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

2017-2018 Officers:  

Co-President: TBD Co-President:TBD, Co-Vice President:TBD, Co-Vice President: TBD Secretary: TBD, Treasure: TBD Alumni Outreach: TBD

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

2017-2018 Officers:

Co-President: Joshua Schmid & Mark-Vincent Umandap, Vice President: Andrew Duong, Secretary: Lan Nguyen, Treasurer - Bridget Whan Tong

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

2017-2018 Officers:

President: Chandel Boozer, Vice President: Terreence Mitchell, Treasurer: Ifedayo Jegede, Secretary:  Sewa Egunsola, Historian:  Nicky Akande, 1L Liaison: Nigel James, Social Chair: Khalil Wilkes

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

2017-2018 Officers: 

President: TBD, Vice President: TBD, Treasurer: TBD, Secretary: TBD, 3L Advisor: TBD

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

2017-2018 Officers:

Co-Presidents: TBD, Vice President: TBD, Treasurer: TBD

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

2017-2018 Officers:   

President: Hallie Snyder, Vice Presidents: Dave Myerson, Abraham Schneider, Secretary: Gibby Wagner, Treasurer: Joana Brankov, Director of Public Relations:Christopher Rodrigues,  Director of Operations: David Hollander, Event Chairs: Rachel Lisitsa, Leigh Gallo, 2L Representatives: Andrew Shine, Nate Williams, Chris Polisano

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

2017-2018 Officers:

President: Kristen Taylor: Vice President Christian Wynne, Secretary Gabrielle Outlaw, Treasurer: Julianne Garvey, Public Relations Representative:  Siobhan Harding

Email:  edlaw@law.villanova.edu  

Mission:  Provide students information, contacts, and experience in the field of educational law.  

Advisor: Professor Segal

2017-2018 Officers:

President : TBD, VP :TBD, Treasurer: TBD, Outreach Coordinator - TBD, 1L Liaison - 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

2017-2018 Officers:

Co-President: TBD, Co-President: TBD, Secretary/Treasurer: TBD, 2L Representative: TBD

Email: rraymond@law.villanova.edu

Mission:  

The Entertainment and Media Law Society’s mission is to expose Villanova Law students to the essential and fundamental elements of entertainment and media law. Through various events, both on and off-campus, EMLS will provide a network of support within the entertainment and media industry to provide students with essential resources and contacts in the field.

Advisor:  Bernard Resnick

2017-2018 Officers:

Ryan Raymond 2L, President

Keely Crouch 2L, Vice President

Natalie Brennan 2L, Secretary

 

Email:  

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 2017-2018:

President: Madeline Troutman, mtroutm2@law.villanova.edu, Vice President: Steven Lee, slee23@law.villanova.edu,  Secretary:  Katie Appel, cappel3@law.villanova.edu 

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 2017-2018:

President - Lauren Matturri, Vice President - Kristen Harvilla,

Secretary - Emily Schrank

Email: federalist@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

2017-2018 Officers:

 President: TBD, 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

2017-2018 Officers:

President:  Stasha Sosnowicz

Vice President:  Keri Cohen

Treasurer:  Adrianna DelPrincipe

Secretary:  Laurel Little

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: Bayrex Marti

2017-2018 Officers:   

President: Addia Rodriguez and Jorge Salvat, Vice-President: Daniela Alvarez, Secretary: Eliana Winderman, Treasurer: Isa Naveira, Outreach Coordinator: Valerie Cruz, 2L Representatives: Sarah Baranik and Steven Chaplar 

 

 

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.

