Student Organizations Directory


Mission: As the Villanova Art Law Society, our mission is to have an in depth and knowledgeable discussion regarding an area of law that is rarely covered within the Villanova Law curriculum. We strive for this discussion 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:  

TBD, Co-President

TBD, Co-President

TBD, 3L, Treasurer

TBD, 3L, Secretary

TBD, 2L, Alumni Outreach


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-President: Lisa Riley, Ashley Heffernan

Vice President: Ru Siriwatanakul

Secretary: Priyanka Shah

Treasurer - Kacey Jennings


Mission: The mission of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of black law students and instill a greater awareness of commitment to the black community.

Advisor:  Professor Teressa Ravenell

2018-2019 Officers:

President: Ifedayo Jegede -

Vice President: Adesewa Egunsola -

Secretary: Jazmin Jervis -

Historian: Olanike Akande -

1L Liaison: Kendeil Dorvilier -


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,

Vice President - TBD

Secretary - TBD

3L Advisor - TBD


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:

President: Nicholas Severson

Vice President: Stephanie Mersch

Treasurer: Caitlin Foley

Secretary: Amy Krumenacker

2L Representative: Lindsay Burrill



Mission: The Corporate Law Society (CLS) 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 CLS strives to accomplish its mission by exposing students to all aspects of corporate law - including corporate securities, bankruptcy, merger and acquisition, 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 Richard Booth

2018-2019 Officers:   

President:  Anna Pelligra

Vice Presidents:  Christopher Merken, Stephanie

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

Vice President- Mercedes Robertson

Secretary- Meghan Geatans

Treasurer- Megan Reinprecht

2L Representative- Colleen Maguire



Mission: We hope to bring those students interested in Education Law together to discuss the variety of issues surrounding this area of law and the opportunities in this up and coming field

Advisor: Professor Segal

2018-2019 Officers:

Co-Presidents:  Ava Giacobbo



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: TBD

Secretary: TBD

Treasurer: TBD

2L Reps: 



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

2017-2018 Officers:

Ryan Raymond 2L, President

Keely Crouch 2L, Vice President

Natalie Brennan 2L, Secretary

Nick Wight, 2L Treasurer

Mason Payonk, 1L, 1L Representative

Emeka Madubuogo, 1L, 1L Representative 



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 2017-2018:

Madeline Troutman-President

Steven Lee-Vice President

Katie Appel-Secretary

Sadie Robertson- Treasurer

Keely Crouch- events coordinator


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:

Keely Crouch - - president

Madeline Troutman - - vice president

Sadie Robertson - - treasurer




Mission: The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.  It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what is should be.  The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

Advisor:  Professor Tuan Samahon

2018-2019 Officers:

Emily Pittinger, President

Michael Neminski, VP of Operations

Leona Marie Sharpstene, VP of Events




Mission:  To create opportunities for students to gain exposure to career opportunities and network with attorneys currently working in health care. To engage students in pro bono legal research projects, and establish group networking connections.

Advisor: Professor Michael Campbell

2017-2018 Officers:

President:  Stasha Sosnowicz, 2019

Vice President:  Keri Cohen, 2019

Treasurer:  Adrianna Del Principe, 2019

Secretary:  Laurel Little, 2019


Mission: HALSA's mission is to represent the professional need and goals of law students of Hispanic descent throughout their law school career and ensure meaningful participation in the US legal profession.

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





Honor Board Website

Mission:  Honor Board aims to promote academic integrity throughout Villanova Law School. Honor Board handles disciplinary actions on campus, proctors exams, administers course evaluations, and facilitates elections.

Advisor:  Professor Christine G. Mooney

2018-2019 Officers

Chair: Thomas Nolan

Vice-Chair: Adesewa Egunsola

Secretary: Heather Smillie







The Villanova Immigration Law Society (VILS) strives to promote the discussion and student engagement of important immigration law and policy issues by initiating conversation from all sides of the world immigration debate. The society brings professionals from government, public interest, and private practices to the Law School, and organizes informative lunch discussions that include a panel for our members, and other interested students. Additionally, the society holds events that inform the Law School community about immigration issues, provides support for students who wish to engage in immigration-related pro bono work during the academic year, and helps students pursue professional immigration experience.

