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A Legal Career Fueled by Passion

Marguerite Gualtieri ‘91 did not always have law school in mind, turning to the law following ten years as a licensed social worker. Fueled by her Villanova Law education and her previous career, Gualtieri eventually returned to work in public interest as the Managing Attorney at the Support Center for Child Advocates.

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Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will mark its annual commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with two events in January 2017 as part of a University-wide celebration.

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Sean P. Lugg ’96 named Delaware State Prosecutor

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn announced on Dec. 13 that long-time prosecutor Sean P. Lugg ’96 will be replacing Kathy Jennings ’78 as Delaware State Prosecutor, effective Dec. 19.  The State Prosecutor manages the Delaware Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, which is responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases throughout the state.

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Mark Alexander

Committing to Our Values

Dean Mark C. Alexander spent his inaugural semester immersing himself in the culture and community of Villanova Law. His dynamic and inclusive leadership is grounded by his own commitment to the University’s Augustinian Catholic values of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas—truth, unity and charity—which Alexander often invokes when speaking with students, alumni, faculty and staff.

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Examining Law through a Creative Lens

Today’s lawyers practice more than just law, performing important roles as consultants, problem-solvers and strategists. In response to this evolving market, Villanova Law introduced a newly-enhanced curriculum that provides graduates with both the academic and practical skills necessary for success. Core to this new approach are mandatory learning modules that teach students to connect vital business principles with the everyday practice of the law.

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Providing Invaluable Real-World Experience

When it comes to the law, nothing can replace the knowledge and skills gained through hands-on experience. That’s why Villanova Law offers a robust experiential learning program, which includes seven clinics and 200+ externship opportunities in nonprofit, government and corporate settings.

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Preparation for Professional Success

At Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, students find an educational experience that directly aligns with the demands of professional practice. Our cutting-edge curriculum infuses professionalism skills along with vital business principles and practical experience into each student’s rigorous legal training. Central to this approach is Villanova’s three-year, credit-bearing Professional Development program—one of the most robust of its kind among law schools.

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A Wealth of Clinical Opportunities

For success in today’s competitive landscape, our graduates need more than a strong academic foundation in law. They need the vital hands-on skills acquired through Villanova’s robust experiential learning program, which includes seven clinics and 200+ externship opportunities.

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Villanova Professors’ Federal Tax Blog Named to ABA Journal’s Blawg 100

Procedurally Taxing, a federal tax blog co-created by Villanova Law professors Leslie Book and Keith Fogg, was selected as part of ABA Law Journal’s Blawg 100, the publication’s annual list of 100 best blogs for a legal audience. At Villanova, Book and Fogg teach as part of the School’s renowned tax law program, which includes both JD and LLM coursework as well as a Federal Tax Clinic.

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Villanova Students Advance to Knockout Round at Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition for the First Time Since 2011

A team of students from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s National Trial Team competed in the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition—one of the largest national invitationals in the country—on Nov. 11 – 14.  This year marked the trial team’s best finish in the competition in five years.

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Sarah Burke '18 and Kaitlyn Macaulay '18 Win 57th Annual Reimel Moot Court Competition

Sarah Burke '18 and Kaitlyn Macaulay '18 were awarded the John J. Duffy ’62 Advocacy Cup as winners of the 57th Annual Theodore L. Reimel ’24 CLAS Moot Court Competition. The competition is an intra-school tournament that has become a hallmark of the Villanova Law experience.

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Pursuing Her Passion: Sydney Naylor '17

A childhood love of entertainment and fashion gave Sydney Naylor ’17 the inspiration and focus to pursue a career in these highly competitive industries. Now thanks to hard work, networking and Villanova Law’s comprehensive externship program, she is pursuing her dreams with concurrent externships at Louis Vuitton and BET Networks in New York City.

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The 57th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

This year's final round of the 57th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition is set for November 17, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. The Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition is an annual intra-school tournament and a hallowed tradition at Villanova Law.

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Luis Canales

From Refugee to Legal Advocate

Resilience and perseverance. Two qualities that helped to save the life of Luis E. Canales ’17, now a 3L student at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. When Canales was 16 years old, he fled gang violence in his native Honduras, making the trip to the United States, not once, but four times. Now, he’s studying the law and advocating for fellow refugees at Villanova’s Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES) and the United Nations.

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The Eleventh Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture

Kathryn Tanner,the Frederick Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology and Religious Studies at Yale University, has been at the forefront of the way in which our understanding and practice of capitalism can be shaped and confronted by Christian thought. The 2016 John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture explores Tanner's Gifford Lectures.

