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Week of 18 October 2021


Campus Ministry Small Group for Graduate & Law Students

Please join us for fellowship and guided reflections and discussions on the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. We will be meeting every Tuesday at 8:30pm. Please email Francesca at for the Zoom link.


Weekly Law School Mass

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated on Wednesdays at 12:30pm in the law school chapel. Other opportunities for worship can be found on the Campus Ministry website.


2021 Villanova Law Esports Negotiation Competition

Register by Friday, October 15

The inaugural Villanova Law Esports Negotiation Competition will be held virtually November 5-6, 2021. The Competition will focus on the Overwatch League (OWL), an international esports league comprised of 20 city-based teams and featuring the best Overwatch® players in the world. In this competition, teams from across the country will face off as they negotiate to sign a player. Participants will develop oral advocacy, negotiation, and presentation skills, while also building an understanding of esports and professional sports contracts. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of world-renowned esports lawyers, agents, and executives.


Democracy in the Balance: The Promise and Perils of Social Media

Wednesday, October 20, 12:30-1:30pm Virtual Event

Social media and the Internet have revolutionized our society, but is the future utopian or dystopian? Join the Girard-diCarlo Center and a panel of distinguished experts to explore an array of issues, including democracy within social media platforms, content moderation, and what it all means for how and where we speak to each other.

Please note registration is required. Attendees will receive an email from Eventbrite with the Zoom link on the day of the event. This event will be livestreamed in Room 101 for Villanova Law students.


Susan Benesch, Executive Director, Dangerous Speech Project & Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Brett Frischmann, The Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics

Alberto Ibargüen, President & CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Kate Klonick, Assistant Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law

Moderated by Steven L. Chanenson, Professor of Law & Faculty Director of The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance.


Inaugural Anti-Poverty Symposium “Caritas in Action: Root Causes, Solutions and Restoring Dignity”

Friday, October 22, 10am to 5pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg '66 Commons

This symposium will bring together thought leaders and advocates to explore the cause and effect of poverty and inequality. Speakers include Julián Castro, Angela Davis, and Anand Giridharadas. This interdisciplinary event is part of a University-wide initiative on poverty and inequality that has been made possible by a gift from Paul Tufano Esq., '83 VSB, '86 CWSL and Christine Tufano '84 CLAS, '86 MA. The program will focus on identifying the most promising approaches to eradicating poverty and eliminating disparities associated with race, disability, and difference. For further information:

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5 Substantive In-Person or Distance CLE credits. This event is also ACS approved. Please note registration prior to the event is required. If you must attend virtually, a link will be sent to registrants prior to the day of the event.



Wellness Walk: Get your steps in and reduce stress

Walking keeps your heart healthy, increases energy, improves sleep, and keeps you healthy. Here is a map to a 3 mile walking trail around Villanova’s campus. 


Mask Reminder

Unless you are in a private room by yourself or eating/drinking, masks are required in all indoor locations, including the library. Thank you for your cooperation.


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. 


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