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ABA Approved Since 1954

Founded in 1953, the School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. Villanova University is conducted under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Order of St. Augustine and was founded in 1892. The School of Law was the first within a church‑related university to be awarded a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the premier law honor society.


Less than 15 miles from Philadelphia, Villanova's campus is located in the beautiful suburban area known as the Main Line. The Villanova train station is less than 200 yards from the School of Law, providing easy access to the center of Philadelphia.


Students come from approximately 200 universities and colleges. Many have significant work experience outside of law. 47% are women and more than 18% identify themselves as members of minority groups.


The faculty is recognized nationally for its legal scholarship, teaching and significant contributions to the study and practice of law. Faculty members are available to students outside the classroom, and every student has a faculty adviser.


The School of Law draws on its Catholic and Augustinian identity to support a tradition of academic excellence, a tradition of academic freedom, a tradition of inclusion and a tradition of respect for human dignity.


A wide range of special academic programs and activities supplement the educational opportunities at Villanova, including externships and an extraordinary clinical program and practicum. Clinics include: Asylum, Refugees and Emigrant Services; Farmworkers' Legal Aid Clinic; Civil Justice; Federal Tax; and Advanced Advocacy. Practicums include Death Penalty and Mediation. An international law focus reflects the emerging international dimension of activity and enterprise. The school is a leader in the melding of information technology and the law. The School also is at the forefront of practical applications of technology to daily practice, and the jurisprudence of substantive law application.


168 PC workstations, wireless access throughout the Law School and power outlets at student seats are available for students.


International law is a particular strength at Villanova. Seven full‑time faculty teach numerous courses on a broad variety of international subjects. International Law, Tax Law and Criminal Law are other areas of outstanding depth. Villanova's Legal Writing Program enjoys an excellent national reputation.


The Villanova Law Review, Environmental Law Journal and  Re Sports and Entertainment Law Journal provide training in independent legal research, increase knowledge in legal topics and develop legal writing skills of students who participated. Members are selected on the basis of academic rank at the end of the first and second year of law studies and through writing competitions. The editors of the Journals sponsor symposia each year dealing with cutting edge subjects.


The Reimel Moot Court Competition, The Trial Practice Competition and Client Interviewing and Counseling Competition give law students the opportunity to practice important lawyering skills in hands‑on situations. Students also enter national moot court competitions, various specialized intermural moot court competitions.


A joint JD/PhD program in law and psychology is sponsored by Villanova School of Law and Drexel University. This program is one of three in the U.S. and is the only one with a fully‑accredited PhD in clinical psychology along with a law degree. This intersection of the legal and mental health systems is the core of the program that approaches human problems as holistic challenges.


The School of Law and the Villanova University College of Commerce and Finance offer a joint JD/MBA program and conduct the Graduate Tax Program. The College of Commerce and Finance's department of accountancy and MBA and a joint JD/LLM program have been approved by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. The Graduate Tax Program awards Master's of Laws (LLM) and Master's of Taxation (MT) degrees.


Reflecting the Augustinian heritage of service to the poor, the School of Law sponsors extensive pro bono service programs, through student organizations and most notably through the award winning Lawyering Together Program.


In every aspect of the programs at Villanova School of Law, the effect of legal and political systems on the individual person is of primary concern. The school's commitment to humanistic values is also reflected in its commitment to training lawyers with strong ethical sensibilities.



Mark A. Sargent (610) 519‑7007

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:

Doris Del Tosto Brogan (610) 519‑7005

Associate Dean for Information Services:

William James (610) 519‑7020

Assistant Dean for Admissions:

David P. Pallozzi (610) 519‑7010

Assistant Dean for Financial Aid:

Wendy Barron (610) 519‑7015

Assistant Dean for Career Services:

Elaine T. Petrossian (610) 519‑7031



MARK A. SARGENT, (Dean and Professor of Law), Education: Wesleyan University (B.A., 1973); Cornell University (M.A., 1975; J.D., 1978). COURSES: Law and Entrepreneurship, Securities Regulation, Law of Investment Management, Corporations.

TODD AAGAARD, (Assistant Professor), Education: Pomona College (B.A., 1992); University of Michigan (J.D., 1997; M.S., 1998). COURSES: Property, Environmental Law.


