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Week of 19 February 2018

Events This Week


The Constitutional Power of Impeachment: Congress’s Ultimate “Trump”

Monday, February 19, 12noon-1pm in Room 302

The Federalist Society is hosting Professor Michael Paulsen from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Lunch will be provided.  



ABA Site Team Lunch Meeting with Law Students

Tuesday, February 20, 12-1pm in the Ambassador David F. Girard-diCarlo ’73 and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo ’74 Student Lounge

The American Bar Association (ABA) will be sending a Site Team to our Law School on Sunday, February 18 – Wednesday, February 21. This visit is part of our seven-year site evaluation and accreditation process. The Site Team members will hold an open meeting with students on February 20. All students are encouraged to attend! The Team invites students to engage in an open and friendly conversation about your thoughts about our academic program. Box lunches will be served.


Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesdays at 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 ( 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 that is practiced in silence. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Contact Brian McCabe ( for more information.


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



Business Law Concentration Information Session for 1L Students

Thursday, February 22 at 12noon in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

1L students who are interested in learning more about the Law School’s Business Law Concentration are invited to this Information Session. Professor Booth and Professor O’Hare will talk about the requirements and benefits of the BLC, as well as the application procedures, and current BLC students will talk about their experiences in the program.


Black History Month Celebration: Honoring the Past While Being the Future

Thursday, February 22 at 4:30pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

Join BLSA as we celebrate black culture through fashion, spoken word, and other performances. Students from the law school and undergraduate programs will be performing. Food will be provided.


International Law Society Speaker

Thursday, February 22 at 12noon in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

Join the International Law Society for a Skype call with Neal Cohen. He will be discussing his experience in international law. Food will be served.


Black History Month Quizzo

Thursday, February 22, 6-8pm at Gullifty's Restaurant in Bryn Mawr

Come join BLSA after our Black History Month Celebration for trivia fun. First 20 attendees receive a prize.



Fashion Law Symposium

Friday, February 23, 9am-12pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Rules of Fashion: Understanding the Regulatory Side of the Fashion Industry

The Fourth Annual Fashion Law Symposium will gather lawyers and non-lawyers to examine regulatory issues faced by designers and fashion houses alike. Panelists include representatives from David’s Bridal, Lilly Pulitzer, Michael Kors and Vineyard Vines.


Writing Sample Workshop with Writing Specialist, Steve Schultz

Friday, February 23, 12-1pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

This workshop will introduce students to the process of selecting and preparing a legal writing sample. We will discuss how to choose a sample, what kind of feedback students can appropriately solicit, and which features to focus on when revising. All students are welcome, and should read the three documents in the “Writing Sample Workshop Reading Assignments” folder on Blackboard (located in the spring PD course), prior to the workshop. Feel free to bring your lunch.


Coming Events

Moorad Center Speaker Series Presents Doris Burke

Monday, February 26 at 12noon in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

Doris Burke, NBA Game Analyst with ESPN, joins Moorad Center Director Andrew Brandt for a one-on-one conversation in the Goldberg Commons. A highly respected broadcaster, Burke became the first woman to work as a network analyst for NBA games in 2017. 


Training Session for the Montgomery County Criminal Record Expungement Community Clinic

Monday, February 26, 4-6pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender will co-host a Criminal Record Expungement Community Clinic on Saturday, March 17, at Arcadia University, from 9am until 4pm. Anyone who wants to participate in the community clinic must attend this training session hosted by the Pro Bono Society. Please bring your laptops! 


JD/MPA Joint Degree Program Information Session

Monday, March 12 at 12noon in Room 307

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.


Clinic Early Registration Information Sessions

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13 and 14, 12:05-1pm in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

The Clinical Program is hosting two events where clinic faculty, staff, and some past clinic students will be present to answer questions you may have. There will be informative brochures available to assist you with your decisions regarding choice of clinics. Soft pretzels and beverages will be served.


Clinical Program Registration for 2018-19

Thursday, March 15 at 9am until Friday, March 16 at midnight

All current 1L & 2L students may register for a clinic: go to the VLS homepage, choose the “Current Students” tab, choose “Registrar” then click on “Clinic Registration Form” and complete the form. Students interested in CARES should then click on “CARES Application” and complete the additional registration steps.

For the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee & Emigrant Services (CARES) only, students must complete both the Clinic Registration Form and the CARES Application. Both 1Ls and 2Ls may submit applications for CARES to Deborah Rubino, the CARES Paralegal, at beginning at 9am on Thursday, March 15th, and ending at midnight on Friday, March 16th.


21st Annual PIFP Auction

Friday, March 23, 6-9pm at the Law School

The Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) provides financial support to students who commit their summers to public service legal work. The highlight of PIFP’s fundraising efforts is its annual spring auction, which in recent years has featured 250 to 300 silent and live auction items donated by individuals and businesses throughout Greater Philadelphia and across the country. Please join PIFP in helping public interest organizations to deliver volunteer legal services to those in need. 



Congratulations to our Trial Team

This past weekend, our Trial Team was named as one of four finalists out of 26 law school teams that competed in the National Trial Competition Regional Tournament hosted in Philadelphia.  This competition is sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and is considered the premiere trial advocacy tournament in the country.

The three student advocates who comprised our finalist team were 3L Alexa Arndt, 2L Samuel Cooper and 2L Samantha Fitzpatrick.  Also representing Villanova were 3L LaVelle King, 2L John Morgan, and 2L Scott Zlotnick who also finished with a winning record. The team was coached by Brian McBeth VLS '15, Steven Patton VLS '15, and Zach Wynkoop.

Congratulations to our students and their coaches on their impressive performance.


Scholarships for Environmental Law Forum

This year’s Environmental Law Forum, an annual gathering of Pennsylvania environmental and energy lawyers, will be held in Harrisburg on April 11 and 12, 2018.  As in past years, the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Law Section is offering a limited number of scholarships for Pennsylvania law students to attend the Forum.  Each scholarship includes free tuition to the two-day program, the section dinner on April 11, and hotel accommodations on April 10 and 11.  The scholarship also covers hotel parking and a mileage reimbursement for travel to Harrisburg.

The Environmental Law Forum is the premier continuing legal education program for environmental practitioners in Pennsylvania.  It attracts 250+ practicing attorneys and covers numerous environmental topics.  If you are interested in pursuing a career in environmental law, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the field and to meet potential employers. 

If you would like to be considered for one of the scholarships, please send Professor Aagaard a brief statement of interest by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 23. The statement should explain your interest in environmental law, any background (courses, work experience, activities) you have in environmental law, and your interest in attending the Forum.


Gazette Submission Deadline

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


Study Abroad/Writing Competitions

Loyola Law School Summer Immersion in Israel 

Loyola Law School in Los Angeles will offer a 2018 summer program in Israel, at Bar Ilan University, in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, widely ranked as one of the world’s most attractive tourist destinations. The courses and externships offered range in length from 2 to 8 weeks with up to 8 credit units. For further details, visit The deadline to apply is February 28, 2018.


American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 2018 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

TOPIC: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” This provision is a powerful protector of privacy rights for individuals. Despite this, the one-sentence amendment is vague, and what constitutes reasonableness has been left to the judicial branch for interpretation. $2500 cash prize - Deadline for submission is July 1, 2018

Questions? E-mail or call the editor at (312) 988-6089. For more information about the Section, programs for law students, and Criminal Justice magazine, visit


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.