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Week of 15 September 2014


  • Parking Safety

The parking garage and surrounding lots are routinely patrolled by Public Safety but as a reminder don’t forget to lock your vehicle and keep all valuables out of plain site. Also to report any suspicious behavior call Public Safety at 610-519-4444 or use a yellow call box.

  • Room Reservations

Recognized student groups may reserve rooms for meetings, events and for conducting business related to their mission as a law school student organization. Student Groups requiring rooms should be sure to request a room 3 business days in advance. Requests made less than 3 business days in advance may not be honored. When reserving rooms, please note your first and second room choice and be sure to indicate any catering or facilities needs your event may have so the  Facilities and Events offices can best accommodate your events’ needs.  All requests for rooms must be submitted to Please direct any questions regarding policies and procedures for student groups to reserve rooms to Jennifer Henfey, Associate Dean for Administration at

Check out the Student Handbook. All students are deemed to know the policies in the Student Handbook. It’s available online at

  • Room Capacities/Availability

There are many campus facilities that a student organization might be interested in utilizing. Please refer to the capacity of each room when planning your event. If you have questions about which room would best suit your event, please speak with the Director of Events.

Additional space for events is available, including the Commons, the Dining Room and the Student Lounge, and may be used for events only with special permission from the Deans.

Room              Capacity

101                  135

102                  90

103                  55

201                  60

202                  60

202                  90

203                  55

221                  15

301(A)             25

301(B)             25

301(C)             25

302                  90

303                  45

306                  30

307                  21

321                  15

  • Hydration Station

Exciting news! We just installed our first Hydration Station in the Law School! Hydration stations make it easy to fill up your reusable water bottle with filtered cooled water. These stations count how many bottles you save, and on average each station saves about 5,500 water bottles a semester, that’s over 11,000 a year.

  • Building Hours

The Law School Building Hours are Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm, except otherwise posted. Offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. The Law School Building is accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week by Wildcard swipe.

  • Sign Up for NOVA Alert

NOVA Alert delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and weather closing information to all the devices you choose to register: cell phone, email account, smart phone/PDA, pager. Each person may register up to 2 devices and 2 email addresses. NOVA Alert is your connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, as well as instructions on where to find more detailed information. You can sign up and get more information at

  • Cafeteria & Coffee Bar Hours

Food service in the cafeteria on the lower level is available 7:30am-2:30pm Monday through Friday.

Service at the Coffee Bar on the first floor is available 8/25-29 Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm. Following 8/29 the weekly hours will be 8am - 9pm M-F. Sandwiches and salads will be available after 11am.

  • Voter Registration

Election Day is November 4. Exercise your constitutional right to vote. Register today if you are not already registered. The link below directs you to PA Voter Registration. The deadline to register is 30 days prior to the election.

For additional information:


If you have questions, please contact: Nancy Whalen, Director of Student Affairs.

  • Submitting Items for the Gavel Gazette

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Law School Events

  • Pro Bono Society Meeting

Wednesday, September 17, noon, in Room 202

            The Pro Bono Society's 2014-2015 General Interest Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 12:00pm in room 202.  All students interested in working with the     Pro Bono Society this year and/or hearing about various Pro Bono Opportunities at VLS (Wills for Heroes, PA Innocence Project, Street Law, Birth Certificate Clinic) are invited to attend.  Lunch will be provided.

  • PIFP Fellows Forum & General Interest Meeting

Wednesday, September 17, 4:30pm, in Room 101

            The 2014 summer fellows will discuss their experiences with various public interest organizations from D.C. to Philadelphia to New York City. If 1Ls and 2Ls are interested in  spending next summer at a public interest organization, they should come out on September 17th to learn what PIFP is all about and the opportunities to get involved.

  •  Villanova Public Interest & Government Employer Fair

Thursday, September 18, 4:00 - 6:00pm, in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

            This is an opportunity to connect with public interest and government attorneys and learn about opportunities to get involved.  Employers will be located at tables around the Commons and available to meet with you. 

  •  Health Law Society Introductory Meeting

Monday, September 15, 5:30 - 6:00pm, in Room 306

The Villanova Health Law Society will be having an introductory meeting for all students who are interested in joining the group.  The meeting is taking place TODAY, Monday, September 15th between 5:30 - 6:00PM in Room 306.  Pizza and soda will be served.  This meeting will be each student's chance to help make up this year's agenda and have their voice heard on how they foresee getting the most out of their Health Law Society experience.  It is highly recommended that if you have any interest in Health Law whatsoever, you are in attendance to see what it's all about.  At the end of the meeting, there will be an official sign-up sheet to become a member.  Therefore, if you are unable to be in attendance, please send an E-mail to and let us know you would still like to be a member.

