Student Organizations Directory


Mission: Our mission is to have in depth and knowledgeable discussions regarding an area of law that is rarely covered within the Villanova Law curriculum. We strive for these discussions to involve students, professors, and professionals who want to share their own personal knowledge and experience within the various fields of art and entertainment.

Advisor: Professor Diane Pennys Edelman

2018-2019 Officers:  

President: Kaitlyn Krall (

Vice President: Billy Zwicharowski (

Secretary: Ciara Sprance (

Alumni Outreach: Amanda Berthold (


Mission: APALSA provides opportunities for Asian and Pacific American law students to further their academic and professional goals and celebrate their culture. APALSA also engages the VLS community in opportunities to participate, educate, and inform themselves of parts of Asian and Pacific American culture

Advisor:  Professor Tuan Samahon

2018-2019 Officers:

Co-Presidents: Lisa Riley 2L,

Ashley Heffernan, 2L

Vice President: Ru Siriwatanakul, 2L

Secretary: Priyanka Shah, 2L

Treasurer - Kacey Jennings, 2L


Mission: The VLS Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is an official chapter of the National Black Law Students Association that seeks to foster the profession of law among individuals of Black ancestry as well as other individuals who have an interest in legal issues relevant to the Black community. BLSA strives to meaningfully influence the legal community though various professional, social, and community activities and services

Advisor:  Professor Teressa Ravenell

2018-2019 Officers:

President: Ifedayo Jegede -

Vice President: Adesewa Egunsola -

Secretary: Jazmin Jervis -

Historian: Olanike Akande -

1L Liaison

Treasurer: TBA

Secretary: TBA


BLSA's website is:


CLS is a non-denominational Christian membership association whose members seek to encourage and serve Villanova Law and the greater Philadelphia region out of the love and grace of Christ, in-part, through our weekly meetings and community involvement.

Advisor: Brian McCabe

2018-2019 Officers: 

Lee Grimes, President

Sarah Blum, Vice President - Fall 2019

Secretary - TBD Fall 2018

3L Advisor - TBD Fall 2018


Mission: The VLS Coalition Advocating for Rights and Dignity (CARD) was created to raise awareness on issues concerning human trafficking and immigration, as well as issues that affect Philadelphia's underserved populations. CARD works to connect Villanova law students interested in service to like-minded professionals, to provide practical learning opportunities for students outside of the classroom, and to create a civil environment for debating issues that impact vulnerable populations in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Advisor: Caitlyn Barry

2018-2019 Officers:

Nicholas Severson, 3L, President

Stephanie Mersch, 3L, Vice President

Caitlin Foley, 3L, Treasurer

Amy Krumenacker, 2L, Secretary

Lindsay Burrill, 2L, 2L Representative



The Corporate Law Society seeks to educate students in the field of corporate law and to provide a network for students of like minds to further their interests.

The Corporate Law Society strives to accomplish its mission by exposing students to all aspects of corporate law – including corporate securities, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and other related practices – through contact with attorneys and academics dedicated to the study of corporate law in the local community.

Advisor:  Professor O'Hare

2018-2019 Officers:   

President: Anna Pelligra (

Vice Presidents: Christopher Merken (, Stephanie Slater (

Secretary & Treasurer: Matthew Avellino (

Events Coordinators: Jared Hershman (, Molly O'Neill (


Mission:  The Criminal Law Society's mission is to promote the field of Criminal Law and all aspects of that field.  CLS will do so through providing academic experiences, community service initiatives, and social events for members of the society, the Villanova Law community, and the Main Line/Philadelphia community at large.

Advisor:  Professor Steven Chanenson

2018-2019 Officers:

President- Gabrielle Outlaw (3L)

Vice President- Mercedes Robertson (3L)

Secretary- Meghan Geatan (2L)

Treasurer- Megan Reinprecht (3L)

2L Representative- Colleen Maguire (2L)



Mission: The mission of the Education Law Society is to bring information in this area of the law to Villanova Law Students. We hope to spread awareness of the issues in the education law area and work together to think of solutions through guest speakers 

2018-2019 Officers:

Presidents:  Ava Giacobbo

Michael McCarter- Vice President

Advisors: Professor MaryAnn Robinson and Professor Sheilah Vance



Mission: The purpose of the Environmental and Energy Law Society is to inform students of the job opportunities available and insight into the Environmental Law field. In addition, EELS provides students with a network of contacts in the field and courses available for interested to take. 

