advisor: Brian McCabe

2016-2017 Officers: 

Adison Richards, 2L, President Brittany Jackson, 2L, Vice President Alexa Arndt, 2L, Treasurer Shannon Delaney, 3L, Secretary Roni Mathew, 3L, 3L Advisor

Email: card@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The VLS Coalition Advocating for Rights and Dignity (CARD) was created to raise awareness on issues concerning human trafficking and immigration, as well as issues that affect Philadelphia's underserved populations. CARD works to connect Villanova law students interested in service to like-minded professionals, to provide practical learning opportunities for students outside of the classroom, and to create a civil environment for debating issues that impact vulnerable populations in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Advisor: Associate Dean Michelle Madden Dempsey

2016-2017 Officers:

Co-Presidents: Brianna Schill (3L) and Marie Bussey-Garza (3L) Vice President: Jessica DiBacco (2L) Secretary: Nilam Vahora (3L) Treasurer: Christian Wynne (2L)

Email: corplaw@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The Corporate Law Society (CLS) seeks to educate students in the field of corporate law and to provide a network for students of like minds to further their interests. The CLS strives to accomplish its mission by exposing students to all aspects of corporate law - including corporate securities, bankruptcy, merger and acquisition, private equity and other related practices - through contact with attorneys and academics dedicated to the study of corporate law in the local community.

Advisor:  Professor Richard Booth

2016-2017 Officers:   

2016-2017 Officers: President: John Mickles Vice Presidents: Peter Adonizio & Ian Livaich Secretary: Brittany Jackson Treasurer: Jon Hiler Director of Public Relations: Seth Fenster Director of Operations: Austin Marich Event Chairs: Michele Grenier & Nicolette Gudknecht 2L Representatives: Tyler Baker, Reece Cooke, Neil Vaswani, & Rebecca Barrett Past President: Sean Caulfield

Email: CLS@law.villanova.edu

Mission:  The Criminal Law Society's mission is to promote the field of Criminal Law and all aspects of that field.  CLS will do so through providing academic experiences, community service initiatives, and social events for members of the society, the Villanova Law community, and the Main Line/Philadelphia community at large.

Advisors:  Professor Steven Chanenson and Dean Michelle Dempsey

2016-2017 Officers:

Kristen Taylor, 2L, President Christian Wynne, 2L, Vice President Jamie Pizzi, 2L, Secretary Reece Cooke, 2L, Treasurer Siobhan Harding, 2L, Public Relations and Student Liaison

Email:

Mission:  The Education Law Society's mission is to connect students who are interested in education law and create a network within VLS to reach out to the community, promote legal advocacy in the field of education, and increase awareness of education-related issues in our community and nationwide.

Advisor: Vice Dean Todd Aagard

2016-2017 Officers:

Founding Member:  TBD

Founding Member:  TBD

Founding Member:  TBD

Email Address: TBD

Email: EELS@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The purpose of the Environmental and Energy Law Society is to inform students of the job opportunities available in the Environmental Law field. In addition, EELS provides students with a network of contacts in the field.

Advisor: Vice Dean Todd Aagaard

2016-2017 Officers:

Maria Salvemini, 2017/3L, Co-President Ashley Baxter, 2017/3L, Co-President Emily Paulus, 2017/3L, Secretary/Treasurer Megan Elliott, 2018/2L, 2L Representative

Email:  speck1@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The Family Law Society aims to connect students with an interest in family law through meetings, speakers, and volunteering in the family law realm. We want to encourage an investigation of family law and practice by connecting students with each other and with lawyers in the field.  

Advisor: Joni Berner, Esq.

Officers 2016-2017:

Sarah Peck-President, speck1@law.villanova.edu, 609-477-9764 Kyle Conway-Vice President, kconway9@law.villanova.edu, 610-937-7770 Nilani Ekanayake-Secretary, nekanaya@law.villanova.edu, 646-457-2991 Leah Messler-Treasurer, lmessler@law.villanova.edu, 215-932-1462

Email: fashion@law.villanova.edu

Our mission is to further interest and promote awareness of the unique legal challenges facing the fashion industry. Some of these challenges include issues surrounding protecting intellectual property rights, employment matters, real estate & property, and licensing.

Advisor: Professor Ann Juliano

Officers 2016-2017:

Kelsey O'Neil, President Lauren Matturi, Co-Vice President Kristen Harvilla, Co-Vice President Ariel Givner, Director of Operations & Marketing

Email: federalist@law.villanova.edu;
nmastros@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.  It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what is should be.  The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

Advisor:  Professor Tuan Samahon

2016-2017 Officers:

Nick Mastrosimone, President Other Executive Board Members TBA

 

Email: healthlaw@law.villanova.edu

Mission:  To create opportunities for students to gain exposure to career opportunities and network with attorneys currently working in health care. To engage students in pro bono legal research projects, and establish group networking connections.

