Villanova Law Student Wins PA Bar Association’s 2017 Intellectual Property Writing Competition

A testament to Villanova’s strong legal writing programming and its outstanding students, Eliese Herzl-Betz ’17 earned first place in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s 2017 Honorable Intellectual Property Law Section writing contest for her paper, “Give Me the Beat Boys, and Free My Copyrighted Creativity: An Examination of Music Copyright Infringement Through the Lens of the Ninth Circuit’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Opinion.” Chandel Boozer ’18 took second place.

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Supporting the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Students in Villanova Law’s six in-house clinics develop their skills through work with real clients. For Liam Leyden ’17 and Eliese Herzl-Betz ’17 that meant working with IAmElemental—a startup company that creates female action figures inspired by everyday “superpowers” like bravery, honesty, and persistence—on compliance and licensing in the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship.

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Ask the Grad: Class of 2017

Villanova University Charles Widger School is pleased to celebrate the graduates of the Class of 2017. 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 2017 to share more about their Villanova Law experience.

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Dean Mark C. Alexander and Two Alumni Receive Distinguished Lawyers Award

Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Charles Widger School of Law, and two Villanova Law alumni were recognized by The Legal Intelligencer with its inaugural Distinguished Lawyers Award. Alums Michael J. Heller ’89, President and CEO of Cozen O’Connor, and Alan J. Hoffman ’73, Chairman and Managing Partner of Blank Rome LLP, were also selected for the honor.

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Four Alumni Named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s “25 Young Lawyers on the Rise” List

Four alumni from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law were chosen by the Philadelphia Business Journal as part of their “25 young lawyers on the rise” list. The list highlights those born between 1982 and 2000 who are beginning to make an impact on the legal profession in Greater Philadelphia.

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Justice Debra Todd of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Deliver
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s 2017 Commencement Address, May 19

Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, announced that Justice Debra Todd of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will address the Class of 2017 as the School’s commencement speaker and will also receive the Villanova Law Medallion Award in recognition of her achievements. Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017, in The Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University.

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The Second Annual Tax Policy Symposiun, June 1

This event 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 tax policy issues surrounding the current tax reform proposals, as well as their economic impact.

The symposium will take place on Thursday. June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA). A networking breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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Paul Horwitz to Present 40th Annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture, April 24

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will hold its annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture on Monday, April 24 at 3 p.m. in Room 101. Paul Horwitz, Gordon Rosen Professor of Law at University of Alabama School of Law, will present. Horwitz is a leader in First Amendment scholarship. At University of Alabama Schoool of Law, he teaches courses pertaining to constitutional law, law and religion, and legal profession.

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The Value of Career Exploration

As part of our “Where Law Meets Business” philosophy—which focuses on preparing students to thrive in 21st-century practice—Villanova Law encourages students to explore a variety of practice areas and settings during law school. The more they know about their options, the more informed decisions they can make about their careers at the start. And for Christian Wynne ’18, taking Business Organizations unearthed a hidden passion for corporate law.

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Josephine Sandler Nelson appointed Associate Professor of Law (Business Ethics) at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, has appointed Josephine Sandler Nelson as Associate Professor of Law (Business Ethics), effective July 1, 2017. A scholar, legal consultant and start-up advisor, Nelson teaches and writes on issues related to business law, ethics and white collar crime.

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Villanova Students Win National Moot Court Competition

Two students from Villanova Law took first place at the 2017 John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, held at Seton Hall University School of Law on March 24-25. Sarah Burke ’18 and Kaitlyn Macaulay ’18 beat out 43 teams from 40 law schools for top honors at the competition, which focuses on timely issues of criminal procedure and criminal law.

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Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Names the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy in Recognition of Gifts Totaling $5 Million

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law announced today that its Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy will be named in honor of Eleanor H. McCullen, recognizing recent gifts totaling $5 million from her husband, Joseph T. McCullen Jr. ’57 CLAS. The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy will offer new academic programming for Villanova law students and will serve as a hub for conferences and seminars on emerging advocacy issues in law, religion and public policy.

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A Leading Military Lawyer

Backed with a Villanova Law degree, our graduates find creative ways to use their legal expertise to serve and make an impact. For alumna Beth Hernandez ’04 joining the U.S. Army JAG Corps upon graduation opened the door to a varied legal career and distinguished service.

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Annual Public Interest Fellowship Auction

The Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will host the 2017 PIFP Auction on Friday, March 31. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, PIFP’s largest and most successful fundraiser.

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Luis Canales ’17 Among National Jurist’s 2017 Students of the Year

Luis Canales ’17 has been named one of The National Jurist’s 2017 Students of the Year. Canales is one of 25 students from across the nation to receive the honor. The Law Students of the Year were nominated by their law schools and chosen by a selection committee at the magazine.

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2017 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 7, 2017. This year's symposium, "Sports, Media and Millennials," features an in-depth look into changing patterns of consumer demand in sports.

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The 2017 Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law

Scholars of law, religion and economics often see themselves as working in separate fields with few connections between them. This conference will explore Pope Francis’ teachings on market economics to bring these two bodies of legal scholarship into dialogue. Discussion will center around Pope Francis’ theological critique and assessment of global capitalism, and reaction to that critique from different of legal, economic and religious perspectives.  

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Engaging the Survivor Community in Advocacy, Healing and Criminal Justice

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation leads cross-disciplinary workshops and discussions aimed at engaging the survivor community in advocacy on Mar. 9-10. Workshops will be led by survivors and will encourage participants to engage in problem-solving scenarios on a variety of relevant topics and current issues in legislation, law enforcement and education.

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Helping those who help us: Wills for Heroes

Villanova Law offers numerous pro bono opportunities, including Wills for Heroes, for law students to volunteer their time working with outside organizations for the public good.  In addition to helping others, pro bono work helps students to hone legal skills, develop professional interests and meet practicing attorneys who can provide mentoring and advice.

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From fund formation to fashion law

As part of Professional Development coursework, Villanova Law encourages students to be entrepreneurial in their careers—to identify their passion and to carve their own career paths through hard work and perseverance. They have remarkable role models in alumni such as Elizabeth Kurpis '07, an associate at New York's Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. and a power player in fashion law.

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Villanova Students Win 3rd Annual Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition

A team of students from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law recently competed in and won the 3rd Annual Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition, sponsored by the Tulane Sports Law Society.

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2017 Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law Annual Speaker Series - Spring 2017

The Moorad Center will continue its annual speaker series—open to the entire community—on Feb. 8. Center Director Andrew Brandt will lead revealing conversations on the business of sports, featuring: Garry Rosenfield of Coaches, Inc., Kerry Cebula of Kutztown University, Jack Ford of NBC, Tag Garson of Wasserman Media Group, and Dr. Matthew J. Robinson of University of Delaware.

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Villanova Pro Bono opportunities: Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Students participating in Villanova Law's immersive Pro Bono programs have the chance to gain real-world experience, serve the local community and network with practicing attorneys—all at the same time. Among the programs at Villanova Law is the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Student volunteers help review cases to determine the plausibility of innocence for inmates who may have been wrongfully incarcerated. 

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2017 Villanova Fashion Law Symposium

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Third Annual Fashion Law Symposium, Navigating the Runway: A Closer Look at the Issues Facing the Fashion Law Industry. This year's event explores social media and the Internet, in-house fashion law, intellectual property issues, fashion mergers and acquisitions, and more. The Symposium takes place on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 101 of Villanova University School of Law. 

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2017 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium

The 2017 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium will explore the business, environmental, and legal implications of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century legislation. The Symposium takes place on Friday, February 10, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Room 201 of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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