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Week of 27 October 2014



  • Law Review V. 60 Publication Decisions

On behalf of the Student Works Editors, the Managing Board, and the rest of the Law Review, please join us in congratulating the following staff writers whose articles were selected for publication in Volume 60, Issue 2 of the Villanova Law Review:

1.             Kristen Ashe, The District Court Tried to Make Me Go to Rehab, the Eleventh Circuit Said "No, No, No": The Divide over Rehabilitation's Role in Criminal Sentencing and Need for Reform following United States v. Vandergrift

2.             Melissa Hensinger, Shut the State Court's Doors: Diversity Jurisdiction of National Banks in the Ninth Circuit's Rouse v. Wachovia Mortgage

3.             Matthew Kaiser, Sit . . . Stay . . . Now Beg for Me.  A Look at the Courthouse Dogs Program and the Legal Standard Pennsylvania Should Use to Determine Whether a Dog Can Accompany a Child on the Witness Stand

4.             Melissa Ruth, What to Expect when Someone Is Expecting for You: New Jersey Needs to Protect Parties to Gestational Surrogacy Agreements Following In re T.J.S.

5.             Michael Stenger, The First Circuit Strikes Out in Jones v. City of Boston: A Pitch for Practical Significance in Disparate Impact Cases

Please also join us in congratulating the following staff writer, whose article will be published on the Villanova Law Review’s online companion, Tolle Lege:

Jamey Collidge, "I Mean, You're Not Staff": The Employee Classification Circuit Split and Why the Southern District of New York's Totality of the Circumstances Test in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. Deserves a Leading Role

Additionally, every year the Law Review selects an article to send to a national writing competition to represent our journal.  Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers, was founded in 1953 to honor legal writers and encourage a “clear, succinct, and forceful style in legal writing.”  The award will be given for the year’s best student-written article from law reviews and journals across the county.  This year, we have selected Michael Stenger’s article (listed above) as our submission to the competition.

  • Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, including the Law School.

Smoking is also prohibited 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). Please be respectful of your colleagues.

  • Lost and Found: Reminder

Lost and Found is located at the Circulation/Reserve Desk in the law library.  There’s a sweater, sunglasses, scarf, textbooks, a few keys, a few single earrings here now.  Please stop by to see if anything might be yours.  If you put your name in your textbooks, notebooks, we can email you.

  • WK Online Study Aids Library

Villanova Law School has partnered with Wolters Kluwer/Aspen to bring you online access to Wolters Kluwer’s Study Aids Digital Library which contains the Examples & Explanations series, the Glannon Guides, the Crunchtime series, Emmanual Law Outlines and many other study aids and hornbooks all at the discounted rate of $60 for a 12-month period. Several students experienced some access problems in the last few weeks but those have been resolved. You can register for access here: Directions for purchasing the subscription and logging into the product can be found on the Library’s Blog, Source Check. Please contact the Library Reference Desk with any questions 610-519-7024.

  • Submitting Items for the Gavel Gazette

To submit an item for the next Gavel Gazette, please email it to by 10am on Friday for the following week’s issue.


Law School Events


  • Sustainable Law Careers

Monday, October 27, 5:00-6:00pm in room 103

Learn from Villanova Law graduates how you can use your Villanova Law Degree to build a sustainable career. Brief introductions from each alum will be followed by Q&A from the audience. Current panelist include: Yolanda Pagano, the director of sustainable strategies and solutions for O’Brien and Gere; and Brad Molotsky the Executive Vice President for Brandywine Realty Trust.

  • Fashion and Art Law Society

Tuesday, October 28, 12:15pm, in Room 201

Please join the Fashion Law Society and the Art Law Society on Tuesday, October 28th at 12:15 pm, Room 201 as they host speaker Miriam DeChant, Director of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Miriam will speak about the various legal issues facing fashion designers, artists, and corporations in the creative field. Food will be served. For questions, please email

  • "Pimps, Prostitution, and Prosecutions: Sex Trafficking and Social Justice in Philly"

Wednesday, October 29, 12:10pm, in Room 101

CARD will be hosting a brown bag lunch with special speaker Shea M. Rhodes, Esq.  Ms. Rhodes will be sharing an inside look into the problem of sex-trafficking in Philadelphia and provide insight into the evolving state law.  Ms. Rhodes is an Adjunct Professor and Fellow-in-Residence at the VLS Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation. She is a passionate "on the ground" expert for the anti-trafficking movement in PA - currently working as a defense attorney and child advocate on complex cases involving survivors of trafficking.  She is a former Philadelphia Asst. District Attorney.