GERALD ABRAHAM, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Germany, October 18, 1930; admitted to bar, 1956, New York. Education: New York University (B.A., 1951; LL.B., 1953). COURSES: Criminal Law, Family Law, Children and the Law.


LEWIS BECKER, (Professor of Law), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 17, 1937; admitted to bar, 1961, District of Columbia; 1965, Pennsylvania; 1969, New York. Education: Temple University (B.S., 1958); University of Pennsylvania (LL.B., 1961). COURSES: Family Law, Sales, Ethics, Legal Profession Seminar.


DONALD N. BERSOFF, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born New York, New York, March 1, 1939; admitted to bar, 1976, Maryland; 1984, District of Columbia; 1990, Pennsylvania. Education: New York University (B.S., 1958; M.A., 1960; Ph.D., 1965); Yale University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Mental Health Law, Social Science and Law, Criminal Law.


LESLIE M. BOOK, (Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Tax Program), Education: Franklin & Marshall College (B.A., 1987); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1990); New York University (LL.M., 1994). COURSES: Tax Clinic, Advanced Advocacy Clinic.


RICHARD BOOTH, (Martin G. McGuinn Chair in Business Law, Professor of Law), Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1973); Yale University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Corporate Finance, Business Planning, Securities Litigation.


PATRICK MCKINLEY BRENNAN, (Professor of Law, Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies), born San Diego, California June 27, 1966; admitted to bar, California, 1996. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1988); University of Toronto (M.A., 1989); Boalt Hall University of California Berkeley (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Jurisprudence, Law & Religion, Administrative Law, Federal Courts, Criminal Law. Email:


DORIS DEL TOSTO BROGAN, (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law), born North Arlington, New Jersey, June 17, 1952; admitted to bar, 1981, Pennsylvania. Education: Rowan University (B.A., 1974); Villanova University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Conflict of Laws, Legal Profession, Domestic Abuse, Women Against Abuse Externship.


JOHN J. CANNON, (Professor of Law), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 10, 1938; admitted to bar, 1962, District of Columbia; 1966, Pennsylvania. Education: Villanova University (A.B., 1959; J.D., 1962); Georgetown University. COURSES: Civil Procedure, Civil Pretrial Practice, Labor Law, Collective Bargaining, National Labor Relations Board Externship.


MICHAEL W. CARROLL, (Professor of Law), born Rhode Island, July 25, 1963; admitted to bar, 1996, Maryland; 1997, District of Columbia. Education: University of Chicago (A.B., 1986); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Contracts, Selected Topics in Cyberspace, Intellectual Property in Cyberspace. Email:


DAVID S. CAUDILL, (Professor of Law; Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair in Law), Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1973); University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 1981); Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam (Ph.D., 1989). COURSES: Property I, Property II, Law, Science and Advocacy, Sports Law.


STEVEN CHANENSON, (Professor of Law), Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., M.A.); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Corporate and White Collar Crime, Sentencing, Sentencing Workshop, Contracts.


ARNOLD B. COHEN, (Professor of Law), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 1, 1939; admitted to bar, 1964, Pennsylvania. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1960); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1963). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, Creditors Rights, Business Acquisitions.


JOSEPH W. DELLAPENNA, (Professor of Law), born Detroit, Michigan, December 28, 1942; admitted to bar, 1968, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (B.B.A., 1965); Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1968); George Washington University (LL.M., 1969); Columbia University (LL.M., 1975). COURSES: Admiralty, Chinese Law, Transnational Litigation, Comparative Law, Commercial Transactions, Law of the Seas, Managing the Water Environment, Public International Law.


JOHN F. DOBBYN, (Professor of Law), born Boston, Massachusetts, August 31, 1937; admitted to bar, 1965, Massachusetts. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1959; LL.M., 1969); Boston College (J.D., 1965). COURSES: Business Organizations, Insurance Law, Criminal Law, Equity.


DONALD W. DOWD, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born 1929. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1951; J.D., 1954). COURSES: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law.


KEITH FOGG, (Visiting Associate Professor), Education: College of William & Mary (B.A., 1974); University of Richmond Law School (J.D., 1976); William and Mary Law School (M.L.T., 1982). COURSES: Tax Clinic.