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In the media: Professor Michael Risch Comments on Samsung v. Apple U.S. Supreme Court Case

Villanova Law Professor Michael Risch recently provided commentary to several media outlets on Samsung v. Apple, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 11. It is the first case involving design patents to be heard by the Supreme Court in more than 120 years.

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Nancy Shane Rappaport

Passion for Practice

A Villanova Law education and the School’s alumni network gave Nancy Shane Rappaport ’95 a strong foundation for success. After 20 years as a product liability attorney, Rappaport was recently named Chair of DLA Piper’s Philadelphia Litigation Practice. It’s an appointment made possible through passion, hard work and the mentorship of a fellow Villanova Lawyer.

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Connecting with Classmates from Different Cultures

Mark Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, authored an op-ed for The National Law Journal as part of its Sept. 26 special report, “Law Schools: Tackling Timely Issues of Race and Class.” In his essay, entitled “First Year Will Shape You For Decades to Come,” Dean Alexander urges law students to learn from each other, seeking out individuals with differing backgrounds and beliefs from their own.

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The Write Stuff: Legal Writing at Villanova

Strong communication skills are vital for a successful legal career, with employers rating proficiency in writing as the most important skill in new hires. At the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, we’re committed to preparing our students with the legal writing skills they need to be practice-ready, Day 1 and beyond.

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The 2016 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium

The relationship between police officials and the communities they serve has dominated the public agenda in recent times. The 2016 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium brings together a diverse collection of leading voices to discuss this topic from various viewpoints. The symposium takes place on Friday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101).

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Lee Stein '78 To Speak on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 10/20

The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship will present “Exponential Innovation: The Future of Radical Breakthroughs for the Benefit of Humanity,” a lecture by Lee Stein ’78 on October 20, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m in the Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101). Stein is the Founder and Chairman of Virtual Group, LLC, a private holding company focused on early-stage technologies as well as Prize Capital, LLC.

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The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports - Annual Speaker Series

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law commences its annual speaker series with two events in fall 2016. This semester, Center Director Andrew Brandt will lead revealing conversations on the business of sports, featuring: TJ Quinn, Investigative Reporter for ESPN, and Howie Roseman, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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A Tradition Continues: Red Mass 2016

The Villanova University School of Law community will come together for its annual celebration of Red Mass on Friday, September 30, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. with University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS as celebrant and homilist. A Villanova tradition since 1957, Red Mass is an occasion for faculty, alumni, students and guests to celebrate the beginning of the Law School’s academic year.

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Scholar-Practitioner Leads the Way

For his outstanding work in the field of sentencing, Professor Chanenson recently was awarded the prestigious Richard P. Kern Memorial Award by the National Association of Sentencing Commissions (NASC). The award—named in honor of the former Director of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission— is given by the NASC in recognition of an individual who has contributed greatly to the development of sentencing policy and research.

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Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. to speak on “Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Politics”

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance will host a special event featuring Jon M. Huntsman Jr.—former governor of Utah, former U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore, and 2012 Presidential candidate—titled “Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Politics,” on Monday, October 17. 

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Class of 2019 Joins Villanova Law

Hailing from over 119 different undergraduate institutions and 26 states, the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Class of 2019 was welcomed last week into the Villanova community. The Class is an impressive group of students hailing from diverse backgrounds but with one common trait – outstanding academic credentials.

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The 2016 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum: Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

The abuse of heroin and other opioids is a deadly epidemic in Pennsylvania. The 2016 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, Understanding the Opioid Epidemic, explores the medical, legal, policy and sociological dimensions of this issue. 

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Sowing Seeds of Justice

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law may seem an unlikely host for the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, but Villanova is located just a half hour away from Kennett Square, the “mushroom capital of the world,” and within a day’s drive of central Pennsylvania’s apple and peach orchards. In terms of mission, the fit is perfect.

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Andrew Lund Named Director of the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Law

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law appointed Andrew Lund the new Director of the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, one of four Centers of Excellence at the Law School, and Professor of Law.

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Donation Establishes the Adler Collection on the International Criminal Court

Founded in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the world’s only permanent, treaty-based international criminal court, and Villanova Law alum Enid Adler ’83 aided in its creation. Last summer, Adler donated materials to the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Library to establish the Adler Collection on the International Criminal Court. 

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From Students to Confident Counselors

In the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, students undertake the legal work necessary to help launch, operate and grow businesses. For Evan Busteed ’16 and Amanda Garger ’16, that meant advising Just Bloomed on trademark protection.

