Mon-Friday, April 24-28, 10am-1pm in the Connelly Center Lobby
How does our way of learning and teaching embody the spirit of St. Augustine and essence of Villanova? Share your experiences on the Anniversary Wall…what you have learned as a student…how you have taught your students. Sweet treats will be served. The event is co-hosted with the Villanova Institute for Learning and Teaching and is part of the University’s 175th Anniversary celebration.
Monday, April 24, 12noon in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)
Join the Labor & Employment Law Society to learn more from attorneys in the Philadelphia area on what it's like to practice Labor/Employment Law, ways to enter the field, and to answer student questions. Food will be provided.
In Room 221 at the following dates and times:
Monday, April 24: 2-4pm
Tues-Friday, April 25-28: 10am-noon and 2-4pm
Mon-Friday, May 1-5: 2-4pm
Mon-Friday, May 8-12: 2-4pm
Mon-Wednesday, May 15-17: 10am-noon and 2-4pm
Thursday, May 18: 10am-noon
Detailed information about 3L cap and gown pick-up requirements was sent to all graduating students from the Career Strategy office. Students must complete all exit requirements prior to cap and gown pick-up.
Monday, April 24, 3-4pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)
Paul Horwitz, Gordon Rosen Professor of Law at University of Alabama School of Law, will present on “Unorthodox – or Incompetent – Lawmaking and Religious Liberty.” Professor Horwitz is a leader in First Amendment scholarship. He has authored numerous articles on the first amendment along with two books The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution and First Amendment Institutions.
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Tuesday, April 25, 12:30pm 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 (email@example.com) for more information.
[ WEDNESDAY ]
Wednesday, April 26, 8:30am in the Room for Prayer and Meditation, L04
Centering Prayer is a form of contemplative prayer that is practiced in silence. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Contact Brian McCabe (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Wednesdays at 12:05pm in the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor
Mass will continue to be held throughout the exam period. All are welcome. If you have any questions, please email Brian McCabe.
The University schedule of worship opportunities is available at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/mission/campusministry/liturgicallife.html
Tuesday, May 2, 6pm in the Connelly Center Holy Grounds
Not exactly sure what Fair Trade means? Stop by the Coffee Talk Series event to find out its meaning from a representative from Peet’s Coffee. You will also hear about Villanova’s commitment to responsible farming and sustainable operations. Attendees will receive a gift and taste test samples! The event is co-hosted with Villanova Dining Services and is part of the University’s 175th Anniversary celebration.
The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) would like to congratulate the following students who were selected as 2017 Fellows:
Sarah Baranik de Alarcon (Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo Fellow): HIAS Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Zachary Barnett: Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection (Philadelphia, PA)
Lydia Ellsworth: Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Consumer Housing Unit (Philadelphia, PA)
Molly Krebs (Penny Pether Fellow): National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (Philadelphia, PA)
Kaitlyn Macaulay: Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office (Norristown, PA)
Stephanie Mersch: New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety (Trenton, NJ)
Waqar Rehman: Community Legal Services (Philadelphia, PA)
Nicole Sardella: Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (Philadelphia, PA)
Our thanks to everyone who supported PIFP this year through the Auction, Dean's Cup, and all of our other fundraisers. We could not have done it without you. Have a great summer!
Congratulations to Catrina Shea, who was recently awarded the 2016 Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to women who are currently attending a law school in the United States and have shown leadership and academic success. The award was created by Edith Pearce, a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer and founder of The Pearce Law Firm, to inspire talented females enrolled in law school to compete and excel in the law. Applications for the 2017 Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship are being accepted until May 31, 2017. More information is available on The Pearce Law Firm’s website.
The Criminal Law Society is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 Executive Board members:
President: Kristen Taylor
Vice President: Christian Wynne
Secretary: Gabrielle Outlaw
Treasurer: Julianne Garvey
PR Representative: Siobhan Harding
Congratulations and thank you in advance for your hard work this coming year!
Check out the Law Library’s blog Source Check for resources to help you get ready for finals and put the finishing touches on your research papers! Visit https://villanovalawlibrary.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/its-crunch-time/
When studying for finals, please be aware that the law library is a quiet study area. Please leave the library to engage in conversation or to talk on the phone. Disruptive behavior should be reported to the Circulation/ Reserve Desk or to Public Safety. Note that access to the law library is restricted to Villanova Law ID holders starting Wednesday, April 26th. Please show your ID when you enter the law library and do not allow unauthorized people to enter the building after hours. Good luck on your exams!
Smoking is prohibited both inside and within 75 feet of all University buildings, including the Law School. Thank you for your cooperation.
