Chuck Widger ’73 VLS and his wife, Barbara, are passionate people. They’re passionate about the Villanova University School of Law. They’re passionate about shaping law students into leaders. They’re passionate about public mental and physical health in our society. And through their $1.25 million contribution to the Campaign to Ignite Change, they’re able to specifically target these areas and impact the greater great.
The Widgers’ gift has helped establish the Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic in partnership with the College of Nursing. Chuck believes that if lawyers don’t understand the conditions of their clients, they can’t truly advocate for them. With that in mind, the Clinic’s faculty aims to educate students on health matters, while giving them the chance to represent low-income persons in need of health services.
Recently, the Clinic obtained a motorized wheelchair for a child with quadriplegia, prevented a reduction in home-health nursing for an elderly person with Parkinson’s disease and secured services for a child with autism spectrum disorder.
Their gift also launches a new Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Through this Center, Villanova law students are better equipped to lead in the highly competitive field of Business Law. The centerpiece of this initiative is the Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, where law students learn by assisting real entrepreneurs, start-up companies and nonprofits on a wide range of business-related legal matters.
Chuck knows that Villanova’s School of Law is in a unique position to ignite change. “I clearly relate to and believe in Augustinian ethics,” he says. “It’s one of the things that distinguishes Villanova lawyers.”