Student Organization Descriptions

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ABA Student Chapter

Mission: The ABA Student Organization seeks to advance the professional and educational goals of future lawyers in the law school community, and in particular those who are members of the organization.


President: Kristyn Jones, '16

Vice President:  Alexia Mandolfo, '15

Advisor:  Professors Abraham Gafni and Matt McGovern

Art Law Society

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 options in the field. 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.


Anna Haslinsky, 3L

Cody Wade, 2L

Advisor:  Diane Edelman


Asian and Pacific American Law Students Association

Mission: APALSA is dedicated to the advancement of its members and the Asian American community. APALSA also educates its members and the Villanova legal community about issues critical to Asian Pacific Americans and advances the interests of Asian Pacific American law students as well as the interests of the local Asian American community.


President:  Yinan Ma

Vice President:  Melanie Romero

Treasurer:  Ranuel Magalong

Secretary:  Terrance Pak

Inclusiveness Committee Rep.:  Sophie Nguyen

Community Service Officer:  Cynthia Bien

Public Relations:  George Chen

                          Yoon Chul Son

Advisosr:  Professors Joseph Dellapenna and Tuan Samahon


Black Law Students Association

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.


President:  Brittany Saulsberry, 3L

Vice President:  Natasha Felder, 2L

Treasurer:  Petra Brown, 3L

Secretary:  Vassandre Juste, 2L

Liaison 1L:  Grace Tuffukor, 2L

Historian:  Danielle Pierre, 2L

Inclusiveness Commission Representative:  Thomas Moore, 2L

Advisor:  Professor Teressa Ravenell

Brehon Irish Law Society

Our mission is to facilitate networking between students and the Brehon society in the greater Philadelphia area.


President: Pat Doughty 2L

Vice President:  Jonathan Mcrosson 2L

Secretary:  Stephanie Boggs 2L

Treasurer: Kimberly Keenen 2L

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano


Christian Legal Society

Our mission is to be a resource to Christian law students at Villanova by helping incorporate Christian values into the study of law. We also hope to encourage fellowship with other Christian students at the law school and to love and serve Jesus Christ through the practice of law.


Cassandre Juste, 2L, President

Advisor: Brian McCabe


Coalition Advocating for Rights and Dignity

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.


President:  Alayna Brauer, 2L

Others TBA

Advisor:  Associate Dean Michelle Dempsey


Corporate Law Society

Mission: The Corporate Law Society 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 Corporate Law Society 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


2014 -2015 Officers:



Criminal Law Society

Mission: The Criminal Law Society's mission is to promote the field of Criminal Law and all aspects thereof. 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.


President:  Karine Sarkisian, 3L

Vice President:  Heather Staggs, 3L

Treasurer:  Seth Lupton, 3L

Secretary:  Carl Carrero, 3L

Public Relations Coordinator:  Brendan Corbalis, 3L

Advisor:  Professor Anne Poulin


Environmental and Energy Law Society

Mission: The VLS Environmental and Energy Law Society provides information and resources for students interested in pursing careers in environmental and/or energy law. EELS also looks to involve VLS students in various related legal efforts within the community. Throughout the academic year, EELS creates opportunities for students wishing to become involved in these growing fields.


Co-Presidents:  Carla (CJ) Krystyniak

                     Nicholas Vaz

Advisor:  Professor Todd Aagaard



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Family Law Society

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


Fashion Law Society

Our mission is to further interest and promote awareness of the unique legal challenges facing the fashion industry.


Co-Founder and Presidents:

Alexa McDevitt, 3L

Alyssa Bruno, 3L

Student Rep.:  Katherine DelRaso

Advisor: Professor Ann Juliano 



Federalist Society

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.


President:  Lee Zoeller

Vice President:  Robert Sellers

Advisor:  Professor Tuan Samahon


Francophone Professional Student Organization

Mission: FPSO strives to foster an understanding of the differences between the French and American legal systems and encourages VLS students to participate in the international legal community.


President:  Inga Warrick, 3L

Vice President:  Boone Schreibman, 3L

Treasurer:  TBD

Secretary:  Alana Burke, 3L

Advisor:  Tuan Samahon

Faculty Advisor: Professor Tuan Samahon


Health Law Society

Mission: The mission of the Villanova Health Society is to foster a greater understanding and awareness of health-related issues such as stem cell research, end-of-life decision-making, medical malpractice reform, pharmaceutical regulation and ERISA preemption. We also aim to give students who are interested in health law issues an open forum to discuss their thoughts and ideas. We will sponsor symposia, career discussion panels, and debates.

President: Ryan Shmokler, 3L

Advisor: Professor Campbell




Hispanic American Law Students Association

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.