2017-2018 Officers: 

Natalie Galvez, Class of 2019, President

Shea Skinner, Class of 2018, Vice President

Emily Finnegan, Class of 2019, Secretary

Sarah Baranik de Alarcón, Class of 2019, Pro bono Coordinator


Advisor:  Professor Michele Pistone




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:

Co-President: Katie Albanese (

Co-President: Brooke Harley (

Vice President: John Vernon (

Secretary: Robert Leeson (

Treasurer: Robert Kuhnle (




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: TBD

Vice President: TBD

Secretary: TBD

Treasurer: TBD

Social Director: TBD
Communications Director: TBD

Recruitment/Retention Director: TBD


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: Saiman/Chanenson

2018-2018 Officers:  

Co-President:  Andrew Grossman & Jessica Oestreicher

Vice President:  Jared Hershman

Treasurer:  Greg Bailey

Outreach Coordinator:  Rachel Lisitsa

Event Coordinator:  Rachel Lisitsa


Mission: An educational organization of law students celebrating Italian ancestry, history, and culture.  Activities are directed towards the following goals:

1.  To foster a spirit of good fellowship and mutual cooperation among its members;

2.  To maintain the honor and dignity required of the legal profession;

3.  To maintain a high standard of ethical conduct among its members and with other members of the bar;

4.  To promote and encourage the more profound study of the law, the due adminstration of justice and reform in the law;

5.  To coordinate their efforts in the discharge of their civil and professional responsibilities to the community. 

Advisor:  Professor Matthew Carluzzo

2018-2019 Officers:

President - Chris Powell (

Vice President - Vincent Silvanio (

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








Employment Law Society (LELS) strives to promote educational, career, and networking opportunities for students interested in the field of labor and employment law. Our goal is to provide students with information on the different types of careers available in labor and employment law and connect them with practicing attorneys and professional organizations. We also want to raise awareness of the important issues affecting the field.

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

2017-2018 Officers:

President:  Nigel James

Vice President: Emily Heimbecker

2L Representative:  Ryan Geib



Inactive for 2017-18

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: Professor Michele Pistone


The mission of the Military and Veterans Law Society is to provide a forum for military-related issues to our legal community and to engage our broader community in service. In order to meet these goals, we will seek out relevant speakers, establish meaningful pro bono opportunities, and build rapport with other, like-minded campus organizations.

2018-2019 Officers:

Kahn Wiedis (2L) - President

Erich Schwabe (3L) - Vice President

Garrett Treer (3L) - Treasurer


Advisor:  Prof. Ann Juliano


Mission: The National Lawyers Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first one in the US to be racially integrated. Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights over property interests. Guild members effectively network and hone their legal skills in order to help create change at the local, regional, national, and international levels.  National Lawyers Guild is an organization focused specifically on progressive ideals that focus on the Resistance as a whole. We personally believe that you don't need a party affiliation to act and speak out against systematic oppression and injustice.

Advisor:  Professor Caitlin Barry

2018-2019 Officers:  

President: Caroline Lesce

Executive Board: Paige Pihl Buckley, Caitlin Foley, and Waqar Rehman





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:  

Co-President: Lindsay Burrill -

Co-President: Julie Tamerler –

Secretary: Lindsay Burrill –

Treasurer: Michael Andresakes –



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  

2017-2018 Officers:

President (Justice): Ryan Geib,

VP (Vice Justice):  John Morgan,

Clerk: David Secor

Treasurer: Nick Morello

New Member Chair: Kelly Barry

Philanthropy Chair: Amanda Tso,

Social Chair: Emma Healy

Marshall:  Ryan Ahrens


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 and Professor Dveera Segal

Officers 2017 - 2018:   

