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In the Media: Professor Michael Risch quoted in Bloomberg Business

Michael Risch, Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, was quoted in the May 18 Bloomberg Business article, “Apple Gets Mixed Ruling in First Samsung Appeal.”  A noted intellectual property expert, Risch has provided frequent media commentary on the global patent battles between Apple Inc. and Samsung Group.

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Two Villanova Law Students Awarded 2015 Peggy Browning Fund Fellowships

Among more than 400 applicants from 150 law schools, the Peggy Browning Fund awarded Villanova University School of Law students, John D’Elia ’16 and Kristyn Jones ’16, 10-week summer fellowships for 2015. A tribute to these students’ 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.

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Villanova School of Law’s PIFP Announces Eight 2015 Summer Fellows

The International Justice Mission, the U.S. Department of Justice and Philadelphia Legal Assistance are just a few of the organizations at which eight Villanova University School of Law Students will be doing public service legal work this summer as part of The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP).

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Villanova Law Student Wins PBA Intellectual Property Law Section Writing Contest

A testament to Villanova’s strong legal writing curriculum, Catherine Contino ’15 earned first place in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section writing contest for her paper, Guilty by Resemblance? The Supreme Court Struggles to Apply the Copyright Act in the Digital Age in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo.

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In the Media: John Y. Gotanda cited in The Washington Post

In an article about how law schools are staying relevant and adapting to the job market, The Washington Post cited comments John Y. Gotanda, the Arthur J. Kania Dean, made at a recent panel hosted by Lawyers of Color –notably Villanova University School of Law is requiring coursework on the economics of a law firm.

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Paul A. Tufano ’83 VSB, ’86 VLS, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AmeriHealth Caritas, to Deliver Villanova University School of Law’s 2015 Commencement Address May 15

John Y. Gotanda, Arthur J. Kania Dean of Villanova University School of Law (VLS), announced that Paul A. Tufano ’83 VSB, ’86 VLS, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AmeriHealth Caritas, will address the Class of 2015 as the School’s commencement speaker and will also receive the Villanova Law Medallion Award in recognition of his achievements. Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015, in The Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University.

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Villanova University School of Law Hosts 2015 Game Day Sports Case Competition

Sixteen teams from 11 different schools competed at Villanova University School of Law for the Second Annual Game Day Sports Competition on Saturday, April 11, with a team from The College of William and Mary coming out on top. Launched by 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), the competition challenged 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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Current Topics in Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business, June 11

The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship presents the second annual conference on Current Topics in Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business on Thursday, June 11. This year’s keynote speaker Zane Memeger, Attorney at Eastern District Penn, will discuss “Healthcare Fraud Enforcement & Business Compliance.”  

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Stephanie Rozalski ’15 Wins Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Award

The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) announces Stephanie Rozalski ’15 as one of six winners of the annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Awards. 

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Dean Gotanda named one of 2015’s Diverse Attorneys of the Year

The Legal Intelligencer recently named John Y. Gotanda, Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, one of the 2015 Diverse Attorneys of the Year, an honor given every two years by the Legal to recognize outstanding minority attorneys across Pennsylvania.

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Villanova University School of Law Hosts “The Path of the Unaccompanied Minor” on April 9

On Thursday, April 9 from 9:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Villanova University School of Law hosts “The Path of the Unaccompanied Minor: Examining Legal and Community Responses to a Humanitarian Crisis,” which aims to shed light on the seriousness of the crisis, address society’s moral and ethical responsibility and recommend specific action steps.

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

The Ninth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture will explore the topic "Catholic Legal Theory: Aspirations, Challenges, and Hopes."  The symposium will take place on Friday, April 24, from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., in Room 201 of the Law School. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5 CLE credits (4 substantive, 1 ethics).

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The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance presents The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge “Ethics in Government” April 15, 2015 

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance at Villanova University School of Law presents the Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, on Wednesday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m. in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons. Ridge, the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former Governor of Pennsylvania, focuses his speech on issues of ethics in government.

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Spring Break Service

For eight Villanova Law students, spring break was an opportunity to conduct client intake calls, assist attorneys in client sessions and help with case research, among other hands-on tasks, all while giving back to the community. 

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VLS Tax Clinic Recognized by Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently recognized Villanova University School of Law for its pro bono assistance in 2014. Among 30 recognized firms, Villanova Law was the only school, joining the ranks of many of the nation’s leading law firms.

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Villanova University School of Law Receives $5 Million Naming Gift from John F. Scarpa for the Center for Law and Entrepreneurship

John F. Scarpa, former Co-Chairman and Founder of American Cellular Network Corporation, and his wife, Jana, have committed $5 million for the naming of The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship. The Center serves as a vital resource for all Villanova Law students to gain wide-ranging academic and practical experience at the intersection of law and business, further aligning the educational experience with the demands of 21st-century practice. 

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Collins J. Seitz Jr. ’83 Confirmed to Delaware Supreme Court

On March 18, the Delaware Senate voted unanimously to confirm Collins J. Seitz Jr. ’83 as a Justice on the Delaware Supreme Court. After graduating from Villanova Law School, Sietz began a more than 30-year career in corporate, commercial, intellectual property and trust matters. 

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Fashion Law Symposium makes debut at Villanova University School of Law Friday, March 27, 2015

The inaugural Fashion Law Symposium at Villanova University School of Law explores areas of law that impact the legal landscape of the fashion industry, including intellectual property, real estate, employment, compliance and corporate mergers and acquisitions.

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Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium, April 10

The 2015 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium—Game-Changers: An Insider Look at a Volatile Year in Sports—explores the most talked-about issues in sports today. Spanning topics from high-profile sports law cases to recent shifts in the NCAA landscape, this in-depth discussion features commentary from NCAA executives and Villanova University leadership, top attorneys, former professional athletes, a notable NFL coach and prominent journalists. 

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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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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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Villanova University School of Law receives $5 million Naming Gift from David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo for the 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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