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Week of 27 March 2017

Events This Week


What’s in a Fellowship? A Panel Discussion

Monday, March 27, 12noon in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)

Looking at working in the public interest after graduation? Come learn the ins and outs of fellowship applications. Join PIFP and Villanova Law Alumni to discuss how to apply for post-grad public interest fellowships. What is a project? How do you get funding? What exactly is a fellowship?

Panelists include: Natasha Felder, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project | Jonathan Sgro, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia | Alie Muolo, Homeless Advocacy Project


Fences: The Movie

Monday-Wednesday, March 27-29 in the Connelly Cinema

African-American playwright August Wilson’s award-winning Fences is a story about family conflicts and the need to forgive as a way to resolve them. Denzel Washington won a Tony Award in 2010 for his portrayal of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League star baseball player who now works as a garbage collector. Washington directs the film and repeats his role as Troy, a SAG Award-winning performance. Viola Davis, who also won a Tony for her stage portrayal and an Academy Award for the film, returns as Troy’s wife, Rose. Showtimes: 3/27 at 3:30pm; 3/28 & 29 at 6:30pm. Free Admission. Information: 610-519-4630.



BLSA Brown Bag Program: Let’s Talk About Sex 

Tuesday, March 28, 12noon in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

Join BLSA for an interactive discussion about sexual consent and relationships with Ryan Rost, Villanova University's Title IX Coordinator. Food and refreshments will be served! 


Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesdays at 12:30pm on 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.


Tax Career Opportunities for JD and JD/LLM Students

Tuesday, March 28, 4:30pm in Room 302

Please join the Tax Law Society and the Graduate Tax Program for a discussion panel exploring tax opportunities in international accounting firms and corporate tax departments. Following the discussion, there will be a meet and greet with the panelists. Refreshments will be served. For more information about the panelists from accounting firms and corporate tax departments, visit the Graduate Tax website.



Centering Prayer

Wednesdays at 8:30am in the Room for Prayer and Meditation, L04

Centering Prayer is a form of contemplative prayer which is practiced in silence. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Contact Brian McCabe ( for more information.


Best Practices for Working with Transgender Clients, Part 1

Wednesday, March 29, 12-1pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

Caitlin Barry and Bayrex Marti will provide a broad overview of best practices for working with transgender clients. We will host an open conversation about gender self-determination, pronouns and identity that is open to anyone. This presentation will bring you up to speed on basic information you need to be a good citizen and ally to the transgender community. Sponsored by the Coalition Advocating for Rights & Dignity (CARD) and the Villanova Chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild (NLG). Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP on Facebook at


Panel Discussion on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Wednesday, March 29, 12-1pm in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)   

The following panelists will be discussing the topic from both a general perspective and from their own real-life experiences: 

  • Kevin Bethel, Former Deputy Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department and Current Stoneleigh Fellow at Drexel's Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab
  • Whiquitta Tobar, Zubrow Fellow at the Juvenile Law Center
  • Professor Allison Payne, Villanova University Undergraduate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology
  • Tanya Alvarado, Senior Shareholder at McAndrews Law Offices

Sponsored by the Criminal Law Society and the Education Law Society. Lunch will be served. We hope to see you there! 


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



Public Interest Fellowship Program Auction 

Friday, March 31, 6-10pm at the Law School

Join us at the annual Public Interest Fellowship Program Auction! Comprised of both silent and live auctions, the event in recent years has featured 250 to 300 items donated by individuals and businesses throughout Greater Philadelphia and across the country including: lunch and golf foursomes with distinguished Villanova Law alumni, vacation stays, tickets to cultural and sporting events, and much more. All proceeds go towards providing $4,500 fellowships to current students who commit their summers to performing public service legal work and towards providing one $12,000 fellowship each year to a recent graduate who has committed to working full-time for a public service organization or governmental agency. Please join PIFP in helping public interest organizations to deliver volunteer legal services to those in need. We look forward to seeing you there!


Coming Events

2017 VLAA Reception and Awards

Tuesday, April 4, 6:30-8:30pm at the Union League of Philadelphia

The 2017 Villanova Law Alumni Association Reception and Awards Presentation will celebrate this year’s Alumni Service Award recipients:

  • Israel J. Floyd ’73, Stephen D. Ford ’73,

VLAA Gerald Abraham Award for Service to Villanova Law

  • Lawrence R. Kulig ’84 and Matthew I. Whitehorn ’84

VLAA Award for Public Service


Join us as we recognize these remarkable alumni. For more information and to register, visit:


Best Practices for Working with Transgender Clients, Part 2

Wednesday, April 5, 12-1pm in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)

We will be joined by Naiymah Sanchez, the transgender advocacy coordinator for the ACLU-PA, and Andrew Spiers, a Therapist with Morris Home and an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Harcum College. They will discuss current hot topics in advocacy and best practices for representing and supporting transgender community members. Sponsored by the Coalition Advocating for Rights & Dignity (CARD) and the Villanova Chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild (NLG). Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP on Facebook at


Spring Employer Fair

Wednesday, April 5, 4-6pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

Come meet lawyers and recruiters from organizations that interview students in the fall and throughout the year, including large and small law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations and corporations. 