Advisor: Vice Dean Todd Aagaard

2018-2019 Officers:

Co-presidents: Steven Chaplar ( and Cathryn Ryan (

Secretary: David Secor (

Treasurer: TBD

3L Rep: Eliana Winderman (



The Entertainment and Media Law Society’s mission is to expose Villanova Law students to the essential and fundamental elements of entertainment and media law. Through various events, both on and off-campus, EMLS will provide a network of support within the entertainment and media industry to provide students with essential resources and contacts in the field.

Advisor:  Bernard Resnick

2018-2019 Officers:

Ryan Raymond (3L) - President

Keely Crouch (3L) - Vice President

Natalie Brennan (3L) - Secretary

Nick Wight (3L) - Treasurer

Mason Payonk (2L) - 2L Rep

Emeka Madubuogo (2L) - 2L Rep

1L Rep - TBD

1L Rep - TBD


Mission: The mission of the Family Law Society is to network between current VLS students interested in family law and active family law lawyers in the area. We also hope to educate people more on what family law is, and get involved in pro bono family law issues in the area.

Advisor: Joni Berner, Esq.

Officers 2018-2019:

Keely Crouch - - president

Madeline Troutman - - vice president

Sadie Robertson - - treasurer



Our mission to bring together people interested in the different facets of fashion law through lunch and learns, speakers, and symposiums. 

Advisor: Professor Ann Juliano

Officers 2018-2019:

President: Emily Heimbecker &

Kathryn Albanese

Secretary: Teddy Starling

Treasurer: Abigail Wilson



Mission: Our mission is to encourage students to become members of the Federal Bar Association while in law school and after graduating, to provide members with a professional network of fellow student and attorney FBA members, and to inform students of the benefits of FBA membership and work with practitioners to teach students about various aspects of federal practice.

Advisor: Professor Tuan Samahon

2018 - 2019 Officers:

Elizabeth Catalano, 3L, Executive Board Member

Stacey Everton, 2L, Executive Board Member

Joseph Samuel, 3L, Executive Board Member

Mission: The Federalist Society is a student organization that believes in promoting challenging, intellectual, and respectful discussions normally unavaliable in the classroom. We achieve this goal through speaking events focused around current legal issues or events and inviting a conservative or libertarian speaker to discuss these topics with students and, in some cases, faculty participants

Advisor:  Professor Tuan Samahon

2018-2019 Officers:

Emily Pittenger - President (

Mike Neminski - Vice President of Operations (

Lona Sharpstene - Vice President of Events (




Mission: The First Generation Lawyers Group’s main goal is to help students who do not come from legal families navigate the legal world starting before orientation and continuing through the employment search and beyond graduation. Those who are the first in their families to attend law school, or complete undergraduate studies, are at an inherent disadvantage compared to peers whose parents or close relatives are attorneys who are already familiar with how the legal field works. The First Generation Lawyers Group will provide an outlet for questions and discussions of issues facing first generation law students, mentorship with someone whose views and experiences coincide with their own, and an opportunity to share stories and celebrate one another’s success. 

Advisor: Dean April Barton

2018-2019 Officers:

Catherine Appel, 3L - President (

Lydia Ellsworth, 3L - Vice-President (


Mission:  The goal of Health Law Society is to facilitate discussion within the VLS community regarding significant and current issues relating to health. We strive to explore how the law impacts these issues through events and provide additional discourse pertinent to community interests.

Advisor: Professor Michael Campbell

2018-2019 Officers:

President: Stasha Sosnowicz

Vice President: Greg Ferroni

Secretary: Anja Gleicher

Treasurer: Adrianna DelPrincipe


Mission:  The Latin American Law Student Association's ("LALSA") mission is to spread Latinx culture and Latinx community at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. We support our members by connecting them with the area's network of professionals ranging from other Latinx law students to experienced legal professionals in a variety of legal practices. We have ties to the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania ("HBAPA") and are part of the National Latin American Law Student Association ("NLLSA"), a national network of law students, to bring awareness to the current legal issue affecting Latinx populations in the United States.

