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Professor Keith Fogg Invited to Testify Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance on March 10

Keith Fogg, Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Tax Clinic at Villanova University School of Law, is invited to testify at the Senate Finance Committee’s hearing, “Tax Complexity, Compliance, and Administration: The Merits of Simplification in Tax Reform,” on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Fogg will speak on the impact of the U.S. tax system on low income taxpayers.

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VLS Student Receives Award of Distinction in Workers’ Compensation Centennial Essay Contest

Catherine Contino ‘15 is the recipient of the Award of Distinction in the Workers’ Compensation Centennial Essay Contest. The contest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section, was open to all students enrolled at accredited Pennsylvania law schools. 

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Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship

Take Startups from Passion to Profit

In Villanova’s Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, students work side-by-side with startups in a win-win collaboration. They gain valuable real-world experience while bootstrapping entrepreneurs get the high-quality legal services they often cannot afford.

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Revisiting Serial: Exploring the Ethical and Legal Implications of the Podcast, March 18

WHYY and Villanova University School of Law (VLS) invite you to an in-depth discussion and review of Serial. A panel will be moderated by Chris Satullo of NewsWorks and feature Anne Poulin, VLS Professor and Board Member of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project along with experts in fields touched by the podcast: journalism, criminal justice and criminal investigation. 

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2015 Joseph T. McCullen, Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law 

The symposium will take place on Friday, March 13, 2015, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., in Room 303. The keynote speaker will be John Tasioulas, the Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy & Law and the inaugural director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He has published extensively in moral, legal and political philosophy, with a focus on philosophical issues in crime and punishment, human rights, and international law.

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Concussions in Sports, February 24

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law invites you to join Andrew Brandt for a discussion on concussions in athletics with Mick Foley, three-time WWE champion and New York Times bestselling author, and Chris Nowinski, Executive Director of the Sports Legacy Institute and featured in the movie "Head Games.”

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The Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance

Villanova Law receives $5 million gift from Ambassador David F. Girard-diCarlo ’73 and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo ’74, naming new Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance. The Center is dedicated to the exploration and research of ethics and compliance through the offering of innovative interdisciplinary coursework, special academic programs, and conferences and seminars that explore emerging issues in these areas.

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Advance Your Taxation Expertise

In the Villanova University Graduate Tax Program, students gain the sophisticated blend of taxation-based accounting, legal and business expertise needed to thrive in top public and private sector organizations around the world. 

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2015 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium

The symposium explores how the arrival of the Wolf Administration in Harrisburg will affect energy and environmental policies in the Keystone State. Leading energy and environmental experts will discuss how this change in gubernatorial administrations is likely to affect important state issues such as a severance tax and the next Act 70 climate change action plan.

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Villanova Law’s Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic Recognized by PreLaw Magazine

Villanova Law’s Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC) was recognized as part of PreLaw Magazine’s recent feature on the nation’s most innovative law school clinics, receiving honorable mention in the “low-income” category.

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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 ’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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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