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Three Recent Alum Receive Pro Bono Distinction Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association recently recognized Steve Bertil ’16, Azadeh Erfani ’16 and Rachel Silver ’16 with the 2016 Eve Biskind Klothen Law Student Pro Bono Distinction Award—given to students from area law schools for their outstanding pro bono and public interest work during law school.

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A Scholarly Selection

Villanova Law Professor Tuan Samahon was selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to serve as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

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CARES Receives Light of Liberty Award for Dedicated Service to Immigrants

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) recently honored Villanova Law’s Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES) with the Light of Liberty Pro Bono Law Firm award for its dedicated service to vulnerable immigrants in detention and in the community.

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Shifting Perspectives and Policing Practices

Police, prosecutors and communities in the United States are experiencing a transformation in the way they view commercial sexual exploitation, and these shifting perspectives are affecting law enforcement’s response to prostitution and sex trafficking. At this pivotal moment, the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute), in collaboration with the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, hosts Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Shifting Perspectives and Policing Practices.

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Recent Villanova Law Alum Wins JPTOS 2016 Mid-Atlantic Writing Competition

From orientation to graduation, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law provides students with a solid foundation in legal writing, analysis and research. With six semesters of writing instruction, graduates like Jessica Watkins ’16 are prepared to meet the intense demands of the legal industry and often recognized for their hard work by the external legal community.

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Ask the Grad: Class of 2016

Villanova University Charles Widger School is pleased to celebrate the graduates of the Class of 2016. This impressive group of students—poised for success—joins a tight-knit community of more than 10,000 Villanova Lawyers. Before they embark on their next big adventure, we asked members of the Class of 2016 to share more about their Villanova Law experience.

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Philadelphia Bar Association awards Steve Bertil ’16 Irvin Stander Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section named Steve Bertil ’16 recipient of the 2016 Irvin Stander award for excellence in administrative law. A testament to Bertil’s accomplishments, this distinctive honor is given to an outstanding graduating law student who has demonstrated legal acumen in administrative law or workers’ compensation.

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PIFP Announces Nine 2016 Summer Fellows

Every year the Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP), a student-run organization, provides summer fellowships to Villanova Law students who want to aid the larger community and deliver volunteer legal services to those in need. Thanks to PIFP’s fundraising efforts this year, nine students will work this summer for organizations including The Homeless Advocacy Project, Veterans Law Clinic at Widener University Delaware Law School, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and more.

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George K. H. Schell, Chief Marketing Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company, to Deliver Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s 2016 Commencement Address May 13

George K. H. Schell, Chief Marketing Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company, will address the Class of 2016 as the School’s commencement speaker and will also receive the Villanova Law Medallion Award in recognition of his achievements.  Schell’s selection serves as fitting bookend for the Class of 2016 as he first addressed the class as part of its orientation three years ago. Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, in The Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University.

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Villanova Law Student Wins NYIPLA Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition

The curriculum at Villanova University School of Law includes six semesters of writing instruction—providing students with a solid foundation in legal writing, analysis and research that prepares them to meet the intense demands of the legal industry. A testament to Villanova’s strong legal writing curriculum and its outstanding students, Christie Larochelle ’16 earned first place in the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s 2016 Honorable William C. Conner Writing Competition.

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Examining Criminal Sentencing in Pennsylvania

Villanova Sentencing Workshop gives students the opportunity to learn from and even debate with sitting Pennsylvania Common Pleas judges—discussing the complexities of real-life criminal cases that judges found difficult to sentence.

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Faculty Making the Grade

Louis J. Sirico Jr. has taught generations of students the invaluable art and science of legal writing. Recognized for his contributions, he most recently received the 2016 Burton Award for Contributions to Legal Writing Education.

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Villanova University Graduate Tax Program’s Inaugural Tax Policy Symposium

Villanova University Graduate Tax Program’s inaugural Tax Policy Symposium—Fundamental Tax Reform and Tax Policy Issues in Election Year 2016—will bring together a cross section of business leaders—from tax and accounting to legal and government to renowned academics—to discuss the economic and societal issues surrounding the need for fundamental Tax Reform.

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From a Calling to a Career

Although Natasha Felder ’16 spent seven years in the workforce before pursuing her JD, she had longtime law school aspirations and coveted more than just a degree. Felder sought a transformative educational experience that would give her the practical knowledge and hands-on learning she needed to make her career goals a reality—Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law fit that criteria.