Advisor: Professor Moreland

2018-2019 Officers:   

President: Daniela Alvarez

Vice Presidents: Isabel Naveira

Secretary: Jomana Abdallah

Treasurer: Gabby Diaz

Event Coordinator: Eliana Winderman

Outreach Coordinator: Steven Chaplar

2L Representative: Rodrigo Rivera

1L Representatives:  Jonathan Silva, Ronald Avila





Honor Board Website

Mission:  Uphold the honor code in the administering of examinations, elections, and other aspects of the VLS community. Honor Board is critical to ensuring a well functioning academic experience for the students of Villanova

Advisor:  Professor Christine G. Mooney

2018-2019 Officers

Thomas Nolan - Chair -

Adesewa Egunsola - Vice Chair -

Heather Smillie - Secretary -







We want to spread awareness about current Immigration Law/policy reforms in both public settings (events) and private meetings. It’s a particularly hot topic right now which should draw a greater crowd in past.

2018-2019 Officers:

Claire Mullen and Natalie Galvez- President

Emily Finnegan- Treasurer

Advisor:  Rebecca Feldmann


Mission: It is the mission of the Villanova University School of Law Intellectual Proerty Society to educate its members about the IP legal profession and work/externship opportunities available at and outside of the law school, to raise awareness of current issues, both legal and otherwise, in IP, to connect current students with alumni working in the IP sector, to foster an inclusive environment where interested students of all educational backgrounds can learn more about IP, and to further the reputation of VLS as an institution at which successful IP attorneys begin their careers.

Advisor:  Professor Michael Risch

2018 -2019 Officers:

Phil Wolfe, 2L:  President

Katie Albanese, 3L: Co-President

Brooke Harley, 3L: Co-President

John Vernon, 3L: Vice President

Robert Leeson, 3L: Secretary

Robert Kuhnle, 3L: Treasurer

Greg Habiak, 2L: Blog Editor

Phillip Wolfe, 2L: Blog Editor

Allison White, 2L: 2L Representative



Email: international@law.villanova.eduu

Mission:  The International Law Society aims to create a greater global awareness at the Villanova Charles Widger school of law by creating opportunities for networking, and education. The group seeks to inform students of opportunities intentionally and encourages collaboration with other global-minded student organizations.

Advisor:  Professor Ruth Gordon

2018-2019 Officers:  

President: Sarah Baranik de Alarcón

Vice President: Ricky Schneider,

Secretary: Jomana Abdallah  

Treasurer: Rodrigo Rivera  

Social Director:  Saruta Siriwatanakul

Communications and Recruitment/Retention Director: Emma Sullivan


Mission:  JSLA strives to provide a community and outlet for Jewish students at Villanova Law. Additionally, the group seeks to educate the Villanova Law community about the Jewish religion and culture. Our group is inclusive of secular and non-observant students, and all events are open to the entire law school community

Advisor: Professor Saiman

2018-2019 Officers:  

Co-President:  Andrew Grossman & Jessica Oestreicher

Vice President: Jared Hershman

Treasurer: Greg Bailey

Secretary: Rachel Lisitsa

3L Reps: Alex Stella and Kyle Platt


Organizations Email Address:  

Mission:  An educational organization of law students celebrating Italian ancestry, history, and culture. Activities are directed towards fostering a spirit of good fellowship and mutual cooperation among its members, maintaining the honor and dignity required of the legal profession, maintaining a high standard of ethical conduct among its members and with other members of the bar, and promoting and encouraging the more profound study of the law.


Advisor:  Professor Matthew Carluzzo

2018-2019 Officers:

President - Vincent Silvanio (

Vice President - Caroline Kaminski (

Treasurer - Caroline Kaminski (

Secretary - Niko Regalbuto (

3L Representative - Joe Caputi (

Consigliere - Chris Polisano (


Mission: Our mission is to raise awareness about legal issues specifically affecting juveniles, including juvenile defense and family law. We hope to encourage our peers to learn more about juvenile law and the diverse career and volunteer opportunities that exist within it. 

