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21st Annual Public Interest Fellowship Auction

The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law will host its 2018 PIFP Auction on Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the event, PIFP’s largest and most successful fundraiser.

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2018 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum

"Creating and Facilitating Best Practice Alternatives to Jails and Prisons for Persons with Mental Illness" will look at the challenges facing law enforcement officials, the courts, mental health professionals and policy makers at the state and county levels. Attendees will hear from experts who have been working on the issue in Pennsylvania and around the country as they share best practices, as well as ongoing legal and practical challenges to the development of appropriate treatment options in suitable settings. The event takes place on March 16 in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101).

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Trial team success at National Trial Competition

Members of Villanova Law's National Trial Team—Alexa Arndt ’18, Samuel Cooper ’19 and Samantha Fitzpatrick ’19—recently advanced to the final round of the National Trial Competition Regional Tournament in Philadelphia.

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Mass Exoneration and Ethics

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance joins forces with leading criminal justice organizations to tackle this question and more as part of a daylong symposium entitled “Mass Exoneration and Ethics.” The event will bring together legal experts from around the nation—and across the ideological aisle—to discuss ways to investigate and consider large-scale reviews of cases affected by systemic errors or misconduct.

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Villanova Students earn Second Place Finish at Annual Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition

A team of students from Villanova Law recently competed and placed second in the 4th Annual Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition, sponsored by the Tulane Sports Law Society. This is the second time a Villanova team has advanced to the final round of this competition. A Villanova Law team previously won in 2017.

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A Conversation with Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate: Her Unorthodox Path to a Tax Career

Villanova Law welcomes Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, for a conversation about her remarkable career as a private practitioner, business-owner, social entrepreneur and public advocate. The event—sponsored by the Tax Law Society and the Women’s Law Caucus—takes place on Thursday, February 15, in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102).

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Welcoming New Citizens

On a cold January morning, 67 individuals from around the globe entered the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia for a life-changing event. An hour later they all walked out as American citizens.The Honorable Mark Kearney ’84 CLAS, ’87 CWSL, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, presided over the day’s Naturalization Ceremony. To celebrate the momentous day, Judge Kearney invited Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Dean of Villanova Law, and Sharon Lopez, President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, to share their thoughts on citizenship.

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The Fourth Annual Fashion Law Symposium, 2/23

The Fourth Annual Fashion Law Symposium, "The Rules of Fashion: Understanding the Regulatory Side of the Fashion Industry" will bring together lawyers and non-lawyers to examine the various regulations that fashion designers and companies regularly encounter. This year’s event will include discussions on the interaction between the fashion industry and employment law, real estate, international sourcing and production.

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Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 2017 as part of a University-wide celebration. Alisha Williams, Director, LGBTQ Poverty Initiative, The Vaid Group, will deliver the address.

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Edward Stephen ’05 CLAS named Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations

Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, recently announced the appointment of Edward Stephen ’05 CLAS as Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations for the Charles Widger School of Law. Stephen, who joins the Law School on January 17, was selected following a national search.

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2018 Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium, 2/9


Industry professionals in the fields of real estate development and environmental law will gather for an engaging disgussion regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in Robinson Township v. Commonweath in addition to challenges and opportunities present for project developers under the Trump Administration. 

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Criminal Justice Reform Townhall Meeting, 1/30

The Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, the League of Women Voters of Radnor Township and the Villanova University Department of Sociology and Criminology will host a townhall event featuring Pennsylvania Secretary of Correction John E. Wetzel. The event will cover topics from the opioid crisis to mass incarceration. 

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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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Supporting Social Entrepreneurship

Recent student counselors David Hollander ’18 and Reece Cooke ’18 worked with Sanctuary Farm, an innovative nonprofit start-up that is working to develop community farm spaces that serve as venues to engage Philadelphia’s homeless and housing-unstable population with work, food and social services.

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Rep. Joanna McClinton ’06 named to Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing

Pennsylvania State Representative Joanna McClinton ’06 was recently appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. She is the first woman from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to serve on the Commission, which is charged to create and maintain a consistent and rational statewide sentencing policy through the adoption of guidelines that promote fairer and more uniform sentencing throughout the Commonwealth.

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Noted Teacher-Scholars Join Villanova

As part of its current strategic plan, the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law has enhanced its curriculum to provide graduates with the academic, practical and professional skills necessary for success in 21st-century legal practice.The recent addition of Brett Frischmann and Josephine Sandler Nelson to our faculty furthers this strategic vision and brings to campus two noted teacher-scholars whose expertise lies at the intersection of law and business.

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Expert commentary on the impact of proposed tax reform

Professor J. Richard Harvey spoke to numerous national and international media outlets about the effect the GOP’s proposed tax plan will likely have on U.S. multinational corporations.

