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March 23, 2015


  • Dining Services Hours: Easter Week

Legal Grounds

o          Mon-Wed 3/30-4/1              normal hours

o          Holy Thursday  4/2-             8a-4p

o          Fri- Sun 4/3-4/5                  Closed

o          Easter Monday  4/6              8a-9p


Law School Cafeteria

o          Mon-Wed  3/30-4/1            normal hours

o          Holy Thursday  4/2             8a-2:30p

o          Fri- Sun  4/3-45                 Closed

o          Easter Monday 4/6             8a-2:30p

  • 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

  • Blood Drive

Tuesday, April 7th, noon–5pm, in the VLS Student Lounge


Go to and use sponsor code: VUlawschool

*Sponsor code will not work with Internet Explorer 8*

Area hospital patients are counting on you!

Remember to HYDRATE- Drink lots of water. And please remember your ID.

  • Corporate Law Society Class Scheduling Panel

Monday, March 23, 12-1pm, in room 102

The Corporate Law Society is hosting a class-scheduling panel on Monday March 23 at noon in Room 102. The panel will feature Professor O’Hare who will provide general class scheduling suggestions for 1L and 2L students interested in careers in Corporate Law.

Pizza will be served. 

  • Westlaw Training Today!

Monday, March 23rd, 12-1pm, in room 103

Like pizza?  Please join Westlaw Next on Monday, March 23 from 12:00-1:00 in Room 103 for a Practice-Ready Workshop.  Learn how to research efficiently, effectively, and effortlessly.

Free lunch bags and highlighters! (while supplies last)

  • YOUTH COURTS: A Symposium by and for Philadelphia Region Law Students

Tuesday, March 24, 4:30-6:30pm, Hosted by Rutgers School of Law – Camden Faculty Lounge, 4th Floor, 217 North Fifth Street, Camden (PATCO to City Hall)

Law students from all the area law schools who are developing youth courts in the Philadelphia region are invited to discuss their work and unique “best practices”.  Keir Bradford-Grey, Montgomery County Public Defender, will discuss how her office helped train tenth grade students to operate a Norristown Area High School youth court, and how it helps block the school-to-prison pipeline, consistent with the U.S. Department of Justice and Education Supportive School Discipline Initiative.

Law students will discuss issues with the potential to help create sustainable youth courts. These include, but are not limited to: increasing communication between law students so they can learn from each other; how to best create interdepartmental youth court networks within each university; how lawyers/law firms/law students can best support youth courts;  and other ideas related to sustainable and high quality youth courts. Students will advise the Youth Court Support Center how it can best support law students at each law school.  Law students interested in learning more about youth courts but not currently participating are encouraged to attend.

For additional information contact Gregg Volz,

Organized by the Youth Court Support Center at EducationWorks

  • 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

  • David Tuck, Holocaust Survivor and Witness to History

Thursday, March 26th, 4:30-6 pm, in room 101

Join speaker David Tuck, Holocaust survivor, and learn of his unique encounters within the history of the Holocaust. This talk is on Thursday, March 26th at 4:30 - 6 p.m. in Room 101 (Lawrence E Hirsh Grand Classroom.)

  • Passover Seder

Thursday, March 26th, 6-7:30pm, Blank Rome Dining Room

This years Passover Seder will be in the Blank Rome Dining Room on Thursday, March 26th, VLS, 6 - 7:30 and is Co-sponsored by the Jewish Law Student Association (JLSA), VLS Student Bar Association, Villanova Hillel,and VLS Inclusiveness Committee and Mission and Ministry.

  • 5th Annual Dean’s Cup

On March 27th, 2015, the 5th Annual Dean’s Cup will be held in the McGonigle Hall on the Temple campus.  The cup currently resides in our library display case and this year’s team expects to keep it there.

Please encourage the players and team captains Kyle Bond and Steve Tolliver as they prepare to defend the cup again:Brian McBeth 3L, Kyle Bond 3L, Mike Bowers (3L), Joe Mahon (3L), Gabe Montemuro (3L), Melanie Romero (3L), Steve Tolliver (3L), Matt Giannascoli (2L), Laura Napolitano (2L), Troy Murphy (2L), Ashley Baxter (1L), Karl Fowles  (1L), Professor David Caudill, Professor Keith Fogg, Professor Michael Campbell

  • Fashion Law Symposium

Friday, March 27th, noon-4pm

Please join us for the first annual Fashion Law Symposium at the Villanova School of Law.  Barbara Kolsun, General Counsel of Stuart Weitzman, LLC, will be featured as the event's Keynote Speaker.  The event will showcase three panels of attorneys who represent established fashion houses, including Lilly Pulitzer, Louis Vuitton, and Stuart Weitzman.  Our speakers will discuss areas of law that impact the legal landscape of the fashion industry, including intellectual property, real estate, employment and compliance, and corporate mergers and acquisitions. For more information, please email

3.5 CLE credits available for attorneys.

Free to Villanova students, faculty, and staff.

  • Ethics in Corporate Trial Practice: Approved Ethics CLE

Please join the Corporate Law Society in welcoming Mr. Peter C. John ’66 VLS, partner and co-chair of the commercial litigation practice at Williams Montgomery & John in Chicago, Illinois.  He will be speaking on March 31st from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in room 201 on Ethics in Trial Practice, specifically Corporate Litigation.  Practicing attorneys and alumni are also welcomed to this Pennsylvania approved Ethics CLE event for 1.5 credits.  A complimentary reception will follow.

Peter C. John ’66 VLS, biography:

  • Immigration Law Panel

Wednesday, April 8th, 5:30pm, in room 101

This Panel will focus on the constitutionality of Obama's Executive Action related to Immigration reform that the Immigration Law Society will be hosting at 5:30pm on Wednesday, April 8th in Room 101. We have 3 attorneys so far and Professor Beth Lyon speaking on the panel and Peter Thompson as moderator.

Indian food will be served.

  • 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

o    Stations of the Cross: Throughout Lent Stations will be held in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM.

o    Prayers for Peace: All are invited to gather for this weekly time of prayer for those in crisis around the world at 4:30 PM in the St. Rita Lower Lounge. We will lift up specific events and situations of struggle, draw inspiration from the writings and prayers of diverse faith traditions, and together hold intentions for peace and justice during a time of silent prayer.

o    Breaking Open the Word: This weekly meeting at provides an opportunity to reflect and prayer over the readings of the upcoming Sunday.  All are welcome at 3:00 PM on Wednesdays in the St. Rita Community Room.


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:



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.