President: Lydia Ellsworth -

Vice President: Kaitlyn Macaulay -

Secretary: Stephanie Mersch -

Treasurer: Omeed Firouzi -

Fundraising Coordinator: Rebecca Cabrera -

Program Liaison: Jordan Morgan -

Wills For Heroes Chair: Chris Lambe -

Face to Face Chairs: Peyton Carper - & Madeline Troutman -

SDAS Chairs: Mary Connors - & Michele Grenier -

Innocence Project Chairs: Jessica Oestreicher - & Emily Pittenger -

Expungement Project Chair: Omeed Firouzi

Street Law Chairs: Ryan Raymond - & Alyssa Pooler -

Christian Legal Clinics (co-chair with Christian Legal Society): Shannon Beam -

Advisors:  Maryann Robinson and Dveera Segal





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:


Co-President: TBD

E-Board: TBD


Mission: To continue to strengthen the sports law program at Villanova that Jeffrey Moorad, Andrew Brandt, and many others have begun building. Our goal is to assist students with a passion in sports law network, attend social gatherings, and work on case competitions to help them gain practical experience and make connections that will be invaluable. 

Advisor: Andrew Brandt

2018-2019 Officers:


Case Competition Director :  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Secretary :  TBD


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:

President:  TBD



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 - Michael HalbherrPresident - Josh McDoom

Tresurer - Robert Kunhle

Secretary - John Vernon

Director of Outreach - Jason Kaner

Director of Public Relations - Michaela Cronin


Advisor: Professor Patrick M. Brennan


The mission: 

Villanova Law Democrats is dedicated to supporting Democratic and progressive candidates while holding our representatives of both parties accountable at the local, state, and national level. We seek to promote and organize around progressive causes as we move forward together toward the elections of 2018 and 2020.

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

2018-2019 Officers:  

President:  TBD

Vice President:  TBD

Comunications Director / Secretary:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD


Mission: The Villanova Law Republicans unites those in the Villanova Law community who believe in the platform of the Republican Party. We invite elected officials, candidates, and other speakers to discuss current political events and issues. The Villanova Law Republicans works to promote Republican principles through campus activities as well as off-campus campaign activities. Villanova Law Republicans is focused on fostering a welcoming environment for all students, and adding to the political dialogue on campus. 

Advisor: TBD

2018-2019 Officers:   

Graham Conlan, 2019, President


Mission:  The Personal Injury Law Society (PILS) will educate and connect students in the field of premises liability accidents, motor vehicle accidents and medical malpractice. The Society will host networking events, workshops and seminars in these fields to help student engage with local attorneys and inform students on the various practices of law, while building relationships with affiliated organizations.

Natalie Galvez, Class of 2019, President

Emma Healey, Class of 2019, Vice-President

Carolina Kaminski, Class of 2019, Treasurer

Advisor:  Candice Centeno

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



Amanda Berthold,

Erin O'Hare,

Tyler Murphy,

Michaela Cronin,

Rachel Lisitsa,

Lauren DeBona, 2L,

Calel Crevec, 2L,

Theresa Castellucci, 2L,

Savannah Durham, 2L,

William Kapp, 2L, treasurer,

Kevin McHale, 2L,

Domenic Cicchinelli, 2L,

Paul Fenaroli, 2L, president,

Allyson Weigand, 2L, Vice President,

Advisor:  Nancy Whalen 



Villanova Law Students Against Sexual Violence is a student-led organization whose purpose is to provide the Villanova University law community with educational and supportive services related to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. We strive to eliminate the culture of sexual violence on campus, and do so by advocating for policy changes, actively educating the legal community, and creating safe spaces on campus for all those who have been affected by sexual violence.

2018-2019 Officers:

President:  TBD

Vice President:  TBD

Treasurer:  TBD

Secretary:  TBD

Advisor:  TBD 







Mission:  WLC organizes and participates in programs and events to raise awareness about legal and non-legal issues that affect women and to create spaces for its members and the Law School community to openly discuss them. WLC has strong relationships with other students groups at the Law School and with Villanova alumni. WLC welcomes any member of the Law School community as a member of its organization. 

Advisor:  Professor Ann Juliano

2018 - 2019 Officers:

President: TBD

Vice President: TBD

Treasurer: TBD

Secretary: TBD

Social Outreach Coordinators: TBD

Men's Outreach Coordinators: TBD

2L Representative: TBD