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Week of 15 January 2018

Events This Week


Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesdays at 12:30pm 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 that is practiced in silence. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Contact Brian McCabe ( for more information.


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


Coming Events

MLK Keynote Speaker: Alisha Williams

Tuesday, January 23, 4-5pm in Room 302

Alisha Williams is Director of the LGBTQ Poverty Intiative at The Vaid Group. A graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School in 2009, Williams has spent her career in public service law. Prior to joining the Vaid Group, she was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Urban Justice Center’s Peter Cicchino Youth Project. There, she worked with homeless youth, a group comprising a disproportionate number of people of color and members of the LGBTQ community, and advocated on matters relating to immigration and access to federal benefits. Williams served as the former Director of the Prisoner Justice Project at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a leading grassroots transgender legal advocacy and organizing group based in NY. She is a member of the 5BoroDefenders District Attorney Accountability working group, and has worked as an advocate with many grassroots groups and clients throughout her career. Please join us for the lecture with a reception to follow.


Criminal Justice Reform: A Townhall Meeting with PA Secretary of Correction John E. Wetzel

Tuesday, January 30, 5:15pm in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance will host this town hall event, co-sponsored by Villanova University Department of Sociology and Criminology, The League of Women Voters of Radnor Township, and the Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance. The townhall will feature Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel, who will discuss the past, present and future of criminal justice policy in the Commonwealth.



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.


Continuing Duty to Update Application Information

Please remember that all students undertake a continuing duty to update their answers to the character and fitness questions on the law school application. These questions deal with academic disciplinary actions, other disciplinary actions, and all criminal charges, however minor and regardless of outcome. The continuing duty to update requires each student to disclose facts that may have occurred since matriculation, in writing addressed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

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 April Barton, 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.


Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, including the Law School, and 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). Thank you for your cooperation.


Emergency Closing Information

The Law School rarely closes because of weather or emergency conditions, but should it become appropriate that information will be available on the Law School website, and a notice will be sent via Nova Alert. If you have not signed up for Nova Alert, you may do so online at MyNova>Novasis>Personal Information>Nova Alert – Sign-up.

The Law School also has an Emergency Cancellation Line: 610-519-7744. This is a listen-only number that will carry details regarding closing, late opening, early closing and library access. Please do not call the main number to obtain information available on the Emergency Cancellation Line.


Forgot Your Locker Combination?

If you forgot your locker combination, please contact Cheryl Baro in room 141 or at


Gazette Submission Deadline

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


Study Abroad/Writing Competitions

Loyola Law School Summer Immersion in Israel 

Loyola Law School in Los Angeles will offer a 2018 summer program in Israel, at Bar Ilan University, in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, widely ranked as one of the world’s most attractive tourist destinations. The courses and externships offered range in length from 2 to 8 weeks with up to 8 credit units. For further details, visit The deadline to apply is February 28, 2018.


American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 2018 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

TOPIC: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” This provision is a powerful protector of privacy rights for individuals. Despite this, the one-sentence amendment is vague, and what constitutes reasonableness has been left to the judicial branch for interpretation. $2500 cash prize - Deadline for submission is July 1, 2018

Questions? E-mail or call the editor at (312) 988-6089. For more information about the Section, programs for law students, and Criminal Justice magazine, visit


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.