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Week of 26 September 2016

Events This Week

Training for Pro Bono Society’s Birth Certificate Clinic

Monday, September 26, 4:05pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Pro Bono Society is hosting a training for 1Ls to participate in the Face to Face birth certificate program. Face to Face Legal Center’s nationally recognized birth certificate clinic helps countless people secure legal identification without which they are prevented from full participation in society. If you have any questions, please contact the student coordinator, Katie Clarke, at


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.


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.


Panel on Religious Liberty and Tire Scraps

Wednesday, September 28, 12noon in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Federalist Society and the St. Thomas More Society will host Mark Rienzi from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to discuss the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley. Trinity Lutheran Church Learning Center is a preschool that applied for Missouri state grants to resurface playgrounds with recycled tire scraps. Missouri denied the grant because a Blaine amendment to the Missouri Constitution prohibits any funding to educational institutions that have a religious affiliation. Little Blaine amendments, once described as an anti-Catholic "doctrine, born of bigotry," exist in 38 of the 50 state constitutions. Does exclusion of this religiously-affiliated preschool from the State’s neutral grant program violate the Free Exercise and Equal Protection clauses? 

The panel will feature commentary by Professor Tuan Samahon and will be moderated by Professor Ellen Wertheimer. Food will be served on a first come, first served basis.


Weekly Mass

Wednesdays at 12:05pm in the Law School Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor

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, St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Questions? Contact Brian McCabe (


Honor Board Elections

Honor Board voting will open at 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 28 and close at 4:00pm on Friday, September 30. Please look out for an email regarding the voting process from


Corporate Cybersecurity & Data Protection in 2016 Panel Discussion

Thursday September 29, 2pm in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

Join the Corporate Law Society for this informative event. The panel includes five attorneys with experience in cybersecurity and data protection, a critical field for the future of legal practice.  If you need any other reason to attend be advised that free food will be provided.


Red Mass

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

The Red Mass, one of the Law School’s great traditions, gathers faculty, staff, students, and alumni to celebrate the beginning of the academic year.

A complimentary reception will immediately follow in the Arthur M. Goldberg '66 Commons.

No R.S.V.P. necessary.





Coming Events

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia Eighth Annual Reception for Area Law Students

Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Law Library in City Hall, Law Library, Room 600

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia cordially invites all Villanova Law students to their Eighth Annual Reception for Area Law Students. This event provides an opportunity for students to practice their networking skills and meet with members of the Society who practice law in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. The Reception is free and open to all law students who wish to attend. Complimentary light fare and refreshments will be served. RSVPs would be appreciated by Monday, October 3rd, to or 215-575-7120.


Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr.: Ethics, Integrity and Civility in Politics

Monday, Oct. 17, 12-1 p.m., in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance will host a special event featuring Jon M. Huntsman Jr., former governor of Utah, former U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore, and 2012 Presidential candidate, titled “Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or the lack thereof) in Politics.” Brian Tierney, CEO of Brian Communications and former CEO and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News and, will moderate the discussion. The event is free and open to the Villanova community and the public. 


Exponential Innovation: The Future of Radical Breakthroughs for the Benefit of Humanity

Thursday, October 20, 12–1pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)

The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship presents this lecture by Lee Stein ’78, the Founder and Chairman of Virtual Group, LLC, a private holding company focused on early-stage technologies as well as Prize Capital, LLC. Prize Capital, LLC supports the X Prize Foundation, funding global competitions aimed at discovering innovative solutions in the areas of energy and the environment. The event is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a Q&A session and lunch. For additional information: If you have questions, please contact:



Minority Alumni Society Mentoring Program

The Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Minority Alumni Society (MAS) 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. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible to give yourselves the advantage of having an alumni mentor throughout the school year. 

Although the formal mentoring relationship is for one academic year, many mentors and mentees retain their connections for much longer.  In addition, we recommend that mentors and mentees connect with one another at least twice a month via telephone, email and/or personal visits. 

Click here for the MAS mentoring application.


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