Komal Vaidya joined the Villanova faculty in July of 2019 as the Director of the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship. Clinic students handle transactional and business law matters that support community driven development. Client matters may include incorporation, entity choice, structuring, applying for tax exempt status, transactional drafting, land use, and policy work.
Professor Vaidya is a community lawyer who has partnered with grassroots organizations on economic development issues. Prior to joining Villanova, she served as a Clinical Fellow and Acting Director in the University of Baltimore School of Law (UB) Community Development Clinic. There, she represented democratically governed organizations, nonprofits, and social enterprises on a broad array of transactional and business law issues. In addition to supervising cases, she involved students in coalition work to advocate for water equity in Baltimore.
Professor Vaidya also provided transactional support to community organizers and manufactured housing residents in the Denver Metro area. Specifically, she provided expertise that enabled communities to form homeowners’ associations and use zoning law to halt displacement and promote community ownership of land. Further, while a staff attorney at the Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing in Chicago, she collaborated with grassroots organizations on displacement related efforts.
In addition to her teaching experience at UB, she taught Lawyering Process at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and was an Equal Justice Works Foreclosure Fellow in the University of Illinois College of Law Community Preservation Clinic. Her research interests focus on collective ownership, local political economies, and progressive property rights. She received her J.D. from the University of Miami and B.S. from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. She is admitted to practice in Maryland, Colorado, and Illinois.
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University of Illinois, B.S.
University of Miami, JD