Janice D. Villiers

Associate Professor of Law
J.D., Columbia University’s School of Law

Janice D. Villiers, Associate Professor of Law, teaches Torts I and II, Immigration Law and Immigration Seminar and serves as faculty advisor to the Black Law Students Association. She also serves on the Admissions and Diversity Committees of the law schooland the Advisory Board of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at the law school. She joined the faculty in 1991.

She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Pace University’s School of Arts and Sciences, a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from New York University’s School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions, and a J.D. degree from Columbia University’s School of Law. At Columbia she was Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and the Arts and was a Schubert Scholar. She is a member of the New York State Bar and the Bars of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She publishes in the areas of Immigration and Tort Law.

In 1997, Professor Villiers launched the University's Community Business Development Program. The Office of Community Business Development is committed to assisting minority, women, small, disadvantaged and local business enterprises in their long-term growth and development, thereby enhancing the economic stability and vitality of the community the University serves through its student body. In 1999 Professor Villiers received the Founder's Week Award at St. John's for her commitment to the Vincentian mission. She returned to the full time faculty in Fall 2002.

Within the University, she has held positions as Assistant Vice President for Community Business Development, Director of Human Resources, Director of Recruitment and Admission Services and Director of Placement at the School of Law. She currently serves on the President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, the Committee on Latin American and Caribbean Scholars and the Graduate Council of the University.

Professor Villiers is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Immigration Law Division, and Tort and Minority Affairs Division of the Association of American Law Schools. She also served on the Queens Advisory Board of the New York Urban League and as Chair of the Education Committee. Her commitment to community service was recognized by receipt of the Flushing Branch NAACP's Eleanor Pittman Community Relations Award in November 2001.

In addition, Professor Villiers is an active member at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Belford, New Jersey where she serves as a Eucharistic Lay Minister and Mission Board member. She has also served on the Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, the Canons and Commission on Ministries Committees of the Diocese and is an adult facilitator for youth training with the Office of Black and Urban Ministries of the National Episcopal Church.