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Week of 16 January 2017

Events This Week

Happy Anniversary, Villanova!

The University is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a series of events this week – check them out at


Weekly Mass

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

The University liturgy schedule:
Daily Mass 12:05pm and 5:30pm, Corr Chapel
Saturday 5:30pm, Corr Chapel (Spanish)
Sunday 7:30am, 10:30am, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, and 9:00pm, St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Questions? Contact Brian McCabe (


Student Hours with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Thursday, January 19, 11am-3pm in Room 106B (next to SBA) 

Laurie Besden, Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will be at the Law School for any student who wants to speak with her confidentially. LCL provides free, confidential resources, support and information. Please email Laurie in advance for an appointment or stop in if the door is open, no appointment needed. If you are unable to meet during these student hours but you or someone you care about is struggling with any problem, please call the LCL 24/7 Helpline 1-888-999-1941.


Coming Events

MLK Keynote Speaker: Rasheedah Phillips

Thursday, January 26, 4:45-6:15pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

Rasheedah Phillips is an artist, author, and managing attorney of the Landlord-Tenant Housing Unit of Community Legal Services, where she advocates for clients facing eviction. She began her legal career as a 2008 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow, and from 2008-2012 she directed the Childcare Law Project, which provided legal support to child care providers, including non-profits and small business owners, and advocated on legislative issues that affect child care businesses. Ms. Phillips is also the creator of Community Futures Lab, a performance space and community center located in the Sharswood area of North Philadelphia, where she and other local artists and advocates are documenting the histories of the rapidly changing neighborhood. Her work was recently referenced in the New York Times and Art in America, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2013 Next Generation of Women Leaders Rising Star Award and the 2016 Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art. Sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP.



New Adjunct Faculty

This semester we welcome the following new adjunct faculty members to our Community. Learn about them in the Adjunct Faculty section of the Faculty Profiles page of our website.

  • Laura Genovese -  Copyright Law
  • Heather Hansen - Medical Malpractice
  • Steve Harvey - Law, Science and Advocacy
  • Lee Sporn  - Fashion Law


Forgot Your Locker Combination?

If you forgot your locker combination please contact Cheryl Baro in room 141 or at


Please Update Your Contact Information

Whether this is your first year at VLS or you are a seasoned 2L or 3L, you are obligated to keep the Registrar’s office up to date on your current contact information.

If you did not submit an Address/Emergency Contact Form last semester, please do so now. If you did submit a form but some of your information has changed, please fill one out again. Please know your information is never released to an outside source without your permission.


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 & Cell Phone Information.


Smoking Policy

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

  • the front of the law school,
  • the walkway from the parking garage,
  • the outdoor dining area,
  • all entrances. 

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


University Book Store Hours

Monday-Thursday, January 16-19    8am – 8pm

Friday, January 20                          8am – 6pm

Saturday, January 21                      10am – 5pm

Sunday, January 22                        11am – 4pm

Monday-Thursday, January 23-26    8am – 7pm

Friday, January 27                          8am – 5pm

Saturday, January 28                      10am – 4pm

Sunday, January 29                        11am – 4pm


Gavel Gazette Deadline

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


Writing Competitions

Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP

A prize of $5000 will be awarded for the best essay on a question concerning the ethical concerns arising under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where a law firm seeks to affiliate itself with litigation funding companies, including undertaking represention of one such company, and, in turn, recommending its services to the firm’s clients. The contest hypothetical and rules are available at Submissions are due March 3, 2017.


Law School Admission Council Diversity Committee Writing Compeition

A prize of $5000 may be awarded in each of three categories (1L, 2L, 3L/4L) for the best papers on “Why pipeline programs targeting students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds are essential to the future of the legal profession.” The winning essays will be posted at, and one winning paper will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Legal Education or similar publication. Submissions are due March 31, 2017. Questions and submissions may be directed to


Tannenwald Writing Competition co-sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and the American College of Tax Counsel

Prizes of $5000, $2500, and $1500 will be awarded for the top three papers addressing any federal or state tax-related topic. Entries must be submitted by July 5, 2017. Further information is available at

Class Changes

Class cancellations, reschedules and room changes are listed here.