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About Candace Centeno

Candace Mueller Centeno is a Professor of Legal Writing. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Boston College Law School (cum laude). Prior to joining the Legal Writing Faculty at Villanova Law School in 2006, Professor Centeno was a defense litigator for thirteen years at the law firm of White & Williams in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she represented physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare professionals in medical malpractice and premise liability actions; she also served as an Arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Professor Centeno continues to practice as a volunteer attorney at the Support Center for Child Advocates and is a Hearing Officer for the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board. Professor Centeno is actively involved in the national Legal Writing Institute (LWI), and she has helped coordinate and plan three LWI conferences (2010 program committee member and poster presentation chair, 2012 co-chair of program committee, and 2014 conference co-chair). Professor Centeno has published articles in Perspectives and the Second Draft, and she regularly presents at regional and national conferences; her scholarly interests focus on legal writing and analysis, with a particular interest in the incorporation of skills training in the classroom.   


Present Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Curriculum Vitae



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  • Writing & Oral Advocacy I & II
  • Legal Analysis


J.D., Boston College Law School
B.A., Muhlenberg College

Contact Information

Office: 343
Phone: 610-519-6414