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MLK 2015

Villanova Law Celebrates the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Villanova University School of Law will mark its annual commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with two events in January 2015.

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Rufus King

Lawyers as Entrepreneurs

Villanova Law's Center Director, Rufus King, tackles the topic of "Lawyers as Entrepreneurs" in his recent U.S. News & World Report article. 

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Jonathan Sgro

Succeeding While Serving Others

Jonathan Sgro ’13 is one of a select group of graduating law students and judicial clerks chosen as 2015 Skadden Fellows. The Skadden Fellowship is one of the most competitive and prestigious legal fellowships in the nation.

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Mark Kearney

Holding Court

A degree from Villanova Law launches careers at the most prestigious law firms, the country’s most successful businesses and the chambers of the nation’s courts. Alumni such as Mark A. Kearney ’84 CLAS, '87 VLS are proof that Villanova not only produces great lawyers, but also great leaders. On December 3, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Kearney to become a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

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Bethany Brooks ‘15 and Nicole Pedi ’15 Win 55th Annual Reimel Moot Court Competition

Bethany Brooks ‘15 and Nicole Pedi ’15 are the winners of the 55th annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition. The competition is an intra-school tournament that has become a hallmark of the Villanova Law experience. 

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Villanova Trial Team Headed to ABA Labor Law National Competition

The members of the 2014-15 Villanova Law Trial Team—Brian McBeth ‘15, Graham Bickel ‘16, Farzana Islam ‘16 and Steven Patton ‘15—took first place in the New York regional round of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s 11th Annual Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition on November 23. The team, coached by Matt Helman ’10, will advance to compete against seven other regional champions in the National Finals on January 24-25 in New Orleans.

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Valerie Harrison

Valerie Harrison ’87 Named Acting President of Lincoln University

Valerie I. Harrison ’87 has been appointed Acting President of Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting historically black university, located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

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Villanova Law Moot Court Teams Take Top Honors

Four Villanova Law Moot Court members celebrated victories in November at two national tournaments.

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Professors Leslie Book and Keith Fogg Blogging for Forbes.com

Thanks to the success of their highly-renowned federal tax procedure and administration blog, Procedurally Taxing, Villanova Law Professors Leslie Book and Keith Fogg are now serving as contributors for Forbes.com. Prof. Fogg’s first blog post, Promoting, not Discouraging, Tax Compliance, was published on October 30. 

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Health Care Clinic

Advocating for Access to Health Care

In the Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic at Villanova University School of Law, students earn credit, hone their legal skills and gain valuable hands-on experience while serving the physical and mental health needs of the community.

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Lecture on Venture Capital, November 20

Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host a lecture on venture capital—the second event of its Financing Growth Business Lecture Series—on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 12 p.m. in Room 102. Come learn about the structure and key terms of venture capital investments from Brian Sisko, COO of Safeguard Scientifics, one of the oldest and most successful technology investors in the region.

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The Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, November 14

The 2014 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, entitled “Delivering Quality Health Care Today—Challenges, Opportunities and the Law,” gathers distinguished administrators, regulators, innovators, scholars and lawyers to discuss emerging opportunities to build an ideal system today, the challenges presented, and state of the law in facilitating progress while protecting patients.  

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Professional Development

Professional Skills for Practice

At Villanova University School of Law (VLS), students find an educational experience that directly aligns with the demands of professional practice. Now our cutting-edge curriculum infuses professionalism skills along with vital business principles and practical experience into each student’s education.

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Election Results: VLS Alumni Costello and Stack Win Races

On November 4, 2014, Pennsylvania voters elected Ryan Costello ’02 to U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District and Mike Stack ’92 as Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor.