Advisors: Professor Beth Lyon and Associate Dean Vicenc Feliu


2014 - 2015 Officers:

Gabriella Paglieri, 3L President

Tim Galaz, 3L Vice-President

CHris Brolley, 2L Director of Operations

Judy Chaverri, 2L, Secretary

Maria Santos, 2L Treasurer

Andres Gonzalez, 3L, Director of Technology

Inclusiveness Committee Representative, Gabriella Paglieri

Abel Garza, 2L Student Representative


Honor Board

Mission: The Honor Board is established by the Faculty of the Villanova Law School to: (a) administer, in conjunction with the Faculty, this Code of Conduct; (b) assist the Administration of the Villanova Law School in the administration of examinations; (c) administer student elections in cooperation with the Student Bar Association; and (d) review this Code of Conduct periodically and recommend amendments.

Advisor: Professor Doris Brogan


See Honor Board for Officers and more information.


Immigration Law Society


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.


President:  Azadeh Erfani, '16

Vice President:  Kim Keenen, '16

Advisor:  Peter Thompson

Intellectual Property Society

Mission: The Intellectual Property Society strives to educate students about potential careers in IP law and current issues in the field.  THe Society does this through group meetings, panel discussions, and networking with VLS alumni. 


President: William Kaufmann, '15

Treasurer:  Jessica Watkins, '16

Outreach Coordinator:  Donald Van Buren, '16

Advisor:  Professor Michael Risch


International Law Society

Mission: To engage in discussion and action within the VLS community that focuses on issues of international law, and to foster an environment of diversity within the law school.


President: Lowell Singh, 3L

Vice President:  Anna Haslinsky, 3L

Treasurer:  Kim Keenan, 2L

Secretary:  Lauren Otero, 2L

Fundraising Coordinator:  Meagan Potter, 3L

Advisor:  Professor Ruth Gordon



Intramurals and Recreation

Mission: The goal of Villanova Law Intramurals and Recreation (VLIR) is to provide students with the opportunity to participate in various sports and recreational activities, which are outlets for bonding and de-stressing.

Additionally, VLIR is responsible for organizing the Villanova Law Basketball League, planning the annual trip to the UVA softball tournament, and overseeing other activity-based clubs such as Villanova Law Running Club and Yogalaw.

Advisor: Nancy Whalen, Director of Student Affairs 


Intramurals and Recreation Chairperson [SBA elected position]: Robert Dougherty



Jewish Law Students Association

Mission: The Jewish Law Students Association aims to provide a foum for Jewish law students to come together, get to know one another, and celebrate our religion throughout the year. We also aim to educate Jewish and non-Jewish members of the VLS community about our religion and its relation to the law.


President:  Melissa Kaplan

Vice President:  Adam Settle

Treasurer:  Haley Post

Secretary:  Rachel Silver

Inclusiveness Committee Representative:  Igor Ponomarev

Outreach Coordinator:  Jill Barton

Advisor:  Professor Chaim Saiman


Justinian Society

Mission: The Justinian Society is an educational, non-profit organization of lawyers whose ancestry is Italian. It is engaged in activities directed toward achieving its purposes:

  • to foster a spirt of good fellowship and mutual cooperation among its members
  • to maintain the honor and dignity required of the legal profession
  • to maintain a high standard of ethical conducts among members
  • to promote and encourage the more profound study of the law, the due aministration of justice and reform in the law
  • to coorinate their efforts in discharge of their civil and professional resonsibilities to the community


Pres./Stud. Leader for Villanova Chapter

Matthew Giannascoli, VLS '16

Advisor:  Professor Michele Pistone

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Labor and Employment Law Society

Mission: The mission of LAES is to educate VLS students about current issues in labor and employment law and provide networking opportunities for those students interested in the field. Our mission is achieved through hosting various panels throughout the school year with a diversity of professionals in the field.


President:  Christine Marcozzi

Vice President:  John D'Elia

Advisor:  Professors John Cannon & Ann Juliano


Law Students for Life

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 VLS 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




Married Law Students Association

Mission: This groups seeks to provide an emotional and academcially supportive community for married law students and their spouses. The rigors, uncertainty, and financial hardship of law school can place particular stress on married law students, their spouses, and the marriage relationship itself.

Advisor: Vice Dean Michael Moreland




National Lawyer's Guild

Mission: The National Lawyers Guild Chapter at VLS seeks to be a vehicle for students' public interest work, to build a strong public interest community at VLS, and to strive to meet the mission of the national NLG.

Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ, farmers, people with disabilities, and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.


Executive Board Members:

Jonathan McCrosson, 2L

Steve Bertil, 2L

Azedah Erfani, 2L

John D'Elia, 2L

Advisor:  Professor Beth Lyon


Mission: OUTLaw is an inclusive organization whose purpose is to build a sense of community among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students by increasing visibility, diversity, and acceptance at VLS. OUTLaw further seeks to raise awareness of legal issues that impact the LGBTQ community.


President:  Robert Oliver, 3L

Vice President:  Logan Anderson, 3L

Treasurer:  Josh Peles, 3L

Secretary:  TBD

Inclusiveness Committee Representative:  Robert Oliver

Advisor:  Professor Ellen Wertheimer


Phi Alpha Delta

Mission: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.

The purpose of this fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal Fellowship designed to advance the ideals of history and equal justice under law;  to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members, and to encourage the moral, intellectual and cultural advancements so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.






