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Week of 25 August 2014


  • Check out the Student Handbook

All students are deemed to know the policies in the Student Handbook. It’s available online 

  • Building Hours

The Law School Building Hours are Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm, except otherwise posted. Offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. The Law School Building is accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week by Wildcard swipe.

  • Update Your Address & Emergency Contact Information

Students must have current local and permanent addresses, email addresses and mobile phone numbers on file with the Registrar. Please update your information here

  • Smoking Policy Reminder

Smoking is prohibited inside and within 75 feet of the Law School, which includes…

o    the front lawn of the law school,

o    the walkway from the parking garage,

o    the outdoor dining area, and all entrances. 

This policy covers all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco and dip). Thank you for adhering to this policy.

  • Welcome Back Student Groups

All SBA student groups should complete the student organizations recognition form (SORF) for official recognition for the 2014-15 academic year and for current information to be listed on the website. Please read through the student organizations manual for additional information and policies. Contact Nancy Whalen, Director of Student Affairs, or Sophie Nguyen at if you have any questions. For information about reserving a table at the Ed Huber Activities Fair on September 10th, please email

  • Health Insurance

During the summer, all law students were sent information from the University regarding health insurance including a description of coverage, including costs, benefits, exclusions, reductions and limitations. This plan is designed specifically for Villanova University students and their families. More information can be found at or on the Current Students tab.    

All domestic undergraduate matriculated students, all international students, and all law school students must be covered by health insurance. As one of these students at Villanova University, you must either enroll in the school sponsored program or show proof of other comparable coverage and waive out of the Villanova University sponsored program. 

If you enroll in the plan, the annual charge will be on your fall semester bill.

If you fail to waive the University sponsored plan by showing proof of comparable coverage, you will be enrolled automatically and billed for the University sponsored insurance plan at the beginning of the school year.  

*** IMPORTANT *** If you already have health insurance and do not need the University-sponsored plan, you must still take action to decline this plan by waiving out of it. After this deadline, you are irrevocably enrolled and responsible for payment to Villanova University for this health insurance coverage.

  • Sign Up for NOVA Alert

NOVA Alert delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and weather closing information to all the devices you choose to register: cell phone, email account, smart phone/PDA, pager. Each person may register up to 2 devices and 2 email addresses. NOVA Alert is your connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, as well as instructions on where to find more detailed information. You can sign up and get more information at

  • Emergency Closing Information

The law school rarely closes because of weather or emergency conditions, but should that become appropriate the information will be available from the VLS website, KYW1060 AM (our Emergency Closing Number is 471 in Delaware County), and our Emergency Cancellation Line, 610-519-7744.

  • Health Services on Campus

Good health allows students to thrive both academically and in other areas of life. Please check out the brochure, A Guide to Health Services, found on the University’s Stay Healthy website. It highlights the offices and services available on campus to students.

  • Parking Permit Pick-up

For those who have registered for parking after Aug. 15, parking permits will be distributed next week in the Pavilion Press Room. Prior to picking up your permit, please register for parking on your Novasis Account. Below is the schedule for permit pick-up: Monday, Aug. 25-Thursday, Aug. 28, from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday, Aug. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Full enforcement for parking will begin Tuesday, Sept. 2.

  • Cafeteria & Coffee Bar Hours

Food service in the cafeteria on the lower level is available 7:30am-2:30pm Monday through Friday.

Service at the Coffee Bar on the first floor is available 8/25-29 Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm. Following 8/29 the weekly hours will be 8am - 9pm M-F. Sandwiches and salads will be available after 11am.

  • Pop Up Bookstore and University Shop (Book Store) Hours

VLS Pop-Up Bookstore:

August 25-26:

  Monday and Tuesday,


University Shop:

August 25 - 30:

  Monday through Thursday, 8am to 8pm

  Friday, 8am to 6pm

  Saturday, 9am to 6pm

September 1 - 6:

  Monday, 9am to 5pm (shortened for Labor Day)

  Tuesday through Thursday, 8am to 6pm

  Friday, 8am to 5pm

  Saturday, 10am to 4pm

  • Lockers

Lockers are available to all law students. The locker room is located on the

ground floor down the hall from the Dining Room. Students may request a locker at

from Cheryl Baro Only Law School issued locks may be used. Locks not issued by the Law School will be removed. Lockers must be emptied at the end of each academic year.

  • Group Exercise Classes - fall class schedule now available

Don’t miss your chance to register for group exercise classes on campus this fall: Insanity, Zumba, Yoga, Body Toning, Boot Camp, Pilates and MORE! Human Resources and The Office of Intramurals and Recreation have changed the group exercise registration process and doubled our class offerings! Spaces are limited so be sure to visit our website and review our new registration policy. Registration will take place Aug. 25-29, 2-6 p.m. in the Davis Center. Classes will start on Sunday, Aug. 31. Visit our website to download our complete schedule, view class descriptions and review the new registration process. Don’t miss your chance to register!

