VLS Students & Alumna Honored by Philly Bar Assoc.
The Philadelphia Bar Association presented Stephanie Resnick '84 with the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for her service and dedication to the advancement of women in the legal profession. Resnick serves as Litigation Chair of the law firm Fox Rothschild. The Sandra Day O'Connor Award, named for the first woman justice on the U.S Supreme Court, is awarded annually to a woman attorney who has achieved the highest degree of professional excellence in her field and visibly used her position and stature in the community to mentor, promote, and advance other women lawyers. Resnick has been a committed and influential member of the Philadelphia legal community for the past 25 years and has previously served as chair of the board of the firm's Diversity Committee.
Dwight Bailey'11 was honored by the Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Diversity Scholarship. Bailey was nominated by the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). Bailey currently volunteers with Villanova Law's OUTlaw, a student run organization that focuses on building a sense of community among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students while raising awareness of legal issues that impact the LBGTQ community. Bailey sits on the board of directors for the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia. As a member of the Villanova Law National Trial Team, Bailey participated in the ABA Arbitration Competition Regional Championship in 2009.
Caitlin Sildey'11 received the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section Higginbotham Fellowship. The $4,000 scholarship is awarded to a summer law clerk at a Delivery of Legal Services public interest law center. The scholarship is intended to support the work of a local law student involved in legal advocacy, either through direct legal services or impact litigation, on behalf of indigent and disadvantaged members of the community. Sidley is a member of the Pro Bono Society at Villanova Law and worked for the Pennsylvania Health Law Project in Philadelphia during the summer of 2010. The Pennsylvania Health Law Project provides free legal services to lower-income consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities who are having trouble accessing publicly funded health care coverage or services.