Phi Delta Phi

Mission: Phi Delta Phi International, established in the year 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics, is among the oldest of legal organizations in North America. Phi Delta Phi members at Villanova are of the most successful in the areas of academics, Moot Court, Journals, and pro bono work.

Faculty Advisors: Professor Lou Sirico and Associate Dean Michelle Dempsey


2014 - 2015 Officers: Coming Soon


Pro Bono Society

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

Advisor: TBD


2014 - 2015 Officers:

President: Ian Forster, 2L

Vice President: Candice Kashani,2L

Treasurer: Robert Sellers, 3L

Project Innocence Board Leader: Meagan Potter, 3L

Wills for Heroes Board Leader: Candice Kashani, 2L

Street Law Board Leader, Steve Bertil, 2L

Birth Certificate Clinic Board Leader, Brendan Corbalis, 3L


Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP)


PIFP fundraises throughout the academic year to provide summer fellowships for those who spend their summer working for public interest organizations or the government. Throughout the year we host numerous school wide events to raise money and obtain support for our organization. Our main event is the annual auction, which has been hosted for more than fifteen years by our organization.

Please see the PIFP pages for more information including the list of Board members.

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

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South Asian Law Students Association

Mission: The goal of SALSA--the South Asian Law Students Association--is to help law students at VLS network with other South Asian law students. We host a variety of cultural events, in conjuction with APALSA, and invite the entire VLS community to attend these in an effort to spread the culture of Asia.


President:  Dave Singh

Vice President:  Lowell Singh

Treasurer:  George Chen

Secretary:  Ranuel Magalong

Inclusiveness Committee Representative:  Dave Singh

Advisor: Professor Joy Mullane 



Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Mission: Our mission is to be the active student group for advancement of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law.  In doing so, our organization hosts outside speakers, puts on engaging events, sponsors students in competitions, attends ourtside networking events, and assists in the planning of the annual symposium.


See the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law for more information including SELS events and blog posts.

President:  Kenny Ridge, 3L

Vice President:  Sam Epstein, 3L

Treasurer:  Melanie Graham, 3L

Secretary:  Chris Brolley, 2L

Events Chair:  Paige Devine, 2L

Advisor:  Professor David Caudill



St. Thomas More Society

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.


President:  John Lisman, 2L

Vice President:  Stephanie Boggs, 2L

Treasurer:  Robert Lavoie, 2L

Secretary:  Carla Krystyniak, 3L

Advisor:  Vice Dean Michael P. Moreland



Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Mission: The Villanova Chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is a student organization at Villanova University's School of Law. The SALDF is affiliated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and shares its mission to protect the lives and advance the best interest of animals through the legal system.

The SALDF is currently made up of three committees and all three are overseen by the Executive Board:

  • Community Outreach Committee
  • Panel Committee, and
  • Volunteer Committee. 

Advisor: Professor Louis Sirico

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2014 - 2015 Board:

Vincent Campanaro,  3L, President

Kristyn Jones, 2L, Treasurer

Lauren DiSchiavi, 2L Exec Board Member

Jordan McGee, 2L, Exec Board Member

Matthew D. Kaiser, 2L, Exec Board Member

Meghan Farley, 2L, Executive Board Member

Jamie Ford, 3L Exec Board Member


Student Bar Association

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.


Please see the SBA page for more information including a list of Officers.


Tax Law Society

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.


President:  Justin Greenhow

Vice President:  Lowell Singh

VITA Chair:  Frances Meneses

Treasurer:  Matt Giannascoli

Secretary:  Katie Duquette

Advisor:  Professors Leslie Book and Linda Love Vines

Transactional Law Club

Mission:  To provide students with practical experience in transactional law.


Lee Zoeller

Andrew Zoeller

Advisor:  Rufus King


Villanova Democrats

Mission: The Villanova Law Democrats comprise the Democratic Party's base at the Law School. We seek to inform, energize, and channel the political interests of Democratic law students through activities both on and off campus. We host a variety of speakers and panels in addition to other campaign activities outside the law school. Through our efforts, the Villanova Law Democrats seek to provide a way for students to connect with others while at Villanova Law School and to connect with important Democratic figures in Philadelphia and across the country.


President:  Patrick Doughty, '16

Vice President:  Brooke Razor, '16

Treasurer:  Nicole Pedi, '15

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano



Villanova Law Republicans

The Villanova Law Republicans unites those in the VLS 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.


President: Sean Gale (2016),

Vice President: Timothy Bitler (2016),

Secretary: Rachel Weller (2016),

Treasurer: Peter Jennings (2016),

Advisor:  Professor Tuan Samahon


Women's Law Caucus

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.


President: Meghan Farley, 2L

Vice President:  Sarah Robinson, 2L

Treasurer:  Ashley Keefer, 2L

Secretary:  Candice Kashani, 2L

Outreach Coordinators:  Bridget Fitzpatrick, 2L

                                  Malia Freitas, 2L

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano


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