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Week of 18 March 2019

Events This Week


Art Law Society Woman in Gold Screening with Randy Schoenberg 

Monday, March 18, 3-6 Room 302

We will be screening the film Woman and Gold and then speaking with the attorney who won the case, Randy Schoenberg! Qdoba will be provided. 


How to Become a Judge of Election

Monday, March 18 at 12noon in Room 301B

Do you want to get involved in election protection for the upcoming 2019-2020 elections? Then come join the Villanova Law Democrats for this short talk by fellow law student, Lee Grimes, on how you can get involved in protecting the integrity of the vote on Election Day. Includes a discussion on becoming a Judge of Election and poll watcher. Pizza will be served.


PA Bar Exam Information Session

Monday, March 18 at 12noon in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

A representative from the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners will be on campus to provide information about the PA bar application and exam-day processes, and to answer your questions on those topics.  Typically, starting the application triggers questions, and this session is the perfect opportunity for 3L PA Bar takers to get answers directly from the source. 



Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Student Hours

Tuesday, March 19, 11 am–3pm in Room 106B

Laurie Besden of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will be at the Law School to meet with students confidentially, discreetly, safely and privately about any type of mental health, anxiety, stress, depression, addiction, drug/alcohol question or concerns. Laurie will have literature and resources on hand and can also assist with concerns affecting bar application character and fitness. All discussions are confidential. If you or someone you care about is struggling, please stop by for a completely confidential chat with Laurie.  

Laurie will be in Room 106B, down the hall from the Student Lounge. If the door is open, feel free to drop-in. However, students are strongly encouraged to schedule a time to see her in advance. You may reach Laurie via email at to schedule a convenient time.


Migrants, Asylum Seekers, and Immigration: An Attorney's Perspective

Tuesday, March 19, at 12noon in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

The International Law Society, the Latin American Law Students Association, and the National Lawyers Guild are pleased to host Nicole Ramos, the Refugee Program Director of Al Otro Lado, an organization dedicated to the rights of asylum seekers and migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Come here Nicole's critical perspectives on some of the immigration law issues of the day.  Questions and discussion will be welcomed! Pizza and/or subs will be served.


How Do We Participate in Democracy? Part 1: The Power of Activism

Tuesday, March 19, 6-8pm in Driscoll Hall Auditorium

The Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest will host this two-part conversation series examining democratic participation through an historical perspective. Part 1 will explore activism through historical lenses of analysis like race, class, and gender. Join us for this non-traditional "un-panel" where speakers talk with you, not at you. Bring your questions and thoughts and engage with a dynamic group of historians and scholars, moderated by Chris Satullo, former vice president of news and civic dialogue at WHYY. Open to the public, but please RSVP at



Ethics and Compliance Discussion

Wednesday, March 20, 12-1pm in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance will host William Stickney, Partner in Accounting at Grant Thorton, for a discussion on ethics and compliance. This event is co-sponsored by the Corporate Law Society and the Tax Law Society. Lunch from Panera will be provided.


Westlaw Edge Training Luncheon

Wednesday, March 20, 12-1pm in Room 302

Learn more about Westlaw Edge’s new features and tools from our Westlaw rep Erica Hines. Lunch will be served so please sign up using this link (you will be prompted to log into Westlaw first).


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


Coming Events   

A Conversation with Tarana Burke on the “Me Too” Movement and Speaking Truth to Power

Monday, March 25, at 7pm in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center
Simulcast in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

Tarana Burke, is a civil rights activist and founder of the ”Me Too” Movement. No registration is required. For additional information email Sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement, Title IX, the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership, the Office of Health Promotion, the Multicultural Student Union, and Feminova.


Public Interest Law: Post-Graduate Fellowships

Tuesday, March 26, 12-1 in the Daniel L. Thistle ’70 Classroom (Room 203)

For 1L and 2L Students -If you are considering a career in public interest law, you will want to learn about post-graduate fellowship opportunities – what they are, and how and when to apply.  Alumni will be joining us to discuss their experiences and to provide advice. For more information, contact Sharon Buckingham at


Ethics in Action: Giving Voice to Values in the Law

Friday, March 29, 8:45am-3:30pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

This event will bring together leaders in law and ethics and will feature University of Virginia Professor Mary C. Gentile, who has developed the “Giving Voice to Values” (GVV) approach, which can help lawyers act effectively and with professionalism. Sponsored by the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity, and Compliance, with additional funding provided by the Charles Koch Foundation. Approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 ethics credits. For more information and to register:


Art Law Society Annual Art Expo – Seeking Submissions

Wednesday, April 10, 4-6pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

The Art Expo is an open forum for artwork created by members of the CWSL community. Anything you do to express yourself and create – be it sing, dance, play, write, perform, whittle, draw, paint, do makeup, take photos – is welcome at the Art Expo! It’s a chance for all our students, faculty, and staff to share their creativity.

There will be free food and drinks to enjoy as you check out your friends’ and colleagues’ work – so whether you’re a creator or consumer of fine art, there’s a place for you on April 10!

If you would like to submit a work or perform, fill out the sign-up sheet here. You will also have to complete a waiver after signing up. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Art Law Society at



Clinical Program Registration for 2019-20

Monday, March 18 at 9am until Tuesday, March 19 at midnight

All current 1L & 2L students may register for a clinic: go to the VLS homepage, click any of the “Programs” tiles, choose the “Current Students” tab, choose “Registrar” then click on “Clinic Registration Form” and complete the form. Students interested in CARES should also complete the separate "CARES application" at  prior to March 19.

For the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee & Emigrant Services (CARES) only, students must complete both the Clinic Registration Form and the CARES Application. Both 1Ls and 2Ls may submit applications for CARES to Deborah Rubino, the CARES Paralegal, at beginning at 9am on Monday, March 18th, and ending at midnight on Tuesday, March 19th.


Lexis Practice-Ready Certification

Successfully complete the online Lexis Spring Practice-Ready Certification program and you will feel confident in your ability to complete the tasks you are most likely to encounter in your summer position. You’ll also become Practice-Ready Research Certified, a distinction that can be added to your resume and LinkedIn Profile. Most importantly, you will perform well in your position and surpass your employer’s expectations. Successfully complete the series of three modules and then you’ll be ready to complete the Practice-Ready Certification Assessment. Keep an eye on the Lexis Training Calendar for On-Campus Workshops to round out the Spring 2019 Practice-Ready Certification Program. Lexis reward points will be awarded for completing the modules, the assessment, and on-campus workshops. Villanova’s Lexis rep, TD, will be on campus on Thursdays hosting training sessions.


Gazette Submission Deadline

Items for the next issue are due to by 3pm on Friday.


Writing Competitions

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.