Professor Packel is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Harvard Law School. He was a member of the Villanova Law faculty for thirty-three years, and presently teaches Trial Advocacy as an adjunct member of the faculty. He is the author of the treatise Pennsylvania Evidence (with Prof. Anne Bowen Poulin), and Trial Advocacy (with Prof. Dolores Spina). He is the Academic Advisor to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Rules of Evidence Committee.
- Chief of the Trial Division the Philadelphia Public Defender
- Chief of the Office of Criminal Law in the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General
- Joined the faculty in 1973