Advisor:  Teri Ravenell

2018-2019 Officers:

Paige Pihl Buckley: President

Ava Giaccobo: President

Serena Gopal: Treasurer

Annemarie DiBlasio: Secretary








Mission:  The Labor and Employment Law Society (LELS) is focused on exploring issues in the areas of employment law, labor law, and intersecting areas of law. We hope to connect with local practitioners who can encourage Villanova Law students interested in pursuing these fields with beneficial career advice, information on changes in the law, and more. We strive to have events on campus dedicated to current issues in these legal areas and collaborate with other groups on related legal issues. 

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

2018-2019 Officers:

President: Nigel James, 3L

Vice-President: Emily Heimbecker, 3L

Treasurer: Alexander Paul, 3L


Mission: The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) aims to educate and raise awareness of the traditions, culture, history, and current events of the Middle East and North Africa. It is through this platform that MELSA seeks to create an open dialogue that promotes cross-cultural understanding. 

Advisor: Matt Saleh

2018-2019 Officers:

Nicholas Khazamipour, 2020, President

Julie Tamerler, 2020, Treasurer

Other Positions TBA



2018-2019 Officers:

Our purpose is twofold. First, we intend to cultivate a forum on military and veteran issues that is open to all. Second, we endeavor to provide a platform for participants to give back to the community.

Kahn Wiedis, 2L, President,

Garrett Treer, 3L, Vice President,

Erich Schwabe 3L, Treasurer,




Advisor:  Prof. Ann Juliano


Mission:  The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the fact of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their oppression

Advisor:  Professor Caitlin Barry

2018-2019 Officers:  

Caroline Lesce, 2L, president

Caitlin Foley, 3L executive board

Paige Buckley, 3L executive board

Waqar Rehman, 3L executive board 





Mission:  OUTLaw strives to promote inclusion of the LGBT community at Villanova Law School, encouraging fellow students, faculty and staff to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding issues within the LGBT community. OUTLaw welcomes ALL members of the Villanova community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, to partake in our meetings and events.

Advisor:  Caitlin Barry

2018-2019 Officers:  

President: Julie Tamerler, 2L –

Secretary: Lindsay Burrill, 2L –

Treasurer: Michael Andresakes, 2L –


Mission: Phi Alpha Delta is the largest co-ed professional law fraternity in the United States. We seek to foster social engagement, learning, philanthropy, and networking opportunities for our members and the university as a whole.

Advisor: N/A  

2018-2019 Officers:

Brittney Frederick- Justice

Kayla Robinson- Vice Justice

Christopher Alexander- Treasurer

David Secor- Secretary

Ryan Geib- Marshall


Mission:  The purpose of the PBS is to 1) provide much needed legal services to those who do not have access to such services, 2) provide students of every class year with opportunities to participate in a variety of long term and short term pro bono legal work, and 3) provide students with the opportunity to gain real, hands-on experience in various legal fields.

Advisors: Professor MaryAnn Robinson 

Officers 2018 - 2019:   


President: Lydia Ellsworth

Vice-president: Jessica Oestreicher

Secretary: Stephanie Mersch

Treasurer: Chris Merken

Fundraising Coordinator: Shannon O'Malley

Programs Liaison: Greg Bailey


Program Chairs


Pennsylvania Innocence Project: Emily Pittenger & Greg Bailey

Street Law: Jake Etienne & Andre Desir

SDAS: Kaylyn Wernitzig & Samantha Kosmas

MontCo Expungement Clinic: Megan Reinprecht and Gabi Outlaw

Wills for Heroes: Jordan Morgan

Face to Face: Madeline Troutman & Peyton Carper

Christian Legal Clinics: Shannon Beam

Military Assistance Project: Garret Treer






PIFP Website

Advisor:  Ann C. Juliano


The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law provides financial support to students who commit their summers to public service legal work. Many law students, dedicated to helping the less fortunate, are limited by financial constraints. Similarly, public interest legal organizations often cannot afford to hire much needed summer interns. Through fundraising, PIFP, an entirely student-run organization, provides summer fellowships to Villanova Law students, who in turn aid the larger community by working with various public interest organizations throughout the region, nation and world to deliver volunteer legal services to those in need.

