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Week of 22 April 2019

Events This Week


SBA Midnight Breakfast

Tuesday, April 23, 4-6pm in the Blank Rome LLP Dining Room

Take a study break and enjoy some great food and company at SBA's Midnight Breakfast! We will also be honoring the winners of the Faculty and Staff Awards.



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 final Mass for this semester will be on May 1st.

The University schedule of worship opportunities is available at


The Church and the Scandal: New Challenges, New Questions

Thursday, April 25 at 4:30pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy and Saint Thomas More Society of Philadelphia welcome Peter Steinfels, author of a recent essay in Commonweal, "The PA Grand-Jury Report: Not What It Seems." Peter Steinfels is University Professor Emeritus at Fordham University and was previously co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture. He was the senior religion correspondent for The New York Times from 1988 to 1997 and a columnist until 2010. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 substantive CLE credit, and is free and open to the public. For more information and to register:


Coming Events   

Lawyers and the Holocaust: An Ethical Exploration

Presented by the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for
Ethics, Integrity and Compliance in partnership with Cozen O'Connor

Monday, April 29, 4:30-6:30pm at Cozen O'Connor's Philadelphia office, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street, Suite 2800

How could the Holocaust happen? Were there no laws to prevent it? “Lawyers and the Holocaust: An Ethical Exploration” will examine the history and ethics of the legal profession in Germany both prior to the ascension of the Nazi Party in 1933 and, then, during the Nazi period. Examining the role of legal practitioners—lawyers and judges—in Nazi Germany will underscore the reality that moral codes governing the legal profession can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. What is the proper role of lawyers, judges and the law? What did the legal profession do to further or oppose the legal system during the Holocaust? What are some of the characteristics of those ethical challenges that may recur – in a different form – in the present? This engaging and interactive program will investigate the enabling and executing roles that professionals and organizations played in Nazi Germany as a means of displaying the importance of professions in contemporary society.

This event will feature faculty affiliated with the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), which challenges young professionals to develop as ethical and responsible leaders through two-week, intensive programs.

This program is approved for 2 ethics CLE credits by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. Registration is required. Reception with light refreshments to follow. For more information and to register:



2019 PIFP Fellows

The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) congratulates the following students who were selected as 2019 Fellows:

Sarah Blum

Charles Burrows

Katharine Carden

Peter Herrick

Catherine Kapples

Caroline Lesce

Anne McDermott

Our thanks to everyone who supported PIFP this year through the Auction, Dean's Cup, and all our other fundraisers. We could not have done it without you. Have a great summer!


Attention SBA-Funded Student Groups

To help with a smoother transition, SBA is now requiring active groups to submit student organization recognition forms (SORFs) by June 1 to be recognized for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, you can contact or Nancy Whalen at Thanks for all the great student group programming and leadership in 2018-19. 


Hours for Legal Grounds and the Cafeteria from Finals through Commencement

Legal Grounds (Coffee Bar):

Sat-Sunday, April 27-28                   10am-5pm

Mon-Friday, April 29-May 3              8am-9pm

Sat-Sunday, May 4-5                       10am-5pm

Mon-Tuesday, May 6-7                     8am-9pm 

Wed-Friday, May 8-10                      8am-3pm  

Sat-Friday, May 11-17                      Closed



Open Mon-Friday 7:30am-2:30pm through Wednesday, May 15

Closed Thurs-Friday, May 16-17


Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, including the Law School. 

Smoking is also prohibited within 75 feet of all buildings, 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.


Lockers must be emptied by Friday, May 10th

Lockers will be cleaned over the summer. Please remove all items from your locker by the end of the semester and leave the lock on the locker (unlocked). Any items remaining in lockers after Friday, May 10th, will be discarded.

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

3Ls: If you would like to use your locker during the summer bar review course, please notify Cheryl Baro at by Friday, May 10th.


Commencement Information for 3Ls

The Law School’s Commencement will take place on May 17, 2019. We encourage all graduating students to review the Commencement website so you are informed about the day’s events. The website includes important information about the day’s events, caps and gowns, graduation announcements order forms, seating for guests, parking information, and a campus map of shuttle pick-up locations needs drop-off areas. Please share this information with family and friends.


Gazette Submission Deadline

This is the final Gavel Gazette for this semester. Please submit items for first issue of the Fall 2019 semester to by 3pm on Friday, August 23rd.


Library Notices

Access, Quiet, Safety, and Trash Removal

When studying for finals, please be aware that the Law Library is a quiet study area. Please leave the library to engage in conversation or to talk on the phone. Should you prefer to study in a group, please sign out one of the library’s study rooms at the Circulation Desk. Disruptive behavior should be reported to the Circulation/ Reserve Desk or to Public Safety. Note that access to the Law Library is restricted starting Wednesday, April 24th. Please be prepared to show your ID when you enter the Law Library and do not allow unauthorized people to enter the building after hours.

Please be mindful of your fellow students by removing your books, materials, and trash when you leave a study area. Also, do not leave your valuables unattended. Thefts have occurred in the past, particularly during study periods and finals when many students are focused elsewhere. Good luck on your exams!


Your Librarians Are Here for You!

Researching this summer? Starting a job in an unfamiliar practice area? Get a jump-start by consulting with a law librarian before your first day! Contact your 1L Legal Research Instructor or email to schedule an appointment. Note also that the Law Library is staffed all summer so email us whenever you have questions at Another great resource is our online Legal Research Guides which are available 24/7.


Study Guides, Practice Questions, Old Exams and More!

Check out the Law Library’s blog Source Check for resources to help you get ready for finals and to put the finishing touches on your research papers! Or visit our Study Aids research guide! We have a Bar Prep guide too. Ear plugs are also available at the Library Circulation desk.


Summer and Post-Graduation Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw 

Graduating 3Ls:

NOTE: Some employer policies require the use of firm accounts.

  • Bloomberg: Access for 6 months after graduation; use Bloomberg for research related to bar preparation, interview preparation, private study or employment. Do not need to register for extended access.
  • Lexis Advance: Unlimited, unrestricted (for work, fun, or school) access to Lexis Advance until December 31, 2019.
  • Westlaw: Grad Elite Program: Access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for six-months after graduation. “Grad Elite” access gives 60-hours of usage on these products per month to gain understanding and build confidence in research skills. Cannot use it in situations where billing a client. Also have access to job searching databases on Westlaw and TWEN for 18-months after graduation for 1-hour/month. Must extend access by logging into


Current 1Ls & 2Ls--Summer Access

NOTE: Some employer policies require the use of firm accounts.

  • Bloomberg: Automatic, unlimited access for schoolwork, private study or employment during the summer
  • Lexis Advance: Unlimited, unrestricted (for work, fun, or school) access to Lexis Advance all summer on your current Lexis ID
  • Westlaw: Westlaw and Practical Law may be used for non-commercial research but can’t be used in situations where you are billing a client.
    Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include the following: Summer coursework, Research assistant assignments, Law Review or Journal research, Moot Court research, Non-Profit work, Clinical work, unpaid Externship for course credit