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Alum Jesse Imbriano

Committed to a Cause

Hands-on experience is vital preparation for practice. While a student at Villanova Law, Jesse Imbriano ’12, had early field experience in an in-house clinic that proved key in helping him find his passion and jumpstart his career in immigration law.  

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Peter Steinfels

The Church and the Scandal: New Challenges, New Questions, 4/25

Author of a recent essay in Commonweal, "The PA Grand-Jury Report: Not What It Seems" Peter Steinfels is University Professor Emeritus at Fordham University and was previously co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture. The event takes place on Thursday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101).

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Trial Team

Trial Team Finishes Eighth at National Trial Competition Championship

Members of Villanova Law's National Trial Team—Brittany Frederick ’20 and Jerry Rassias ‘19—recently finished as quarterfinalists in the National Trial Team Competition Championship in San Antonio, Texas, ranking the team among the top eight out of more than 250 law school trial teams in the nation.

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Girard-diCarlo Center

The Honorable Ernest F. Hart ’83 Named NYPD’s Chief Legal Officer

The Honorable Ernest Hart ’83, a New York State Supreme Court judge, has been named the new Chief Legal Officer of the New York City Police Department.

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Girard-diCarlo Center

Lawyers and the Holocaust: An Ethical Exploration, 4/29

How could the Holocaust happen? Were there no laws to prevent it? This program will examine the history and ethics of the legal profession in Germany both prior to the ascension of the Nazi Party in 1933 and during the Nazi period. This program will be held on Monday, April 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Cozen O'Connor's Philadelphia office (One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street, Suite 2800, Philadelphia, PA).

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Professor Leslie Book

Leslie Book Named Professor-In-Residence at IRS

Leslie Book, Professor of Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, is serving as the Professor-in-Residence at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS). As Professor-in-Residence, Book will provide advice, guidance and analysis on various tax administration issues, and lead a team that will draft a report to Congress that will focus on improving administration of refundable credits.

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Matthew Carluzzo

Matthew Carluzzo Named Assistant Dean of Students and Academic Success

Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, recently announced the appointment of Matthew Carluzzo to the newly established position of Assistant Dean of Students and Academic Success for the Charles Widger School of Law.

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Madison Slupe, Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship

Madison Slupe ’21 Awarded 2019 Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship

The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Madison Slupe ’21, which she will spend working at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 19 in Philadelphia, PA.  

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Sarah Baranik

Advocating Beyond Borders

While some students may take a sunny vacation to Mexico during the winter months to relax and rejuvenate, Villanova Law student Sarah Baranik de Alarcón ’19 traveled to the southern border to gain hands-on legal experience. 

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Game Day Case Competition

Sixth Annual Game Day Case Competition

The Sixth Annual Game Day Case Competition, hosted by Villanova Law and UCLA Anderson School of Management, is the only sports case competition of its kind. JD and MBA students from around the country come together to compete, taking a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing, presenting and negotiating solutions to real-world legal and business problems.

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The 2019 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium, 4/12

As society changes, so do our pastimes. This year's Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Symposium will examine The Future of Sports and how the industry is evolving to respond to societal and fan demands with insights from athletes, industry experts and attorneys. This symposium takes place on Friday, April 12, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons.

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CSE Institute: Engaging Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation to End Gender-Based Violence, 4/11-4/12

The CSE Institute presents its 3rd annual survivor-led symposium, featuring cross-disciplinary workshops and discussions led by survivors on a variety of relevant topics and current issues in legislation, law enforcement, and education. This symposium takes place Thursday, April 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Friday, April 12, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Inn at Villanova.

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The 2019 Joseph T. McCullen Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law, 4/02

Professor Mary Hirschfeld’s work focuses on the boundary between economics and theology, specifically through an economic approach based on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas. This method can be applied to various topics, such as consumption economics, economic justice, the common good, the nature of practical reason and economic methodology. This event will take place Tuesday, April 2 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Martin G. McGuinn Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201).