Since its founding in 1998, PIFP has raised over $800,000 through a variety of creative fundraising endeavors and awarded over 170 summer fellowships (each now valued at $4,500). In addition, 2015 marked the tenth consecutive year that PIFP provided $12,000 to fund its Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). LRAP provides a $12,000 award, paid over three years, to a recent graduate committed to working for a public interest organization or governmental agency.

The highlight of PIFP’s fundraising efforts is its annual spring auction, which in recent years has featured 250 to 300 silent and live auction items donated by individuals and businesses throughout Greater Philadelphia and across the country.


PIFP 2018 -2019 Board

Director: Stephanie Mersch 

Vice Director: Shannon Beam

Treasurer: Amy Krumenacker 

Auction Coordinator: Lindsay Burrill

Solicitation Coordinator: Margo DeGenova

Volunteer Coordinator: Jessica Oestreicher 

Secretary/ Comm.: Molly Anne Krebs

Special Events: Gabi Outlaw, Mary O’Rourke

Fellowship Coordinator: Megan Reinprecht

Alumni & Development: Candice Coll



Mission: The Real Estate Law Society, RELS, creates opportunities for students to network and engage with the local real estate community, learn about the industry, and build relationships with fellow classmates that are interested in real estate.

Advisor: Professor Edward Liva

2018-2019 Officers:

President - Alexandria Murphy

Vice President - Daniel Maschi

Treasurer - Kenneth Norton

2L Representatives - Jake Etienne, Samantha MacDonald

1L Representatives - TBD



Mission:  The Villanova Sports Law Society seeks to further the mission of the Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law, hoping to pave the way for future industry leaders in athletics. The Sports Law Society will bring in well-respected professionals with tremendous experience to speak with and mentor students, host fundraisers and competitions to promote school unity, and send students to case competitions around the United States for a chance to not only display their skills, but also network. Experienced students will mentor new students interested in sports law to aid them in better understanding the sports law landscape. Finally, the Sports Law Society will work closely with Andrew Brandt and Jeffrey Moorad to stay ahead of the curve on all legal issues relating to sports.

Advisor: Andrew Brandt

2018-2019 Officers:

President: Kacie Kergides, 3L

Vice President: Jack Sexton, 3L & Nick Morello, 3L

Treasurer: Gabby Diaz, 2L

Secretary: AshLeigh Sebia, 3L

Alumni and Student Outreach: Jason Kaner, 3L & Matt Grasso, 2L

Moorad Center Liaison: Brittany Crimmins, 2L

Media Coordinators: Jake Leyland, 3L & Vincent Silvanio, 2L

Networking and Event Coordinators: Colin Higgins, 3L & Anthony Malky, 2L

2L Representatives: Brett Singer, 2L & Catherine DeSilvester, 2L

3L Representatives: Scott Zlotnick, 3L Alec Schwab, 3L


Mission: The Saint Thomas More Society dedicates itself to promoting the Catholic faith at Villanova Law School. We endeavor to build a sense of community among our members, fostering personal and group spirituality. Through Masses, lectures, retreats and informal social gatherings, we aim to help students incorporate their Catholic faith into their law school experience. Under the patronage of Saint Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers, we strive to support each other in the effort to live lives based on the Gospel and to work for harmony and goodwill throughout the legal community.

Advisor:  Vice Dean Todd Aagaard

2018-2019 Officers:


Contact: Rodrigo Rivera, 2L (Class of 2020),



SALDF Facebook Page

Mission: Our mission is to raise awareness of animal rights. Our goal is to provide resources to local animal advocacy groups that advance the welfare of animals.

Advisor: Professor Louis Sirico

2018-2019 Officers:

President:  TBD

Remaining officers to be determined.