ABRAHAM J. GAFNI, (Professor of Law), born Brooklyn, New York, June 29, 1939; admitted to bar, 1963, New York; 1965, Pennsylvania. Education: Yeshiva University (B.A., B.H.L., 1960); Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel; Harvard Law School (J.D., 1963). COURSES: Dispute Resolution, Trial Practice, Evidence, Advanced Trial Practice, Dispute Resolution, Interviewing and Counseling, Judicial Externship.


RUTH E. GORDON, (Professor of Law), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 7, 1956; admitted to bar, 1980, New York; 1982, District of Columbia. Education: New York University (B.A., 1977; J.D., 1980); London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M., 1987). COURSES: International Organizations, Contracts, Problems in International Environmental Law, Public International Law, International Trade.


JOHN Y. GOTANDA, (Associate Dean for Faculty Research, Director, J.D./M.B.A. Program and Professor of Law), born Honolulu, Hawaii, December 30, 1961; admitted to bar, 1987, Hawaii; 1988, District of Columbia; 1994, Massachusetts. Education: University of Hawaii (B.A., 1984); William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii (J.D., 1987). COURSES: International Commercial Arbitration, Property, Federal Courts, Judicial Externship, Litigation Strategy.


TIFFANY C. GRAHAM, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Cleveland, Ohio, April 15, 1974; admitted to bar, California, 2000. Education: Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges (A.B., 1996); University of Virginia (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Torts, Constitutional Reform, Constitutional Law. Email:


JOHN M. HYSON, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Rockland, Massachusetts, April 6, 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, Massachusetts. Education: Boston College (B.A., 1963); University of North Carolina (M.A., 1964); Harvard University (LL.B., 1967). COURSES: Environmental Law, Civil Procedure, Hazardous Waste Litigation, EPA Externship, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Externship, Administrative Law.


WILLIAM JAMES, (Associate Dean for Information Services; Director of Law Library; and Professor of Law), born 1945. Education: Morehouse College (B.A., 1967); Howard University (J.D., 1972); Atlanta University School of Library Science (M.S.L.S., 1973). COURSES: Introduction to Legal Research, Advanced Legal Research.


ANN CAREY JULIANO, (Professor of Law), Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1989); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination, Civil Rights Litigation, Federal Indian Law.


CATHERINE J. LANCTOT, (Professor of Law), born Woonsocket, Rhode Island, September 17, 1957; admitted to bar, 1981, District of Columbia. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1978); Georgetown University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Legal Profession, Employment Discrimination, American Legal History, Constitutional Law.


BETH LYON, (Assistant Professor of Law; Director, Farmworkers Legal Aid Clinic), born Vero Beach, Florida, July 12, 1966; admitted to bar, 1995, New York; 1997, District of Columbia; 2001, Pennsylvania. Education: University of North Carolina (B.A., 1988); Georgetown University, School of Foreign Services (M.S., 1994); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic, Advanced Advocacy Clinic. Email:


GREGORY P. MAGARIAN, (Professor of Law), Education: Yale University (B.A., 1989); University of Michigan Public Policy Studies (M.P.P., 1993); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Constitutional Law I & II, Political Speech, Legislative Process and Interpretation.


JAMES EDWARD MAULE, (Professor of Law), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 26, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, Pennsylvania; 1986, U.S. Tax Court. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1973); Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1976); George Washington University (LL.M., 1979). COURSES: Federal Income Taxation, Computers and Tax Law, Decedents' Estates and Trusts, Introduction to Taxation of Business Entities, Partnership Taxation.


ROBERT T. MILLER, (Assistant Professor of Law), Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1992; M.A., 1994; M.Phil., 2000); Yale Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Business Organizations, Antitrust, Mergers and Acquisitions.


MICHAEL P. MORELAND, (Assistant Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 2002, Iowa; 2003, District of Columbia; 2005, Minnesota. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1993); Boston College (M.A., 1997); University of Michigan School of Law (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Torts I, Torts II, Bioethics Seminar.


JOY MULLANE, (Assistant Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1999, Georgia; 2004, District of Columbia. Education: University of Florida (B.A.); University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law (J.D., 1999; LL.M., 2003). COURSES: Wealth Tax, Graduate Tax Course.


MICHAEL MULRONEY, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Chicago, Illinois, February 26, 1932; admitted to bar, 1959, Iowa; 1960, District of Columbia. Education: State University of Iowa (B.S.C., 1954); Harvard University (J.D., 1959). COURSES: Introduction to Taxation, The Legal Profession, IRS Externship.


