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January 20, 2015


  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation scholarships

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation will be awarding $50,000 in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for the 2015-2016 school year.  Scholarship recipients will be selected based on students’ potential to make a significant contribution in the field of energy, mineral and natural resources law; academic ability; leadership ability; and financial need.  Information and the application is on the Foundation’s website.  

  • PIFP Book Sale

PIFP's spring semester book sale is this week!  Come check out our selection of used case books and supplements.  We'll be selling in room 106 on Tuesday, January 20th through Thursday, January 22nd from 9am-4pm.  If the sign is outside the door, we're open!  We accept cash and debit/credit cards.  All proceeds benefit students partaking in public interest work this summer.

  • Please Update Your Contact Information

Whether this is your first year at VLS or you are a “seasoned” 2L or 3L, you are obligated to keep the Registrar’s office up to date on your current contact information.

If you did not submit an Address/Emergency Contact form last semester, please do so now. If you did submit a form but some of your information has changed, please fill one out again. You can find the form on the Registrars portion of the Law School website under “Forms”

Please know your information is never released to an outside source without your permission.

  • 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.

  • Candor and Disclosure

Candor and honesty are highly valued by the bar examiners of all jurisdictions. Many jurisdictions verify bar applications and the criminal background checks that are routinely conducted in conjunction with bar admission, comparing the information obtained there with what the student disclosed on the law school application to determine whether the student was fully candid in applying to law school. Dishonesty may be an extremely serious obstacle to gaining admission to the practice of law. Please be sure that you have been fully candid in your application to Villanova. Contact Christine Mooney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, if you have any questions or concerns, are unsure whether or not you should disclose something, or if you think you may need to amend your application.

  • Emergency Closing Info

Winter’s just around the corner, 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

  • LegalHackersPA

Wednesday, January 28 from 6:30-7:30 at Benjamin's Desk in Philadelphia

LegalHackersPA is a group formed by Professor Michele Pistone and John Rafferty (a VLS alum).  It is a Meetup group,, and will be getting together for the first time on Wednesday, January 28 from 6:30-7:30 at Benjamin's Desk in Philadelphia.  

If you are interested in learning more about how entrepreneurs are using technology to make it easier to practice law, connect with potential clients, provide access to legal information, improve access to justice, or anything else that involves law and technology, then consider joining the group. LegalHackersPA is part of a growing movement to bring together lawyers and hackers/computer programmers to rethink the practice of law.

More than 45 lawyers, computer programmers and entrepreneurs have already signed up for the group.  I encourage everyone from the VLS community to consider joining and attending the first event.

If you have any questions or would like to get more involved in planning the Meetups, please email me 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


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

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