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Week of 13 November 2017

Events This Week


Quarter-Final Round of the 58th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Monday, November 13 at 5:30pm and 7:30pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101) and in Room 301

The following teams have advanced to the Quarter-Final Round:

Zachary Barnett & Molly Krebs

Kelly Barry & Samuel Cooper

Steven Lee & Daniel Sulvetta

Thalia Malespin & Kyle Platt

Stephanie Mersch & David Secor

John Miraglia & Timothy Muyano

John Morgan & Jerry Rassias

Alexander Stella & Scott Zlotnick


Villanova at 175: A Festival of Augustinian Imagination

Now through November 19

Join us for the final week of events as we revisit and reimagine Villanova’s commitment to the virtues of unitas, veritas, and caritas, oneness, truth and generous love. For the full schedule of events, visit:



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. Contact John Edwards ( for more information.


Semi-Final Round of the 58th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30pm in the Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)



Informational Meeting on Federal Clerkships

Wednesday, November 15, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Room 306

The Career Strategy Committee invites all 2L and 3L students interested in federal clerkships to attend this informational meetingAmong the speakers will be Matt Coin ’16, who is currently serving as a law clerk to Judge Renee Bumb (D.N.J.).  Please contact Professor Cathy Lanctot if you would like additional information.


Weekly Mass

Wednesdays at 12:05pm in the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor. If you have any questions, please email John Edwards.

The University schedule of worship opportunities is available at


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

Wednesday, November 15, 4-5:15pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

Speaker: Howie Roseman, General Manager, Philadelphia Eagles

The series is free and open to the Villanova community and the public. No registration required.



Final Round of the 58th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Thursday, November 16 at 5:30pm in the Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

The Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition is an annual intra-school tournament and a hallowed tradition at Villanova Law. Named in honor of the late Theodore L. Reimel, Judge for the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas from 1953 to 1973, the competition is designed to foster student development in written and oral advocacy through simulated appellate argument. This year’s distinguished panel of judges includes:   

The Honorable Jaynee LaVecchia, Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey

The Honorable Anne M. Patterson, Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey

Gregory G. Garre, 44th U.S. Solicitor General and Partner at Latham & Watkins

The Honorable Sallie Updyke Mundy, Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

The Honorable D. Brooks Smith, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


Coming Events


Congratulations to Our Winning Trial Team!

Last weekend, the VLS Trial Team students finished as quarterfinalists in the University of Florida National Trial Advocacy Tournament in Gainesville, Florida.  Samuel Cooper, Samantha Fitzpatrick and Jordan Morgan (2Ls), along with LaVelle King (3L), competed against teams from across the country. The team argued a criminal case involving involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence.  They were coached by Steven Patton (VLS ‘15) and Zachary Wynkoop, both of whom are Assistant District Attorneys in Philadelphia. 


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, please do so now. If you did submit a form but some of your information has changed, please fill one out again. You can find the form at:

Please know your information is never released to an outside source without your permission.


Gazette Submissions

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


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.