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Week of 11 February 2019

Events This Week


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.


Youth Courts Training

Monday February 11 3pm-5pm in Room 302 

David Trevaskis, pro bono coordinator for the PA Bar Association, will be holding a training for anyone interested in participating in Youth Courts in local high schools and middle schools. The program, in which students create a "courtroom," act as defense counsel, and serve on a jury to help peers learn from their mistakes rather than going to detention, offers an opportunity for young adults to learn about the justice system in a positive light and get involved with their school community. Sponsored by the Juvenile Law Society.



Faith and the Legal Profession

Tuesday, February 12 at 12noon in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)

Join Professors and the St. Thomas More Society as we explore the intersection of faith and the legal profession. A panel of professors will discuss their faith journeys and how that influences the way they approach the law. The panel will include: Vice Dean Todd Aagaard, Professor Michelle Madden Dempsey, and Professor Chaim Saiman. Chick-fil-A will be served. 


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



Lunar New Year Celebration

Wednesday, February 13 at 12noon in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

Please join APALSA as we celebrate the Lunar New Year. We will have food from Sang Kee and a slideshow about the Lunar New Year Festival.


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



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.



Coming Events   

Business Development from a Female Perspective

Tuesday, February 19 at 4pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Classroom (Room 202)

All student, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited. A networking reception will be held in the Commons following the panel. Sponsored by Corporate Law Society, Family Law Society, First Generation Lawyers, Intellectual Property Society, Jewish Law Students Association, Labor and Employment Society, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, Women’s Law Caucus.


22nd Annual PIFP Auction

Saturday, February 23, 6-10pm at the Law School

The Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) provides financial support to students who commit their summers to public service legal work. The highlight of PIFP’s fundraising efforts is its annual spring auction, which in recent years has featured 250 to 300 silent and live auction items donated by individuals and businesses throughout Greater Philadelphia and across the country. Please join PIFP in helping public interest organizations to deliver volunteer legal services to those in need. 


The Honorable Amy Coney Barrett on Constitutional Originalism and Continuity

Monday, February 25 at 3pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy hosts the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in October 2017. Before joining the bench, she served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she continues to teach. The event is free and open to the public.



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.