For additional information:

If you have questions, please contact:

  • Pharos Update action needed

Over the summer there were several upgrades made to printing in the Law School. The Canon printers were replaced with Xerox printers and a new version of Pharos was installed. Everyone, including all 1L, 2L, and 3L’s need to go to the Law School web page and install the Pharos software and for more Pharos Printer information.  Click here. If you have any questions, please stop by the Tech Zone at VLS.

  • Submitting Items for the Gavel Gazette

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Law School Events


  •  PIFP Used Book Sale

Monday, August 25-Thursday, August 28, 9am – 4pm

The Annual PIFP Book Sale is underway!  We are open in room 106 from 9 – 4, M-Thurs. or until we run out of stock.  If you see the Book Sale sign in the hallway, we're open!  We have a great selection of books that are on this year's booklist.  Before you go across campus to buy books at full price, stop by!  You'll get a discount, and you'll be helping to raise funds for next summer's fellows!  Please direct any questions to

  • 1L Writing Diagnostic Exercise

Thursday, August 28, 1:15-2:45pm. See below for locations.

Students should receive their scores on Thursday, August 28. If you have any questions please contact either your legal writing professor or Steven Schultz, our writing specialist, at

  • Legal Hackers

Interested in LegalTech?  Want to learn more about the intersection of law, legal practice and technology?  Professor Michele Pistone is starting the Pennsylvania Chapter of Legal Hackers and is looking for law students to volunteer to help organize monthly Meetups that all bring together lawyers, hackers, VC and others to discuss the growing movement to make legal services more efficient, accessible, affordable, and user-friendly through technology. Want to learn more, email Professor Pistone,

  • Applications for Environmental Inn of Court

The Law School can nominate a 2L or 3L student with a demonstrated interest in environmental law for membership in the Delaware Valley Environmental American Inn of Court, a monthly gathering of environmental lawyers from the Philadelphia area.  The Inn of Court is a great educational and networking opportunity for anyone interested in practicing environmental law after graduation.  Past VLS participants have found it very helpful for their career development.  If you are interested in being nominated, please send a brief statement of interest, including an explanation of your interest in environmental law, to Professor Todd Aagaard by noon on Friday, August 29.  To become a student member of the Inn of Court, you need to commit to attending monthly Wednesday night meetings in Center City and to attending occasional mentoring events.

  • Externship Opportunities Abound!

On August 27 at noon in Room 101 we have some special guests.  Marissa Bluestine of the PA Innocence Project, Cheryl Brooks of the Defender Assoc. of Philadelphia, Andrew Slike and David Piver of the A.D.R.O.P. Immigration Law Project, and Dean Beer of the Montgomery County Public Defender will be on hand to share with you the fantastic client centered opportunities they provide.

Externships connect you with people, legal projects, and lessons only learned in practice.  Avail yourself of this opportunity to discover for yourself how you can become engaged in your legal community.

If you have any questions regarding Externships, please see your Director of Experiential Learning, Peter Thompson (Office 176).

  •  NovUs Kick-Off Event

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Gullifty’s Pizza Grille and Bar 1149 Lancaster Ave. Rosemont, PA 19010

Welcome Back and Welcome to NovUs! NovUs, the young alumni and student chapter of the Villanova Law Alumni Association (VLAA), invites all 2Ls and 3Ls to a casual gathering on

Thursday, September 4, 2014 in Gullifty's Garden Patio (weather permitting) at 6 p.m.

Meet the NovUs board members and other young alumni who are eager to share their law school and job hunting experiences.

Sponsored by Themis Bar Review

  • Red Mass

Friday, September 12, 7:30pm at St. Thomas of Villanova Church Villanova University

Homilist: The Rev. Joseph L. Narog, OSA, Pastor, St. Thomas of Villanova Parish and Member of the Board of Trustees, Villanova University

Complimentary reception immediately following in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons Villanova University School of Law

No R.S.V.P. necessary.




  • Mass Schedule

The University liturgy schedule:

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

Saturday 5:30pm, Corr Chapel

Sunday 7:30am, 10: 30am, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, and 9:00pm

Villanova Law School Mass schedule:

Wednesdays 12:05pm, Law School Chapel

University Events


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

Make Up Classes and Annoucements

Make Up:

Sentencing and Punishment- Professor Chanenson
(extending until noon):
September 11
September 18
October 2
October 9
October 16
October 23
October 30

1L Legal Research:

1L Legal Research, Section A (Prof. Corso ) is meeting Thursday, September 4th, 1:30-2:25 pm in Room 201

1L Legal Research, Section B (Prof. Carlson ) is meeting Thursday, September 4th, 1:30-2:25 pm in Room 202

1L Legal Research, Section C (Prof. Spare) is meeting Thursday, September 4th, 1:30-2:25 pm in Room 203

1L Legal Research, Section D (Prof.  Hegadorn) is meeting Thursday, September 4th, 1:30-2:25 pm in Room 303


Thursday, Septemeber 4: Constitutional Law II- Moreland

Thursday, September 4: Advanced Torts-Moreland