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Ethics in Action: Giving Voice to Values in the Law, 3/29

Understanding the Rules of Professional Conduct is a necessary but not sufficient condition to being a successful and ethical lawyer. University of Virginia Professor Mary C. Gentile has developed the “Giving Voice to Values” (GVV) approach, which can help lawyers act effectively and with professionalism. This symposium takes place Friday, March 29 from 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Del Raso Family

Del Raso Family Matches the Class of 2019’s 3L Legacy Gifts

Every year, third-year law students are encouraged to make a donation to Villanova Law before they graduate. This year, the Class of 2019 has the opportunity to make an even greater impact through the 3L Legacy Gift thanks to the generosity of the Del Raso Family.

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April Barton

April Barton ’96 CWSL Named as Next Dean of the Duquesne University School of Law

Duquesne University has named April Barton ’96 CWSL, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, as Dean of the Duquesne University School of Law following a national search.

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Tulane winners

Villanova Students Win Fifth Annual Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition

A team of students from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law recently competed in and won the Fifth Annual Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition, sponsored by the Tulane Sports Law Society.

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Joy Mullane

Professor Joy Mullane Appointed Faculty Director of the Villanova University Graduate Tax Program

Villanova University announced the appointment of Joy Mullane, Professor of Law, as Faculty Director of its Graduate Tax Program. Mullane has been a member of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law faculty since 2006.

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Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic

Advocating for Justice Beyond the Courtroom

An attorney’s work for their clients often goes beyond the courtroom, as David Secor ’19 learned during his time with Villanova Law’s Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC). Through his work with FLAC, Secor gained hands-on legal training while representing real clients on critical legal issues.

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The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett

The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett on Constitutional Originalism and Continuity, 2/25

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy hosts the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett for a lecture on “Constitutional Originalism and Continuity.” Judge Barrett is a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The lecture takes place on Monday, Feb. 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the Commons.

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22nd Annual Public Interest Fellowship Program Auction, 2/23

The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will host its 2019 PIFP Auction on Saturday, February 23 at 6 p.m. Comprised of both silent and live auctions, the event features items donated by individuals and businesses throughout Greater Philadelphia and across the country. All proceeds from the event go toward providing $4,500 fellowships to current students who commit their summers to performing public service legal work.

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Supreme Court Assoc. Justice Samuel Alito Jr.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Keynotes Conference on “The Value of Tradition in the Global Context” Co-Sponsored by Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law co-sponsored a gathering of international jurists and scholars at the Rome campus of Università LUMSA in December 2018 for “The Value of Tradition in the Global Context.” The event featured a keynote address by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr.

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The 2019 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium, 2/15

In its annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium, the Villanova Law Review examines the implications of Villanova Law Professor Chaim Saiman’s book, Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, on law and legal theory. The symposium will bring together distinguished scholars of legal theory, law and literature, religious law and theology and religious studies.

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Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1/29

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will mark its annual commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a keynote lecture in January 2019 as part of a University-wide celebration. Brenda Wright, Senior Advisor at Demos, will present the lecture.

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Villanova Law Alumni Honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association

The Philadelphia Bar Association (PBA) recently honored three Villanova Law alumni with awards for judicial service, dedication toward serving the public interest and legal writing.

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2019 Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium, 2/8

At the 2019 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium, representatives from private practice, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations will discuss strategies they use to manage regulatory uncertainty and transition for their clients.

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Anna Boyd

Creating Opportunities for Practical Experience

At Villanova Law, students are taking the initiative and working collaboratively with faculty to create new opportunities to serve the community.  A good example is Anna Boyd ’19, who has created a program for law students to work with prison inmates. 

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Fashion Law

The Fifth Annual Fashion Law Symposium, 2/1

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Fifth Annual Fashion Law Symposium, which will bring together lawyers and non-lawyers, focusing on the key players in the fashion industry. This year’s event will include discussions on how founders and leaders of fashion companies interact with both inside and outside counsel to run some of the most successful businesses in the world.

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Villanova Law Clinical Program was awarded the Saint Thomas More Award.

Villanova Law Clinical Program Honored with Saint Thomas More Society of Philadelphia Award

The Saint Thomas More Society of Philadelphia has presented their annual Saint Thomas More Award to the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Clinical Program. The Award is presented by the Society annually to a member of the legal profession whose accomplishments represent the principles and ideals of Saint Thomas More.