Legal Grounds (Coffee Bar):
Friday, April 28 8am-9pm
Sat-Sunday, April 29-30 10am-5pm
Mon-Friday, May 1-5 8am-9pm
Sat-Sunday, May 6-7 10am-5pm
Mon-Tuesday, May 8-9 8am-9pm
Wed-Friday, May 10-12 8am-3pm
Sat-Sunday, May 13-14 Closed
Mon-Wednesday, May 15-17 8am-3pm
Thurs-Friday, May 18-19 Closed
Open Mon-Friday 7:30a-2:30p until 5/17
Closed Thurs-Friday 5/18-5/19
The Law School’s Commencement will take place on May 19, 2017. We encourage all graduating students to review the Commencement website so you are informed about the day’s events. The website includes important information about the day’s events, caps and gowns, announcements and photos, seating for guests, parking information, and a campus map of shuttle pick-up locations indicating special needs drop-off areas and handicapped parking. Please share this information with family and friends.
Lockers will be cleaned over the summer. Please remove all items from your locker by the end of the semester and leave the lock on the locker. Any items remaining in lockers after Friday, May 12th, will be discarded.
1Ls and 2Ls: If you want a different locker next year, please contact Cheryl Baro at email@example.com.
3Ls: If you would like to use your locker during the summer bar review course, please notify Cheryl Baro at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 12.
Researching this summer? Starting a job in an unfamiliar practice area? Get a jump-start by consulting with a law librarian before your first day. Sign up for an individual meeting by emailing your legal research instructor or email@example.com. Please indicate who your employer is and what you know about the type of work you will be doing. Can’t meet? Put the Law Library contact information in your phone and call or email whenever you have questions this summer and throughout your career: 610 519-7020 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, keep in mind that our online Legal Research Guides are available 24/7. Your Law Librarians are here for you!
Bloomberg Law – Your access to Bloomberg Law will continue for six months after graduation. During that time, you may use Bloomberg for research related to bar preparation, interview preparation, private study or employment. You do not need to register for this extended access.
Lexis Advance – Your access to Lexis Advance will continue until December 31, 2017 but it must be accessed through http://www.lexisnexis.com/grad-access/ On July 1st your Lexis landing page will change to job and career information. You have until June 30th to spend any accumulated Lexis points. Graduating students who will be employed by nonprofit organizations can also apply for the Lexis ASPIRE ID Program that gives you 12 months of free access to Lexis primary materials and select secondary materials. See the grad access link for more information.
Westlaw - Your access to Westlaw will be severely limited after graduation unless you take their survey for Graduate Elite access. The Graduate Elite program provides up to 60 hours of searching per month until November 2017. Logon to your Westlaw account and click on the Graduate link for details on eligibility.
Current 1Ls and 2Ls – Summer Access:
Bloomberg Law - Your access to Bloomberg Law will not change. You may use either system for research related to any schoolwork, private study or employment during the summer.
Lexis Advance - Your access to Lexis Advance will not change. Lexis permits research related to any schoolwork, private study or employment during the summer. Note that some employer policies require the use of firm accounts.
Westlaw - Your access to Westlaw will be limited to a set number of hours for academic use per month during June and July unless you register for summer access before the end of May. You may register for summer access if needed for academic purposes, such as:
To register for summer access, logon to your Westlaw account and look for Summer Westlaw Use information. Click the Extend your password link.
This is the final Gavel Gazette for this semester. Items for first issue of the Fall 2017 semester must be submitted to email@example.com by 10am on Friday, August 18.
Prizes of $5000, $3000, and $1000 will be awarded for the best papers addressing one or more legal issues in the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined. Entries are due by June 15, 2017. www.actec.org
Prizes of $1500 and $750 will be awarded for the best model “Supreme Court majority opinion” addressing the issue before the Court in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley. All winning entries and selected runner-ups will be posted on the Founders First Freedom website. Entries must be received by 5pm on June 23, 2017. Founders First Freedom is a non-profit organization that exists to promote quality education and scholarship in matters involving the religion clauses of the United States Constitution. http://foundersfirstfreedom.org/
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 home.innsofcourt.org/BurgerPrize.
The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize that may be presented at an agreed-upon CJS event with approved transportation costs not to exceed $800 to be covered by the Section. Entries must be received by July 1, 2017. The topic for this year’s competition centers on how technology impacts privacy and whether the advent of new technologies demand a new Fourth Amendment standard to protect citizens from police monitoring. Full detail are available at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice.html.
Prizes of $1000, $500 will be awarded for the best papers addressing any area of Animal Law. Entries are due by July 14, 2017. http://www.nysba.org/animalsandthelaw/
If you are interested in participating in one of the many annual law student writing competition, check out the Library Writing Competitions Guide: http://libguides.law.villanova.edu/writingcompetitions. There is information in the Guide regarding the mechanics of writing for publication, as well as lists of open competitions.