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New Law Library Access Policy

Effective Tuesday, October 13

The Villanova Law Library is open to law students, faculty and staff whenever they have access to the building with their wildcard. It is also open to alumni, the university community, attorneys and the general public during the semester, before finals, Monday – Thursday from 8am to 7pm and Friday 8am to 5pm. To better monitor who is using the library, a new access policy will go into effect on Tuesday, October 13th. Under the new policy everyone entering the law library will be asked to show ID. Please bring your wildcard and show it at the Circulation/Reserve Desk as you enter the law library. Anyone who does not have a Villanova Law ID will be “checked in” by a library worker. We ask for your cooperation and patience as we implement this new access policy. Please direct any questions or comments to Associate Dean Vicenç Feliú at


Congratulations to the Winners of the Fall Honor Board Election!

Lauren Docktor
Brittany Jackson
Ian Livaich
Dan Madonna
Eduardo Morales
Nicole Seymour
Holly Sofield
Carolyn Toll
Stephanie Wood


Wellness Tip: Stress assessment & feedback

Students are often unfamiliar with the various resources and services available on campus to prevent and cope with stress. The stress management feedback program focuses on building student skills in resourcefulness and addressing specific expressions of stress. Students who schedule a stress assessment and feedback consultation will be able to identify their personal symptoms and signs of stress, existing resources and services on campus to prevent and cope with stress, and will set a stress management goal in collaboration with a Health Promotion staff member. For a stress consultation, students should e-mail to connect law students with resources to help best manage your stress. For additional information: or contact Nancy Whalen, Director of Student Affairs


Law School Events

Intellectual Property Society First General Meeting

Monday, October 5, 12noon in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)

We will discuss IP Society events for the 2015-16 year, as well as course and career options. Additionally, Professor Michael Risch will present information about the new IP concentration at VLS. Finally, we will discuss open positions on the executive board for the upcoming semester. You do not need to have a science background to be in the club! Pizza will be served.

Tolle Lege: Encounter the Augustinian Heritage of Villanova

Monday, October 5 at noon in room 307

“Tolle Lege”, translates as “Pick up and read.” These are the words which St. Augustine heard encouraging him to encounter the Scripture passages which would inspire his conversion. Please join us for a gathering on to encounter the Augustinian heritage of Villanova as a way of exploring the experience of our own lives today. We will use the Mission and Ministry publication, Tolle Lege as our guide. Please email Brian McCabe ( or stop by the Student Services Suite to receive a free copy or for more information.

Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law Annual Speaker Series

4-5pm in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

Wednesday, October 7

Q&A session featuring Scott O’Neil ’92 VSB, Chief Executive Officer for the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils, and Prudential Center


Wednesday, October 28

Howie Roseman, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Philadelphia Eagles


Wednesday, November 11

Nick Sakiewicz, CEO and Operating Partner for the Philadelphia Union


Click here for more information.


20th Anniversary of the Million Man March: Justice or Else!

Saturday, October 10, 10am in Washington, DC

Please join the Villanova Law Black Law Students Association as we participate in this gathering commemorating the efforts the many black men who marched twenty years ago and make our voices heard regarding current civil rights issues. Our chapter’s BLSA T-shirts will be available by that date, and we ask that everyone who is participating purchase a T-shirt so that we attend the event as a cohesive team. T-shirts are $10 and a portion of the fundraising proceeds will go towards a donation to the cause surrounding the Million Man March. Students participating are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements. For further details, contact Natasha Felder or visit


John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Culture

Friday, October 16, 10:30am-5pm in the Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

Henry Paul Monaghan, the Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia Law School, has helped generations of jurists, scholars and students understand the meaning of the Constitution of the United States by evaluating the document's perfections while insisting upon its imperfections. The Tenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics and Culture explores Monaghan's scholarship by focusing on three of his landmark articles. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5 CLE credits (4 substantive, 1 ethics). Click here for more information.


VLS Alumni Association NovUs Chapter Service Project

Saturday, October 17, 9-11am at 2901 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129

The SHARE Food Program ( is a nonprofit organization serving a regional network of community organizations engaged in food distribution, education, and advocacy. With over 2,000 packages ordered each month, the SHARE Center Warehouse welcomes volunteer groups to make boxes, bag products, and package orders. Join NovUs to help SHARE get a head start on October's bagging. Click here to register. Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (610) 519-7054.


CARD Speaker: Working with Victims of Human Trafficking

Monday, October 19, 12noon in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

Please join the Coalition Advocating for Rights and Dignity (CARD) to learn about human trafficking from Jamie Manirakiza, MSW and Arielle Curry, MSS, social workers from the Salvation Army's New Day Drop-In Center. The Drop-In Center is a Kensington (Philadelphia) area safe space for victims of human trafficking. Our speakers will discuss their experiences at the Drop-In Center, the victims they serve, and the importance of providing trauma-informed care to – as opposed to arrest and incarceration of – victims.

Pizza and snacks will be served. Please RSVP by Thursday, October 8, to our Facebook event page ( or


Reza Taleghani JD/MBA Program

Information Session: Friday, November 6, 12-1pm in room 303

In connection with Villanova's top-ranked School of Business (VSB), students at Villanova Law School have the opportunity to pursue a joint JD/MBA degree in three years.  

Please join us for a presentation regarding this program. VSB Admissions staff will be on hand to discuss the application process and your options regarding degree completion.

Click here to register.

If you are unable to attend, but would like further information, please contact Professor O'Hare (o', April Barton (, or Meredith Lockyer ( For more information about the Program visit our website.


Mass Schedule

Each Wednesday at 12:05 pm in the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice

All are welcome. The Chapel is located on the first floor of the southwest wing of the law school building, down the hall from the admissions office and student services suite.

The University liturgy schedule:

Daily Mass 12:05pm and 5:30pm, Corr Chapel

Saturday 5:30pm, Corr Chapel (in Spanish)

Sunday 7:30am, 10:30am, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, and 9:00pm, St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Commerical Vendor Notices

University Events / Outside Events

“Pull of Gravity” Screening

Wednesday, October 7, 4-6pm in the Ceremonial Courtroom, Federal Courthouse (601 Market Street, Philadelphia)

Law School faculty and students are invited to a screening of "Pull of Gravity," a documentary about returning home after prison. The film will be shown as part of a Federal Reentry Court Seminar. The screening will be followed by remarks from Third Circuit Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee and a Q & A session with the filmmaker, El Sawyer.

Honor Board Matters


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Make Up Classes and Annoucements


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