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National Law Journal Ranks Villanova No. 38 ‘Go-To’ Law School

The National Law Journal has ranked Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law as the No. 38 “go-to” law school in its 2016 rankings. This annual report identifies the top 50 law schools with the highest percentage of 2015 juris doctor (JD) graduates hired as first-year associates at the nation’s 100 largest law firms. Read more


CARES Receives Light of Liberty Award for Dedicated Service to Immigrants

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) recently honored Villanova Law’s Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES) with the Light of Liberty Pro Bono Law Firm award for its dedicated service to vulnerable immigrants in detention and in the community. Read more


Recent Villanova Law Alum Wins JPTOS 2016 Mid-Atlantic Writing Competition

From orientation to graduation, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law provides students with a solid foundation in legal writing, analysis and research. With six semesters of writing instruction, graduates like Jessica Watkins ’16 are prepared to meet the intense demands of the legal industry and often recognized for their hard work by the external legal community. Read more


Philadelphia Bar Association awards Steve Bertil ’16 Irvin Stander Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section named Steve Bertil ’16 recipient of the 2016 Irvin Stander award for excellence in administrative law. A testament to Bertil’s accomplishments, this distinctive honor is given to an outstanding graduating law student who has demonstrated legal acumen in administrative law or workers’ compensation. Read more


PIFP Announces Nine 2016 Summer Fellows

Every year the Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP), a student-run organization, provides summer fellowships to Villanova Law students who want to aid the larger community and deliver volunteer legal services to those in need. Thanks to PIFP’s fundraising efforts this year, nine students will work this summer for organizations including The Homeless Advocacy Project, Veterans Law Clinic at Widener University Delaware Law School, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and more. Read more


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VLS Alumni Spotlight

Matthew A. Homyk ’11

Matthew A. Homyk ’11

Blank Rome LLP

Matthew A. Homyk ’11 is an associate at Blank Rome LLP, where he concentrates his practice in intellectual property matters and related business issues confronting companies and individuals in many industries—including fashion, e-commerce, social networking, insurance, musical instruments and building materials. He was recently named one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2016 “40 Under 40,” which recognizes young professionals in the Greater Philadelphia region for outstanding success and contributions to their community. Homyk also teaches trademark law as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova Law and is a member of the Radnor Township Zoning Hearing Board

Julie S. Lu ’98

Julie S. Lu ’98

Attorney Advisor
Executive Office for United States Attorneys

Julie S. Lu ’98 is an Attorney Advisor on the Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Management Staff in the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, she advises EOUSA and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices nation-wide on EEO related issues, provides oversight to non-attorney staff, conducts training and supports efforts to increase workforce diversity. Prior to joining EOUSA, Ms. Lu was an Attorney in the Claims and Employment Law Branch, General Law Division, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  From 1999 to 2004, she was a litigator in the trial department at Duane Morris LLP.

Charles J. Dunlap Jr. ’75

Charles J. Dunlap Jr. ’75

Professor of the Practice of Law and Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security
Duke Law

Charles J. Dunlap Jr. ’75 is a Professor of the Practice of Law and the Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke Law. His teaching and scholarly writing focus on national security, international law, civil-military relations, cyberwar, airpower, counter-insurgency, military justice and ethical issues related to the practice of national security law. Prior to teaching, Dunlap spent more than 34 years in the Air Force as a military lawyer, during which his practice included everything from leading legal offices both in the U.S. and abroad, to serving as military judge, to participating in several operations in the Middle East and Africa.

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