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Stuart Weitzman

Fashion Law: Behind the Seams

At Villanova, externship placements go beyond the typical non-profit and government agencies to encompass opportunities at multinational corporations—such as luxury shoe company Stuart Weitzman LLC. In summer 2014, Alexa McDevitt ‘15 and Emilie Pitts ’15 traveled from the Philadelphia Main Line to Midtown Manhattan for hands-on experience in fashion law at Stuart Weitzman’s corporate headquarters.

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VLS Graduates Achieve 93.92% PA Bar Exam Passage Rate

Villanova University School of Law (VLS) alumni continue to excel upon graduation. The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners recently reported that VLS graduates had a 93.92% first-time passage rate for the July 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Exam – the second-highest in the state and more than 11 percentage points above the state average. 

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2nd Annual Game Day Sports Case Competition

VLS to host the 2nd Annual Game Day Sports Case Competition, April 2015

Villanova University School of Law hosts the 2nd Annual Game Day Sports Case Competition on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The competition—a partnership between the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law and the UCLA Anderson Center for MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports)—challenges JD and MBA students to take a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing, presenting and negotiating solutions to real-world sports business issues.

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PreLaw Magazine

PreLaw Magazine Gives Villanova Law Facilities A+ Grade

Villanova Law was ranked #7 in PreLaw Magazine’s list of the “Best Law School Facilities.” In selecting institutions for inclusion, the magazine assessed aesthetics, square footage per student on campus, library hours and amenities, and accommodations, including dining options, parking and lockers. It also considered student comments from Princeton Review’s law school guidebook in its evaluation.

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Villanova University Presents Mary Ann Glendon with Civitas Dei Medal for Exemplary Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Villanova University’s third annual Civitas Dei Medal will be presented to Mary Ann Glendon on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM in the Driscoll Hall Auditorium. The award recognizes Catholics who through their work have made exemplary contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition and have shown particular commitment to the pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness.  

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Lecture on Crowdfunding, October 23

Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host a lecture on Crowdfunding on October 23. Crowdfunding— Internet-based financing that involves ordinary investors— is changing the way entrepreneurs raise capital for their growing businesses. Join us for an interactive session with legal expert Yoel Kranz as he discusses the various ways to raise money that are permissible under current rules, and what may be coming soon.

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Thomas M. Gallagher '89 Elected Chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP

Thomas M. Gallagher ’89 has been elected Chair of Pepper Hamilton LLP, succeeding former FBI Director Louis Freeh. As head of the firm’s Executive Committee, he will lead more than 500 lawyers in 13 national offices.

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Penelope Pether

Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium to Honor Professor Penelope J. Pether, October 24

The Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium will honor and explore the scholarly work of Professor Penelope J. Pether (1957-2013), a valued member of the Villanova Law faculty from 2005-2013. Several leading academics and former students will address Pether’s publications in the fields of law and literature, pedagogical theory and reform, criminal law, federal judicial publication practices, indefinite detention, feminism and culinary jurisprudence.

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Carl J. Schramm

Carl J. Schramm to Present 38th Annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture, October 16

Villanova University School of Law will hold its annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 101. Carl J. Schramm, University Professor at Syracuse University, will present on “Subsidiarity and Entrepreneurship.”

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Cynthia Cooper to Speak About Corporate Ethics and the WorldCom Collapse

On Thursday, October 2 at 12 p.m. in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons, Cynthia Cooper, author of Extraordinary Circumstances: Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower, will speak about corporate ethics and her experiences at the center of the WorldCom collapse.

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Richard Harvey

Professor J. Richard Harvey, Jr. Quoted in The New York Times and US News & World Report

Professor J. Richard Harvey, Jr., a leading expert on offshore tax operations by US multinational corporations, was recently quoted in The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report and National Public Radio about new Treasury Department rules intended to crack down on corporate inversions, in which US companies reincorporate abroad to lower their taxes.

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Reza Taleghani

Preparing for What's Next

At Villanova Law, JD/MBA students graduate with a broad knowledge base that positions them to capitalize on expanding career opportunities in and beyond the law—following in the footsteps of successful alumni such as Reza Taleghani ’97.

