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Week of 12 March 2018

Events This Week


JD/MPA Joint Degree Program Information Session

Monday, March 12 at 12noon in Room 307

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.


Information Session for PA and NJ Bar Exams

Monday, March 12 at 2:30pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners and the New Jersey Supreme Court will be on campus to provide information about their respective bar application and exam-day processes, and to answer questions on those topics. 3Ls who plan to sit for a bar exam this summer and have not yet started your application, now is a great time to do so (start here for PA, here for NJ). Typically, starting the application triggers questions, and this session is the perfect opportunity to get answers. The session will be recorded for those who have conflicts, but of course, questions can only be addressed for those who attend in person. 



Clinic Early Registration Information Session

Tuesday, March 13, 12:05-1pm in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

The Clinical Program is hosting two events where clinic faculty, staff, and some past clinic students will be present to answer questions you may have. There will be informative brochures available to assist you with your decisions regarding choice of clinics. Soft pretzels and beverages will be served.


Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesdays at 12:30pm in the Room for Prayer and Meditation, L04

Mindfulness meditation is a guided practice of focusing on the present moment and developing an increased awareness of experiences as they happen. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Contact Brian McCabe ( for more information.



Centering Prayer

Wednesdays at 8:30am in the Room for Prayer and Meditation, L04

Centering Prayer is a form of contemplative prayer that is practiced in silence. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. Contact Brian McCabe ( for more information.


Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 14 at 12noon in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

Join the Corporate Law Society and Intellectual Property Society on for this informative panel discussion. Cybersecurity and Data Privacy are a top priority for all types of businesses as data breaches and corporate espionage has become increasingly prevalent. Come and learn more about this important topic and the critical role attorneys play in this area of law. Our panelists will include the Chief Privacy Officer and Co-Chair of the Privacy and Data Security practice for Fox Rothschild LLP, Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit for Pennsylvania’s Eastern District., and a Deputy Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection for the PA Office of Attorney General. As always, food will be served!


Clinic Early Registration Information Session

Wednesday, March 14, 12:05-1pm in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

The Clinical Program is hosting two events where clinic faculty, staff, and some past clinic students will be present to answer questions you may have. There will be informative brochures available to assist you with your decisions regarding choice of clinics. Soft pretzels and beverages will be served.


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



Clinical Program Registration for 2018-19

Thursday, March 15 at 9am until Friday, March 16 at midnight

All current 1L & 2L students may register for a clinic: go to the VLS homepage, choose the “Current Students” tab, choose “Registrar” then click on “Clinic Registration Form” and complete the form. Students interested in CARES should then click on “CARES Application” and complete the additional registration steps.

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 Thursday, March 15th, and ending at midnight on Friday, March 16th.


Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Student Hours

Thursday, March 15, 11:30am–3pm  in Room 106B, down the hall from the Student Lounge

Laurie Besden of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will be here at the Law School to meet with students confidentially, discreetly, safely and privately about any type of addiction, alcohol issue, mental health disorder, anxiety, stress or depression question or concerns. 

Laurie will have literature and resources on hand and can 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.  

Student are encouraged to schedule a time to see her in advance, or you can drop-in on Thursday during her visit. You may reach Laurie via email at:



Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum

Creating and Facilitating Best Practice Alternatives to Jails and Prisons for Persons with Mental Illness

Friday, March 16, 8am-1pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

The 2018 Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum will look at the challenges facing law enforcement officials, the courts, mental health professionals, and policy makers at the state and county levels. Attendees will hear from experts who have been working on the issue in Pennsylvania and around the country as they share best practices, as well as ongoing legal and practical challenges to the development of appropriate treatment options in suitable settings. For more information and to register, visit


A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot

Friday, March 16, 11:45am-1:30pm (lunch included) at the Delaware County Bar Association

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Women in the Law Committee of the Delaware County Bar Association is pleased to host Mary Walton, author of A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot and former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter. Ms. Walton will speak about the life of Alice Paul, who was a prominent American suffragist and a key figure and strategist of the campaign to enact and ratify the 19th Amendment. Her presentation will highlight Ms. Paul’s brilliant campaign to achieve women’s right to vote as well as her local ties to Delaware County. The program is open to the public. For further information and to register, visit or contact Nancy Ravert Ward at (610) 566-6625 extension 222, or by email at


Coming Events

21st Annual PIFP Auction

Friday, March 23, 6-9pm at the Law School

The 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. 


Art Law Society Fourth Annual Art Expo

Wednesday, March 28, 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. We welcome any medium that can be displayed in the Commons, including physical works (paintings, sculpture, etc.), musical works, videos, etc. If you would like to submit artwork(s), please prepare your submissions for display and email a short description of each item that you plan to submit as soon as possible to the Art Law Society at so that we know how many and what type of works to prepare for display. You will also have to complete a waiver when you submit your artwork. The waiver must be signed in ink. We will advise you about the logistics of delivering your art and waiver after you submit the short description(s) requested above. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Art Law Society at


Scientific Expertise in the Courtroom

Thursday, March 29, 9am-12:30pm at the Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Villanova Law and the Science History Institute bring together top scholars and experienced practitioners in evidence, psychology, economics and ethics to tackle some of the field’s most pressing issues. Topics of discussion include the crisis in forensic science; the standards for admissibility of expert testimony, including statistical estimation evidence; the problem of bias in expertise; the ethical dilemmas of attorneys drafting expert reports and more.



New PIFP Summer Fellowship

PIFP is excited to announce that the MarcDavid LGBTQ Foundation has established a new summer fellowship. Awarded through PIFP, the MarcDavid LGBTQ Foundation Public Interest Fellowship will support a Villanova Law student who commits their summer to public interest legal work that serves the LGBTQ community. Those interested in applying should contact Nikkita Gottling ( by Wednesday, March 14.


Graduation Announcements

Graduating 3Ls may order announcements and invitations through iPrint. Options include:

  • Formal invitations embossed with the Villanova seal
  • Informal 5x7 announcement cards
  • 5x7 Party invitations
  • Gold foil lined envelopes
  • Gold foil Villanova seals
  • Return address labels
  • Personalized thank you cards
  • Centerpiece “V”s

Contact Bonnie Lyons (610-519-5915) at the Bartley Print Center for more information.


Gazette Submission Deadline

Please submit items for the next issue to by 10am on Friday.


Study Abroad/Writing Competitions

American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 2018 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

TOPIC: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” This provision is a powerful protector of privacy rights for individuals. Despite this, the one-sentence amendment is vague, and what constitutes reasonableness has been left to the judicial branch for interpretation. $2500 cash prize - Deadline for submission is July 1, 2018

Questions? E-mail or call the editor at (312) 988-6089. For more information about the Section, programs for law students, and Criminal Justice magazine, visit


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.