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Week of 19 October 2020



Campus Masses

Campus Masses are being celebrated in keeping with Villanova's CARITAS Commitment and archdiocesan guidelines at the following times:

Monday-Friday 12:05pm and 5:30pm in Corr Chapel (limited attendance)
Saturday 5:30pm (in Spanish) in St. Thomas of Villanova Church and 7pm outside on the Campus Green; Sunday 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm all in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church.  

All those planning to attend in-person are asked to pre-register. Currently the Sunday 5pm and 7pm Masses are also livestreamed. The most up-to-date information on Mass times, livestreaming, protocols, and registering to attend in person can be found on the Campus Ministry website:


Virtual Screening/Discussion of RiP! A Remix Manifesto

Tuesday, October 20, 4-6pm

Brett Gaylor’s 2008 open-source documentary film RiP! A Remix Manifesto explores how current copyright laws limit freedom of expression and the ability to build off past works. Scholarly Communications Librarian Sarah Wipperman will provide updates from the past decade during the screening and lead a post-screening discussion on how these issues affect academia and the need for Open Access today. This event is sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library as part of Open Access Week. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. For further information click here.


Finals Study Tips with Dean Carluzzo & Skylar Cetel

Wednesday, October 21, at 12:30pm

Join VPNG during your lunch break for tips on how to improve your test taking skills!
Meeting ID: 984 2761 5509
Passcode: 023088


Ballot to Oval Office? Lessons Learned from Past Elections

Wednesday, October 21, 5-6pm

As the machinery of elections operates in local, state, and national races, sometimes things go wrong. The most prominent example is the 2000 presidential election, culminating in Bush v. Gore. There are many cases dealing with remedial possibilities for defective elections, which shed light on the subject and which help form a framework for analysis. Join Dean Alexander as he considers how these principles and precedents could apply in our 2020 presidential election. CLE credit is available. For more information and to register, visit


Pro Bono Society Hosts a Zoom Event with Shaurn Thomas

Shaurn Thomas was wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for 24 years, but is now finally free. Come hear him speak!

Wednesday, October 21, at 7pm
Register in advance at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. There are caps on the number of people who can attend each Zoom, so register ASAP if interested. Email with any questions.



Wednesday & Thursday, October 21 & 22

Join Lexis+ rep Thomas Daniel (TD) for a 30-minute virtual session on utilizing Shepard’s in your research. All who attend will earn a 5.00 gift card, equivalent of 350 Lexis Points, and will be entered to win a $50.00 Amazon gift card. Register on the Sign up for Training page.


The State of the Contest, Election Day, and What Happens Next

Thursday, October 22, 1-2pm

In the midst of a pandemic and with an incumbent casting doubt on the legitimacy of the vote, Americans are going to the polls to decide an election that could have more far-reaching consequences than any in our lifetime. Join Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor, Department of Political Science, for an update on the state of the contest and a discussion of what things could look like on Election Day and during the weeks afterwards.

Zoom join link for event attendees: For webinar security purposes, please note that only authenticated Zoom users will be able to join. Please login to Zoom with the SSO option.

This ACS-approved event series is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Peace and Justice Education, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Communication, the Department of Public Administration, and Let’s Vote Nova. 


Lexis Webinar – Prepare to Practice: Civil Litigation Tips for 2Ls & 3Ls

Thursday, October 22, at 3pm

This one-hour webinar walks through civil litigation tasks using Lexis+. View a complete description and register here.


43rd Annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture

Thursday, October 22, at 4pm

Interpreting Islamic Law
presented by Intisar A. Rabb, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law and faculty director of the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School

Click here for more information and to register. The link for this virtual event will be sent to prior to the event to those who register.

This lecture is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 Substantive Distance CLE credit. Hosted by the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy.


Grad & Law Student Faith Sharing

Thursdays at 9pm

A digital space for ecumenical reflection and fellowship. Come enjoy community with your fellow grad/law students at


Encyclical and the Election—Pope Francis and November 3

Friday, October 23, 3–4pm

Francis’ encyclical On Fraternity and Social Friendship is the pope’s effort to present a “new vision of fraternity and social friendship that will not remain at the level of words.” Join us via Zoom for a discussion of Fratelli tutti and its relevance for the upcoming vote in the United States. Panelists: Timothy Brunk, associate professor of Theology; Mark Graham, associate professor of Theological Ethics; Anna Moreland, director of the Honors Program and associate professor of Theology. Moderator: Brett Wilmot, associate director of the Ethics Program.


Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Virtual Office Hours

Monday, October 26, 11am-3pm via Zoom

Laurie Besden, Esq., Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) of PA ( ), will be available for virtual one-on-one sessions with Villanova Law students. Interested students should email her directly at: and she will send you a Zoom link. 

Laurie offers confidential, discreet, and private sessions to discuss any type of addiction, alcohol issues, mental health disorders, gambling, stress, or depression– about students or your friends or colleagues. She will provide literature and other resources to address any ethical or bar application-related questions. All communications are confidential, and there is no record of the time with her. Other than inviting Laurie to visit, no member of the administration is involved.


The Legacy of Nuremberg: 75 Years Later

Thursday, October 29, at 5pm
Please note, those who register will receive an email with the link to the Zoom Webinar prior to the event.

After the end of World War II, members of the Nazi leadership were tried in Nuremberg, Germany. Benjamin Ferencz served as a war crimes investigator shortly after liberation and later as the lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case, which the Associated Press called “the biggest murder trial in history.” He was 27 years old. It was his first case. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million Jews were convicted.

Now, 75 years after the opening of the Nuremberg trials, join the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance for a conversation to explore how the next generation can continue this fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes.  

Featured Speakers:

Benjamin B. Ferencz, last living Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of "law not war"

Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Barry Avrich, Director and Producer, Prosecuting Evil (available to stream on Netflix)

Welcome from:

Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Moderated by:

Bradley D. Wine, Partner, Morrison & Foerster; Member, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council; Member, Committee on Conscience

This lecture is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 Ethics Distance CLE credit.



Mandatory COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program

Every Friday, email notifications are sent to faculty, staff and students who have been selected to participate in Villanova’s mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing program. Participation is required, helps maintain the overall health and safety of our community and allows the Student Health Center to make determinations about the level of spread in our community. Please remember to check your email and sign up for an appointment if you receive this email notification. For further information, see


Voter Registration Deadline

The deadline for registering to vote in Pennsylvania is Monday, October 19th for the November 3rd election. Any student who is a US citizen is encouraged to register and vote this November.

Information about voting in Pennsylvania can be found on the PA Votes website. For your reference, we have attached the Pennsylvania voter registration application for registration by mail. You may also register online.


Gazette Submissions

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The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2021

This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2020. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.

Prizes are as follows: First Place: $3000; Second Place: $1000, and Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the ABA Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding legal writing. Complete rules can be found on the College website at


Writing Competition Guide

If you are interested in participating in one of the many annual law student writing competitions, 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.