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Week of 9 October 2017

Events This Week


In the Footprint of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking – CPJE Fall Film Series

Monday, October 16 at 4:30pm in the Connelly Center Cinema

This film explores a thirteenth-century peace initiative in the Middle East involving Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malek al-Kamil. Their efforts on behalf of peace is an exemplar of negotiation to resolve interfaith misunderstanding and hostility, and other difficult encounters between conflicting peoples. Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice Education.


Cultural Studies Food Matters Week Events

Monday, October 16-18 at 6:30pm in Falvey 205

Educate your palate and your mind during the 5th annual Cultural Studies Food Matters Week involving tastings and talks on food justice around the world. Topics include “Coalition of Immokalee Farmworkers,” the “Sanctuary Restaurant Movement in Philly” and the “Factory Farming Awareness Coalition.” Delicious food samples will be provided.



Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesdays at 12:30pm in the Room for Prayer and Meditation, L04

Mindfulness meditation is a guided practice of focusing on the present moment and developing an increased awareness of experiences as they happen. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Contact Brian McCabe ( for more information.


Intellectual Property Society Career Panel

Tuesday, October 17 at 6pm in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)

The following practicing attorneys will be speaking about their careers and the IP Law field as a whole: 

  • Gary Levin, Patent Law (Partner, BakerHostetler)
  • Laura Genovese, Copyright Law (Principal, K&G Law)
  • Matthew Homyk, Trademark Law (Associate, Blank Rome)
  • Aleksander Goranin, Trade Secret Law (Partner, Duane Morris)

Dinner will be provided.



Centering Prayer

Wednesdays at 8:30am in the Room for Prayer and Meditation, L04

Centering Prayer is a form of contemplative prayer that is practiced in silence. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Contact Brian McCabe ( for more information.

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 University schedule of worship opportunities is available at


Ethics, Integrity and Civility (or lack thereof) in Media

Wednesday, October 18, 12-1:30pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

Debates over the role and ethics of traditional and new media in politics, law, and society have reached a fever pitch. The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance brings together three experienced media professional to examine the issues facing today’s press and to share their views on how members of the public can make sense of media in 2017. Panelists include Emmy Award-winning television journalist Ginger Casey; Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibarguen; and Former Philadelphia Daily News Editor Zack Stalberg.


Fashion Law Society Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, October 18 at 12noon in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)

Adjunct Professor Lee Sporn will provide an overview of what fashion law is and the different areas of law it comprises. Professor Sporn is Of Counsel with the NYC law firm Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP and is an internationally renowned intellectual property and corporate lawyer and a leader in the fashion and retail law industry. He was General Counsel at Michael Kors until 2016 and previously worked at Ralph Lauren. Lunch will be provided.


Real Estate Law Society Discussion on Villanova’s Ongoing Land Development 

Wednesday, October 18 at 12noon in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

Villanova University is expanding and so are the land use and legal issues associated with its land development. Join RELS for an invigorating discussion on the current land development, legal issues, and practical obstacles that Villanova faces in this period of expansion featuring Robert Morro, Vice President for Facilities Management at Villanova, and Nick Caniglia, outside counsel to Villanova on a number of land issues. Professor Ed Liva will be moderating. Chick-fil-a will be served.


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 University schedule of worship opportunities is available at


Women’s Law Caucus Panel Discussion on Feminist Men in the Philadelphia Legal Community

Wednesday, October 18 at 6pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

The panelists will discuss why they identify as feminists, how it has informed their professional career, and how it affects their personal lives and identities as well. Dinner will be served.

The panelists are:

  • Todd Aagaard, Vice Dean of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law;
  • Dean Beer, Montgomery County Chief Public Defender;
  • Mark A. Momjian, Attorney at Momjian Anderer LLC and Family Law Professor at Villanova Law 

Join us for a lively panel discussion that will be introduced by our special guest, Dean Mark C. Alexander.



Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium

Friday, October 20, 9am – 4:30pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)

Fifty Years of Operation Under the Freedom of Information Act, 1967-2017

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was signed into law on July 4, 1966, by President Lyndon Johnson and became operational exactly one year later. This landmark federal transparency law has played an important role in ventilating executive branch controversies and in enabling oversight of the federal executive. Join the Villanova Law Review as a group of distinguished FOIA and transparency scholars, governmental officials, and FOIA requesters and litigants engaging in a probing review of the issues as experienced on the ground.

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 substantive CLE credits. For more information and to register:



Annual Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo Public Interest 5K

Saturday, October 21
Race starts at 9am

Join current students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members on a 5K Race/Fun-Run through Villanova's campus. The cost is $25 to run, which includes a t-shirt. Prizes will be given to the fastest runners and the best team Halloween costumes. All proceeds will go towards the Public Interest Fellowship Program’s 2018 Summer Fellowships. Sign up here to register:


Coming Events

Corporate Litigation vs. Corporate Transactional Career Panel

Wednesday, October 25 at 12noon in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

Have you ever wondered what a corporate attorney does? Do you know what the difference is between a corporate litigator and a corporate transactional attorney? For answers to these questions and for a thoughtful discussion on careers in corporate law join the Corporate Law Society for this panel discussion. Professor O’Hare will moderate the panel consisting of corporate attorneys and general counsel from McCarter & English, Morris Nichols, Ballard Spahr, and Dollar Energy Fund. This event is co-sponsored by the Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship.


John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture

Humanhood: Beyond Childhood and Adulthood

Friday, October 27 at 9:15am

What is humanhood? This is the question that the 2017 John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture will address through a conversation framed by the forthcoming book, Humanhood: Beyond Childhood and Adulthood, by distinguished Dartmouth philosopher James Bernard Murphy. Professor Murphy argues in his new book that the study of a human life is intrinsically multidisciplinary, and so the conference speakers will speak from the disciplines of biology, psychology, political science, sociology, linguistics, biblical exegesis, anthropology, literary theory, and law. The hope is to clarify a holistic conception of a developing human life, in which the virtues of children are also the virtues of adults, and both the temporal and the eternal are given their due. For further information and to register, visit



Philadelphia VIP Needs Volunteer Interpreters

Philadelphia VIP is a legal services agency that connects low-income Philadelphians with volunteer attorneys to assist with their legal problems pro bono. They rely on the expertise and generosity of volunteer interpreters to provide equal access to justice for clients with limited English proficiency. Their volunteer interpreters provide interpretation, sight translation, and occasional legal writing translation throughout the duration of a case. This commitment will likely be spread out over several weeks or months, with only occasional conversations/meetings between the volunteer attorney and client. If applicable, a volunteer interpreter may also be asked to attend court hearings to facilitate communication between the attorney and client. They welcome speakers of all languages, but have the greatest need for those who speak Spanish, Chinese, and Southeast Asian languages. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact VIP Pro Bono Case Manager Isabelle Aubrun at or 215 523 9564.


Gazette Submissions

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Writing Competitions/Scholarships

Center for Alcohol Policy Annual National Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy is accepting entries for its 10th Annual National Essay Contest. The Center’s national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation. The topic for this year’s contest is: “The Supreme Court has recognized ‘temperance’ as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?” The deadline for entries is December 1, 2017. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. Details are available here.


Writing Competition Guide

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