LAW STUDENT AMBASSADORS SPOTLIGHT

Our student ambassadors are eager to share their Villanova Law experience!

From Admitted Students Day to Orientation, they are involved in welcoming new and prospective students to the Villanova Law community.  See what they have to say about their experiences below. 

Want to connect with an ambassador? Be sure to fill out the Chat with a Student Ambassador form and we'll get you in touch with them.

 

Austin Meo '22

Austin Meo '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
The George Washington University, Political Science and Criminal Justice

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Gran Caffe L'Aquila

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Golfing with my law school pals!

What student organizations are you involved in?
Dean's Ambassador, Student Bar Association (Vice President), Sports Law Society (President), Justinian Society, Black Law Students Association

What was your favorite law school class?
Negotiation & Mediation with Professor Mooney

What are your career aspirations?
I want to work as an agent with NFL/PGA Tour athletes or for a professional sports franchise.

Delann Fraschetti Finch '22

Delann Fraschetti Finch '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (Puerto Rico), International Studies

What role did you hold prior to attending Villanova for law school?
I did Americorps VISTA before coming to law school. I was able to work for the Tourism Company of Puerto Rico in the Guanica Dry Forest.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Terakawa Ramen in Chinatown

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Taking a walk in Valley Forge National Park or finding something to eat in the city 

What student organizations are you involved in?
Latin American Law Students Association, Health Law Society and Family Law Society

What was your favorite law school class?
Evidence with Professor Caudill 

What are your career aspirations?
I would like to work in health law, family law or international law.

Elisabeth Freer '22

Elisabeth Freer '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
Loyola University Maryland, Political Science and Writing

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Xolo Tacos in Bryn Mawr (very close to campus!!)

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
I love to go to the different museums Philadelphia has to offer. Everything from modern art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to history at the Revolutionary War Museum to law at the Constitution Center.

What student organizations are you involved in?
Villanova Law Review, Public Interest Fellowship Program, Women's Law Caucus, VLSSV, Reimels

What was your favorite law school class?
Civil Procedure and anything taught by Professor Lanctot

What are your career aspirations?
I hope to go into litigation, specifically civil rights and constitutional litigation. 

Stephanie Oppenheim '22

Stephanie Oppenheim '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
Drexel University, Sociology (Medical)

What role did you hold prior to attending Villanova for law school?
I worked at Duane Morris in Philadelphia as their Pro Bono Fellow

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Pumpkin in Philadelphia

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art

What student organizations are you involved in?
Online Managing Editor, Villanova Environmental Law Journal; Vice President, Women's Law Caucus; Membership Chair, Health Law Society; Middle Eastern Law Students Association

What was your favorite law school class?
Health Care Business and Compliance

What are your career aspirations?
I want to work in health law, specifically Bioethics/Pharma, Healthcare Transactions and/or Healthcare Compliance.

Luciana Brienza '22

Luciana Brienza '22

Where did you go to college, and what did you major in?
The George Washington University, Political Science

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Try all the different restaurants!

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Parc in Rittenhouse Square

What student organizations are you involved in?
Trial Team and Justinian Society

What are your career aspirations?
I want to be a civil litigation attorney.

Nick Dowdle '22

Nick Dowdle '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
Villanova University, Economics

What role did you hold prior to attending Villanova for law school?
I worked in finance for Johnson & Johnson and graduated from their Financial Leadership Development Program.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
The Victor Cafe in Philly. The waiters and waitresses sing opera!

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Take trips to the Jersey Shore with friends, pretend I am Nicholas Cage at Independence Hall, rock climbing in Wissahickon Park, mountain biking in Valley Forge.

What student organizations are you involved in?
Villanova Law Review, Honor Board, St. Thomas More Society, Christian Legal Society

What was your favorite law school class?
Justice & Rights

What are your career aspirations?
I am interested in business law and white-collar crime prosecution.

Ben Yenerall  '22

Ben Yenerall '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
The Pennsylvania State University, Biology

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Founding Farmers in King of Prussia

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Go to a baseball or hockey game.

What student organizations are you involved in?
Villanova Law Review, Intellectual Property Society

What was your favorite law school class?
Property

What are your career aspirations?
I hope to work in the field of intellectual property, possibly patent

Brooke Bruno '22

Brooke Bruno '22

Where did you go to college, and what did you major in?
Villanova School of Business, Finance & Accounting

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Go to Eagles games!

What student organizations/journals/clinics are you involved in?
Villanova Law Review, Corporate Law Society, and Sports Law Society.

What are your career aspirations?
I hope to work in corporate law, specifically M&A and corporate restructurings.

Jackie Gillen '22

Jackie Gillen '22

Where did you go to college/grad school and what did you major in?
University of Vermont, Bachelor's in Political Science and Master's in Public Administration

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
El Vez in Center City

What was your favorite law school class?
Leadership and Management Skills for Lawyers

What student organizations are you involved in?
Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal, Women's Law Caucus, First-Generation Lawyers Group (President), Pro Bono Society

What are your career aspirations?
After graduation, I will be working as an Associate at Goldman Sachs Trust Company of Delaware.

Sydney Legagneur '22

Sydney Legagneur '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
Providence College, Social Work and Humanities

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Enoteca Tredici

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Explore the city! Try new restaurants and visit both popular locations and try to discover some on my own!

What student organizations are you involved in?
Family Law Society (President), Black Law Students Association, Street Law, Women's Law Caucus

What was your favorite law school class?
Decedent's Estates and Trusts

What are your career aspirations?
I would like to become a family law attorney.

Olivia Arasim '22

Olivia Arasim '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
Boston College, Economics and English

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
It's technically not a restaurant, but I love Termini Brothers for their desserts.

