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.

email: ABAStudent@law.villanova.edu

President: TBA

Vice President:  TBA

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.

Email: artlaw@law.villanova.edu

TBA

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. 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.

Email: APALSA@law.villanova.edu

2015-2016 Officers:  TBA

President:   

Vice President:   

Treasurer:   

Secretary:   

Inclusiveness Committee Rep.:  

Community Service Officer:   

Public Relations:                   

Advisors:  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.

Email: BLSA@law.villanova.edu

President:  TBA

Vice President:  TBA

Treasurer:  TBA

Secretary: TBA

Liaison 1L:  TBA

Historian:  TBA

Inclusiveness Commission Representative:  TBA

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.

Email: brehon@law.villanova.edu

2015-2016 Officers:  TBA

President:

Vice President:  

Secretary: 

Treasurer:  

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.

2015-2016 Officer:  TBA

Email:

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.

Email: CARD@law.villanova.edu

President: Amanda Travers 3L

Vice President: Judy Chaverri 3L

Secretary: Brianna Schill 2L

Treasurer: Marie Bussey 2L

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.

Advisor: Professor Richard Booth

Email: corplaw@law.villanova.edu

srempel@law.villanova.edu

Officers 2015-2016:   

President: Sean Caulfield

Vice President: Rebecca Barrett

Secretary: TBD

Treasurer: Andrew Barris

Director of Public Relations: Kelly Conway Director of Operations: Karl Fowlkes CLE Coordinators: Evan Holland & TBD

 

 

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.

Email: CLS@law.villanova.edu

2015-2016 Officers:  TBA

President:   

Vice President:   

Treasurer:   

Secretary:   

Public Relations Coordinator:   

Advisor:  Professor Anne Poulin

 

 

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.

 

Officers 2015 - 2016:

Rebecca Feuerhammer, 2017, Founding Member Lizzie Flanagan, 2017, Founding Member Liesel Herzl-Betz, 2017, Founding Member

Email Address: rfeuerha@law.villanova.edu

rfeuerha@law.villanova.edu

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.

 

2015-2016 Officers:

Ashley Baxter, 2L, Co-President

Maria Salvemini, 2L, Co-President

Kelsey Krier, 2L, Treasurer

Emily Paulus, 2L, Secretary

 

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 2015-2016:

Dan Casullo, 2L, President

Kelly Weber, 2L, Secretary

Rachael Gordon, 2L, Treasurer

 

Advisor: Joni Berner

 

 

 

 

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 2015-2016:

Katherine Del Raso (3L) - President

Joe D'Ascenzo (3L) - Vice President

Kelsey O'Neil (2L) - Director of Marketing and Operations

 

Advisor: Professor Ann Juliano

Email:  Fashion@law.villanova.edu

kdelra01@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

 

President:  Mary Zoeller, 2017

Vice President:  Mike O'Neill, 2017

Treasurer:  Andrew Zoeller, 2016

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.

Email: fpso@law.villanova.edu

2015-2016 Officers:  TBA

President: 

Vice President:   

Treasurer:   

Secretary:   

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: TBA

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

jchaverr@law.villanova.edu

2015 - 2016 Officers:   

Judy Chaverri, 3L, President

Abel Garza, 3L, Vice-President

Maria Santos, 3L, Vice-President

Alexander Torres, 2L, Secretary

Alessa Torres, 2L, Treasurer

Chris Brolley, 3L, Director of Operations

Brian Ponce, 2L, 2L 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

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: azadeh.erfani@gmail.com

President:  TBA

Vice President: TBA

Advisor:   TBD

 

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

2015-2016 Officers:  TBA

President:  

Treasurer: 

Outreach Coordinator:

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.

Email: international@law.villanova.edu

2015-2016 Officers:  

President:  Matthew Arnold, 2L

Vice President:  Kimberly Keenen, 3L

Treasurer:  Jonathan Silva, 2L

Secretary:  Lauren Otero, 3L

Fundraising Coordinator:  

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 

Email: Intramurals@law.villanova.edu

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

 

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

rsilver4law.villanova.edu

Officers 2015-2016:  

Rachel Silver, 3L, President

Board Member Adam Settle, 3L

Board Member Haley Post, 3L

Board Member Fara Cohen, 2L

Board Member Lauren Berenbaum, 2L

Advisor: Professor Diane Edelman

 

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

Email: vlsjustinian@gmail.com

Pres./Stud. Leader for Villanova Chapter:  TBA

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.

Email: laes@law.villanova.edu

President:  TBA

Vice President:  TBA

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

Email: LSL@law.villanova.edu

 

 

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: TBD

Email: MLS@law.villanova.edu

 

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.

