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Week of 20 March 2017

Events This Week


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.



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.


Environmental and Energy Law Society Course Selection Information Session

Wednesday, March 22, 12noon in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)

Vice Dean Aagaard will be with us to discuss course offerings and EELS members will discuss courses they've taken and externships they've completed. Food will be served!


Weekly Mass

Wednesdays at 12:05pm in the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor. If you have any questions, please email Brian McCabe.

The University schedule of worship opportunities is available at


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)

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.


The 50th Anniversary of the Appointment of Justice Thurgood Marshall to the United States Supreme Court 1967-2017

Wednesday, March 22, 7-8:15pm in the Radnor Middle School Auditorium, 150 Louella Avenue, Wayne, PA

Everyone is invited to this public lecture given by Professor Catherine J. Lanctot as part of the faculty community lecture series held to mark the 175th anniversary of Villanova University. Professor Lanctot will provide an historical overview of the era and the importance of President Lyndon B. Johnson's selection of Justice Marshall so as to help implement his goals to ensure liberty and justice for all during the Civil Rights era. After the lecture there will be time for questions.

This educational and historical public lecture it is hoped will inform the conversation at the upcoming 2017 CommUNITY Breakfast of the Main Line "Undoing Racism Day": Embracing the Difference. Save the Date! Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 7:30am until 9:00am in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center. For more information about the CommUNITY Breakfast please email



State Court Clerkship Information Session

Thursday, March 23, 12-1pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Career Strategy Committee will host this information session for students interested in state court clerkships. Current and former students who have obtained state court clerkships will provide information about their experiences and the application process, including deadlines. In addition, Professor Lanctot will pass along tips and information that she has learned from various judges. All students who are applying for state court clerkships are strongly recommended to attend. Please feel free to contact Professors Lanctot, Webb, McMenamin, or Barry with any questions.


VLS Democrats Event in Support of the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, March 23, 12noon in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)     

The VLS Democrats will host an event to support the Affordable Care Act and oppose the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Professor Campbell will speak to the group regarding the importance of preserving the ACA and we will write letters to and call members of Congress in support of the ACA.



The Common Good, Our Common Home Workshops

Friday, 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

Panel Discussion on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Wednesday, March 29, 12-1pm in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)   

The following panelists will be discussing the topic from both a general perspective and from their own real-life experiences: 

  • Kevin Bethel, Former Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department and Current Stoneleigh Fellow at Drexel's Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab
  • Whiquitta Tobar, Zubrow Fellow at the Juvenile Law Center
  • Professor Allison Payne, Villanova University Undergraduate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology
  • Tanya Alvarado, Senior Shareholder at McAndrews Law Offices

Sponsored by the Criminal Law Society and the Education Law Society. Lunch will be served. We hope to see you there! 


2017 VLAA Reception and Awards

Thursday, April 4 at the Union League of Philadelphia

The 2017 Villanova Law Alumni Association Reception and Awards Presentation will celebrate this year’s Alumni Service Award recipients:

Israel J. Floyd ’73, Stephen D. Ford ’73,

VLAA Gerald Abraham Award for Service to Villanova Law


Lawrence R. Kulig ’84 and Matthew I. Whitehorn ’84

VLAA Award for Public Service

Join us as we recognize these remarkable alumni. For more information and to register, visit:


Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium

Sports, Media and Millennials

Friday, April 7, 9am-1pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

This year's symposium features an in-depth look into changing patterns of consumer demand in sports and will bring together industry leaders, media and athletes. For more information see:



Corporate Law Society Executive Board Applications

Deadline to submit is Friday, March 24, 12noon

Applications for next year’s Corporate Law Society Executive Board are officially being accepted. All materials, including answers and requested documents, are due by this Friday, March 24th at 12:00pm to Brittany Jackson, The following are the positions available for next year. All applicants are highly encouraged to reach out to our current CLS Executive Board to learn more about each position.


2017-2018 Available Position

Current Position Holder

Current Holder’s Email


John Mickles


Ian Livaich

Peter Adonizio

Events Coordinator (TWO OPEN POSITIONS)

Michele Greiner

Nicolette Gudkenecht


Jon Hiler

Director of Operations

Austin Marich

Director of Public Relations

Seth Fenster


Brittany Jackson

2L Rep

Tyler Baker

Neil Vaswani

Reece Cooke

3L Rep

Becki Barrett


Please contact John Mickles,, or Brittany Jackson,, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. 


Gazette Submissions

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


Writing Competitions

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in its 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize. Authors should submit an original, unpublished, 10,000–20,000 word essay on a topic that addresses the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review and the author will receive a cash prize of $5,000. The submission deadline is July 1, 2017. More information is available on the American Inns of Court website at


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.