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Symposium on McCullen v. Coakley

The Law School will host a special symposium on Friday, October 17 at 1:30pm in Room 101 on the US Supreme Court’s decision last term in McCullen v. Coakley, unanimously striking down on First Amendment grounds a Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer zone statute. The lead plaintiff in the case, Eleanor McCullen, will participate and will be in attendance along with her husband, Joseph T. McCullen, Jr., a Villanova alumnus and benefactor, as well as the attorney who represented Mrs. McCullen before the Supreme Court.

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Clinics

Practice the Law in Our Seven In-House Firms

Why wait until graduation to gain practical experience? Villanova Law Clinic students earn credit while representing real clients with critical legal issues under the direct supervision of a full-time faculty member.

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Samahon Lyon students

Setting Legal Precedent

For law students, studying and interpreting important legal precedents is an everyday occurrence. But it’s not often that students get the chance to work on a case that could set an important precedent of its own. Nineteen current Villanova Law students and recent alumni did just that, under the guidance of Professors Tuan Samahon and Beth Lyon, in the case Samahon v. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Mary Kate Wagner ’15 Participates in Philadelphia-Lyon Bar Exchange Program

Mary Kate Wagner ’15 participated in the prestigious Philadelphia-Lyon Bar Exchange Program, in which young lawyers and law students are placed with host firms in Philadelphia, and their Philadelphia counterparts are placed with host firms in Lyon.

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Orientation 2014

Welcoming the Class of 2017

Villanova University School of Law welcomes its Class of 2017, a group of students hailing from diverse and impressive backgrounds. Members of the class include business owners, community leaders and champions of social justice.

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Dean Gotanda Ice Bucket Challenge

Dean Gotanda Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for VLS

On August 25, Dean John Gotanda accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as part of a viral video campaign aimed at raising awareness about and donations to fund research for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."

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Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Law. Entrepreneurship. Innovation. Be at the Center of It All.

Today’s lawyers often practice more than just law. They are business consultants. Problem solvers. Financial strategists. Whether you’re pursuing corporate, criminal or public interest practice, Villanova Law will prepare you to become the kind of lawyer the market demands.

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Where Law Meets Business

Make It Your Business to Succeed

At Villanova Law, we’re radically transforming the educational experience and offering you the real-world business skills you need to thrive in today’s highly competitive landscape, regardless of your chosen field.

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Mike Moreland

In the Media: Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean and Professor of Law

Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, was quoted in the August 9 Associated Press article, "From Peyote to Sex:  Religious Liberty Fight Recast." The story ran in more than 75 media outlets, including The Washington Post, ABC News and The Huffington Post.

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Three Headshots

Villanovans at the Top

A Villanova Law education prepares you to be not only a great lawyer, but also a great leader. And we’ve got the alumni to prove it.

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Lany Villalobos

VLS Student Named ABA Tax Public Service Fellow

Lany Villalobos ’14 is the recipient of a 2014 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship. Beginning in the fall, Villalobos will work with the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project, a division of Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA). Her fellowship project is designed to expand tax services to Spanish-speaking, low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers in rural Pennsylvania.

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Deanship of Villanova University School of Law Named in Honor of Arthur J. Kania ‘56

Villanova University School of Law has announced the naming of its deanship position in honor of Arthur J. Kania ’56.  Mr. Kania, a member of the inaugural graduating class of 1956, and his wife, Angela, have been significant benefactors to the Law School throughout its history. John Y. Gotanda serves as The Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University School of Law.

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National Law Journal Ranks VLS No. 47 'Go-To' Law School

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has ranked Villanova University School of Law (VLS) as the No. 47 “go-to” law school in its 2014 rankings. This annual report identifies the top 50 law schools with the highest percentage of 2013 juris doctor (JD) graduates hired as first-year associates at the nation’s most prestigious law firms.
 

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