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Blake Zucker ’17 Awarded 2016 Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship

The Peggy Browning Fund awarded Blake Zucker ’17 a 10-week summer fellowship for 2016. A tribute to Zucker’s qualifications, Peggy Browning Fellowships are given to law students who not only excel in the classroom, but who also demonstrate a commitment to workers’ rights through their educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences. This year, more than 325 applicants competed for the honor.

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The 2016 Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium: Emerging Questions in Adoption Law and Catholic Social Thought

The 2016 Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law brings together leading scholars to explore Emerging Questions in Adoption Law and Catholic Social Thought. Topics include embryo adoption, international adoption and state nondiscrimination mandates applied to religious adoption agencies. The event will take place on Friday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201).

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2016 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law hosts its signature event—the annual Sports Law Symposium—on Friday, April 1, 2016. This year's symposium,A Changing Game: Challenging the Status Quo in Sports Law, will again explore the most topical and hard-hitting legal and business issues in sports today. Topics will include a continuing look at player health and safety and concussion protocols; changes in the NCAA legal and business landscape; and an in-depth look at the numerous issues surrounding the daily fantasy sports industry.

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Noah Feldman to Present 39th Annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture, March 8

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will hold its annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. in Room 101. Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law at Harvard Law School, will present on “Why Madison Was Right: We Don't Need the First Amendment—The Changing Political Economy of Exemptions."

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Fashion Forward: Lessons in Law and Business for Fashion Entrepreneurs

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Second Annual Fashion Law Symposium, Fashion Forward: Lessons in Law and Business for Fashion Entrepreneurs. This year’s event explores fashion entrepreneurship, trademark and licensing issues and the importance of business relationships when building and monetizing a brand.

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Transformative Gift. Lasting Legacy.

A historic $25 million naming gift from Charles Widger ’73—the largest in the Law School’s history—will support major academic initiatives at the intersection of business and law.

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Leading by Example

The career of Charles Widger ’73 is a testament to the success of our Law School alumni. He so strongly believes in a Villanova Law education that he made a historic gift to the institution he cites as central to his success.

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Tax Practice

The Villanova Federal Tax Clinic melds the School’s dedication to public service with hands-on learning. Students gain practical experience, while providing free legal services to low-income taxpayers in disputes with the IRS, both before United States Tax Court and Federal District Courts. The Clinic also offers tax education and outreach for taxpayers who speak English as a second language.

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Sports, Violence and Equality: Current Issues in Title IX Compliance, Featuring Val Ackerman

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded programs, continues to influence the educational landscape. It raises complex compliance issues across the spectrum of the education system—from elementary and secondary districts to major research universities.

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Christine Marcozzi

Advocating for Asylum


Zaid Ojjeh feared for his life when the Syrian government became aware of his activities on a social media website. Now as a client of Villanova Law’s CARES, Christine Marcozzi ’15 and Gregory Mathews ’15 fight to secure his asylum.

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Villanova Law among The National Jurist’s list of top “Super Lawyer”-producing schools

Villanova Law was ranked #30 as part of The National Jurist’s list of law schools that produce the most graduates who are selected “Super Lawyers” during their careers. An estimated 12.9% of Villanova Law alumni have been named “Super Lawyers,” according to the analysis.

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Gaetan Alfano

Taking the Lead

Gaetan J. Alfano ’80 embodies what it means to be a Villanova lawyer—a leader in the courtroom and in the community. As partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, Alfano is consistently recognized as a top commercial litigator by his peers, and in 2016 he will lead the Philadelphia Bar Association as its 89th Chancellor.

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Countering Corruption: Building A New Culture of Ethics and Compliance in Philadelphia's Traffic Court

Following a raid in 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took an unprecedented step and appointed Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer the Administrative Judge of Philadelphia's Traffic Court, aiming to reform the Traffic Court permanently and restore public confidence in the adjudication of traffic citations.

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Laura Arcadipane

Preparation for the Global Marketplace

When deciding on which law school was right for her, Laura Arcadipane ’15 was immediately drawn to Villanova Law’s JD/LLM International Studies program. The school’s core curriculum provided the analytical and writing skills she needed, and the program offered the international educational opportunities she craved. 

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Villanova University School of Law Receives $2 Million Gift from Joseph T. McCullen Jr. ’57 CLAS and his wife, Eleanor, to establish the Center for Law and Religion

The new Center for Law and Religion builds upon the Law School’s Augustinian Catholic mission and will create opportunities for new curriculum focused on advocacy, law and religion.

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