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Week of 24 April 2017

Events This Week


VITAL Interactive Display

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.


Labor & Employment Law Roundtable

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.


Cap and Gown Pick Up

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.


40th Annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture

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.



Mindfulness Meditation

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 ( for more information.



Centering Prayer

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 ( 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

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


Coming Events

Coffee Talk Series: What is Fair Trade?

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.



Congratulations to the 2017 PIFP Fellows!

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 BarnettPennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection (Philadelphia, PA)

Lydia EllsworthPhiladelphia Legal Assistance, Consumer Housing Unit (Philadelphia, PA)

Molly Krebs (Penny Pether Fellow): National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (Philadelphia, PA)

Kaitlyn MacaulayMontgomery County District Attorney’s Office (Norristown, PA)

Stephanie MerschNew Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety (Trenton, NJ)

Waqar RehmanCommunity Legal Services (Philadelphia, PA)

Nicole SardellaPhiladelphia 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!


Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

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.


Criminal Law Society Executive Board

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!


Study Guides, Practice Questions, Old Exams and More!

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


Law Library: Access and Quiet Study Zone

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 Policy Reminder

Smoking is prohibited both inside and within 75 feet of all University buildings, including the Law School. Thank you for your cooperation.


Hours for Legal Grounds and the Cafeteria from Finals through Commencement

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 Sat-Sunday

Closed Thurs-Friday 5/18-5/19


Commencement Information for 3Ls

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 must be emptied by Friday, May 12

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

3Ls: If you would like to use your locker during the summer bar review course, please notify Cheryl Baro at by Friday, May 12.


Legal Research Refresher & Tips

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 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 Also, keep in mind that our online Legal Research Guides are available 24/7. Your Law Librarians are here for you!


Summer and Post-Graduation Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw

Graduating 3Ls:

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  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:

  • work on Moot Court or a law review or journal
  • an unpaid externship for which you receive law school credit
  • or work as a faculty research assistant.

To register for summer access, logon to your Westlaw account and look for Summer Westlaw Use information. Click the Extend your password link.

Questions about post-graduation and summer access to these databases may be sent to Regina Kozul, or Lori Corso,


Gazette Submissions

This is the final Gavel Gazette for this semester. Items for first issue of the Fall 2017 semester must be submitted to by 10am on Friday, August 18.


Writing Competitions

Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition sponsored by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

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.


Founders First Freedom Law Student Writing Competition

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.


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


William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section

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


NY Bar Association Committee on Animals and the Law Writing Competition

Prizes of $1000, $500 will be awarded for the best papers addressing any area of Animal Law. Entries are due by July 14, 2017.


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.