For 1Ls, this is your first opportunity to get in front of the employers that will be recruiting next year for 2L summer positions. If you attend one networking event this spring, this should be it! 

For 2Ls and 3Ls, your attendance at this event fulfills your professional networking event requirement for this semester’s Professional Development.

Business casual attire is appropriate. Refreshments will be provided. See you there!


Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium

Sports, Media and Millennials

Friday, April 7, 9am-1pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

This year's symposium features an in-depth look into changing patterns of consumer demand in sports and will bring together industry leaders, media and athletes. For more information see:


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

Wednesday, April 12, 4pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

Dr. Matthew J. Robinson, Professor of Sports Management – University of Delaware

This interactive session will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the sports industry, as the speakers share their knowledge, professional experiences, and career advice. The Speaker Series is free and open to the entire community.


1st Annual Villanova Sports Law Society Golf Outing

Monday, April 17, 10am–8pm at Philadelphia Cricket Club, Militia Hill Course in Plymouth Meeting, PA

This event will provide professionals, faculty, alumni, and law students with the opportunity to connect and network within the sports law community. For more information and to register, click here



Corporate Law Society 2017-18 Executive Board Applications

Deadline extended to Wednesday, March 29 at 5pm  

Please send all materials, including answers and requested documents, to Brittany Jackson at All applicants are highly encouraged to reach out to our current CLS Executive Board to learn more about each position. Applicants are not required to currently serve on the CLS Executive Board to be eligible for next year's positions. If you cannot locate a copy of the application from the CLS email announcements, please contact Brittany Jackson.


Moorad Sports Law Journal Publication Decisions

Please join Moorad Sports Law Journal in congratulating the following Staff Writers whose articles have been selected for publication in Volume XIV, Issue 2, of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal:

  • John Behrmann - “Speak Your Mind or Ride the Pine: An Analysis of the Constitutionality of University Imposed Social Media Bans for Student-Athletes”
  • Chandel Boozer - “When the Ink Dries, Whose Tatt is it Anyway? The Copyrightability of Tattoos”
  • David Hollander - “From the Sidelines to the Couch: A Look into McAlliser v. St. Louis Rams, Team Relocations, and Their Impact on PSL Holders”
  • Samuel Park - “What is a Spoke and What is a Wheel?: Elucidating Concepts and Taxonomies in Sex Trafficking Amidst Criticisms of the NFL and the Super Bowl”


Newly Elected Law Review Editorial Board

Please join us in congratulating the following students who were elected to the Villanova Law Review Volume 63 Editorial Board:

Editor-in-Chief: Valerie Caras

Executive Editor: Jason Kurtyka

Managing Editor of Production: Arianna McLaughlin

Managing Editor of Research & Writing: Kim Sachs

Managing Editor of Operations: Jourdan Simko

Managing Editor of Tolle LegeMatt Hall

Student Works Editors: John Mickles, Ian Livaich, Pete Adonizio, Nicky Ward, Jess DiBacco

Articles Editors: Meg Lane, Pam Putnam, Nate Stanger, Kavida Gobalasingham, Michael Walker, Nate Simon

Online Editors: Michele Grenier, Kristen Taylor, Lauren Matturri

Thank you to everyone who decided to run for a position. Our Editorial Board was extremely pleased with all of the candidates, and we undoubtedly had many difficult decisions to make. We have no doubts that the new board will carry on the Law Review's tradition of excellence.


Global Refugee Crisis

Pope Francis has challenged all Religious Communities and Institutions to open their doors to help with the Global Refugee Crisis. In response to this challenge, the Augustinians and Villanova University have reached out to assist a Syrian/Muslim Family of seven, who have entered the United States legally, resettle after many years in a refugee camp. Donations are needed to help this family. Please send your tax deductible contribution to the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor (ADROP) at 2130 S. 21st ST., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19145. Checks payable to ADROP with a memo “Ministry to Immigrants”. Checks or Cash donations can also be dropped off in Campus Ministry—Attention Fr. Joe Mostardi.


Gazette Submissions

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


Writing Competitions

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in its 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize. Authors should submit an original, unpublished, 10,000–20,000 word essay on a topic that addresses the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review and the author will receive a cash prize of $5,000. The submission deadline is July 1, 2017. More information is available on the American Inns of Court website at


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.