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Week of 27 November 2017

Events This Week


Hanukkah Party

Monday, November 27, 12-1pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

Join the JLSA to celebrate the Festival of Lights.



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. The final Mindfulness session for the semester will be December 12. Contact John Edwards ( for more information.


SBA’s Midnight Breakfast

Tuesday, November 28, 4-6pm in the Blank Rome LLP Dining Room



Weekly Mass

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

Weekly Mass at the Law School will continue through the exam period, with the final Mass of the semester being December 13. If you have any questions, please email John Edwards.

The University schedule of worship opportunities is available at


Coming Events


Good Luck on Exams!

Information regarding exam times, rooms, and permitted materials is available at


Exam Preparation Reminder

If you have not yet completed the process to install, test and certify the Exam4 application for your upcoming exams, please complete the process as soon as possible. Please refer to the information in the Blackboard Organization titled Fall 2017 Exam4 Midterm/Finals xL (x = your class year). For assistance, please stop by the Tech Zone. Additional support options include completing a request through the Self-Service Help Desk (, or call (610-519-7700) the Tech Zone during business hours. Thank you.


It’s the Finals Countdown—Are You Ready?

Looking for study aids, sample questions, or old exams? Check out the Study Aids & Exam Strategies research guide for a list of all Examples & Explanations, Understanding Series, Black Letter Outlines, and other study aids and hornbooks available in our print collection along with links to the online exam database, CALI exercises, and other online materials to get you ready for finals or help you finish up those research papers! And you can pick up free earplugs at the library reference desk, courtesy of CALI.


Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, including the Law School, and within 75 feet of all buildings, which includes…

o    the front of the law school,

o    the walkway from the parking garage,

o    the outdoor dining area,

o    all entrances. 

This policy covers all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco and dip). Thank you for your cooperation.


Dining Services Hours

The cafeteria will be open normal hours (M-F 8am-2:30pm) until Friday, December 15.

The coffee bar will be open: 

  • 8am-9pm M-F until December 15
  • 10am-5pm Sat/Sunday, December 2, 3
  • 10am-5pm Sat/Sunday, December 9, 10
  • 8am-3pm Monday-Thursday, December 18-21


Emergency Closing Information

The Law School rarely closes because of weather or emergency conditions, but should it become appropriate that information will be available on the Law School website, our Emergency Cancellation Line 610-519-7744, and a notice will be sent via Nova Alert. If you have not signed up for Nova Alert, you may do so online at MyNova>Novasis>Personal Information>Nova Alert – Sign-up.

The Law School also has an Emergency Cancellation Line: 610-519-7744. This is a listen-only number that will carry details regarding closing, late opening, early closing and library access. Please do not call the main number to obtain information available on the Emergency Cancellation Line.


Gazette Submission Deadline

This is the last Gavel Gazette for this semester. Items for the first issue in the next semester must be submitted to by 10am on Friday, January 12.


Writing Competitions/Scholarships

Center for Alcohol Policy Annual National Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy is accepting entries for its 10th Annual National Essay Contest. The Center’s national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation. The topic for this year’s contest is: “The Supreme Court has recognized ‘temperance’ as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?” The deadline for entries is December 1, 2017. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. Details are available here.


Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition

Prizes of $2000 and $1000 will be awarded for the top two papers addressing any aspect of federal tax law. Winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter, the Report, or in The Federal Lawyer. Entries must be submitted by January 8, 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.