Donor Profile: Courtenay Dunn ’07, JD
Courtenay Dunn ’07, JD was initially drawn to Villanova by its reputation for academic excellence and dedication to public service, but she quickly realized there was an intangible element to the University that made it special.
“When I tell people that I enjoyed law school more than college, I normally receive a few quizzical looks,” said Courtenay. “The truth of the matter is that attending Villanova is so much more than attending class and earning a degree. It is truly a Villanova experience.”
Courtenay still recalls how a professor taught her about the power of sincerity in the courtroom. “That message – to be myself and to do it well – remains one of the best and most applicable lessons I learned at Villanova, and has served me well professionally and personally over the years.”
After she graduated from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, she practiced at a firm in Philadelphia for several years and served on the Board of Advisors for the Villanova Law Alumni Association (VLAA). Since relocating to the Washington D.C. area for an in-house counsel position in 2015, she remains involved as a regional chapter president on the VLAA board, and stays connected to the University through alumni events, basketball games and conversations with current students when she is on campus.
Courtenay said she is humbled and proud to be a small piece of such an important community and mission.
“There is something out of the ordinary about the spirit and community of the school that is inspiring, and I have found that everyone I meet who is associated with the University lives the values of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas,” Courtenay said. “Ultimately, I appreciate everything the school and its administration, professors, staff, other alumni and students have given and contributed to me and my career, and I hope that I can help pay it forward by supporting the school and its community.”