Email: nlg@law.villanova.edu

2015-2016 Officers:  TBA

Executive Board Members:

Advisor:  TBD

 

OUTLaw

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.

Email: outlaw@law.villanova.edu

2015-2016 Officers:  TBA

President:   

Vice President:   

Treasurer:   

Secretary:   

Inclusiveness Committee Representative:  

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

agarger@law.villanova.edu

Officers 2015-2016:  

Amanda Garger, 3L: Justice

Harini Bupathi, 3L: Vice Justice

Andrew Zoeller, 3L: Treasurer

Mary Zoeller, 2L: Treasurer

Maggie Trembath, 2L: Marshal

Jordan McGee, 3L: Philanthropy Chair

Jonathan McCrosson, 3L: VP of Recruitment

Advisor: TBA

 

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

Email: phideltaphi@law.villanova.edu

2015 - 2016 Officers: 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: Mary Ann Robinson

Email: probono@law.villanova.edu

iforster@law.villanova.edu

Officers:  2015 - 2016 

Ian Forster, 3L, President

Steve Bertil, 3L, President

John D'Elia, 3L, Treasurer

Rachael Gordon, 2L, Secretary

Robert Zanella, 2L, Wills for Heroes Chair
Katie Clarke, 2L, Birth Certificate Clinic Chair
Taylor Adams, 2L, PA Innocence Project Chair
Peter Jennings, 2L, PA Innocence Project Chair
B. Ever Hana, 2L, Street Law Chair
Christian Martin, 2L, Street Law Chair

 

 

Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP)

Email: pifp@law.villanova.edu

iforster@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.

Fellowship Coordinator:  Brittany Daniels, 3L

Secretary:  Jennifer Healey, 2L

Volunteer Coordianators:  Holly Jones, 3L

Elizabeth Flanagan, 2L

Treasurer:  Katherine Clarke, 2L

Solicitation Coordinators:  Kelsey Krier, 2L, Alayna Brauer, 3L

Special Events Coordinators:  Harini Bupathi, 3L, Brooke Razor, 3L

Development and Alumni Coordinator:  Natasha Felder, 3L

Publicity and Technology:  Phillip Harrinarine, 2L

Directors:  Steve Bertil, 3L, Ian Forster, 3L

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.

Email:  

2015-2016 Officers:  TBA

President:   

Vice President:   

Treasurer:   

Secretary:   

Inclusiveness Committee Representative:   

Advisor: Professor Joy Mullane 

 

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.

Email: cbrolley@law.villanova.edu

Officers 2015-2016:

President: Chris Brolley (3L)

Vice Presidents: Paige Devine (3L) & Matt Kaiser (3L)

Treasurer: Eric Galko (2L)

Secretary: Madison Clemens (2L)

Event Chairs: Jillian Rafferty (2L) & Grace Lempka (2L) Tech Coordinator: Matt Weiss (3L)

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

acurotto@law.villanova.edu

Officers:  2015-2016 

President:  Amelia Curotto '17

Vice President: Stephanie Boggs '16

Treasurer: Robert Lavoie '16

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

kjones38@law.villanova.edu

Officers 2015-2016:

President, TBD (meeting will be held after the activities fair)

Vice President, Matt Kaiser '16

Secretary, TBD (meeting will be held after the activities fair)

Treasurer, Kristyn Jones '16,

Advisor: Professor Louis Sirico

Visit us on Facebook

 

 

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

2015-2016 Officers:   

Daniel S. Eckenrode '16- President

Richard Calabrese '17- Vice President

Melissa Hensinger '16- VITA Chair

Frederick Mitsdarfer '16- Treasurer

Nathan Rudy '17- Secretary

Advisor: Professors Linda Love Vines and Leslie Book

 

 

Transactional Law Club

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

Email:  jmahon3@law.villanova.edu

TBA

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.

Email: vlsdemocrats@law.villanova.edu

2015-2016 Officers:  TBA

President:

Vice President: 

Treasurer:   

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

2015-2016 Officers:  TBA

President: 

Vice President:

Secretary: 

Treasurer: 

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

ebussey@law.villanova.edu

Officers:  2015-2016

Marie Bussey, 2L, President

Nikki Palladino, 3L, Vice President

Kelly Conway, 2L, Treasurer

Kelly Weber, 2L, Secretary

Ashley Keefer, 3L, Outreach Coordinator

Meghan Farley, 3L, Outreach Coordinator

Dan Casullo, 2L, Men's Outreach Coordinator

Jonathan Millis, 3L, Men's Outreach Coordinator                     

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

 

 

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