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Week of 21 January 2019

Events This Week


ILS Conference Call with Ellen Policinski

Tuesday January 22 at 12noon in the Daniel L. Thistle ’70 Classroom (Room 203)

The International Law Society will host a conference call with Villanova Law alumna Ellen Policinski. She will discuss her career at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, as well as give advice regarding the practice of international law generally. This will be a dialogue, so questions are welcome and encouraged!


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture

Tuesday, January 22, 4:15pm in Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

This year’s featured speaker is Brenda Wright, the Senior Advisor for Legal Strategies at Demos. She has led many progressive legal and policy initiatives on voting rights, campaign finance reform, redistricting, election administration and other democracy and electoral reform issues and is a nationally known expert in these areas. She has also argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: Randall v. Sorrell (campaign finance) and Young v. Fordice (voting rights). A reception will follow in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons. Pepper Hamilton LLP sponsors this lecture.



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   

Real Estate Law Society Panel

Wednesday, January 30 at 12noon in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

The Real Estate Law Society invites all students and faculty to attend a panel with local real estate attorneys discussing how to get started in real estate law, what a real estate law attorney actually does, why this is an exciting career path, and the differences in pursuing a real estate career in litigation or transactions. There will be time for questions following the panel and lunch will be served.


Fifth Annual Fashion Law Symposium

Friday, February 1, 8:30am-1pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Fifth Annual Fashion Law Symposium will bring together lawyers and non-lawyers, focusing on the key players in the fashion industry. This year’s event will include discussions on how founders and leaders of fashion companies interact with both inside and outside counsel to run some of the most successful businesses in the world. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education board for 3.5 substantive CLE credits. For further information and to register:


Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium

Friday, February 8, 8:30am-1pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

At the 2019 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium, representatives from private practice, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations will discuss strategies they use to manage regulatory uncertainty and transition for their clients. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education board for 3.5 substantive CLE credits. For further information and to register:


JD/MPA Joint Degree Program Information Session

Monday, February 11, 12-1pm in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)

This presentation is for students interested in the joint degree program. If you are interested, but cannot attend, check out the program webpage or contact Associate Dean Barton for more information.


Justinian Society of Philadelphia Luncheon

Tuesday, February 12 at the Union League in Philadelphia

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia invites Villanova Law students, faculty, and staff to their annual luncheon. We will be honoring the new Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Rochelle Fedullo, and our guest speaker will be Joe Lunardi, ESPN Nationally-Known March Madness "Bracketologist.” A special discounted student ticket price is available, and we would love to have as many law students attend as possible. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit the Justinian Society of Philadelphia website at


Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium

Friday, February 15, 8am–3:30pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

In its annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium, the Villanova Law Review examines the implications of Villanova Law Professor Chaim Saiman’s book, Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, on law and legal theory. The symposium will bring together distinguished scholars of legal theory, law and literature, religious law and theology and religious studies.



Please Update Your Contact Information

Whether this is your first year at VLS or you are a seasoned 2L or 3L, you are obligated to keep the Registrar’s office up to date on your current contact information.

If you did not submit an Address/Emergency Contact form last semester, please do so now. If you did submit a form but some of your information has changed, please fill it out again. You can find the form on the Registrars portion of the Law School website under “Forms” Please know your information is never released to an outside source without your permission.


Continuing Duty to Update Application Information

Please remember that all students undertake a continuing duty to update their answers to the character and fitness questions on the law school application. These questions deal with academic disciplinary actions, other disciplinary actions, and all criminal charges however minor and regardless of outcome. The continuing duty to update requires each student to disclose facts that may have occurred since matriculation.

Candor and honesty are highly valued by the bar examiners of all jurisdictions. Many jurisdictions verify bar applications and conduct criminal background checks in conjunction with bar admission, comparing the information obtained with the information provided by the student on the law school application. Dishonesty may be an extremely serious obstacle to gaining admission to the practice of law. Please be sure that you have been fully candid in your application to Villanova. Contact Nancy Whalen, Director of Student Affairs if you have any questions or concerns or if you think you may need to amend your application. If you have updates, please send a memo (addressed to the Office of Academic Affairs) to  


Emergency Closing Information

The Law School rarely closes because of weather or emergency conditions, but should it become appropriate that information will be available on the Law School website, our Emergency Cancellation Line 610-519-7744, and a notice will be sent via Nova Alert. If you have not signed up for Nova Alert, you may do so online at MyNova>Novasis>Personal Information>Nova Alert – Sign-up.

The Emergency Cancellation Line is a listen-only number that will carry details regarding closing, late opening, early closing and library access. Please do not call the main number to obtain information available on the Emergency Cancellation Line.


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.