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Week of 18 September 2017

Events This Week


Expungement Clinic Training

Monday, September 18 at 12Noon in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

The Pro Bono Society will be hosting a training for students interested in volunteering at the Montgomery County Public Defender Office Expungement Clinic. 


The Return – CPJE Fall Film Series

Monday, September 18 at 4:30pm in the Connelly Center Cinema

In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law—one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days, the reintegration of thousands of "lifers" was underway. The Return examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines—prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice Education.



St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration

September 19-24

Each fall, the University begins the academic year with a celebration honoring St. Thomas of Villanova, the 17th-century Augustinian bishop of Valencia, Spain, and patron of our University. This tradition continues in 2017 with six days of special events to put our Augustinian ideals into action. A few events are listed in this Gazette; for a full list of events and opportunities to participate, 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 Brian McCabe ( for more information.


St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture

Tuesday, September 19 at 7pm in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center

Delivered by Eboo Patel, author of the 2017-18 One Book selection, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.

Anyone interested in walking together from the Law School can meet Brian McCabe in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons at 6:30pm.



Centering Prayer

Wednesdays at 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.


Christian Legal Clinics Training

Wednesday, September 20 at 12pm in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

Join us for lunch! We will be holding the training for pro bono opportunities at Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia. Please stop by if you have an interest in volunteering this year.  


Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) Fellows Forum

Wednesday, September 20 at 12noon in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

This meeting will be an opportunity to hear from last summer's PIFP fellows regarding their experiences and to learn more about PIFP. Lunch will be served.


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 Brian McCabe.

The University schedule of worship opportunities is available at



Donation Nation

Thursday, September 21, 9am-2pm in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center

An opportunity for Villanova students, faculty, and staff to assist organizations with their efforts to address critical needs in the community. This event is part of the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration. Items being collected are listed below: 

  • Canned Food and Dry Goods
  • School Supplies and Educational Materials
  • Arts and Crafts Supplies
  • Toiletries (travel size preferred but all sizes will be accepted)
  • Baby Supplies (diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, newborn clothing)
  • Paper goods (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, tissues)
  • Laundry soap and dish soap


Why Hulk Hogan’s Sex Life is Your Business: The Newsworthiness Doctrine in the Age of Internet Scandals

Thursday, September 21 at 12noon in the Daniel L. Thistle ’70 Classroom (Room 203)

Please join the Federalist Society for this lecture given by Irina Manta, Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law. Lunch will be provided.



St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service

Saturday, September 23, 9am-3:30pm

A day of service and engagement with more than 150 sites in neighborhoods throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Last year, we had a more than 5,000 participants and we hope to see this number grow to increase the good work Villanovans contribute to the greater community. Register online now as part of a group or as an individual!


Coming Events

Theology on Tap: Anthony Giancatarino on Subsidiarity

Tuesday, September 26, 8-10pm at Flip and Bailey’s

Theology on Tap is a speaker series designed for young adults to meet others and explore topics of faith in a relaxed, social environment. Our series begins upstairs at Flip and Bailey's with Anthony Giancatarino, who will explore opportunities and challenges to pursuing the Catholic Social Teaching of Subsidiarity. Free food is always served.


Information Session on Tax Internships with TE Connectivity

Thursday, September 28, 12-1pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

Are you interested in an internship in tax planning, tax systems/IT, or general tax? Attend this information session and speak with a representative from TE Connectivity, a $12billion global technology company ( Sponsored by the Graduate Tax Program and the Tax Law Society. A light lunch will be provided.


Lecture Series on Catholic Social Teaching and Racism: American Apartheid

Thursday, September 28 at 4pm in Room 300, St. Augustine Center

Speaker: Douglas Massey, Professor of Sociology at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

This lecture is sponsored by the Office for Mission and Ministry and is free and open to the public.


12th Annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium

Friday, October 20

Topic: Fifty Years of Operation Under the Freedom of Information Act, 1967-2017


Annual Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo Public Interest 5K

Saturday, October 21 at 9am

Join current students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members on a 5K Race/Fun-Run through Villanova's campus. The cost is $25 to run, which includes a t-shirt. Prizes will be given to the fastest runners and the best team Halloween costumes. All proceeds will go towards the Public Interest Fellowship Program’s 2018 Summer Fellowships.



Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will be hosting a general body meeting within the next few weeks.  Should you have an interest in joining, please contact Casey Sack (


Energize Your Studying – Try a Standing Desk!

The law library recently added three sets of standing desks to offer more study space options. Existing carrels were raised to one of two standing heights to accommodate both taller and shorter students. Find them on the second floor by the windows overlooking the Commons and in the back by the study rooms AND on the third floor in the carrels closest to the restroom and closest to the top of the main stairs.  Anti-fatigue mats and lamps are coming soon. A big thanks to Joe Mariani for overseeing this project! Questions or comments? Please use the library’s online suggestion box.


Voter Registration Information

The deadline to register for the November 7th election this year in Pennsylvania is October 10th. For online registration and information about voting in PA, including the location of County Voter Registration Offices, polling locations, and how to confirm whether you are registered or update your registration, visit


Event Promotion – E-Boards

Want to promote your event on the Law School’s digital signage? Please submit your information to


Gazette Submissions

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


Writing Competitions/Scholarships

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.