Sponsored by the Coalition Advocating for Rights and Dignity. Cookies will be provided.

Questions? email

  • Immigration Law Society Training

The Immigration Law Society is holding training for students to learn how to prepare a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) application. The training will be on November 5th from 3:30-5:30, location TBD. No prior experience in immigration is necessary, and all students are welcome to attend. Participants will then be eligible to assist clients in preparing DACA applications at La Comunidad Hispana in Kennett Square.

To register to attend, sign up in the following Google Doc -

  • From the Corps to the Courtroom - Celebrating Veterans Day with Lessons on Leadership

Tuesday, November 11, 6pm, in Room 102

Reception to follow in the Student Lounge*

Calling all veterans! The WLC would like to extend a special invitation to all veterans.  If you are a veteran and interested in learning more about the event or how to get involved, please contact Ashley Keefer at

  • Immigration Law Society "Without a Hand to Hold: the Alarming Rise of Unaccompanied Minors in the U.S."

Tuesday, November 11, 4:45-6:00pm, in the Blank Rome Dining Room

  • Tax Law Society Presents: Corporate Tax Aggressiveness - Update on Corporate Tax Base Erosion, Inversions, and Policy.

Friday, November 7, 11:45am - 1:00pm, in Room 201

Please join the Tax Law Society in welcoming Professor Harvey and Professor Duquette in our exciting Fall Semester Tax Law seminar. This program is intended to educate participants on the status quo of corporate taxation and motives and methods for corporate structuring, and restructuring in today's fickle markets.  Corporate taxation has been a driver in domestic and international corporate restructuring, and this program is intended to identify certain areas of concern in how corporations are aggressively reacting to shareholder demands for profit growth. Topics of discussion will include the current corporate tax climate, the Treasury Department's current focus on taxation, and corporate aggressiveness in meting demands of insistent shareholders. A Q&A session will follow for the remainder of the program. If you have any questions, please email Terrance Pak at Food and drink will be provided.

  • Blood Drive

Monday, November 10, 12-5pm, in the Student Lounge


Click Here to schedule an appointment

Or go to and use sponsor code: VUlawschool

Donor Eligibility Guidelines: Click Here or call 1 800 RED CROSS

Donation Tips (including tips for after donating):  Click Here

Tips to boost your iron level: Click here

Area hospital patients are counting on you!

Remember to HYDRATE- Drink lots of water. And please remember your ID.

  • Ryan Forum

Friday, November 14, 8:45am-12:30pm

Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, “Delivering Quality Health Care Today – Challenges, Opportunities and the Law.” 

Commerical Vendor Notices

  • Barbri

"BARBRI will be tabling in the cafeteria on Monday, October 20th all day. 1Ls - come by and get your free outline book! 2Ls - come by and update your accounts! 3Ls - come by and see what exciting new features we have for our bar exam and learn about important bar exam updates. For anyone taking the MPRE, this will be Villanova's MPRE book pick up day. Remember, our live MPRE lecture will be on Monday, October 27th. Any questions? Contact Jenna Peppenelli at"

University Events

Honor Board Matters


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

Make Up Classes and Annoucements


Thursday, October 23: Legal Writing- Edelman

Make Up:

Sentencing and Punishment- Professor Chanenson
(extending until noon):
October 23
October 30

Thursday, November 19: Sentencing and Punishment-Chanenson, Room 102, 5-6:30pm

Thursday, November 13: Crim Law-Chanenson, Room 202, 1-2:15pm

Thursday, November 20: Crim Law-Chanenson, Room 202, 1-2:15pm

Friday, November 7: Cannon Law- Professor Mesure, Room 203, 1:15-3:15 pm

Monday, November 10: Dispute Resolution-Forer, Room 201, 6:40-8:40pm

Tuesday, November 25: Trial Advocacy- Packal, Room 307, 3:10-5:10 pm


Friday, October 24: Introduction to Federal Tax- Mullane, Room 302, 1-2:25 pm