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Week of 4 April 2016

Events This Week

Impact of the NCAA Championship on Villanova - Off the Court

Monday, April 18, 12noon in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

Please join us for a discussion of the non-basketball impact of the Final Four/National Championship on Villanova (and other institutions).  Speakers include:

  • Andrew Brandt, Executive Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law
  • Vince Nicastro, Associate Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law
  • Michael Gaynor, Director of University Admission
  • Mike Sielski, sports columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer


Celebrate Diversity

Wednesday, April 20, 4-6pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg '66 Commons

Please join the Inclusiveness Committee, APALSA, BLSA, HALSA, JLSA and OUTLaw for Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law's Annual Celebrate Diversity Reception. The event is open to the entire Villanova Community. No registration is required. Attire is business professional. For more information, please contact Michele Pistone or Jessica Webb.


Panera Fundraiser for Face to Face Legal Clinic 

Thursday, April 21, 4-8pm at the Panera in Wayne

Please join fellow students in supporting Germantown’s Face to Face Legal Clinic, which offers free legal services to individuals who live below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. The center is staffed by volunteer attorneys and law students; it provides a full range of legal services from consumer to family law. Villanova Law students volunteer at the clinic monthly to help low income and homeless individuals obtain copies of their birth certificates. SBA provides some funding during the year, but our clients' needs do not stop when the school year does. During the summer, Face to Face still needs the funding to help more clients obtain legal ID. When you order, tell the Panera cashier that you are here for the fundraiser and the legal clinic will receive a portion of the cost of your food and drinks. Thank you for your support! 


Third-Year Brunch

Sunday, April 24, 10:30am–2pm at the Philadelphia Country Club

Registration Deadline Extended to 5pm on Monday, April 18

For more information and to register, visit:


Transportation Law Seminar 

Monday, April 25, 12-4:15pm at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, Suite 1010

Law students may attend this Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar free of charge. Get a comprehensive update on aviation, rail, and maritime law, and meet leading local practitioners. For additional information and to register, visit or call 800-932-4637.


Coming Events

Graduate Tax Program Inaugural Tax Policy Symposium

Thursday, June 2, 9am-1pm

Villanova University Graduate Tax Program’s inaugural Tax Policy Symposium—Fundamental Tax Reform and Tax Policy Issues in Election Year 2016—will bring together a cross section of business leaders to discuss the economic and societal issues surrounding the need for fundamental Tax Reform. For more information visit



Congratulations! Moorad Sports Law Journal Editorial Board Elections

Congratulations to the newly elected Editorial Board for Volume XXIV of the Villanova Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal:

Editor-in-Chief: Amelia Curotto

Executive Editor: Sarah Holzhauer

Production Editor: Macy Manolis

Managing Editors:

Student Works: Gregory Laudadio, William Saldutti, Mary Zoeller

Citation & Sources: Ashley Albano

Research & Writing: Kaitlin Shire

Outside Articles: Eric Alkon, Michael Romeo

Operations: Taylor Adams

Symposia & Special Projects: Devon Stauffer, Alan Conklin, Thomas Sinclair

Technology: Joseph Brooks

Associate Editors: Janet Akinola, Ashley Baxter, Kelsey Krier, Meghan Mills


Notice of Disposition in Academic Code of Conduct Matter as Mandated by Section 4.3(e) of the Academic Code of Conduct

Section 4.3 provides for Administrative Review of designated violations of the Academic Code of Conduct. Under this process, charges may be resolved by agreement between the Charge Panel of the Honor Board and the accused student or by a finding by the Dean's Designee. Section 4.3(e) requires the Dean's Designee to post a notice setting forth the date of the meeting, the alleged violation, and the disposition without disclosing the identity of the accused student. This notice is intended to fulfill that obligation.

March 29, 2016


Upon a finding by a Charge Panel of the Honor Board, a matter was referred to Professor Anne Bowen Poulin as Dean's Designee. After further proceedings, it was determined that the student involved violated section 2.3(p) (engaging in any other conduct in an academic activity which is contrary to accepted standards of honesty) of the Academic Code of Conduct:

The charge arose from the following conduct:

The student was in present in class and did not respond when the professor called on him/her.

By accepting this disposition, the student involved acknowledged the conduct alleged. The conduct was intentional and contrary to accepted standards of honesty central to the academic integrity of the law school, and to the profession the student aspires to join.

The following sanctions were imposed:

1.  Under Section 5.2(c) of the Academic Code of Conduct, the student will receive an oral reprimand from April Barton, the Academic Dean.

2.  Should the student involved be charged with any further violation of the Academic Code of Conduct or charged with any non-academic misconduct while he/she is a student at Villanova University School of Law, the entire file related to this incident will be made available to the Honor Board, the Dean's Designee, the Hearing Panel (for a charge under the Academic Code of Conduct), and to the appropriate fact finders for a non-academic charge, to be considered in determining the appropriate charges, findings, and sanctions.

3.  The student's transcript will include a W to indicate that he/she withdrew from the course, but will contain no notation relating to the Honor Board matter or otherwise indicating the reason for his/her withdrawal. As required by Section 4.3(d), this Disposition Report will be retained in the student's Academic File and the permanent Honor Board file. No information concerning this matter shall be disclosed except as required by law, the Code of Conduct, or as reasonably necessary in the administration of the Law School.

Anne Bowen Poulin, Professor and Dean's Designee

Dated: March 2016


VLS Student Organizations: Do you have new officers?

As the academic year winds down, we know that many SBA student organizations will be holding elections for next year’s leadership positions. Please be sure to keep the Law School informed of your new officers by e-mailing Nancy Whalen in the Student Affairs Office at by May 1st.


Next week’s Gavel Gazette will be the last one for this semester. Items for that issue must be submitted to Gavel Gazette by 10 am on Friday.

Class Changes

Make Up:

Con Law II - Samahon: 4/26, 10am - 12pm, Room 202

Corporate Contests - Clauss: 4/26, 1-3pm, Room 307