NEWS & EVENTS
The inaugural Villanova Law Esports Negotiation Competition will be held virtually November 5-6, 2021. The Competition will focus on the Overwatch League (OWL), an international esports league comprised of 20 city-based teams and featuring the best Overwatch® players in the world. In this competition, teams from across the country will face off as they negotiate to sign a player. Participants will develop oral advocacy, negotiation and presentation skills, while also building an understanding of esports and professional sports contracts. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of world-renowned esports lawyers, agents, and executives.
Since 2018, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Seattle University School of Law have partnered for the “Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership Workshop.” The workshop is designed to encourage and assist members of underrepresented groups to pursue deanships and other leadership positions.
Join the Villanova Law community for the annual Red Mass with University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS as celebrant. This year’s celebration will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy welcomes Stuart Banner. In this lecture, he will discuss his recent book, "The Decline of Natural Law: How American Lawyers Once Used Natural Law and Why They Stopped." The first book to explain how natural law once worked in the American legal system offers a look into how and why this major shift in legal thought happened, and focuses, in particular, on the shift from the idea that law is something we find to something we make.
Villanova Law brings practitioners and scholars to campus each year through the ongoing Visiting Assistant Professor program, providing them guidance and mentorship as they prepare for careers in academia. This year, Villanova Law welcomes four visiting faculty members—Lev Breydo, Zviko Chadambuka, Luke Repici and Abel Rodríguez—for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Law School is also welcoming a new Clinical Fellow—Catherine Kapples—to teach and advise students in the Clinical Program. These individuals bring impressive credentials in both scholarship and practice to the Villanova Law classroom.
The 222 incoming students from Class of 2024 began their Villanova experience on August 18, 2021 with three days of orientation activities, culminating in a community picnic with faculty, staff and current students. In a welcome address from Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean, students were urged to be leaders in the law and the world.
MarySheila McDonald appointed John F. Scarpa Professor of Entrepreneurship at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, has appointed MarySheila McDonald as the new John F. Scarpa Professor of Entrepreneurship. A leader, scholar and innovator, she comes to Villanova from the La Salle University School of Business where she served as dean since 2017.
It takes some people years to figure out their career path. However, for Joseph Frio ’19 CLAS, ’22 CWSL, the path has been clear since an early age. He wants to become a sports agent, representing professional athletes. Everything he does is laying the groundwork to reach his goal, which is how he found himself at Villanova Law.
Minneapolis, Minnesota Mayor Jacob Frey ’09 always knew he wanted to be involved with community and social justice issues. It was a calling that originally brought him to study at Villanova Law and eventually led him to run for Mayor of the City of Minneapolis.
Delann Fraschetti Finch ’22 was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Growing up, she saw the issues affecting the territory, including political, economic and natural. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which hit the territory in 2017, Fraschetti Finch volunteered with the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico Law School Clinic to help citizens facing evictions. It was there that she found her passion as an advocate for those without a voice.