JOHN F. MURPHY, (Professor of Law), born Port Chester, New York, April 25, 1937; admitted to bar, 1963, District of Columbia; 1969, Kansas; 1987, Pennsylvania. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1959; LL.B., 1962). COURSES: Public International Law, International Business Transactions, Comparative Law, International Human Rights, European Union Law, International Finance.


J. WILLARD O'BRIEN, (Professor & Dean Emeritus), born New York, New York, October 19, 1930; admitted to bar, 1957, New York; 1983, Pennsylvania. Education: Fordham University (B.S., 1952; J.D., 1957).


JENNIFER O'HARE, (Professor of Law), Education: Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1986); The George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Business Organizations, Securities Act of 1933, Securities Act of 1934.


LEONARD PACKEL, (Professor of Law), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 7, 1935; admitted to bar, 1961, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.S., 1957); Harvard University (J.D., 1960). COURSES: Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Profession, Trial Practice.


PENELOPE PETHER, (Professor of Law), Education: University of Sydney (B.A., 1980; LL.B., 1982; Ph.D., 1997); University of New England (M.Litt., 1984). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Law and Literature.


MICHELE PISTONE, (Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs), Education: New York University (B.S., 1986); St. John's University School of Law (J.D., 1989); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1999). COURSES: Clinic for Asylum Refugee and Emigrant Services, Advanced Advocacy Clinic.


ANNE BOWEN POULIN, (Professor of Law), born Port Jefferson, New York, October 10, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Maine; 1975, Illinois; 1983, Pennsylvania. Education: Radcliffe College (B.A., 1969); University of Maine (J.D., 1973); University of Michigan (LL.M., 1975). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice, US Attorney Externship, Wrongful Convictions.


TERESSA E. RAVENELL, (Assistant Professor of Law), Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1998); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Police Conduct Seminar.


RICHARD REDDING, (Professor of Law; Director, Law and Psychology Program), born Miami, Florida, September 17, 1964; admitted to bar, 1992, Virginia. Education: Hampden‑Sydney College (B.A., 1984); Vanderbilt University (M.S., 1986); Washington and Lee University (J.D., 1992); University of Virginia (PhD, 1997). COURSES: Criminal Law, Social Science Applied in Law, Criminal Law and Psychology. Email:


FREDERICK P. ROTHMAN, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Baltimore, Maryland, November 14, 1940; admitted to bar, 1964, Maryland; 1965, District of Columbia. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1962; J.D., 1965). COURSES: Corporate Finance, Decedents' Estates and Trusts, Estate Planning, Federal Taxation, Will Drafting, Corporations.


CHAIM SAIMAN, (Assistant Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 2001, New York. Education: Georgia State University (B.B.S., 1998); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Contracts I, Contracts II, Jewish Law Seminar.


DVEERA SEGAL, (Associate Professor of Law; Director, Civil Justice Clinic), Education: SUNY, Albany (B.A., 1975; M.A., 1977); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Civil Justice Clinic, Advanced Advocacy Clinic, Poverty Law.


LOUIS J. SIRICO, JR., (Professor of Law; Director of Legal Writing), born New Haven, Connecticut, September 22, 1945; admitted to bar, 1973, Connecticut; 1975, District of Columbia. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1967); University of Texas (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Property, Constitutional Convention and the Bill of Rights, Advanced Legal Writing.


WALTER J. TAGGART, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, August 4, 1943; admitted to bar, 1968, Pennsylvania. Education: Belmont Abbey College (A.B., 1965); Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1968). COURSES: Modern Land Transactions, Secured Transactions/Bankruptcy, Federal Courts and the Federal System, Negotiable Instruments and Payment Law, Real Estate Documentation.


WILLIAM D. VALENTE, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 10, 1924; admitted to bar, 1949, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pennsylvania (A.B., 1947; J.D., 1949). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Education Law, Local Government Law.


KEVIN C. WALSH, (Visiting Assistant Professor), Education: Dartmouth College (A.B., 1998); University of Notre Dame (M.A., 1999); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Complex Litigation, Federal Courts.


ELLEN WERTHEIMER, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, November 29, 1953; admitted to bar, 1980, Pennsylvania. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1975; J.D., 1979). COURSES: Contracts, Products Liability, Supreme Court, Law and Medicine.