Student Organization Descriptions

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ABA Student Chapter

Mission: The ABA provides a vast amount of resources available to law students through the Law Students Division. The Villanova Chapter of the ABA is the first step towards a successful legal career offering advancement and networking opportunities to help students excel in law school and lay the groundwork for their professional life. With ABA-sponosored competitions, scholarships, essay contests, internships, practice-area publications, networking opportunities and more, there is truly something for every law student. The Villanova Chapter is the on-campus liaison between the students of Villanova and the ABA.


President: TBA

Vice-President: Jessica Bass

Treasurer: John Volpe

Secretary: Cali Eckler

2L Representative: Kelsey Hughes-Blaum

Special Events Coordinators: Paige Anderson & Michael Haviland

Faculty & Technology Chair: Lisa Ulmer

Public Relations Chair: Robert Sainvil

Faculty Advisor: Matthew 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.

Advisor: Professor Diane Edelman


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Anna Haslinksy

Vice-President and Secretary: Kristen Pionati

Treasurer: Laura Arcadipane

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.

Advisors: Professor Joseph Dellapenna and Professor Tuan Samahon


2013 - 2014 Officers:

Co-President: Jamie Bustamante, 3L

Co-President: Kelly Zheng, 3L

Vice-President: Leah Octavio, 3L

Secretary: Yinan Ma, 2L

Treasurer: Ranuel Magalong, 2L

Public Relations: Melanie Romero, 2L

Inclusiveness Committee: George Chen, 2L

Community Outreach: Terrance Park, 2L

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.

Advisors: Professor Teressa Ravenell


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Samantha Maligi

Vice-President: Jessica Baker

Treasurer: Charles Rush

Secretary: Brittany Saulsberry

Inclusiveness Chair - Steven Tollier

1L Representative - Melanie Graham

Brehon Irish Law Society

Mission: Our organization strives to foster the profession of law among individuals of Irish ancestry, as well as other individuals who have an interest in Irish ancestry or culture. Villanova has a diverse community which includes many individuals of Irish decent. We are accepting of all and aim to provide an organization to promote advice, networking, support, and fun for anyone with interest in the Brehons.

Advisor: Professor Juliano


2013-2014 Officers:

President: Alanna Kearney

Vice-President: Connor Phalon

Secretary: Kelsey Hughes - Blaum

Treasurer: Lauren Jentleson

Community Liasison: Lisabel Cheong

Communications Committee: Daniel Casserly, Jeremiah Cunningham, Angelo Politakis

Events Coordinator: Aubrey Barrett

Child Advocacy Law Association

Mission: CALA's mission is to raise awareness of children's legal interests and advocate on children's behalf, from seeking justice for child abuse and neglect victims, to representing children in the criminal justice system, to providing representation of minor children's interests in domestic, custodial, probate and other civil matters. CALA plans to use volunteer and lobbying avenues to give a powerful voice to children.



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Christian Legal Society

Mission: Christian Legal society is a non-denominational group for all students to come and celebrate their faith grounded in Jesus Christ. The group meets for one hour, once every other week, where we will work through one book of the Bible. During the hour, there will be opportunity for scriptural analysis, group discussion and prayer. All are welcome.

Advisor: Professor John Dobbyn


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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.

Advisor: Associate Dean Michelle Dempsey



President: Seth Lupton, 2L

Vice-President: Mary Balkin, 2L

Treasurer: Marissa Vila, 2L

Secretary: Rose Marie Wong, 2L

Committee Liaison: Heather Staggs, 2L

Event Planner: Inga Warrick, 2L

Outreach Coordinator: Lauren Moyer, 2L

Representatives: Taylor Chicchelly, Dalal El-Neemany, Judy Chaverri, Alayna Brauer

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


2013 -2014 Officers:

President: Nicholas Carroll

Vice-President: Andres Gonzales

Treasurer: Vince Campanaro

Directors of Public Relations: Alexa McDevitt and Sean Moran

Director of Operations: Katherine Tohanczyn

Criminal Law Society

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.

Advisor: Professor Anne Poulin


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Stephen Bondi, 2L

Vice-President: Karine Sarkisian, 2L

Treasurer: Seth Lupton, 2L

Secretary: Carl Carrero, 2L

Publicity Coordinator: Brendan Corbalis, 2L


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.