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
I love visiting the Art Museum!

What student organizations are you involved in?
Villanova Law Review, Corporate Law Society, Women's Law Caucus, Pro Bono Society

What was your favorite law school class?
It is a tie between Civil Procedure and Introduction to Federal Income Tax.

What are your career aspirations?
I hope to practice corporate law after graduation.

Andrew Bandini '22

Andrew Bandini '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Law & Society

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
El Limon

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
I love going out to eat in Manayunk.

What student organization are you involved in?
Moot Court

What was your favorite law school class?
Land-Use Planning (a class about zoning)

What are your career aspirations?
I hope to practice land-use/real estate law, matrimonial law or criminal law (prosecution).

Gabi Lipschitz '22

Gabi Lipschitz '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
University of Rochester, Anthropology and African/African American History

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Sampan (and I LOVE Reading Terminal Market)

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Go dancing at Voyeur!

What student organizations are you involved in?
Jewish Law Students Association (Co-President), Public Interest Fellowship Program, Pro Bono Society

What was your favorite law school class?
Clinic for Asylum, Refugee & Emigrant Services (CARES)

What are your career aspirations?
I would like to work in immigration law or public defense.

Tasha Stoltzfus Nankerville '22

Tasha Stoltzfus Nankerville '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?Millersville University, Government and Public Affairs

What role(s) did you hold prior to attending Villanova for law school?
I worked as Finance/HR/Sustainability director at hospitality company and as Executive Director of a small non-profit working alongside women experiencing homelessness.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
I can't think of one; but Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen in Lancaster, PA is phenomenal!

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Go to Longwood Gardens!

What student organizations are you involved in?
Moot Court Board, Pro Bono Society, Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP), Dean's Ambassador and I am in the joint JD/MPA program

What was your favorite law school class?
Surprisingly, Intro to Fed Tax! Professor Book is a phenomenal teacher.

What are your career aspirations?
I would love to work for the Department of Justice in either the criminal division or sex trafficking units.

Jerry Shaen '22

Jerry Shaen '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
The College of William & Mary, Marketing

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Pietro's

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Try new restaurants, go to the art museum or hike the many trails in the area.

What student organizations are you involved in?
Public Interest Fellowship Program, Villanova Law Students Against Sexual Violence, Women's Law Caucus, Dean's Ambassador, OUTLaw and Villanova Law Review 

What was your favorite law school class?
Employment Discrimination

What are your career aspirations?
I will be practicing Labor & Employment Law after graduation!

Kristi Arty '22

Kristi Arty '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
University of Arizona, Law and Political Science

What role did you hold prior to attending Villanova for law school?
I worked for a bankruptcy, collections and litigation firm before coming to law school.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Del Frisco's (if I'm feeling fancy) but BarTaco every other day

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
I like to try out new places to eat. My friends and I are huge restaurant week fans!

What student organizations are you involved in?
International Law Society

What was your favorite law school class?
Constitutional Law 

What are your career aspirations?
I would love to do something involving international human rights.

Sami Pulley '22

Sami Pulley '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
Boston University, Political Science

What roles did you hold prior to attending Villanova for law school?
I was the head coach of the Women's Ice hockey team at the University of Pennsylvania, an Athletics Program Assistant with Maccabi USA and an adviser with the Philadelphia Revolution ice hockey team.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Nom Wah (Traditional Dim Sum)

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Play, coach, and watch ice hockey

What student organizations are you involved in?
Sports Law Society, Jewish Law Students Association, Entertainment and Media Law Society, Villanova Parent and Non-Traditional Student Group, Federalist Society, Sports Law Negotiations Team and Dean's Ambassador

What was your favorite law school class?
Labor Law

What are your career aspirations?
To become the General Manager of a NHL club

Sami Pulley '22

Dani Bland '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
Emory University, Political Science 

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Monk's Tavern

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Go to Villanova basketball games at the Wells Fargo Center!

What student organizations are you involved in?
Sports Law Society Blog (Editor-in-Chief), Sports Law Negotiation and Arbitrations Team and Dean's Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee

What was your favorite law school class?
Justice & Rights

What are your career aspirations?
I hope to work in the sports industry, specifically in arbitrations.

Amanda Harding '22

Amanda Harding '22

Where did you go to college, and what did you major in?
University of Delaware, Criminal Justice

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
I love going to the Philadelphia Flower Show in the spring! I also like exploring different running trails near Villanova.

What student organizations/journals are you involved in?
Villanova Law Review, Intellectual Property Society, Fashion Law Society and Criminal Law Society.

What was your favorite law school class?
Torts

What are your career aspirations?
I'm interested in Intellectual Property and hope to work as a trademark attorney. I would also like to become a judge someday. 

Nicolas Burnosky '22

Nicolas Burnosky '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
Temple University, Political Science

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Fogo de Chão

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
My favorite thing is going to Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies play.

What student organizations are you involved in?
Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal, Federalist Society and First-Generation Lawyers Group

What was your favorite law school class?
Constitutional Law II

What are your career aspirations?
Federal Government Practice (U.S. Attorney’s Office)

Amy Sparrow Phelps '22

Amy Sparrow Phelps '22

Where did you go to college and what did you major in?
Harvard College, Social Studies & East Asian Studies

What role did you hold prior to attending Villanova for law school?
I worked at Gartner as a consultant for four years before law school.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Parc and Tiffin

What is your favorite thing to do in the Greater Philadelphia area?
Visiting the Philadelphia Art Museum

What student organizations are you involved in?
Villanova Parent & Non-Traditional Student Group, Corporate Law Society, Chistian Legal Society, Women's Law Caucus, Villanova Law Review

What was your favorite law school class?
Legal Writing

What are your career aspirations?
I would like to work in corporate law.