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Week of 16 November 2015

VLS Events

Day of Prayer for Refugees

Monday, November 16

Augustinian communities around the world will observe November 16, the International Day of Tolerance, as a special day of prayer for refugees, persecuted Christians, and victims of war.

CARES Gathering

Please join members of the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee, and Emigrant Services at 12Noon in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons as they gather to take part in the Augustinian community's worldwide call for prayer in solidarity with refugees around the world. A poem written by a Somali refugee about the refugee experience will be read. CARES clients will be also be present. You are also welcome to join them afterwards in the Blank Rome LLP Dining Room, where the group will eat lunch together.

Call to Prayer

Bells throughout the campus will toll from 12-12:05pm as an invitation to pray in solidarity with refugees and all affected by war and civil unrest.

12:05pm Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church

University President, Fr. Peter Donohue OSA, will preside at this Mass for Refugees and Exiles


Female Litigators Round Table

Monday, November 16, 5:30-6:30pm in room 301A

Please join the Women’s Law Caucus for dinner and an informal round table discussion on litigation. April M. Byrd, Tomika Stevens Patterson, and Loretta Kelly will be here to discuss their experiences and answer any questions you have about litigation. Attendance will be limited to the first twenty-five participants in order to provide a small setting where you can network with female attorneys and ask direct questions in a comfortable environment. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to with "RSVP for WLC Roundtable" in the subject line. Confirmed attendees will receive a confirmation email in response to their RSVP.


Sock Hop Study Break

Wednesday, November 18, 3-5pm in the Scarpa Center (Law Library 2nd Floor)

The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship invites students to the Sock Hop Study Break, which will feature an introduction to the Center and a celebration of social entrepreneurship. Join us for food, entrepreneurial games, and an opportunity to network with local innovators.

To celebrate our focus on social entrepreneurship, please donate a pair of new adult socks, which the Center will be collecting during the month of November on behalf of The Joy of Sox, an organization founded by Tom Costello Jr. ’69 COE that distributes socks to the homeless.


Entrepreneurs and Lawyers: Creating Win-Win Relationships

Thursday, November 19, 4-7:30pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

This event is an opportunity for lawyers and entrepreneurs to discuss how they can optimize their working relationships. The event explores topics including selecting a lawyer or law firm, deciding to work with a start-up company, best practices for entrepreneurs to reduce legal expenses and best practices for lawyers to attract and keep entrepreneurial business. Entrepreneurs and lawyers will share expert advice in a question and answer format, providing perspective and actionable insights. Presented by the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship and the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute. For more information, click here.


The Penny Pether Annual Women's Law Caucus Meet & Greet

Thursday, November 19, at 6:30pm 

Please join the Women’s Law Caucus for their fall evening Meet & Greet at Professor Brogan’s house. All VLS students and faculty are welcome. There will be plenty of good company and delicious food. Please RSVP to with “Meet & Greet” in the subject line.


56th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition Final Round

Saturday, November 21, 4pm in The Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (room 201)
Reception to follow in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

The Reimel Competition is an intra-school tournament dedicated to 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.


Countering Corruption: Building a New Culture of Ethics and Compliance in Philadelphia's Traffic Court

Thursday, December 3, 5:30-7:10pm
Mayor's Reception Room at Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd.


·        The Honorable Gary S. Glazer,

         Administrative Judge of Philadelphia's Traffic Court

·        William G. Chadwick, Former Pennsylvania Inspector General

·        Craig R. McCoy, Philadelphia Inquirer Reporter

Judge Glazer has worked with Mr. Chadwick to instill a new culture of ethics and compliance in Philadelphia’s Traffic Court since his appointment in 2011. Please join us for a discussion of these important issues. Sponsored by The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance and the Chief Integrity Officer, City of Philadelphia. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 CLE ethics credits. For more information, click here.


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


University Events




Minority Alumni Society Mentoring Program

The Villanova Law School Minority Alumni Society is currently accepting applications for the Minority Alumni Society Mentoring Program. The MAS Mentoring Program enables minority alumni to serve as mentors and provides students/mentees with the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from alumni who are currently practicing attorneys, or who are otherwise using their JD degrees in a business or professional setting. The MAS Mentoring Program's aim is to match students with mentors compatible to their needs and interests. Interested students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to give yourselves the advantage of having an alumni mentor throughout the school year.  Click here to apply. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs, Kristine Calalang (; 215-320-7512) or Shreya Amin (  


Honor Board Matters


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