Advisor: Professor Todd Aagard


2013 - 2014 Officers:

Co-President: Carla J. Krystyniak

Co-President: Nicholas M. Vaz

Secretary/Treasurer: Elisabeth Ulmer

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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.

Advisor: Professor Lewis Becker


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Kristen Jones

Vice-President: Joanna Dinardi

Fashion Law Society

The focus of the Fashion Law Society is to promote awareness of the unique legal challenges facing the fashion industry and to further student interest in the growing area of fashion law.

Advisor: Professor Diane Edelman


Alexa McDevitt, 2L, Founder

Alyssa Bruno, 2L, Founder


Federalist Society

Mission: The Federalist Society is a non-partisan conservative and libertarian organization dedicated to freedom, federalism, and judicial restraint. The Federalist Society seeks to educate the legal community through its programs and publications about how limited constitutional government based on the rule of law can have a positive effect on law and public policy.  

Advisor: Professor Tuan Samahon


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: John Mezzanotte

Executive Vice President: June Carfagno

VP of Operations: Joseph Catuzzi

Secretary:  Robert Sellers

Treasurer: Lee Zoeller

Francophone Professional Student Organization

Mission: In an ever-changing global legal market, the FPSO is a group dedicated to those students interested in using their French language skills in their legal careers. The FPSO brings students together through rich discussions on French legal issues and a love for French culture. The organization also serves as a resource for clinics and other groups or individuals in need of French translation.


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Mary Kate Wagner

Vice President: Igna Warrick

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.

Advisors: Professor Campbell


2013 -2014 Officers:

Melanie Murphy, 2L President

Chase Magaziner, 2L Vice President

Hispanic American Law Students Association

Mission: The purpose of the Hispanic American Law Students Association is to promote the economic, social, cultural, and political awareness of the Hispanic community at Villanova Law. Our goal is to provide social, cultural, educational and charitable programs and events to foster an environment responsive to the needs of the Latino community.

Advisors: Professor Beth Lyon and Associate Dean Vicenc Feliu


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Leilani Martinez, 3L

Vice President: Gabriella Paglieri, 2L

Secretary: Tim Galaz, 2L

Treasurer: Andres Gonzalez, 2L

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.

Intellectual Property Society

Mission: The Intellectual Property Law Society strives to inform students of the diverse areas of intellectual property law and its wide application through patents, copyrights and trademarks. The IP Law Society places paramount importance on facilitating networking between students and IP practitioners and involving members in the IP community through discussion, speakers and fund raising.

Advisor: Professor Michael Risch 


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: William Kaufmann

Vice President: Michelle Rosenberg

Secretary: Elisabeth Ulmer

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.

Advisor: Professor John Murphy


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Colleen Rush

Vice President: Lowell Singh

Treasurer: Sadeq Khan

Secretary: Anna Haslinsky

Public Relations/Networking Coordinator: Meagan Potter


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.

Advisor: Professor Abraham Gafni


2013 - 2014 Officers:

Co-Presidents: Paige Anderson and Michelle Rosenberg

Vice President: Melissa Kaplan

Treasurer: Rachel Ulman

Ex-officio: Brandie Rollins

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



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Labor and Employment Law Society

Mission: The purpose of the Labor and Employment Law Society is to educate students on developments and trends in labor and employment law. Furthermore, we hope to teach students about the wide variety of career options available in the labor and employment field.

Advisor: Professor John Cannon


2013-14 Officers/Contacts:

Co-President: Samantha Banks

Co-Presidents: Ruxandra Dumitrescu

Treasurer: Brian Farrell

Secretary: Christine Marcozzi

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


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Allysa Miller, 3L

Vice Prsident: Chelsea Rendelman, 3L

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


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Chad Odhner, 3L

Secretary: Landon Synnestvedt, 3L

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.

Advisor: Professor Beth Lyon


2013 - 2014 Officers:

Co-Directors: Katherine Oaks and Caitlin Lambert

Professional Development Director: Jason Ketelsen

Anti-Death Penalty Committee Director: Josh Peles

Juvenile Justice Committee Director: Boone Schreiberman


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.