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Mission: The Tax Law Society is an organization comprised of members who are interested in practicing some form of tax law in their career. The purpose of the Tax Law Society is to provide guidance and assist those who want to practice tax law with finding job opportunities. The Tax Law Society strives to make students aware of the various legal opportunities that involve tax. 

Advisors: Professors: Meghan Petsko and Ed Liva 

2018-2019 Officers:  

President: TBD,  Executive Board: TBD

Mission:  LawMeet is the premier "moot court" experience for students interested in a transactional practice. LawMeets are live, interactive, educational competitions designed to give law students a hands-on experience in developing and honing transactional lawyering skills. The LawMeet Student Organization will be responsible for creating and coordinating teams for participation in regional and national StartUp and Transactional 

Faculty Advisor:  Professor Melanie McMenamin

2018-2019 Officers:



Mission: Our Mission is to engage in and facilitate bipartisan discussion on legal and political scholarship and current events. Our goal is to create productive dialogue between students of differing political views and ideologies to promote a unified and conversant political atmosphere on campus that encourages acceptance of diverse ideas.


Vice President -TBD

Tresurer - TBD

Secretary - TBD

Director of Outreach - TBD

Director of Public Relations - TBD


Advisor: Professor Patrick M. Brennan


The mission: The Villanova Law Democrats comprise the Democratic Party's base at the Law School. We host a variety of speakers and panels and do campaign work.

2018-2019 Officers: 

President - Zac Barnett, 3L

Vice President - Samantha Newell, 2L

Treasurer - Charlie Stegner-Frietag, 2L

Secretary - Megan Patel, 2L

Get-Out-the-Vote Director - TBD

Social Media Coordinator - Mary O'Rourke, 2L

3L Chair - Gabi Outlaw, 3L

2L Chair - Brian Blomian, 2L

 Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano



Mission: The Villanova Law Republicans seek to unite members of the Villanova Law community who believe in the core principles of the Republican Party: patriotism, free markets, and limited government.

Advisor: Michael P. Moreland

2018-2019 Officers:   

Chairman:  Celso Leite, 2021

Other Officers - TBD


Mission:  Our organization seeks to promote personal injury practice to prospective students; including organizing panel discussions and professional networking events, so students have an opportunity to learn about personal injury, and actively engage with employers in the field

Natalie Galvez - Co-President & Founder (3L)

Rachael Marvin - Co-President (2L)

Lindsey Zimmerman - Vice-President (2L)

Daniel Klementowski - Event Planner (2L)

Stuart Lambert - Secretary (2L)

Advisor:  Michelle Dempsey

Mission: The purpose of the Student Health Organization is to offer students opportunities to participate in health-benefitting activities as a means to promote physical and mental wellness



Paul Fenaroli, 2L, president,

Allyson Weigand, 2L, Vice President,

Advisor:  Nancy Whalen 


Mission: Villanova Law Students Against Sexual Violence strive to advocate for Title IX issues and educate our colleagues about current events relating to these issues. In this, we want to have an open, collaborative dialogue between this organization and fellow law students. We hope to prepare law students for their professional transition through programming focused on how Title IX issues translate into our future legal careers.

2018-2019 Officers:

Co-presidents: Karla Pisarcik,

 & Emily Bley

Vice-President: Sam England

Treasurer: Molly Krebs


Advisors:  Nancy Whalen and Ryan Rost



The Women's Law Caucus (WLC) organizes and participates in programs and events to raise awareness about legal and non-legal issues that affect women. The WLC strives to create spaces for its members and the law school community to openly discuss these issues. The WLC has strong relationships with other students groups at the law school and with Villanova alumni. The WLC welcomes any member of the Villanova community to join the organization.

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

2018 - 2019 Officers:

President: Anna Boyd

Vice President: Katie Appel

Treasurer: Kaitlyn Krall

Secretary: Grace Waweru

Media and Technology Coordinator: Molly Krebs

Social Outreach Coordinators: Nkiruka Omegbolu, Alexia Cain, Emily Pittenger

Men's Outreach Coordinators: Ryan Geib, Sam England

Alumni Outreach Coordinator: Nicole Sardella

2L Representatives: Tori Mazzola, Emily Bley