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Vanessa Huber & Scott Zlotnick win the Reimel Moot Court Competition.

Vanessa Huber ’20 and Scott Zlotnick ’19 Win 59th Annual Theodore L. Reimel ’24 CLAS Moot Court Competition

As an unexpected pre-winter snowstorm blew in on November 15, Villanova Law students on the Moot Court Board were faced with a decision—whether to go ahead with the Finals of the 59th Annual Theodore L. Reimel ’24 CLAS Moot Court Competition or attempt to reschedule for a later date. Named in honor of the late Theodore L. Reimel, Judge for the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas from 1953 to 1973, the competition is designed to foster student development in written and oral advocacy through simulated appellate argument. 

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Meaghan Lane

Meaghan Lane ’18 Takes Legal Writing Skills to the Next Level

At Villanova Law, students find creative ways to combine their passions with their legal education. Meaghan Lane ’18 coupled her interest in sports management with a spring 2018 externship to propel her into the world of athletics and sports compliance.

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Shea Rhodes meets girls from the Center for Achievement.

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation Works Internationally to Combat Human Trafficking

In October, CSE Institute Director Shea Rhodes ’97 travelled to Ghana to participate in the Global Women’s Business Exchange Conference. Organized by the U.S.-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, Rhodes joined business and professional women from all over the world to exchange and leverage their experiences in the fields of healthcare, finance, law, business and education.

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Professor Ellen Wertheimer

Professor Ellen Wertheimer Elected Member of The American Law Institute 

Villanova Law Professor Ellen Wertheimer, an expert on products liability and tort law, has been nominated and elected as a new member of the American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law.

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A Legal Mind Takes on the Challenge of Medical Information Sharing

Our faculty pursue interdisciplinary academic projects that integrate law with other fields, like Brett Frischmann, The Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, who is co-authoring a series of books on knowledge commons and recently published, Governing Medical Knowledge Commons.

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Student competes at Moot Court Competition.

59th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

The Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition is an annual intra-school tournament and a hallowed tradition at Villanova Law. Named in honor of the late Theodore L. Reimel, Judge for the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas from 1953 to 1973, the competition is designed to foster student development in written and oral advocacy through simulated appellate argument.

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Putting Policy into Practice 

There’s a saying that practice makes perfect. At Villanova Law, students have the opportunity to perfect their legal skills through innovative coursework and hands-on experience. Now, a new insurance law course, Advanced Insurance Law: Coverage Disputes, provides students with a simulation experience that closely mirrors the work they will encounter as associate attorneys at law firms.

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Preparation for Professional Success

Preparation for Professional Success

At Villanova Law, we believe that academics and professional development are intertwined and equally essential to the long-term success of our students. Today our curriculum infuses professional skills along with vital business principles and practical experience into each student’s rigorous legal training.

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“The Trap: The Deadly Sex trafficking Cycle in American Prisons,” Nov. 27

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation and The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance will host a screening and panel of the film "The Trap" on Tuesday, November 27 from 5:30-8:30 pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ‘71 Classroom (Room 101) at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. This event is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 substantive CLE Credits.

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Law & Entrepreneurship Roundtable: The New Civic Entrepreneurship

The John F. Scarpa Center for Law & Entrepreneurship, in conjunction with Villanova’s Department of Public Administration, brings together a collection of leaders in the field of law and entrepreneurship. The event will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25 at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101).

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Corporate Compliance & Ethics: Wells Fargo & Beyond, Oct. 17

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance brings together three experienced executives and lawyers to examine the current legal and ethical landscape and explore productive ways to move forward within the corporate world. The event, “Corporate Compliance & Ethics: Wells Fargo and Beyond,” will be held at noon on Wednesday, October 17 at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Room 101.

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Nicole Stelle Garnett to present 41st Annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture, Oct. 30

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will hold its annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, October 30 at 3 p.m. in the Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201) at the Law School.  Nicole Stelle Garnett, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, will present “The Case for Educational Pluralism.”

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Villanova Law alum leads despite devastation

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August 2017, many residents of the Lone Star State found themselves facing devastating losses and in need of legal support. Carla Krystyniak ’15, a recent Texas transplant, found herself in the heart of the disaster. Driven by a desire to help, Krystyniak put her legal training to use and applied for and became a Disaster Recovery Legal Corps Fellow with Equal Justice Works.