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Villanova Law alum finds passion in the arts

As a student at Villanova Law, Virginia "Ginger" Hansen '17 combined that love of the arts with her passion for the law in two exciting experiential learning opportunities—externships at the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art and with Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.  

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Trial team success at University of Florida Trial Advocacy Tournament

This month, four Villanova Law National Trial Team students competed and finished as quarterfinalists in the University of Florida National Trial Advocacy Tournament in Gainesville, Florida. Samuel Cooper ’19, Samantha Fitzpatrick ’19, Jordan Morgan ’19 and LaVelle King ’18 competed against teams from law schools across the country.

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The Inaugural Dean’s Distinguished Fellows

Villanova Law is bringing to campus renowned scholars in a range of areas of law, leadership and business through the Dean’s Distinguished Fellows program. Villanova. Jonathan Klick, PhD, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Kellye Testy, President of LSAC, are joining Villanova’s academic community as the first-ever Dean’s Distinguished Fellows.

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Dan Sulvetta '19 and Steven Lee '19 Win 58th Annual Reimel Moot Court Competition

Dan Sulvetta '19 and Steven Lee '19 were awarded the John J. Duffy ’62 Advocacy Cup as winners of the 58th Annual Theodore L. Reimel ’24 CLAS Moot Court Competition. The competition is an intra-school tournament that has become a hallmark of the Villanova Law experience.

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Community Discussions Address Current Social Issues

Members of the Villanova Law community gathered in October for a series of events exploring the recent “Take a Knee” movement in sports. In small group settings, faculty, staff and students came together for substantive and thought-provoking discussion.

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Legal Ethics, Harassment and Discrimination: The Role of the Rules, 11/15

Presented by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance in partnership with Cozen O'Connor, legal professionals will gatehr for a panel discussion to tackle questions about changes to the ABA Model of Rules of Professional Conduct.

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Students’ research works to influence PA Court policy

Patrick McGinnis ’18 and Dana Sleeper ’18 impacted the lives of individual clients as students in Villanova’s Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC). Now their work as researchers may influence public policy, helping to illuminate discrepancies in the availability of interpretation assistance in select Pennsylvania courts.

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Humanhood: Beyond Childhood and Adulthood, 10/27

What is humanhood? Speakers from the disciplines of biology, psychology, linguistics, literary theory, law and more will gather to discuss and clarify a holistic conception of a developing human life.

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The 2017 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium, 10/20

The Villanova Law Review examines fifty years under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with its annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium on October 20, 2017. The symposium features a group of distinguished FOIA and transparency scholars, governmental officials, and FOIA requesters and litigants engaging in a probing review of the issues as experienced on the ground.

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John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship for its Inaugural Law & Entrepreneurship Roundtable

Professionals from law, venture capital, biotech and nonprofit organizations will come together on Tuesday, Oct. 3 to talk about the opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs in 2017. Jane Hollingsworth, Founding Managing Partner of Militia Hill Ventures, presents the keynote address.

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Prof. Nelson’s award-winning paper tackles the issue of corporate crime

A recent article by Prof. Josephine Sandler Nelson has been recognized with two top awards—the Holmes-Cardozo Award for best submitted conference paper and the Distinguished Proceedings Award—by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

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Dean Alexander Joins MSNBC to discuss law and Presidential pardons

Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, appeared on MSNBC's AM Joy on July 23, 2017, to discuss constitutional law and the repurcussions of Presidential pardons.

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Villanova University Appoints Michael P. Moreland, JD, PhD, as University Professor of Law and Religion

Villanova University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, today announced the appointment of Michael P. Moreland, JD, PhD, as University Professor of Law and Religion. Among Villanova’s highest academic honors, the University Professor recognizes distinguished faculty whose extraordinary scholarly achievement and accomplishment spans disciplines and crosses traditional college boundaries.  

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Villanova University Appoints Brett Frischmann, JD, as the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics

Villanova University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, today announced the appointment of Brett Frischmann, JD, as the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, effective August 1. Among Villanova’s highest academic honors, the University Professor recognizes distinguished faculty whose extraordinary scholarly achievement and accomplishment spans disciplines and crosses traditional college boundaries. This interdisciplinary position, based in the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, was conceived and endowed as part of a $25 million leadership gift from Charles Widger ’73 JD.

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Advocating for Veterans

Richard Prebil ’17 is one of a select group of recent law graduates chosen as 2017 Equal Justice Works Fellows. This prestigious public interest fellowship is granted by Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. Just 77 recent law graduates from 40 law schools were selected as a part of the program’s 2017 fellowship class.

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