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About the Center

Central to Villanova’s cutting-edge approach to legal education is the John F. Scarpa Center for Entrepreneurship and Law, which serves as the hub for the School’s cross-disciplinary programming, groundbreaking coursework and real-world learning opportunities. Under the auspices of the Center, new learning modules— focused on the intersection of business and law—were added to the School’s core curriculum for JD candidates. These courses are designed to immerse all Villanova students in the practical application of their law studies and better prepare them for today’s business-centric legal practice.

Vital hands-on experience is also offered through the Center’s Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, which provides legal services to start-up ventures and budding entrepreneurs and serves as a resource for the Law School, the University, and the Delaware Valley region. Working with full-time faculty, clinic students become a primary counselor to emerging businesses—advising on a diverse array of challenges common to launching, operating and growing sustainable ventures. While contributing to the Greater Philadelphia entrepreneurial ecosystem, students are empowering local innovators to turn their dreams into realities.

The Center serves as a hub for academic and practical discussions regarding business and the law. It hosts dozens of speakers from practice and the business world each year, along with a number of professors from business schools and law schools who share their cutting-edge scholarship with our faculty and students. Finally, the Center serves as the Law School’s point of contact with the University’s ICE Institute and all of the entrepreneurship-related programming it provides for the Villanova community.

Contact Us

The John F. Scarpa 
Center for Entrepreneurship and Law 

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Room 250
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085

Tel.: 610-519-6471
Fax: 610-519-5672

John F. Scarpa

John F. Scarpa

Mr. Scarpa was an entrepreneur in the cable television and cellular telephone communications industries. He was co-founder, president and COO of American Cellular Network Corporation (NASDAQ), licensed to operate cellular telephone systems in the northeastern United States. As co-founder of Unitel Wireless Communication Systems, Mr. Scarpa also developed and operated cellular telephone systems throughout the United States and was one of the original members of the nationwide Cellular One Network. While in the cable television business, he was instrumental in establishing the New Jersey and the Northeast Cable TV Associations.

Through the John F. Scarpa Foundation, he supports education, healthcare, and disadvantaged families. He is the principal benefactor for the Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Center at Inspira Medical Center Vineland (New Jersey) and the Edith Favretto Scarpa Arts and Sciences Building at Saint Augustus Preparatory School in Richland, New Jersey.

Mr. Scarpa serves on the Board of Directors of the Town of Palm Beach United Way, The Civic Association of Palm Beach and is the President of the Palm Beach Police Foundation. He is a board member of NECO (National Ethnic Coalition Organization NYC).

He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the American University of Rome, IT and Villanova Law School, where he established the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies and the John F. Scarpa Center for Entrepreneurship and Law.

He has received the Community Foundation of South Jersey Legacy of Giving Award (2018), Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2010); the National Italian American Foundation Special Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit (2008); he was the recipient of the Alexis de Tocqueville National Award and is a $1 million donor. In December 2016, the John F. Scarpa Technical Institute of Cumberland County (New Jersey) was dedicated in his name.

On October of 2017, John was awarded the 2017 Cape May County Distinguished Citizen Award from the Garden State Council Boy Scouts of America. Recently, John and his wife, Jana, accepted the Distinguished Citizen Award at the 29th Annual Tocqueville Society Dinner hosted by the town of Palm Beach United Way. The award recognizes unparalleled leadership in philanthropy.

Mr. Scarpa and his wife, Jana, reside in Palm Beach, Florida and Avalon, New Jersey.

Andrew Lund

Andrew Lund

Director, The John F. Scarpa Center for Entrepreneurship and Law

Andrew Lund is the Director of the John F. Scarpa Center for Entrepreneurship and Law and Professor of Law.

As the Center Director, Lund provides comprehensive leadership and collaborates with faculty on related curriculum and programs.

Lund joins Villanova Law with more than 10 years of experience as a legal practitioner, full-time faculty member and law school administrator. Most recently, he was the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Pace Law School, where he also founded the school’s business law concentration. Lund's research interests focus on public companies’ corporate governance mechanisms and executive compensation. His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Florida Law Review and numerous other journals.

Villanova’s Where Law Meets Business philosophy comes to life with the Business Modules, two required and credit-bearing courses that broaden students' business knowledge and prepares them for today’s fast-paced marketplace. 

