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Februrary 23, 2015


  • Congratulations!

The Moot Court Board would like to congratulate 2Ls Ryan Furlong and Ryan McSherry for making it to the semi-final round of the Mardis Gras Sports Law Moot Court Invitational, hosted by Tulane University School of Law.  The team argued in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and then in the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The student coach was 3L Casey Schweppenheiser.

  • Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, including the Law School.

Smoking is also prohibited within 75 feet of all buildings, which includes…

o    the front of the law school

o    the walkway from the parking garage

o    the outdoor dining area

o    all entrances

This policy covers all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco and dip). Please be respectful of your colleagues.

  • Emergency Closing Info

Winter’s here, so keep the VLS emergency closing information in a handy spot. The Law School rarely closes because of weather or emergency conditions, but should that become appropriate the information will be available from KYW1060 AM (our Snow Closing Number is 471 in Delaware County), the VLS website, and our Emergency Cancellation Line, 610-519-7744.


Law School Events

  • Clinic Early Registration Q & A Events

The Clinical Program is hosting two events where clinic faculty, staff and some past clinic students will be present to answer questions you may have. There will be informative brochures available to assist you with your decisions regarding choice of clinics.

o    Tuesday, March 10th, 9:00 to 10:00am in Room 103 and 10:00 to 11:00am in Room 102.  Discussions by clinic faculty.  Breakfast items will be served; and

o    Wednesday, March 11th, 2:00 to 3:00 pm.  Discussions by clinic faculty in Room 101. Soft pretzels and beverages will be served.

  • Clinical Program Registration Information

o    Current 2L students may register from 9am on Tuesday, March 10, until midnight on Wednesday, March 11.

o    Current 1L students may register from 9am on Thursday, March 12th, until midnight on Friday, March 13th.

o    For the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee & Emigrant Services (CARES) only, students must complete both Registration and the CARES Application. Both 1Ls and 2Ls may begin to submit applications for CARES to Professor Pistone at at 9am on Tuesday, March 10th, and ending at midnight on Friday, March 13th.

o    To register for a clinic, go to the VLS homepage. Choose the “Current Students” tab. Choose “Registrar”. Click on “Clinic Registration Form”. Students interested in CARES should then click on “CARES Application” and also complete the registration steps.

  • Custom, Jus Cogens and Human Rights

Friday, March 13, noon, in Room 303

The 2015 Joseph T. McCullen, Jr. Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law will take place on Friday, March 13, 2015, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., in Room 303 of Villanova University School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). The keynote speaker will be John Tasioulas, the Yeoh Professor of Politics, Philosophy & Law and the inaugural director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He has published extensively in moral, legal and political philosophy, with a focus on philosophical issues in crime and punishment, human rights, and international law.

  • Concussions in Sports

Tuesday, February 24, noon in Room 101

Please join Andrew Brandt for an important discussion on concussions in sports with Chris Nowinski, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Sports Legacy Institute, and Mick Foley, Three-time WWE Champion and New York Times bestselling author.  The Sports Legacy Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy and research.  Mr. Nowinski's efforts have led to groundbreaking studies at Boston University on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in brains of deceased athletes.  Mr. Nowinski is a former NFL player and WWE wrestler who was the focus of the movie "Head Games” and speaks nationally on concussion issues.  The discussion will be held on Tuesday, February 24 from 12-1pm in Room 101.         

  • Panera Night Fundraiser to Benefit Face to Face Germantown Legal Center

Please join us for a Panera Night fundraiser on Tuesday, March 10th from 4:00 – 8:00PM at the Panera located at 319 E. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne, PA, to benefit the Face to Face Germantown Legal Center’s Birth Certificate Clinic!  On the first Saturday of the month, Villanova Law students volunteer at the Birth Certificate Clinic and assist clients in obtaining copies of their birth certificates, which are often necessary to obtain much-needed employment. 

