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Week of 20 April 2020



Virtual Student Hours with LCL

Any law student currently experiencing concerns regarding stress, upcoming exams, difficulties sleeping, time management challenges, increased use of alcohol or drugs, bar character and fitness concerns, anxiety or any personal or family distress related to COVID-19, you are not alone. PA Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers is hosting "virtual student hours" via zoom or FaceTime for all PA Law School students. Please email directly and she will discuss setting up a meeting platform that works best for you.

LCL's law student brochure,, outlines all of their safe, free, confidential, and supportive services. 

You can find a comprehensive list of online mental health, recovery and professional resources related to COVID-19 as well as 5 free CLE-eligible videos on their website

You are not alone. 1-888-999-1941 Pennsylvania


Virtual Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish

Take part in the Liturgy with the St. Thomas of Villanova Parish. Click here for the Virtual Mass Link.

Monday - Friday 12pm Daily Mass

Saturday, 9:00am daily mass and 5:00pm vigil mass

Sunday 10:30am mass

Texts of Sunday homilies from Augustinian friars are available:

A list of other opportunities to connect can be found here.


Centering Prayer Remote Meditation

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm

Tuesday Centering Prayer:

Zoom:, Meeting ID: 532 950 859

Phone:  16465588656,,532950859#

Thursday Centering Prayer:

Zoom:, Meeting ID: 890 533 965

Phone: 16465588656,,890533965#

During the meditation, an inspirational prayer or text will be shared by the leader followed by 25-minute silent meditation. At the end of each meditation, the leader will open up the meeting for conversation.  

Information on centering prayer can be found here. Contact Linda Jaczynski for more information.




Law Review Annual Awards

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of these awards. The Law Review would not be the same if it was not for the efforts of these members. We would also like to thank the rest of the Villanova Law Review for their hard work and dedication over this past year.

Dr. Arthur Clement Pulling Award: 

This award is given annually to the student who has contributed the most to the current volume of the Villanova Law Review.

Recipient: Celia Morrison

Celia went above and beyond for the journal and its members countless times this past year. She contributed to almost every aspect of the Law Review, from helping to create a new student writing rubric and taking part in overhauling our student writing guidelines to overseeing the entirety of our Precedential Opinion Summary. The Law Review's leadership came to depend on her regularly, because she is as reliable as she is capable. The Law Review undoubtedly consists of many gifted members, but Celia stood out as one of the best.

Steven P. Frankino Law Review Distinguished Service Award: 

This award is given to a graduating member of the Villanova Law Review who has made outstanding contributions of an editorial and administrative nature.

Recipient: Emily Bley

Emily is an exemplary leader and her passion and dedication served as an inspiration for everyone on the Law Review. She looked out for our members and always spoke up on their behalf, never afraid to stand up for what she believed was right. She created a new student writing rubric, served as a leader to many on our Editorial Board, and improved every aspect of the journal she touched.  Most notably, Emily oversaw our new casebrief project for the annual Third Circuit Review, which was by all accounts no small endeavor. The Law Review will be better off for years to come thanks to Emily's efforts.

Scribes Award: 

The Scribes Award is given by the Law Review to the graduating member who has, in the opinion of the Editor-in-Chief, demonstrated an ability to do outstanding legal writing and editing.

Recipient: Taylor Miller

Since she was a staff writer, Taylor stood out as one of the best editors on the Law Review. Her thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and willingness to keep working until her articles were in the best shape they could be made Taylor an invaluable member of the Law Review. She is one of the most gifted editors we've had the pleasure of working with.

Villanova Law Review Dedication Award: 

The Law Review Dedication Award is given to a member of the Villanova Law Review who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to all aspects of the Law Review, including participating in events, contributing to the Law Review’s scholarly mission, and encouraging others to do the same.

Recipient: Hannah Schroer

Hannah is one of the most engaged members of the Law Review community, and few share her enthusiasm for the Law Review. She always wanted to know more about the journal and its members, and even as a staff writer she was looking for ways to improve the journal. She is also one of the Law Review's most talented writers and editors and was selected for publication in the fall. As the incoming Managing Editor of Tolle Lege, Hannah will undoubtedly continue to make great contributions to the journal over the next year.

Recipient: Lauren Pugh

As an online editor, Lauren served an essential role in helping the Law Review transition to its new website. She has helped transfer content to our new website, upload past issues, and migrated our outline bank from the old website to Google Drive—all tasks not typically expected from someone in her position. She wrote one of the best student articles appearing in Volume 64, and her editing always adds a great deal of value to our articles.


TEDxVillanovaU Online

Did you miss TEDx on campus? Now is your opportunity to view the talks that received rave reviews from the community. This year's talks, by Villanova students, faculty and staff, are inspiring, educational and heartwarming. Collectively, the videos have already been viewed more than 10,000 times. Help us spread the word even further about our VU "ideas worth spreading." Watch the talks, vote them up and share them with your networks. We need everyone's help to tell the world about the unique things happening on our campus. Now is the time!


Online Study Aids to Prep for Finals

Villanova Law students and faculty now have online access to West Academic Assessment AND a number of popular study aids including these series: Understanding, Examples & Explanations, Gladdon, and Questions & Answers. For more information and how-to guides & videos go to the Library Tab of the Student Support Guide. Also, check out our Study Aids guide – it’s packed full of information and advice on studying and exam prep. Librarians are available to help by email, phone or zoom. To arrange, please email


Law Library’s Research Ready Trainings for Summer and Beyond

Start your summer Research Ready by attending practice-specific training from our law librarians. Zoom sessions are being planned for mid to late May. Please complete this interest form so that we can tailor the training to your work. We will follow up on each submission with a zoom invitation for your session. Questions? Seeking more information? Please email


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

Graduating 3Ls:

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

  • Blomberg: 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, 2020. Accumulated Lexis points must be spent by June 30, 2020.
  • 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


Gazette Submissions

This Gavel Gazette is the last one for the semester. Please send items for the first Fall semester issue to by 3pm on August 21st. Good luck on finals and have a great summer!