Student Organization Descriptions

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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 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.

Email: artlaw@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:

Co-President:  TBD

Co-President:  TBD

Co-Vice President:  TBD

Co-Vice President:  TBD

Secretary:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD 

Alumni Outeach:  TBD

 

Advisor:  Professor Diane Edelman

 

Asian and Pacific American Law Students Association

Mission: APALSA is dedicated to the advancement of its members and the Asian American community in and beyond Villanova. We strive to strengthen our networks, provide opportunities, and promote our community by educating our members and the legal community about issues critical to Asian Pacific Americans.

2016-2017 Officers:

President:  TBD

Vice-President:  TBD

Secretary:  TBD

Email: APALSA@law.villanova.edu

             

Advisors:  Professor 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.

Email: BLSA@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:

President: TBD

Vice President: TBD

Treasurer: TBD

Secretary: TBD

Historian: TBD

Inclusiveness Commission Representative: TBD

 

Advisor:  Professor Teressa Ravenell

 

 

 

Christian Legal Society

CLS is a non-denominational Christian membership association whose members participate in the broad and rich variety of Christian congregational life and traditions. We meet for bible studies and for social events.

 

2016-2017 Officer: 

President: TBD

Vice President: TBD

Treasurer: TBD

3L Advisor: TBD

 

Advisor: Brian McCabe

Email: christianlegal@law.villanova.edu

 

 

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.

Email: CARD@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:

President: TBD

Vice President: TBD

Secretary: TBD

Treasurer: TBD

Advisor: Associate Dean Michelle Madden Dempsey

 

 

Corporate Law Society

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.

Email: corplaw@law.villanova.edu

 

2016-2017 Officers:   

President: John Mickles

Vice Presidents: Peter Adonzio & Ian Livaich

Secretary: Brittany Jackson

Treasurer: Jon Hiler

Director of Public Relations: Seth Fenster

Director of Operations: Austin Marich

CLE Coordinators: Michele Grenier & Nicolette Gudknecht

2L Representatives:  Tyler Baker, Reece Cooke & Neil Vaswani

Advisor:  Professor Richard Booth

 

 

 

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.

Email:  CLS@law.villanova.edu


2016-2017 Officers:

President:  TBD

Vice-President:  TBD

Secretary:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Public Relations:  TBD

Advisors:  Professor Steven Chanenson and Dean Michelle Dempsey

 

Education Law Society

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.

 

2016-2017 Officers:

Founding Member:  TBD

Founding Member:  TBD

Founding Member:  TBD

Email Address: TBD

Advisor: Vice Dean Todd Aagard

 

 

 

Environmental and Energy Law Society

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.

 

2016-2017 Officers:

Co-President:  TBD

Co-President:  TBD

 

Secretary:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

 

Advisor: Vice Dean Todd Aagaard

Email: EELS@law.villanova.edu

 

 

 

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Family Law Society

Mission: Our mission is to facilitate an environment for students to learn about Family law in Pennsylvania, specifically Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. We hope to help students gain experience learning from and networking with practicing attorneys and judges.

 

Officers 2016-2017:

President:  TBD

Secretary:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Advisor: Joni Berner, Esq.

 

 

Fashion Law Society

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.

Officers 2016-2017:

President:  TBD

Vice President:  TBD

Director of Marketing and Operations:  TBD

 

Advisor: Professor Ann Juliano

Email:  Fashion@law.villanova.edu

 

 

 

 

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.

Email: federalist@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:

President: TBD

Vice President:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Advisor:  Professor Tuan Samahon

 

 

Health Law Society

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.

 

2016-2017 Officers:

President:  TBD

Vice President:  TBD

Advisor: Professor Michael Campbell

Email: healthlaw@law.villanova.edu

 

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 Vicenc Feliu

Email: HALSA@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:   

President:  TBD

Vice-President:  TBD

Vice-President:  TBD

Secretary:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Director of Operations:  TBD

2L Representative:  TBD

 

 

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

Email: honorboard@law.villanova.edu

See Honor Board for Officers and more information.

 

 

Immigration Law Society

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.

Email: immigration@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:

Co-President:  Adam Kanji & Stephanie Marcozzi

Vice President: Aya Samra

Secretary:  Ruby Khallouf

Treasurer:  Simranpreet Sidhu

 

Advisor:  Professor Michele Pistone

 

 

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. 

Email: ip@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:

The Intellectual Property (IP) Society provides its members with information about IP courses at VLS, guidance regarding careers in the IP field, and opportunities to connect with alumni in the Philadelphia area.

 

Officers/Contacts:

President:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Secretary:  TBD

Outreach Coordinator:  TBD

Advisor:  Professor Michael Risch

 

International Law Society

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.