Held in January each year, the Modules introduce students to key concepts, including financial statements, valuation and the economics of law firms, that are fundamental to success in the legal profession but traditionally are not taught in law schools. The goal of the Modules is for students to gain proficiency in areas that will be critical to their practice as attorneys.

We worked with industry experts and leading law firms to design these innovative courses that directly align with the demands of professional practice. 

The Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship is part of the Villanova Law clinical program and provides pro bono legal services to Philadelphia-area small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations and community enterprises. Many of the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneur’s clients promote social and economic equity and are under resourced. Clinic student attorneys can expect to advise clients on a wide range of transactional legal challenges common to launching, operating and growing sustainable businesses

Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship Director: Komal Vaidya, Assistant Professor of Law

John and Jana Scarpa

September 8, 2015:

Scarpa Center Dedication Event Featuring Joe Plumeri

Villanova University School of Law hosted a special dedication event for the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship on September 8 . The event’s featured speaker was Joe Plumeri, Vice Chairman of the First Data Board of Directors and former Chairman/CEO of Willis Group Holdings. Plumeri—a renowned business leader and philanthropist—is known for his ability to transform the way companies think and operate. His inspirational speeches have moved thousands and his 2011 Commencement Address at the College of William and Mary was named among “The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever” by NPR. Based on his book, The Power of Being Yourself, Plumeri’s lecture offered guidance on how to stay positive, motivate yourself and others and achieve success in life work. 


Zane Memeger
Zane Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania speaks at the 2015 Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business Conference
June 11, 2015:

Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business Conference

The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship presented the second annual conference on Current Topics in Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business on Thursday, June 11. The featured speaker, Zane Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, discussed “Healthcare Fraud Enforcement & Business Compliance.”


November 20, 2014:

Venture Capital: Key Negotiating Points

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Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted a lecture on venture capital—the second event of its Financing Growth Business Lecture Series—on Thursday, Nov. 20. Three panelists from local venture capital firm, Safeguard Scientifics, discussed the negotiation dynamics between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs that drive the terms and structure of VC financings of growing businesses. As one of the pioneering venture firms, Safeguard made early investments in companies like Comcast, QVC and Novell, and has completed more than 100 M&A transactions and more than 20 initial public offerings (IPOs). 


October 23, 2014:

Crowdfunding Lecture

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Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted a lecture on Crowdfunding on October 23. Crowdfunding— Internet-based financing that involves ordinary investors— is changing the way entrepreneurs raise capital for their growing businesses. In this interactive session, legal expert Yoel Kranz discussed the various ways to raise money that are permissible under current rules, and what may be coming soon.


June 12, 2014:

Conference on Current Topics in Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business Development

Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with Thomson Reuters, presented a special one-day forum on Current Topics in Life Sciences Law, Regulation and Business Development on June 12 at the Law School. Helmed by a faculty of professional thought leaders, this conference created a formal venue for legal, compliance and business development professionals to discuss important topics affecting the Life Sciences sector in 2014 and beyond. Intended to showcase the vibrant Life Sciences sector of the greater Philadelphia/New Jersey region, this industry-focused summit offered networking opportunities for business and legal professionals to engage, communicate and connect. 


March 25, 2014:

Becoming the Entrepreneur of Your Own Career

Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted a lecture entitled “Becoming the Entrepreneur of Your Own Career.” The event will be held on Thursday, March 25 in Law School Room 102.  In this interactive session, longtime entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr. Richard Caruso, discussed his 35 years of experience in the entrepreneurial field. 


February 13, 2014:

Venture Capital – The Catholic Healthcare Way

Villanova University School of Law’s Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted a lecture entitled “How the Nation’s Largest Catholic Healthcare System Invests in Innovation” on Thursday, February 13. Seasoned venture capitalist, Matt Hermann, discussed his experiences in a field where medical innovation intersects with the venture capital market and the Catholic healing mission. 


January 21, 2014:

Villanova University School of Law Announces Major Curricular Innovations 

Villanova University School of Law announced significant changes for the law school in 2014 that transformed the curriculum to provide students with both the academic and practical skills needed to succeed in today’s highly competitive market.


June 12, 2013:

Professor Michael Risch Quoted in Wall Street Journal Blog

Villanova University School of Law Professor Michael Risch was quoted in a Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog post about President Barack Obama’s plan to take executive action against so-called “patent trolls.” An intellectual property expert, Professor Risch has written extensively on the topic with his article, “Patent Troll Myths,” cited often.