Recently, the cost of obtaining a copy of a Pennsylvania Birth Certificate doubled, so we need your assistance in keeping the Birth Certificate Clinic in operation!  Simply stop by Panera between 4:00 and 8:00PM on Tuesday, March 10th, purchase your meal, and give your receipt to the Face to Face volunteer present.  It is as simple as that – see you there!

Questions?  Contact Lauren Moyer at

  • Art Law Society

Calling all artists!

The VLS Art Law Society is showcasing student art in the commons from March 9-16th, and an opening will be held on March 12th from 5:30-7:30 pm. If you wish to submit any artwork (drawings, painting, sculpture, digital art, music, etc.), please email by spring break with a short description of your work, including size (if applicable), medium, and a description. If you would like to work on your piece over spring break, please send an informational email letting the Society know.

  • The Tax Law Society

There's still time to volunteer! That's right, the VLS Tax Law Society's VITA Program has just kicked off, and we're looking for more volunteers. Every Saturday (except for the one right before and after Spring Break) VLS students are helping local indigent community members file their taxes. The volunteer hours even count towards your Dorothy Day volunteer award! Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering!

COME ONE COME ALL! All students interested in life as a tax lawyer are invited to join us on Tuesday, March 24th in room 101 for the Tax Law Society's Annual Tax Conference. This year we will be hosting members from the Big-4 Accounting firms of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, KPMG, and Ernst & Young, as well as a number of other accounting firms and tax practices in small, mid, and large law firms from the greater Philadelphia area. You do NOT want to miss this opportunity to learn more about the core tax practice areas, and enjoy some professional networking afterwords at our reception from 6pm-7pm in the student lounge; light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Please dress business casual if you are attending our event. We hope to see you there!!!

If you have any questions about the Tax Law Society, please email Justin Greenhow at

  • 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, 12:00pm, Law School Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice

  • TEDxVillanovaU

Villanova University is planning it third TEDx event: TEDxVillanovaU: Let’s Imagine for the fall 2015 semester

To apply to give a TEDxVillanovaU Talk or Performance go to   

If you have new, original ideas worth spreading, are involved in cutting edge research or development, or are involved in dynamic and innovative performing arts, we want to hear from you.  Everyone from the Villanova University community is encouraged to apply, including professors, staff, students and alumnae/i. 

Before applying, review these resources on preparing a TED talk, Talk Like TED, Chris Anderson’s article and this guide on preparing TEDxTalks; an a video on how to structure may also be useful. Click here for other helpful videos for preparing TEDxTalks. As part of the selection process, the selection committee will also hold live auditions of selected speakers.

o    Deadline for Talk/Performance applications: midnight, Mon. February 9, 2015.  Upload here:

o    Live auditions: week of Feb 23, 2015.

o    Selections will be made before March 20, 2015. Rehearsals will begin in late spring 2015 and follow in the fall, with more intensity.

o    Applications to attend will be available in September.

o    Would you like to help with event planning and production or have any questions?  Email

Commerical Vendor Notices

University Events

  • University Sustainability

This month’s sustainability newsletter includes information on upcoming events like Recyclemania, the Zero Waste Game, Student Sustainability Forum and more. Also check out this month’s info graphic on food waste recovery and shoe donations.

Honor Board Matters


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Make Up Classes and Annoucements


Make Up:

Legal Writing-Edelman: Thursday, Februrary 19 10-12pm in room 302

Legal Writing-Centeno: Thursday, Februrary 19 10-12pm in room 102

Public International Law-Gordon: Wednesday, Februrary 18 & 25 2:30pm in room 205

Con Law I- Brennan: Monday, Februray 23 8:15am


E-Business- Lemonick: Moved to room 202 on March 10th and on April 14th.

Property- Sirico: Moved to room 201 on March 27.

Con. Law II- Lanctot: Moved to room 102 on April 9.

Business Orgs.- Dobbyn: Moved to room 201 on April 9.

Decedents-Maule: Moved to room 202 on Februrary 20, March 13, 20, 27.