Advisor:  Professor Doris Brogan

2017-2018 Officers

Honor Board Chair: Brittany Jackson, Honor Board Vice Chair: Lauren Docktor, Secretary: Steve Lee

Section A: 

Section B: 

Section C: 

2L Class

 

3L Class

 

 

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

2017-2018 Officers:

TBD

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

2017 -2018 Officers:

Co-Presidents:  Brooke Harley, Kathryn Albanese, Vice President:  John Vernon, Treasurer:  Robert Kuhnle

 

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

2017-2018 Officers:  

President: Sarah Baranik de Alarcon, Vice President: Nicky Akande, Treasurer: Ryan Ahrens, Secretary: Lan Nguyen, Social Director:  Nariman Amin, Communications Director:  Adesewa Egunsola Recruitment/Retention Director:  Yalda hajavi

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

2017-2018 Officers:  

Co-President:  Stephanie Wolbransky and Gabrielle Weiss

Vice President:  Andrew Grossman

Secretary:  Jessica Oestreicher

Treasurer:  Nate Stanger

Outreach Coordinator:  Sarah Peck

Event Coordinator:  Rachel Lisitsa

Email:  cpolisan@law.villanova.edu

Mission: An educational organization of law students celebrating Italian ancestry, history, and culture.  Activities are directed towards the following goals:

1.  To foster a spirit of good fellowship and mutual cooperation among its members;

2.  To maintain the honor and dignity required of the legal profession;

3.  To maintain a high standard of ethical conduct among its members and with other members of the bar;

4.  To promote and encourage the more profound study of the law, the due adminstration of justice and reform in the law;

5.  To coordinate their efforts in the discharge of their civil and professional responsibilities to the community. 

Advisor:  Professor Matthew Carluzzo

2017-2018 Officers:

President:  TBD

                   

Email: pbuckle6@law.villanova.edu

Mission: Our goal as an organization is to bring more awareness about the intersection of juveniles and the law. We want to broaden the discussion to include juveniles in general in many different areas of law, including the foster care system, education, criminal justice system etc. We hope to connect VLS students to practitioners and organizations that assist youth in the area.

Advisor:  Teressa Ravenell

2017-2018 Officers:

Co-Founders/ Co-Presidents:  Paige Buckley, Ava Giacobbo

 

 

 

 

 

Email:  njames1@law.villanova.edu

Employment Law Society (LELS) strives to promote educational, career, and networking opportunities for students interested in the field of labor and employment law. Our goal is to provide students with information on the different types of careers available in labor and employment law and connect them with practicing attorneys and professional organizations. We also want to raise awareness of the important issues affecting the field.

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

2017-2018 Officers:

President:  Nigel James

Vice President: Emily Heimbecker

2L Representative:  Ryan Geib 



 

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

2017-2018 Officers:

Co-chair:  TBD

Co-chair:  TBD

Email: 

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

2017-2018 Officers:

TBD

 

Email: nlg@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The National Lawyers Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first one in the US to be racially integrated. Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights over property interests. This is achieved through the work of our members, and the Guild’s numerous organizational committees, caucuses and projects, reflecting a wide spectrum of intersectional issues. Guild members effectively network and hone their legal skills in order to help create change at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Advisor:  Professor Caitlin Barry

2017-2018 Officers:  

President: TBD

Co Vice President:  TBD

Co Vice President:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Advisor:  TBD

 

 

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

2017-2018 Officers:  

President: Nathaniel Stanger (nstanger@law.villanova.edu   

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  

2017-2018 Officers:

President (Justice): Ryan Geib rgeib@law.villanova.edu,

VP (Vice Justice):  John Morgan jmorga20@law.villanova.edu,

Secretary(Clerk): David Secor dsecor1@law.villanova.edu

Treasurer: Nick Morello nmorello@law.villanova.edu

New Member Chair: Kelly Barry kbarry23@law.villanova.edu

Philanthropy Chair: Amanda Tso atso@law.villanova.edu,

Social Chair: Emma Healy ehealy3@law.villanova.edu

Marshall:  Ryan Ahrens rahrens1@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 2017 - 2018:   

