Sheilah D. Vance, Esquire has a B.A. in Communications, magna cum laude, from Howard University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.   

Vance maintains a private law practice in Paoli and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She also serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity in Washington, D.C., a research, education and training organization that focuses on K-12 public school finance issues.  She is an adjunct professor at Villanova University School of Law, where she teaches Education Law.  She previously spent nine years at Villanova Law School as Assistant Dean for Academic Support and as a legal writing professor. 

Vance has published and presented extensively in the areas of public and legal education, family law, church law and publishing law, including at conferences at Oxford University in England, the National Bar Association, the American Association of Law Schools, the Education Law Association, the Law School Admissions Council, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and for the African Methodist Episcopal Church Philadelphia and Delaware Conferences.   She also has been interviewed and featured in numerous media outlets, including CNN Radio and The Washington Post, about family law issues.  Vance has given workshops and spoken on many related topics including the Top 10 Land Mines of Divorce, 10 Things Every Married Woman Should Know, Divorce from the Client's Perspective, Five Ways to Help Children Cope With Divorce, and Legal Issues in Book Publishing.

In 2006, Vance received the 2006 Woman of Distinction Award from the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, the local affiliate of the National Bar Association, for “exemplary service to the community through the practice of law” and “impressive personal accomplishments as an African American attorney.”

Vance has also written two novels, Land Mines, which has won several awards for women’s, multicultural and African American fiction; and Chasing the 400, which was the first selection of the African American Museum of Philadelphia book club.  To manage her creative pursuits, Vance operates the Elevator Group, LLC, which is a publishing and development company that is dedicated to helping people rise above and live an abundant life.

She is a member of numerous civic and professional organizations, including the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter; Teach for American, Mid-Atlantic Region; and the National Access Network at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is also a member of the Penn Towne Chapter of the Links, Inc, and Bethel AME Church, Ardmore, Pa., and its Lay Organization.

            Previously, Vance worked as Project Manager for the American Cities Foundation Best Practices in Urban Education Project, Special Assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Assistant Counsel for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Associate in the firm of Atkinson & Archie, Editor for Higher Education Publications for the National Education Association, and Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Congresswoman Cardiss Collins.   She was Press Secretary to former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey during his successful 1986 campaign, and has worked as a consultant for the Democratic National Committee and numerous political candidates.


Sheilah D. Vance


                Sheilah D. Vance, Esquire
                45 Darby Road, Suite E2
                      Paoli, PA 19301

                    Phone: 610-308-4437
                      Fax: 610-644-4436

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