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Week of 1 May 2023


Weekly Mass at the Law School

Thursdays at 12:30pm in the Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor

Mass is held at the Law School when classes are in session. The last Law School Mass for this semester will be on May 4th. Further details and other opportunities for worship can be found on the Campus Ministry website. For other information, you may contact Fr. Aldo Potencio, OSA at


Prepare to Practice Training Session

Thursday, June 1, at 7pm via Zoom

The Law Library will be hosting a training session focused on lesser-known research resources that you may utilize over the summer. The session will review topics including: finding jury instructions, verdicts, forms, dockets, public records, and other tools often used outside of the academic experience. This training session will be useful whether you are going out to your first summer position or starting your permanent job. The session will be held on Zoom so click here to join. A recording of the training will be posted to the Summer Resources Guide after the session. 



Election Results: SBA and Graduation Speaker

Class of 2023 Graduation Speaker: Kevin Sheppard II

2023-24 SBA Representatives

President: Gregory M. Hill

Vice President: Jacqueline Scoboria

Secretary: Hannah E. Posencheg

Treasurer: Joseph C. Torres

Student Groups Chair: Grace Gelone

Intramural Chair: Jill Spirk

University Senator: David Izzo

Events Chair: Jonathan Passero

Wellness Coordinator: Hanna G. Lambert

Bar Representative: Michael Malloy

Alumni Relations Chair: Victor Cochrane

Diversity and Inclusion Chair: Andrew Green

3L Representatives: Michaela Kelly, Danielle DiGrazia, Hailey Valerio

2L Representatives: Grace Mezzanotte, Matthew Ingram, Zack Slogoff

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to all the candidates who ran and to everyone who voted! If you have any questions, please email



Maura Buri Memorial Excellence in Student Research Prize

The Law Library is proud to announce the Maura Buri Memorial Excellence in Student Research Prize. This prize grants an award to one Villanova Law Student who demonstrates excellent research ability and application in an academic paper that they have written this academic year. Please see the prize webpage for submission eligibility and guidelines. All papers should be submitted by May 8th.


Aspen Learning Library, Practice Questions, Old Exams and More!

Our Aspen Learning Library offers many different study aids including Casenote Legal Briefs, Emanuel CrunchTime and Law Outlines, Examples & Explanations, Glannon Guides, the Inside Series and many more. Also check out our Study Aids research guide for other study guides, links to the old exam database and other materials to get you ready for finals (and finish up those seminar papers)! We also have a Bar Prep guide too.


Law Library Use During Finals

During finals, library use is limited to those in the Villanova Law community. Please show your ID when you enter the law library. As a reminder, the law library is a quiet study space. Talking/noise is disruptive to other students. Please respect your classmates and take phone calls and other conversations outside the library. Headphones are available for check out at the Circulation Desk for listening to class or other recordings. If you wish to talk with others, please reserve a group study room in the library or the classroom wing or meet in the coffee bar, Student Lounge, or a vacant classroom. Your fellow students greatly appreciate it! The Library also has a limited supply of earplugs – ask for them at the Circulation Desk!


Summer Resources Guide: Prepare for Your Job, Learn About Summer/Post-Grad Database Access, Pick up New Skills and More!

Check out our Summer Resources Guide to view the summer and post-graduation access to Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw. The guide also has resources for walking you through researching your employer ahead of your first day of work, tips for handling research assignments, resources like Procertas,, database certifications to update your skills, and more!


Clean Out Your Locker by May 22nd

Lockers will be cleaned over the summer. Please remove all items from your locker by the end of the semester and leave the lock open on the locker. Any items remaining in lockers after Monday, May 22nd, will be discarded.

1Ls and 2Ls: If you want a different locker next year, contact Cheryl Baro at

3Ls: If you want to use your locker while you study for the Bar exam, contact Cheryl Baro at


Commencement Information for 3Ls

The Law School’s Commencement for the Class of 2023 will take place on Saturday, May 20th. We encourage all graduating students to review the Commencement website and emails you receive from Marching Orders so you are informed about commencement related events and information. If you have specific questions, please email the Villanova Law Commencement Team.


Gazette Submissions

This Gavel Gazette has finished publication for this semester. If you have an item to include in the first issue for the Fall semester, please send it to by 3pm on Friday, August 18.


Smoking Policy Reminder

Smoking is prohibited inside and within 75 feet all University buildings, including the Law School, which includes…

  • the front of the law school,
  • the walkway from the parking garage,
  • the outdoor dining area,
  • all entrances.

This policy covers all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and dip. Thank you for your cooperation.


Wellness Resources for Students

Villanova University School of Law faculty and staff care about you. We remind all law students to prioritize your physical, emotional, and mental health. It is important to reach out if you are going through a challenge, feeling overwhelmed, need to talk or want to find ways to maintain balance in your life.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers: LCL is fully operational during this time of uncertainty. They have one staff rotating in the office each day to ensure every helpline call will be thoroughly handled.  Their volunteer base of 295 law students, attorneys, and judges are ready, willing, and able to assist any student, staff or faculty member that may be struggling LCL’s 24/7 helpline is 888-999-1941 and their website is also a wealth of information

University Counseling Center: Please see the Counseling Center’s website regarding their message for continuity of care, scheduling an appointment, local referrals or prescription refill if you have been seeing the University psychiatrist. Law Students have full access to the University Counseling center M-F, 9-5 610 519- 4050.

Villanova’s Health and Well-Being website

Nancy Whalen, Director of Student Affairs and Wellbeing can help you if you need to connect to resources, want a wellness check-in or need to discuss a specific concern.  Email her at or schedule a time to meet with Nancy.

In an emergency, call Villanova Public Safety at 610-519-4444.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.