Advisor: Professor Ellen Wertheimer


2013 - 2014 Officers:

Co-Presidents: Leilani Martinez, 3L and Brendan Corbalis, 2L

Treasurer: Bobby Oliver, 3L

Secretary: Joshua Peles, 3L

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.

Advisor: Professor Cathryn Miller-Wilson


2013 - 2014 Officers:

Justice: Melanie Graham

Vice Justice: Bogdan Kachur

Clerk: Melanie Romero

Treasurer: Heather Hayes

Marshal: Igor Ponomarev

Philanthropy Chair: Jordan Knisley

Director of Alumni Relations: Lee Zoeller

Vice President of Recruitment: Amanda Crawford

Social Chair: Meghan Price

Public Relations Chair: Jeff Christian

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


2013 - 2014 Officers:

Magister: Alexander Peters, 3L

Vice-Magister: Igor M. Ponomarev, 2L

Clerk: Lisabel Cheong, 2L

Exchequer: Antonios Roustopoulos, 2L

Historian: Tehrim Umar, 2L

Pro Bono Society

Mission: The Pro Bono Society provides VLS students of every class year with opportunities to participate in a variety of long and short-term pro bono legal work and gain real, hands-on, resume-building experience while providing needed legal services to those who would not otherwise have access. Members will not only be able to network with alumni and other lawyers in the Philadelphia area, but will also learn how to begin incorporating pro bono service into their careers as future lawyers. Those who go above and beyond in terms of pro bono hours are recognized for their outstanding service at graduation with the Dorothy Day Award.

Advisor: Elizabeth Dunn 


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President - Emily Pitts

Vice President - Robert Sainvil

Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP)


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

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Republican Law Students

The goal of the Republican Law Students is to create a forum for conservative students and others to bring speakers and panelists to the law school to speak about current political events and issues.

Contact: Samantha Epstein


Faculty Advisor: Professor Tuan Samahon

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.

Advisor: Professor Joy Mullane 


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Dave (Baldev) Singh

Vice-President: Punita Patel

Treasurer: George Chen

Secretary: Ranuel Magalong

Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Mission: The Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Society's mission is to offer students opportunities to learn, experience and study the application of law to the sports/entertainment industry and to assist students in their pursuit of related careers.

Advisor: Professor David Caudill


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

2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Bianca Iozzia

Vice Presidents: Brett Hertel and Greg Katz

Treasurer: Melanie Graham

Secretary: Sam Epstein

Special Events Chair: Kenny Ridge

1L Chair: TBD

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.

Advisor: Vice Dean Michael Moreland


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Matthew Girandola,3L

Vice-President: Robert Walters, 3L

Secretary: Cali Eckler, 3L

Treasurer: Chelsea Rendelman, 3L

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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2013 - 2014 Executive Board:

Vincent Campanaro

Kristina Bevenour

Peter Fonash

Kimberly Bier

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

Mission: The Tax Law Society is a student group that is comprised of students with an interest in all areas of tax law. Our mission is to educate law students about opportunities in tax law, to assist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and to provide networking opportunities for students interested in a career in tax law.

Advisor: Professors Les Book and Linda Vines


 2013 - 2014 Officers:

Tim Kianka, 3L

Ainsley Briton, 3L

Chris Schmied, 3L

Sean Dealy, 3L

The Republican Club

Mission: Our goal is to create a forum for conservative students and others to bring speakers and panelists to the law school to speak about curent political events.

Advisor: Professor Tuan Samahon


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Trial Advocacy Club

Mission: The trial advocacy club is a student organization dedicated to inspiring interest in trial advocacy at the law school as well as providing a forum for the discussion of trial advocacy programs and trial advocacy in general. The club seeks to meet its goals by hosting two speaker events each academic year and other networking events.


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Villanova Democrats

Mission: The Villanova Law Democrats 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.

Advisor: Professor Ann Juliano


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Nicole Pedi

Vice-President: DJ Shauger

Secretary: Christine Marcozzi

Campaign Coordinator: Boone Schreibman

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.

Advisor: Professor Ann Juliano


2013 - 2014 Officers:

President: Hayley Lenahan

Vice-President: Carla Krystyniak

Treasurer: Alanna Kearney

Executive Board Members:  Mary Balkin, Lauren DeLuca, Joanna Dinardi, Kate Sadowski, Susan Stanton, Dawn Slavinski

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