Advisor: Professor Michael Campbell

2016-2017 Officers:

Danielle Van Buren- President 2L Kavida Gobalasingham- Vice President 2L Lara Ruggerio- Treasurer 2L Addia Rodriquez- Secretary 2L

Email: HALSA@law.villanova.edu

Mission: HALSA's mission is to represent the professional need and goals of law students of Hispanic descent throughout their law school career and ensure meaningful participation in the US legal profession.

Advisor: Professor Vicenc Feliu

2016-2017 Officers:   

President: Alessa Torres, 3L Vice-President: Alexander Torres, 3L Secretary: Addia Rodriguez, 2L Treasurer: Jorge Salvat, 2L Outreach Chair: Marie Bussey-Garza , 3L Social Media and Networking Chair: Luis Canales, 3L

 

 

Email: honorboard@law.villanova.edu

Honor Board Website

Mission:  Honor Board aims to promote academic integrity throughout Villanova Law School. Honor Board handles disciplinary actions on campus, proctors exams, administers course evaluations, and facilitates elections.  

Brenna Simonson, Honor Board Chair, bsimonso@law.villanova.edu Brittany Jackson, Honor Board Vice Chair, bjackso8@law.villanova.edu Holly Sofield, Honor Board Secretary, hsofiel1@law.villanova.edu

Advisor: Professor Doris Brogan

Email: immigration@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The purpose of the immigration law society is to encourage members to volunteer their time and energy to efforts in the Philadelphia area through involvement with various immigration organizations, a critical need in this area of law; inform students of employment, volunteer and school-related opportunities that arise in the immigration law field; educate members of upcoming lectures, seminars, and workshops related to immigration law; and provide support for students interested in the field of immigration law.

Advisor: Professor Michele Pistone

2016-2017 Officers:

Stephanie Marcozzi Adam Kanji Aya Samra Ruby Khallouf Simranpreet Sidhu

Email: ip@law.villanova.edu

Mission: Our mission is to educate the IP Society's members about the IP legal profession and work and externship opportunities at and outside of the law school. We also want to raise awareness of current issues in intellectual property, both legal and otherwise. Finally, we would like to connect current students with alumni working in the IP sector.

Advisor:  Professor Michael Risch

2016 -2017 Officers:

Fara Cohen, 3L, Co-President Joe Brooks, 3L, Co-President

 

Email: international@law.villanova.edu;  Mbierley@law.villanova.edu

The mission of the International Law Society (ILS) is to promote awareness of international events and various legal systems throughout the world. In a globalized world, both public and private international law fields are becoming increasingly important. The goal of ILS is to educate students on the principles and purposes of international law, international organizations and institutions, and comparative legal systems, through activities that include lunch meetings with active practitioners and networking events. The International Law Society will provide a forum for students to engage in other activities related to the development and promotion of international law, study, and practice generally.

Advisor:  Professor Ruth Gordon

2016-2017 Officers:  

President- Madison Bierley: Mbierley@law.villanova.edu Vice President- Colin Milon: Cmilon01@law.villanova.edu Treasurer- Christian Martin: Cmarti64@law.villanova.edu Secretary- Nicole Ward: NWard6@law.villanova.edu

Email: JLS@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The mission of JLSA is to provide a community and outlet for Jewish students at Villanova Law. JSLA also strives to educate the Villanova Law community about the Jewish religion and culture.

Advisor: Chaim Saiman

2016-2017 Officers:  

Lauren Berenbaum - Co-President, 3L Fara Cohen - Co-President, 3L Gabrielle Weiss - Vice President, 2L

Email:

Mission:  The Villanova Chapter of the Justinian Society is an educational organization of lawyers and law students whose ancestry is Italian and other interested Villanova Law community members. It is engaged in activities directed toward maintaining the honor and dignity required of the legal profession.

Advisor:  Professor Michele Pistone

2016-2017 Officers:

President: TBD

Email: LSL@law.villanova.edu

Mission: Villanova Law Students For Life believes in the human right to life at all stages. Our goal is to provide information and promote awareness of practices that threaten life and to encourage discussion on those topics. We seek to provide the Villanova Law community with a forum where students can develop pro-life approaches to moral and legal questions. Our hope is to support and nurture future legal professionals who look to promote the pro-life cause.

