Michele Pistone

Director of Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services, Villanova University School of Law

Professor Pistone is a Professor of Law and teaches the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES).

Prior to joining the Villanova faculty in 1999, Professor Pistone was a teaching fellow in the asylum clinic (Center for Applied Legal Studies) at Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Pistone received her B.S. cum laude New York University, her J.D. cum laude from St. John's University School of Law, and her LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center. At St. John's, she was a member of the St. John's Law Review. Previously, she was an associate in the corporate and telecommunications departments at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City and Washington, D.C., the Legal Director of Human Rights First in Washington, D.C., where she emerged as a leading advocate for justice in the immigration law system.

In 2006, Professor Pistone was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to lecture at the University of Malta.

Professor Pistone is Co-Chair of the ABA Committee on Clinical and Skills Education of ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and member of the Planning Committee for the Joint ABA, AALS and CLEA Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility (CLEPR), and on the Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Law Section. Professor Pistone also serves on the International Advisory Board for the Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights.

Professor Pistone's research and teaching interests focus on asylum and refugee law, immigration law, migration, clinical education, and Catholic social thought. She is co-author of a groundbreaking book entitled, Stepping Out of the Brain Drain: Applying Catholic Social Teaching in a New Era of Migration (Lexington Books 2007), as well as numerous articles and book chapters.