Vanessa Stine ’14 is one of six winners of the annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Award given by The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center). Stine was recognized for her leadership and innovation to both create and modify pro bono projects, most notably the Notario Fraud Project, which she founded in 2012 to help members of immigrant communities recognize non-lawyers trying to represent them.
“Vanessa thrives on creative, innovative lawyering and has an unwavering commitment to achieve successful solutions for her clients,” commented Beth Lyon, Professor of Law and Director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic. “What makes her such an exceptional individual is that while still in law school, she networked across funders, legal services, the private bar, municipal government and the academy to fill a gap in services and created an effective new way to help underserved populations.”
In addition to her work with the Notario Fraud Project, Stine also served as co-organizer for Villanova’s Farmworker Legal Aid Spring Break Trip in 2013 and is also a volunteer with the National Lawyers Guild’s U Visa Project, which assists victims of crime in applying for legal immigration status.
The ICE Awards were created and endowed by Patrick Meyer '74 VSB in honor of the Meyer family (Patrick '74, Edward '86 and C. Paul '30) to recognize a spirit of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship that enhances Villanova University. Stine was among five Villanova students—one from each college—and one faculty member to receive the award.
The ICE Center is an innovative driver of scholastic, educational, and professional development opportunities in the related areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship within the Villanova community. The ICE Center has a multi-disciplinary and cross-college focus and seeks to advance the University's strategy by fostering cross-college learning and embedding entrepreneurial thinking more deeply in the Villanova culture. While ICE lives in VSB, the creative outcomes and new ideas tend to be the result of the collision of seemingly disparate types of knowledge. The ICE Center fosters opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning to occur and believes that students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the School of Law can all learn from one another to become more well-rounded innovative and creative thinkers.