Advisor: Professor Tuan Samahon

2016-2017 Officers:

Co-chair:  TBD

Co-chair:  TBD

Email: adwidari@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) aims to educate and raise awareness of the traditions, culture, history, and current events of the Middle East and North Africa. It is through this platform that MELSA seeks to create an open dialogue that promotes cross-cultural understanding. 

Advisor: Professor Michele Pistone

2016-2017 Officers:

Aya Samra

Ruby Khallouf

Email: nlg@law.villanova.edu

Mission: We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.

Advisor:  Professor Caitlin Barry

2016-2017 Officers:  

Director:TBD

More board members will be determined as projects are decided on and membership is shored up.

Email: outlaw@law.villanova.edu;
dcasullo@law.villanova.edu

Mission:  OUTLaw strives to promote inclusion of the LGBT community at Villanova Law School, encouraging fellow students, faculty and staff to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding issues within the LGBT community. OUTLaw welcomes ALL members of the Villanova community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to partake in our meetings and events.

Advisor:  Caitlin Barry

2016-2017 Officers:  

Co-President: Jaime Baird Co-President: Dan CasulloCo-President:   

Email: phialphadelta@law.villanova.edu

Mission: Phi Alpha Delta is an International Law Fraternity looking to advance integrity, compassion, and courage through service to students, the school, the profession, and the community.  

Advisor: Liya Groysman  

2016-2017 Officers:

Justice: Ericka Esposito eesposi2@law.villanova.edu Vice Justice: Arianna McLaughlin amclau13@law.villanova.edu Clerk: Kaitlyn MacCaulay kmacaula@law.villanova.edu Treasurer: Nicole Haiem nhaiem@law.villanova.edu Marshal: Sarah Glockenheller Glocken@law.villanova.edu New Member Chair: Victoria DeMarco vdemarc2@law.villanova.edu Philanthropy Chair: Lara Ruggerio lrugger1@law.villanova.edu Social Chair: PJ McGinnis pmcgin03@law.villanova.edu

Email: probono@law.villanova.edu

Mission:  The purpose of the PBS is to 1) provide much needed legal services to those who do not have access to such services, 2) provide students of every class year with opportunities to participate in a variety of long term and short term pro bono legal work, and 3) provide students with the opportunity to gain real, hands-on experience in various leagl fields.

Advisors: Professor MaryAnn Robinson and Professor Dveera Segal

Officers 2016 - 2017: 

Lizzie Flanagan - President Rachael Gordon - Vice President Kaitlyn Macaulay - Secretary Christian Martin - Treasurer Ever Hanna - Programs Liaison Kelsey Krier - Fundraising Coordinator Christopher Lambe - Wills for Heroes Chair Katie Clarke - Face to Face Chair Alexa Arndt & Omeed Firouzi - Street Law Co-Chairs Emily Schrank & Taylor Adams - PA Innocence Project Co-Chairs Michele Grenier & Oliver Katz - SDAS Co-Chairs

 

 

 

 

Email: pifp@law.villanova.edu

PIFP Website

Mission: The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) at Villanova University School of Law provides financial support to students who commit their summers to public service legal work. Many law students, dedicated to helping the less fortunate, are limited by financial constraints. Similarly, public interest legal organizations often cannot afford to hire much needed summer interns. Through fundraising, PIFP, an entirely student-run organization, provides summer fellowships to Villanova Law students, who in turn aid the larger community by working with various public interest organizations throughout the region, nation and world to deliver volunteer legal services to those in need.

Advisor: Professor Ann Juliano

2016-2017 Officers:

Katie Clarke, 2017, Co-Director Elizabeth Flanagan, 2017, Co-Director Nikkita Gottling, 2018, Special Events/Technology & Publicity Richard Prebil, 2017, Special Events/Technology & Publicity Kaitlyn Macaulay, 2018, Volunteer Coordinator Adison Richards, 2018, Volunteer Coordinator Pam Putnam, 2018, Secretary Omeed Firouzi, 2018, Treasurer Christian Martin, 2017, Fellowship Coordinator Alexa Arndt, 2018, Alumni/Development Meghan Micciolo, 2017, Solicitation Coordinator Emily Schrank, 2018, Solicitation Coordinator

Email: sels@villanova.edu

Mission: Sports Law Society is working towards increasing the national recognition of our blossoming sports law program here at Villanova. Through school-building sporting events but also, and more importantly, additional speakers, networking events, job employer connections and much more, our aim is to bring the sports law career path into focus for all Villanova Law students.

