Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Michael Campbell Visiting Assistant Professor Health Law Clinic

Michael Campbell

Director, Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic

Michael Campbell joined the Faculty in 2008 following three decades as a public interest attorney. Prior to coming to Villanova, he directed the Pennsylvania Health Law Project ("PHLP"), an organization that he co-founded in 1993 to represent low income Pennsylvanians seeking access to quality health care and services. He litigated individual and class actions in the state and federal courts, led community education efforts around legal aspects of Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-term Care across Pennsylvania, and represented groups in administrative rulemaking campaigns before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and various departments of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  He has testified on numerous occasions before committees of the federal and state legislature.

Professor Campbell is a graduate of Villanova University and Temple Law School. He teaches the Health Care and the Law course and is the director of the Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic, which blends the talents of graduate nurses from Villanova’s College of Nursing and Villanova law students in litigating disability, guardianship, medical necessity and other cases at the intersection of law and medicine on behalf of poor clients.

Caitlin Barry, Assistant Professor of Law

Caitlin Barry

Assistant Professor,
Director, Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC)
Co-Director, Community Interpreter Internship Program

Caitlin Barry is a community lawyer whose work focuses on migrant justice, gender self-determination and grassroots empowerment. Caitlin directs the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, where she teaches the clinic seminar and supervises students advocates in immigration and employment matters and collaborates with local community-based organizations on advocacy and outreach projects. Caitlin joined the Villanova faculty in 2012 as a Reuchlein Clinical Teaching Fellow and became the Director of the Farmworker Clinic in 2015. From 2011-2012, Caitlin supervised the Temple Immigration Law Clinic at Nationalities Service Center (NSC) as an adjunct professor. Prior to her clinical teaching, Caitlin served as a staff attorney at NSC, specializing in deportation defense for individuals targeted by the criminal system, and from 2007 to 2012 she was also the Immigration Specialist at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, a position she created with a 2007 post-graduate fellowship from the Berkeley Law Foundation. She is a graduate of the New College of Florida and Temple Law, where she was awarded the Beth Cross Memorial Award for Public Interest Service and the Leonard Sigal Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Law.

Michele Pistone Professor of Law and Director of CARES clinic

Michele R. Pistone

Professor of Law
Director, Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES)   

Professor Pistone is a national authority on immigration law and procedure. Her work has focused on issues impacting asylum seekers and refugees. She is a Board Member of Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC), a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS International Human Rights Section, and as a consultant to American Law Institute-American Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, she authored an award-winning training video for lawyers representing asylum seekers. Professor Pistone has been a clinical teacher for several years and directs the Clinical Program. She also serves on the ABA's Committee on Clinical and Skills Education.  She earned her J.D. From St. John’s University School of Law and her LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

 

Christine Speidel, Assistant Professor of Law Director of the Federal Tax Clinic

Christine Speidel

Assistant Professor of Law
Director of the Federal Tax Clinic

Christine Speidel directs the Federal Tax Clinic. In the Clinic, she teaches students to practice law by representing needy members of Villanova’s neighboring communities in federal tax disputes. Professor Speidel frequently speaks and writes on issues affecting low-income taxpayers, particularly related to health care reform. Her research interests lie in the intersection of poverty law with tax law and tax procedure. Professor Speidel is a contributor to the Procedurally Taxing blog and an editor of the practice manual Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS. Speidel is active in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, and she is the immediate past chair of the Section’s Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee.

Prior to her appointment at Villanova, Professor Speidel practiced law at Vermont Legal Aid. She directed the Vermont Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and was a staff attorney for Vermont Legal Aid's Office of the Health Care Advocate as well as the Poverty Law Project. She represented low-income individuals in tax, health care, domestic violence, and public benefits matters, and also advocated for systemic policy changes.

 

Staff

 

   Andrea Meals

   Senior Paralegal

   Federal Tax Clinic, FLAC and Interpreter Program

Deborah Rubino

Paralegal

Farmworkers Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC) and the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES)

Debbie received her paralegal certificate from the Villanova University Professional Studies program.

 

Jennifer Jeffrey

Paralegal

Civil Justice Clinic, Health Law Clinic and Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship

CARES Clinic: The Student Perspective

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