President: Lydia Ellsworth

Vice President: Kaitlyn Macaulay

Secretary: Stephanie Mersch

Treasurer: Omeed Firouzi

Fundraising Coordinator: Rebecca Cabrera

Program Liaison: Jordan Morgan

Wills For Heroes Chair: Chris Lambe

Face to Face Chairs: Peyton Carper & Madeline Troutman

SDAS Chairs: Mary Connors & Michele Grenier

Innocence Project Chairs: Jessica Oestreicher & Emily Pittenger

Expungement Project Chair: Omeed Firouzi

Street Law Chairs: Ryan Raymond & Alyssa Pooler

Christian Legal Clinics (co-chair with Christian Legal Society): Shannon Beam

 

 

 

 

Email: pifp@law.villanova.edu

PIFP Website

Directors: Nikkita Gottling & Alexa Arndt
Treasurer: Lydia Ellsworth
Secretary: Nicole Sardella
Fellowship Coordinator: Pam Putnam
Auction Coordinator: Shannon Beam, Molly Anne Krebs, Zoey Lee
Volunteer Coordinators: Waqar Rehman & Jessica Oestreicher
Alumni & Development: Sarah Baranik de Alarcon
Special Events Coordinators: Zac Barnett & Stephanie Mersch
Publicity and Technology: Omeed Firouzi

Email: RELS@law.villanova.edu

Mission: The Real Estate Law Society, RELS, creates opportunities for students to network and engage with the local real estate community, learn about the industry, and build relationships with fellow classmates that are interested in real estate.

Advisor: Professor Edward Liva

2017-2018 Officers:

Co-Presidents: TBD

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

2017-2018 Officers:

President:: TBD, Treasurer: TBD, Secretary: TBD, Event Coordinators:TBD,  2L Liason: TBD, MSLJ/Symposium: TBD

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.

Advisor:  Vice Dean Todd Aagaard

2017-2018 Officers:

President:        TBD

Vice President:  TBD

Treasurer:        TBD

 

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

2017-2018 Officers:

Co-Chair -TBD, Co-Chair -TBD

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;

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

2017-2018 Officers:  

President: Constantine Fournaris,  Executive Board: Brittany Jackson, James j. Robinson, 2L Representative: Riley Bauer

Email: 

Mission:  LawMeet is the premier "moot court" experience for students interested in a transactional practice. LawMeets are live, interactive, educational competitions designed to give law students a hands-on experience in developing and honing transactional lawyering skills. The LawMeet Student Organization will be responsible for creating and coordinating teams for participation in regional and national StartUp and Transactional 

 

Advisor:  Professor Melanie McMenamin

2017-2018 Officers:

President: TBD, Vice President: TBD, Treasurer:  TBD, Secretary: TBD, Outreach Director: TBD, Event Coordinator: TBD  

 

 

Mission: Our Mission is to engage in and facilitate bipartisan discussion on legal and political scholarship and current events. Our goal is to create productive dialogue between students of differing political views and ideologies to promote a unified and conversant political atmosphere on campus that encourages acceptance of diverse ideas.

President - Josh McDoom

Vice President - Michael Halbherr

Tresurer - Robert Kunhle

Secretary - John Vernon

Director of Outreach - Jason Kaner

Director of Public Relations - Michaela Cronin

 

Advisor: Professor Patrick M. Brennan

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

2017-2018 Officers:  

President:  Zac Barnett

Vice President:  Rob Craven

Treasurer:  Brian Swanick

Communications Director and Secretary:  Gabi Outlaw  

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. Villanova Law Republicans is focused on fostering a welcoming environment for all students, and adding to the political dialogue on campus. 

Advisor: TBD

2016-2017 Officers:   

Graham Conlan, 2019, President

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

2017 - 2018 Officers:

President: TBD Vice President: TBD, Secretary: TBD, Treasurer: TBD, Social Outreach Coordinator: TBD, Social Outreach Coordinator:TBD, 2L Men's Outreach Coordinator: TBD, 3L Men's Outreach Coordinator: TBD