Villanova Law's Minority Alumni Society was established in 1999 and is dedicated to supporting and promoting diversity at the Law School and within the legal profession.

The goals of the Society are:

  • To assist the Law School in recruitment of minority and underrepresented students;
  • To provide mentoring opportunities for minority and underrepresented  students and alumni;
  • To foster personal and professional relationships with and among minority and underrepresented alumni and the Law School; and
  • To facilitate the exchange of information and ideas relative to the interest of minority and underrepresented  law students and lawyers.


As one of the primary goals of the Minority Alumni Society, mentoring provides students with a way to connect with alumni and for alumni to connect with and help the next generation of Villanova lawyers. 



Established in 2003 to help defray the cost of law books and other educational expenses, the Minority Alumni Society Book Scholarship Fund is awarded annually to Villanova Law students on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. The scholarship was established especially to assist minority students who have achieved academically in the face of significant cultural, social or economic obstacles.

Current students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information. 


Leadership Board

The Minority Alumni Society is led by a leadership board and a group of advisers who are leaders in the legal industry and are committed to supporting diversity in the legal profession.


Samantha Fitzpatrick '19, Attorney, Flaster Greenberg PC

Vice President

Ryan Raymond '19, Raymond IP Firm LLC


Immediate Past President

Ashanti Crawford '10, Manager of Legal Talent Acquisition, Troutman Pepper


April Byrd '95, Member, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot LLC

Sharice Cummings Wallace '05, Associate, Locks Law Firm

Samantha Fitzpatrick '19, Associate, Marks, O'Neill, O'Brien, Doherty & Kelly, PC

Janine Kiah '07, Project Director, SeniorLAW Center

Simeon Poles '17, Associate Duane Morris LLP

Ryan Raymond '19

Aleena Sorathia '14, Attorney at Law, Ahmad & Zaffarese, LLC

Nathan Stanger '18, Counsel, Fixed Income & Alternatives, MetLife Investment Management

Danielle Wright '13, Staff Attorney, Board of Ethics, City of Philadelphia

DaQuana L. Carter '03 

Israel J. Floyd '73

Michelle M. Forsell '03

Frank E. Gilbert '57 VSB, '60 CWSL

Pearl H. Kim '07

Bryant D. Lim '96

Tomika N. S. Patterson '03

Paul M. Quinones '01

Bryan Y.M. Tham '10

Kali T. Wellington-James '09



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