  • Sustainable Law Careers

Monday, October 27, 5:00-6:00pm in room 103

Learn from Villanova Law graduates how you can use your Villanova Law Degree to build a sustainable career. Brief introductions from each alum will be followed by Q&A from the audience. Current panelist include: Yolanda Pagano, the director of sustainable strategies and solutions for O’Brien and Gere; and Brad Molotsky the Executive Vice President for Brandywine Realty Trust.

  • Legal Research Fair

Thursday, October 2, 1-4pm, in the Law School Cafeteria

You may have studied on every floor of the Library, surrounded by books and journals.  Now you can take a whirlwind tour of the electronic collection, guided by experts.  The Library staff and representatives from the best research database providers will be on-hand to show you how to get the most out of each resource.  Refreshments, camaraderie and insightful tips will be provided.  One lucky grand prize winner will receive a Kindle Fire.

  • Ryan Forum

Friday, November 14, 8:45am-12:30pm

Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum, “Delivering Quality Health Care Today – Challenges, Opportunities and the Law.”  

  • Legal Hackers

Interested in LegalTech?  Want to learn more about the intersection of law, legal practice and technology?  Professor Michele Pistone is starting the Pennsylvania Chapter of Legal Hackers and is looking for law students to volunteer to help organize monthly Meetups that all bring together lawyers, hackers, VC and others to discuss the growing movement to make legal services more efficient, accessible, affordable, and user-friendly through technology. Want to learn more, email Professor Pistone,

  • 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

  • Centering Prayer

Mondays, 12:00pm, Law School Chapel

Please join us for 25 minutes of shared quiet. We open with a short reading and the ringing of a meditation chimes. It is a time to breathe and be present.  All are welcome.

  • Theology on Tap

Monday, September 15, 8pm at Bryn Mawr Beef and Ale (610 W. Lancaster Avenue)

Suzanne Toton, Ed.D.

“Why Does Liberation Theology Get Such a Bum Rap?”

Theology on Tap is a speaker series designed as a space to meet other young adults and explore topics of faith in a relaxed, social environment.  Free food will be provided with drink specials.

  •  “Scriptural Conceptions of Justice”

Wednesday, October 1, 5pm, in Room 306

Dr. Peter Spitaler, Th.D., Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, will be speaking on “Scriptural Conceptions of Justice” on Wednesday 10/1 at 5 PM in Room 306 of the Villanova Law School.  Please join us for this talk followed by time for reflection, discussion, and food.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend!


University Events

Honor Board Matters

  • Notice of Disposition of Honor Board Hearing in Academic Code of Conduct Matter

Notice for Disposition of Honor Board Hearing in Academic Code of Conduct Matter as Mandated by Section 4.6(g) of the Academic Code of Conduct.

Incidents: Advanced Legal Research Paper Submission (“Incident 1”) and Research Guide Assignment Pursuant to Disposition of Previous Honor Board Charges (“Incident 2”)

A student was charged with violating sections 2.3(f), and 2.3(p) of the Academic Code of Conduct by plagiarizing when the student submitted work that was taken from another source without attribution for the students assignment in Advanced Legal Research, and by committing a second act of plagiarism in the context of the remedial course that formed the sanction for the first Incident by submitting an assignment that was taken in substantial part fro another source and was used without attribution.

Disposition: On May 9,2014 a hearing was conducted pursuant to Academic Code of Conduct provisions 4.4-4.6 by a Hearing Panel made up of three students and three faculty members. The Hearing Panel heard testimony and considered documentary evidence submitted.

The Hearing Panel imposed the sanction of expulsion.

Faculty Review: The student requested Faculty review of the sanction pursuant to sections 6.1-6.5 of the Academic Code of Conduct. The student, through her counsel, and a representative of the Charge Panel addressed the Faculty at its September 3, 2014 meeting. The Faculty considered the request for review and affirmed the Hearing Panel’s imposition of the sanction of expulsion.



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Make Up Classes and Annoucements

Make Up:

Sentencing and Punishment- Professor Chanenson
(extending until noon):
September 18
October 2
October 9
October 16
October 23
October 30

Tuesday, September 23: Dispute Resolution-Forer Room 202, 6:40-8:40 pm

Tuesday, September 23: Professional Development- Wertheimer Room 221, 3-4 pm


Thursday, September 25: Dispute Resolution-Forer


Friday, October 17: Intro to Federal Taxation moved to room 302