April M. Barton

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Director, JD/MPA Program

April Barton is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Villanova University School of Law.  She also serves as Director of the JD/MPA Program.  

She recently started several leadership initiatives at the Law School, including a new course, Leadership and Management Skills for Lawyers, and a student leader program titled Lawyers as Leaders.  She has also taught in the area of administrative agency rulemaking for sixteen years. 

April formerly served as the Director of Academic Compliance and Distance Learning, Director of the JD/MBA Program, and the Assistant Dean for Academic Computing.  She is the author of "Best Practices for Building a High-Tech Law School: The Process of Designing Educational Spaces," a book published by the ABA's Section of Legal Education.  She has published articles with the Washington University Law Review, Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology and other journals.  She has testified before the Congressional Commission on Online Child Protection and the Venice Commission in Brussels. 

Formerly, April served as an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Division of Marketing Practices. In this capacity she worked on policy and law enforcement issues related to Internet fraud and deception.

Prior to joining the FTC, April served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law where she taught Computer Law, First Amendment and Regulation in Cyberspace, the Legislative and Administrative Process (Clinic), and Digital Law.  At Villanova, she also served as the Faculty Director of the Global Democracy Project (GDP), a program dedicated to advancing the development of civil societies and promoting the rule of law through Internet technology. GDP initiated projects in many regions of Central and Eastern Europe, Costa Rica, Rwanda, and most notably in Bosnia where the Project successfully implemented an operational Internet infrastructure through grants from the U.S. State Department and other institutions.

April received her Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in physics from Moravian College, where she was a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society, and her law degree from Villanova University School of Law, where she received the Herman Mitchell Schwartz Award (awarded annually to the person in the graduating class who, in the opinions of the faculty, has contributed the most to the achievement of equality of opportunity and treatment for women).

Practice Experience

  • Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection
April Barton

Office: Rm 378, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-7005
Fax: 610-519-6472



  • Villanova University School of Law, JD
  • Moravian College, BS