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Governing Privacy in Knowledge Commons Conference

On October 12-13, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will bring together leading interdisciplinary scholars to present and discuss “Governing Privacy in Knowledge Commons.” Attendees will consider and evaluate applications of the framework to issues of privacy within various information, knowledge and cultural contexts. 

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2018 Jeffrey S. Moorad Center Fall 2018 Speaker Lineup

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law continues its annual speaker series with four events in fall 2018. The series is free and open to the Villanova community and the public. No registration required. The events will occur on September 27, October 3, October 17 and November 7.

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Villanova Law students place second in internship Mock Trial Competition

Villanova Law students place second in internship Mock Trial Competition

Villanova Law students Marissa Booth ’19 and Samuel Cooper ’19 took second place in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office 18th Annual Summer Intern Mock Trial Competition. The Competition served as the finale to the students’ summer externship with the District Attorney’s Office.

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The Death Penalty and Pope Francis

The panel, hosted by The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy, will explore the death penalty today and in light of Pope Francis’ change to the Catechism from the perspectives of law, theology and criminology.The panel is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 credits and will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. in Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102).

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Red Mass 2018

A Villanova tradition over the last 60 years, Red Mass provides an opportunity for faculty, alumni, students, families and guests to gather and celebrate the beginning of the Law School’s academic year.

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Villanova Law students spend time as Capitol Hill externs

In the study of law, there is no substitute for real-world experience. And when it comes to giving students hands-on opportunities, Villanova Law excels in providing over 200 externship opportunities, including many government placements. Colin Milon ’18 and Alyssa Pooler ’19 took advantage of the law school’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. and landed coveted externships on Capitol Hill.

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Adrian Vermeule

The Thirteenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Culture, 9/21 

Is administrative law unlawful?  “No,” answers Adrian Vermeule in Law’s Abnegation: From Law’s Empire to the Administrative State (Harvard Univ. Press 2016), a nuanced yet bold defense of the administrative state we inhabit today. Professor Vermeule will be joined in conversation by distinguished scholars of law, political science, economics, philosophy, sociology, and theology for the Conference.

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Law and the Augustinian Tradition Inaugural Lecture Series, 8/28

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy welcomes John Witte, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion of Emory University School of Law to speak on the topic “From Gospel to Law: Martin Luther’s Reformation of Law, Politics, and Society." 

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Trafficking & Trauma: Engaging in Legal Advocacy for Survivors of CSE, 9/26

”Trafficking & Trauma: Engaging in Legal Advocacy for Survivors of CSE” will introduce attorneys to the federal and state laws related to commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. The symposium will feature introductory remarks by The Honorable President Judge Marsha H. Neifield,. Participants will be trained in the technical instruction and empirical knowledge necessary to pursue post-conviction relief on behalf of survivors and learnhow to engage in trauma-informed lawyering.

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Navigating the Complexities of Health Law at CHOP

For those wishing to enter the highly regulated field of Health Law, Villanova Law provides aspiring attorneys with the foundational skills, hands-on experience and personalized guidance they need for success. Stasha Sosnowicz ’19 is one such student who was able to combine her legal skills with her interests in science, business and advocacy through an externship with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Three Recent Alumni Receive Pro Bono Distinction Award

The Philadelphia Bar Association recently recognized Villanova Law alums Nikkita Gottling ’18, Pamela Putnam ’18 and Christian Wynne ’18 with the Eve Biskind Klothen Law Student Pro Bono Distinction Award, which is given to area law students for their commitment to pro bono and public interest work. Gottling, Putnam and Wynne devoted hours of their time to pro bono legal work through Villanova Law’s in-house clinics, student organizations and externship placements.

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Professors Joy Mullane and Les Book Receive Inaugural Diane E. Ambler ’78 Faculty Curricular Innovation Award

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law recently announced the inaugural Diane E. Ambler '78 Faculty Curricular Innovation Award to recognize faculty members who have distinguished themselves through their innovation in creating pedagogical and curricular changes with a positive impact on the Law School. Professor Les Book and Professor Joy Mullane were named co-recipients of the award for their collaborative development of an innovative model for teaching.

