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Week of 20 February 2017

Events This Week


IP Society Event on Startups

Tuesday, February 21, 12noon in room 203

Are you interested in startups and small businesses? Are you curious about the legal issues involved in those companies you see on Shark Tank? Lawyers can be instrumental in helping these companies get off the ground, and even the larger firms are starting to take notice of this opportunity. Join the IP society for a special event featuring attorneys who have worked in this field. They will discuss their experiences as well as the common legal pitfalls startups might face. The talk will also focus on the new Intellectual Property Policy at Villanova for students with new inventions and business ideas.


Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesdays at 12:30pm on in the Room for Prayer and Meditation, L04

Mindfulness meditation is a guided practice of focusing on the present moment and developing an increased awareness of experiences as they happen. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Contact Brian McCabe ( for more information.


Trivia Night with the Villanova Law Democrats and PIFP

Tuesday, February 21, 6pm at Flip & Bailey’s

Come, bring your friends, and have a great time! It is President's Day themed! Tickets will be sold at the door and are $5 per person. Get Psyched!



Centering Prayer

Wednesdays at 8:30am in the Room for Prayer and Meditation, L04

Centering Prayer is a form of contemplative prayer which is practiced in silence. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Contact Brian McCabe ( for more information.


Panel on Villanova's Real Estate Development

Wednesday, February 22, 12noon in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Real Estate Law Society (RELS) will be featuring Robert Morro, Villanova's Vice President for Facilities Management, and Nicholas J. Caniglia, Villanova's outside legal counsel, to discuss the legal and practical obstacles of ongoing real estate development happening here, on campus. The panel will be moderated by Professor Ed Liva. Lunch will be served.


Weekly Mass

Wednesdays at 12:05pm in the Law School Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor

The University liturgy schedule:
Daily Mass 12:05pm and 5:30pm, Corr Chapel
Saturday 5:30pm, Corr Chapel (Spanish)
Sunday 7:30am, 10:30am, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, and 9:00pm, St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Questions? Contact Brian McCabe (


St. Thomas More Society: Pizza after Mass 

Wednesday, February 22, about 12:30pm outside the Law School Chapel

Please join us for pizza after Mass. All are welcome! Mass attendance is not required.


The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law Annual Speaker Series

Wednesdays listed below at 4pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

February 22: Kerry Cebula, Professor of Sports Management – Kutztown University

March 15: Jack Ford, Legal Analyst – NBC

March 22: Tag Garson, Senior Vice President – Wasserman Media Group

April 12: Dr. Matthew J. Robinson, Professor of Sports Management – University of Delaware

These interactive sessions will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the sports industry, as the speakers share their knowledge, professional experiences, and career advice. The Speaker Series is free and open to the entire community.


Join The Villanova Law Wildcats Basketball Team: Dean’s Cup Try-Outs

Wednesday, February 22, 6-8pm at St. Mary's Hall Gymnasium (west side of campus, across Spring Mill Road from the law school)

The Deans' Cup is an annual basketball competition/fundraiser between the basketball teams of

Villanova, Temple, Drexel, and Penn law schools. The 2017 Deans' Cup will take place at 7pm on Friday, April 6th, at Drexel University. If you have any questions please contact any of the following: 

Richard Prebil or Nikkita Gottling, PIFP Special Events Co-Coordinators:

Ashley Baxter or Karl Fowlkes | Villanova Law Basketball Captains: /



BLSA Black History Month Celebration: Our Hidden Figures

Thursday, February 23, 4:30pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

Join the Black Law Students Association as we experience and celebrate black culture through dance, fashion, spoken word, food, and more. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Everyone is welcome.



Third Annual Fashion Law Symposium

Navigating the Runway: A Closer Look at the Issues Facing the Fashion Law Industry

Friday, February 24, 12noon-4pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

This year’s event explores social media and the Internet, in-house fashion law, intellectual property issues, fashion mergers and acquisitions, and more. Sponsored by the Fashion Law Society and the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, this symposium brings together fashion experts and trendsetters in the industry. For more information visit


The Common Good, Our Common Home Workshops

Fridays, February 24 and March 24, 2:30–5pm in the St. David’s Room of the Connelly Center

These workshops will explore the personal and global significance of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical and the 2015–2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The first workshop will focus on climate change, and in March the theme will be water and sanitation. The objectives are for each participant to come away with a personal action plan and to contribute to a proactive program at the University level. The workshops are open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Register for either or both dates online.


Coming Events

Ash Wednesday Distribution of Ashes

Wednesday, March 1

Ashes will be distributed at the Law School during our weekly Mass at 12:05pm in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103), and in St. Thomas of Villanova Church at the following times:

Morning Prayer, 8am

Ecumenical Service, 3pm

Masses 12:05, 5:30 and 7pm

If you have any questions, please email Brian McCabe.


JD/MBA Joint Degree Program Information Session

Friday, March 3, 12noon in the Robert A.J. Barry Classroom (Room 303)

This presentation is for students interested in the joint degree program. If you are interested, but cannot attend, check out the program webpage or contact Associate Dean Barton for more information.



Black History Month

BLSA invites the Villanova Law Community to view their presentation on the Worby Wall throughout the month of February in honor and celebration of Black History Month. 


Gavel Gazette Deadline

Items for the next issue must be submitted to by 10am on Friday.


Writing Competitions

Writing Competition Guide

If you are interested in participating in one of the many annual law student writing competition, check out the Library Writing Competitions Guide: There is information in the Guide regarding the mechanics of writing for publication, as well as lists of open competitions.