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Week of 12 April 2021


Summer Competitions Meeting

Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm via Zoom link:

Students interested in participating in the summer competitions for Villanova Law Review, Environmental Law Journal, Moorad Sports Law Journal, Moot Court, and Trial Team are encouraged to attend this meeting. Members from all three Journals, Moot Court, and Trial Team will give information on each organization's summer competition. This includes information about registering, requirements, and due dates for each competition. 

This meeting is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended that anyone interested in participating on any Journal, Moot Court, or Trial Team attend this meeting. We will record and post the Zoom session on Blackboard and other platforms. If you have any questions, please email We look forward to seeing you!

Please note the Eligibility Requirements:

1.  Any 1L may participate.

2.  Any 2L who has NOT accepted an editorial board position on the Villanova Law Review, Villanova Environmental Law Journal, or Moorad Sports Law Journal, or a managerial position on the Moot Court Board may participate.


Climate (De)Regulation in the Courts

April 19, 4-5pm

Join Professor Todd Aagaard during Earth Week to explore the latest in environmental law and policy. In the absence of major climate legislation, federal regulation has addressed climate change on a limited basis using existing statutory authorities. During the Obama Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency developed the Clean Power Plan, which regulated carbon emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. President Trump campaigned against the Clean Power Plan, and under his Administration, the EPA repealed the Clean Power Plan and replaced it with the more lenient Affordable Clean Energy Rule. In January, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Affordable Clean Energy Rule was invalid. This decision sets an important precedent that will help shape how the Biden Administration will regulate carbon emissions.

The event registration fee is $10 and includes 1 Substantive CLE Credit.

A link to this virtual event will be sent to all registered participants. We hope you can join us!


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

On Friday, April 23, 8:30am-2:30pm

Join Villanova Law for the annual Scarpa conference, where experts will discuss “Taking Measure of the 'Biden Effect': American Catholics and The President.” When Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, he became the most prominent Catholic layman in the world. The time is ripe to consider the “Biden effect” on American Catholic life from historical, cultural, theological, pastoral, and legal perspectives. Please note registration is required:



Women’s Law Caucus Election Results

Please join us in congratulating the Women's Law Caucus 2021-2022 Board: 

President: Erin Blechschmidt

Vice President:  Stephanie Oppenheim

Secretary: Hadassah Francis

Treasurer: Madeline Holler

Special Events Coordinator: Sarah Augustine

Publicity Coordinator: Allison Gotthold

Creative Graphics Coordinator: Brianna Sullivan

Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator:  Jerry Shaen

3L Representatives: Kyra Bradley and Luciana Brienza

2L Representatives: Sarah Gimbel and Anjali Tipirneni

Thank you to all candidates who ran for positions this year. The desire to be involved is much appreciated and more opportunities for engagement will be available throughout the next year. 


SBA Election Results

We are excited to announce your new SBA 2021-2022 Representatives!

President: Emily O'Leary

Vice President: Austin Meo

Secretary: Margot Weitz

Treasurer: Dani Goldberg

University Senator: Maggie MacDonald

Student Groups Liaison: Griffith Hawk

Wellness Coordinator: Michael Alves

Alumni Relations Chair: Jake Glancy

Intramurals Chair: Tyler Kaestner

Bar Representative: Amit Mysore

Diversity and Inclusion Chair: Kevin Sheppard II

2L Representatives: Evan Baker; Sophia Czerniecki; Haley Norwillo

3L Representatives: Taylor Williams; Ryan Murphy; Ian Daniels

We are also happy to announce the results of the Faculty, Staff, and Student Organization elections!

Faculty Member of the Year: Professor Michelle Dempsey

Adjunct Professor of the Year (Fall 2020): Professor Brittany Deitch

Adjunct Professor of the Year (Spring 2021): Professor Brittany Deitch

Staff Member of the Year: Matt Saleh

Karen Spence Memorial Student Organization Award:

Black Law Students Association

Sports Law Society

 Congratulations to our winners! Thank you to all of the candidates who ran and to all those who voted!



Library Book Retrieval Service

Do you need to get a book from the Library? Then use the Law Library’s Book Concierge Service! Fill out the online form and the book will be placed on the hold shelf for you to pick up at your convenience! You can request more than one book per request! If you have any questions, please email


WK Online Study Aids Library, Practice Questions, Old Exams and More!

Our WK Online Study Aids Library  offers many different study aids including Casenote Legal Briefs, Emanuel CrunchTime and Law Outlines, Examples & Explanations, Glannon Guides, the Inside Series and many more. Also check out our Study Aids research guide for other study guides, links to the old exam database and other materials to get you ready for finals (and finish up those seminar papers)! We also have a Bar Prep guide too.


Summer and Post-Graduation Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis+, 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+: Unlimited, unrestricted (for work, fun, or school) access to Lexis+ through February 2021.
  • Westlaw: Grad Elite Program: Access to Thomson Reuters products, including Westlaw and Practical Law, for 18 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. Must extend access here.

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+: Unlimited, unrestricted (for work, fun, or school) access to Lexis+ 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.



Wellness Spotlight: Gratefulness 

Emotions like gratitude and humor can help you cope with anxiety and uncertainty by focusing your mind on the things in life that you value, as well as what is in your control, and what you can give back to others. Cultivating an attitude of gratefulness can also help you develop resilience and cope with your current issues or problems and provides a way for you to move forward despite the challenges you face. As the semester and academic year come to an end, we encourage everyone to take a few moments to be grateful.

Resources for Health and Wellbeing to help you through exams.


Course Evaluations

April 5-16

The evaluation process provides important information to individual professors and to the Law School administration. We strongly encourage all students to take the evaluation process seriously and to complete evaluations for all courses.


1842 Day Campaigns: Apply Now

Is your student group looking for ways to fundraise? Apply now for an 1842 Day campaign page! 1842 Day, Villanova’s day of giving, returns September 2021. While all student groups can leverage 1842 Day to raise support, your group could be included among the featured Law School campaigns. A campaign page provides a spotlight for your group on the 1842 Day website and a dedicated URL for sharing your story and accepting donations. All gifts made through your campaign will directly support your student group’s funding needs. Learn more about 1842 Day campaigns. Applications are due by April 15 and all student groups are welcome to apply! For questions, please email the Annual Fund.


Smoking Policy Reminder

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.


Commencement Information for 3Ls

The Law School’s Commencement will take place on May 15, 2021. We encourage all graduating students to review the Commencement website so you are informed about commencement related events. If you have specific questions, please email the Villanova Law Commencement Team.


Lockers must be emptied by Monday, May 17th

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 Monday, May 17th, will be discarded.

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


Mandatory COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program

Every Friday, email notifications are sent to faculty, staff and students who have been selected to participate in Villanova’s mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing program. Participation is required, helps maintain the overall health and safety of our community and allows the Student Health Center to make determinations about the level of spread in our community. Please remember to check your email and sign up for an appointment if you receive this email notification. For further information, see


Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Charles Widger School of Law is committed to advancing the mental health and wellbeing of our students. We acknowledge that a variety of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, financial issues, family concerns, substance abuse impact students’ experience. Law students are encouraged to reach out and know that we care:


Gazette Submissions

This is the final Gavel Gazette for this semester. Please send items for the first issue of the Fall 2021 semester to by 3pm on Friday, August 20.