Email: international@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:  

President: Madison Bierley

Vice President:  Colin Milon

Secretary:  Nicole Ward

Treasurer:  Christian Martin

 

Advisor:  Professor Ruth Gordon

 

 

Jewish Law Students Association

Mission: The mission of JLSA is to provide a community and outlet for Jewish students at Villanova Law. Being Jewish at a Catholic university presents a unique set of challenges and experiences, and JLSA provides an outlet to discuss those issues as well as bonding opportunities for people with similar backgrounds.

Email: JLS@law.villanova.edu

 

2016-2017 Officers:  

President:  TBD

Board Member:  TBD

Board Member:  TBD

Board Member:  TBD

Board Member:  TBD

 

Advisor: Professor Diane Edelman

 

The Justinian Society

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

Email:

2016-2017 Officers:

President: TBD

 

Advisor:  Professor Michele Pistone

 

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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.

Email: LSL@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:

Co-chair:  TBD

Co-chair:  TBD

 

Advisor: Professor Tuan Samahon

National Lawyer's Guild

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.

Email: nlg@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:  

Director:TBD

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

Advisor:  Professor Caitlin Barry
 

OUTLaw

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.

Email: outlaw@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:  

Co-President:  TBD

Co-President:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Advisor:  Professor Ellen Wertheimer

 

 

Phi Alpha Delta

Mission: Phi Alpha Delta is a co-ed legal fraternity designed to bring law students with all interests together for a common purpose of community service and support. Phi Alpha Delta connects current law students with alumni to enhance the students' law school careers.

Email: phialphadelta@law.villanova.edu

Officers 2016-2017:

Justice:  TBD

Vice Justice:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Marshal:  TBD

Philanthropy Chair:TBD

VP of Recruitment:  TBD

Advisor: TBA

 

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: Professor MaryAnn Robinson and Professor Dveera Segal

Email: probono@law.villanova.edu

Officers:  2016 - 2017  

President:        Lizzie Flanagan

Vice President:  Rachael Gordon

Secretaty:        Kaitlyn Macaulay

 

Treasurer:       Christian Martin

Fundraising Coordinator: Kelsey Krier

Programs Liaision:  Ever Hanna

Wills for Heroes Chair:  Chris Lambe

Face to Face Chair:  Katie Clarke

PA Innocence Project Co-Chairs:  Taylor Adams & Emily Schrank

SDAS Co-Chairs:  Olier Katz & Michele Grenier,

Street Law Co-Chairs:  Alexa Arndt & Omeed Firouzi

 

 

 

Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP)

Email: pifp@law.villanova.edu

 

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.

2016-2017 Officers:

Fellowship Coordinator:  TBD

Secretary: TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Volunteer Coordianators: TBD

Solicitation Coordinators:  TBD

Special Events Coordinators:  TBD

Development and Alumni Coordinator: TBD

Publicity and Technology:  TBD

Directors:  TBD

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

 

 

 

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Sports Law Society

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.

Email: sels@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:

President:  Eric Galko

Vice Presidents: Alex Ott, Madison Clemens

Secretary:  Molly Marte

Treasurer: Grace Lempka

Event Coordinators: Sarah Glockenmier, Ben Sugarman

Liason:  Cody Wilcoxson

MSLJ/Symposium:  Joe Brooks

 

Advisor: Andrew Brandt

 

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.

Email: thomasmore@law.villanova.edu

Officers:  2016-2017

President:        Mary Kate Marsden

Vice President:  TBD

Treasurer:       TBD

Advisor: Vice Dean Todd Aagaard

 

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Mission: The purpose of SALDF is to raise awareness for the plight of suffering animals, volunteer at animal shelters to improve their lives, and spread knowledge about different ways to aid animals in need.

Email : SALDF@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:

President: TBD  

Vice President:  TBD

Secretary:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

 

Advisor: Professor Louis Sirico

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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.

Email: sba@law.villanova.edu

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.

Email: taxlawsociety@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:  

President:  TBD

Vice President:  TBD

Secretary:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Chair:  TBD

 

Advisor: Professors Linda Love Vines and Leslie Book

 

 

Transactional LawMeet®

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

Email:  

2016-2017 Officers:

President:  TBD

Vice President:  TBD

Acting Treasurer:  TBD

 

Advisor:  Professor Melanie McMenamin

 

Villanova Law 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.

Email: vlsdemocrats@law.villanova.edu,

 

2016-2017 Officers:  

President:  TBD

Vice President: TBD

Treasurer:   TBD

 

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.

Email: republican@law.villanova.edu

2016-2017 Officers:   

President: TBD

Vice President: TBD

Secretary: TBD

Treasurer: TBD

 

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.

Email: wlc@law.villanova.edu

 

Officers:  2016-2017

President:  TBD

Vice President:  TBD

Secretary:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Outreach Coordinator:  TBD

Outreach Coordinator:  TBD

Outreach Coordinator:  TBD

Outreach Coordinator :  TBD                   

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

 

 

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