Advisor: Andrew Brandt

2016-2017 Officers:

President: Eric Galko (3L) VPs: Alex Ott (2L), Madison Clemens (3L) Treasurer: Grace Lempka (3L) Secretary: Molly Marte (3L) Event Coordinators: Sarah Glockenmier (2L), Ben Sugarman (2L) 2L Liason: Cody Wilcoxson (2L) MSLJ/Symposium: Joe Brooks (3L)

Email: thomasmore@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The Saint Thomas More Society dedicates itself to promoting the Catholic faith at Villanova Law School. We endeavor to build a sense of community among our members, fostering personal and group spirituality. Through Masses, lectures, retreats and informal social gatherings, we aim to help students incorporate their Catholic faith into their law school experience. Under the patronage of Saint Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers, we strive to support each other in the effort to live lives based on the Gospel and to work for harmony and goodwill throughout the legal community.

2016-2017 Officers:

President:        Mary Kate Marsden

Vice President:  TBD

Treasurer:       TBD

Advisor:  Vice Dean Todd Aagard

Email: SALDF@law.villanova.edu

SALDF Facebook Page

Mission: Our mission is to raise awareness of animal rights. Our goal is to provide resources to local animal advocacy groups that advance the welfare of animals.

Advisor: Professor Louis Sirico

2016-2017 Officers:

Ryan Henry, Co-Chair - rhenry7@law.villanova.edu Matt Hall, Co-Chair - mhall14@law.villanova.edu

Email: sba@law.villanova.edu

Student Bar Association Website

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the official resource and liaison for the student body in matters involving the school administration, faculty, and students. Upon enrollment at the Villanova University School of Law, each student becomes a member of the organization. The SBA Board consists of 19 elected positions and one appointed position. 

SBA is also the umbrella student organization on the law school campus. The SBA Board provides funding, authorization, and guidance for all student organizations.

Early in the year, the SBA Board assists in the first year students' orientation program and allocates funds to student organizations. Throughout the year, the SBA Board sponsors social activities, fundraisers, symposia, forums, and intramural sports events.

Email: taxlawsociety@law.villanova.edu;
nrudy@law.villanova.edu

Mission: Our mission is to educate students on opportunities within tax law practice, foster networking opportunities for students with local tax attorneys, and to provide the community with low income taxpayer services as volunteers in the IRS VITA Program. We also strive to provide educational opportunities for local practitioners and to provide them with an educated Villanova student body in their quest for interns, externs, or employment opportunities.

Advisors: Professors:  Ed Liva and Leslie Book

2016-2017 Officers:  

President: Nathan Rudy Vice President: Richard Calabrese VP of Vita: Omeed Firouzi Treasurer: Constantine Fournaris

Email:

Mission:  This club prepares a team (or teams) to compete in the Transactional LawMeet® competition against other law schools from around the country.

Advisor:  Professor Melanie McMenamin

2016-2017 Officers:

President:  TBD

Vice President:  TBD

Acting Treasurer:  TBD

Email: vlsdemocrats@law.villanova.edu

The mission of VLS Democrats is to campaign for, elect, and support Democrats for national, state, and local office in southeastern Pennsylvania and to work for progressive causes. We are also dedicated to the civic education of our members and fellow students through speakers, debates and forums, and engagement in the community.

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

2016-2017 Officers:  

Omeed Firouzi - President Colin Milon - Vice President Adison Richards - Treasurer Alexa Arndt - Communications Director Nikkita Gottling - Secretary Pam Putnam - GOTV/Voter Reg Director (all Class of 2018 members)

Email: republican@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The Villanova Law Republicans unites those in the Villanova Law community who believe in the platform of the Republican Party.  We invite elected officials, candidates, and other speakers to discuss current political events and issues.  The Villanova Law Republicans works to promote Republican principles through campus activities as well as off-campus campaign activities.

Advisor:  Professor Tuan Samahon

2016-2017 Officers:   

President: TBD

Vice President: TBD

Secretary: TBD

Treasurer: TBD

Email: wlc@law.villanova.edu

Mission:  WLC organizes and participates in programs and events to raise awareness about legal and non-legal issues that affect women and to create spaces for its members and the Law School community to openly discuss them. WLC has strong relationships with other students groups at the Law School and with Villanova alumni. WLC welcomes any member of the Law School community as a member of its organization. 

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

2016 - 2017 Officers:

President: Marie Bussey-Garza, 3L Vice President: Kelly Weber, 3L Secretary: Kim Sachs, 2L Treasurer: Kavida Gobalasingham, 2L Social Outreach Coordinator: Jessica DiBacco, 2L Social Outreach Coordinator: Lauren Matturri, 2L Men's Outreach Coordinator: Sean Hoffman, 3L Men's Outreach Coordinator: Omeed Firouzi, 2L