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Villanova Law Establishes New Endowed Chairs Recognizing Leadership and Scholarship

Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, announced the establishment of two endowed faculty chairs – and appointed two esteemed faculty members to these newly established positions. Doris DelTosto Brogan ’81, Professor of Law has been named the Harold Reuschlein Leadership Chair.  Michelle Madden Dempsey, Professor of Law has been named the first holder of the Harold Reuschlein Scholar Chair.

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Students succeed at the 2018 PA Bar Intellectual Property Law Section writing contest

Lara M. Ruggerio ’18 to earn second place in the 2018 Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section writing contest for her paper, “Devil’s Advocate: An Examination into the Representation of Disfavored Plaintiffs in District Court Patent Proceedings.” Chandel Boozer ’18 took third place for her article, “Does Artificial Intelligence Embody Humanity? A Look into the Copyrightability of Artificial Intelligence-Created Works.” Seth Fenster ’18 earned an honorable mention for his submission.

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Jason Kaner '19 uses JD/MBA skills in role with NFL

Jason Kaner ’19 enrolled in the JD/MBA program and in his 2L year found a way to combine his legal and business career pursuits with his interest in sports and entertainment law. After working with the legal department on NFL Films, he is spending the summer in Los Angeles working in a different capacity in the league, now working on the media team as a club media policy associate.

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Villanova Lawyers Lead

Villanova Law graduates can be found leading law firms, businesses, nonprofits and government organizations in roles from partner to board member. Alum Ashe Puri ’02, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, who was recently elected Co-President of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC), exemplifies this tradition of leadership.

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LaVelle King '18 transitioned from health care to law

Students seeking hands-on work experience during their law school education have over 200 externship opportunities at Villanova Law. In choosing an externship, students are encouraged to align their personal and professional goals while developing and enhancing their legal skills. LaVelle King ’18 was able to do just that when she externed with Gift of Life, a nonprofit organization that coordinates life-saving and life-enhancing organ transplants.

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Omeed Firouzi ’18 to Continue Dedication to Public Service as a Brunswick Public Service Fellow

Omeed Firouzi's ’18 devotion to public interest service led him to be named a 2018-2020 American Bar Association Section of Taxation Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellow. The Fellowship, which supports Firouzi’s work as an attorney in Philadelphia Legal Assistance’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, will begin in September 2018.

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CSE Institute

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Playing Key Role in Fighting for Victims of Trafficking

Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is not a distant problem affecting only people in the developing world. It is a problem that exists locally, throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Over the past several years, a number of groups and organizations have stepped up the fight against trafficking. Since its launch in 2015, the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE Institute) has provided educational training and services and impacted key legislative efforts in the fight to support survivors of trafficking in Pennsylvania and beyond.

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CARES clinic students win asylum case

As Advanced Certified Interns in Villanova Law’s Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES), Melisa Buchowiec ’18 and Omeed Firouzi ’18 gained hands-on client experience and won asylum for a deserving client.

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New Directors to Lead Federal Tax Clinic and Law Library

Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, recently announced the appointments of Christine Speidel as Assistant Professor and Director of the Federal Tax Clinic, and Amy Emerson as Assistant Professor and Director of the Law Library. Both were hired after rigorous nationwide searches and will join the Law School in July.

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The curious case of orchids and over-criminalization

Was it a case of a paperwork technicality? Or was it an international criminal conspiracy? Those are the questions raised by NPR Marketplace’s podcast The Uncertain Hour as it explored the story of George Norris, an orchid enthusiast convicted in 2004 of conspiracy to smuggle into the United States protected orchid specimens from Peru. Todd Aagaard, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, spoke extensively to The Uncertain Hour about the case, which he prosecuted during his tenure with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division.

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Dean Alexander elected to the AALS Executive Committee

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) recently elected Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, as a member of the AALS Executive Committee.

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Preparation for Professional Success

At Villanova Law, we believe that academics and professional development are intertwined and equally essential to the long-term success of our students. Today our curriculum infuses professional skills along with vital business principles and practical experience into each student’s rigorous legal training.

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