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Week of 28 November 2022


The Ethics and Empirics of Engineering Humanity Speaker Series

Monday, November 28, 3:45-5:45pm in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

Susan Schneider, PhD, Founding Director, Center for the Future Mind, Florida Atlantic University; William F. Dietrich Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Mind, Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute and Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University; Co-director, Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Lab.

This interdisciplinary speaker series addresses ethical, philosophical, and empirical issues surrounding the engineering of artificial and human intelligence. These include the dynamic interactions between AI and HI, how human-computer-interfaces affect humanity, how humans outsource thinking to computers and other related technologies, how digital technologies transform the production, dissemination and validation of knowledge, and how ethical values translate into technological and social decisions that affect who we are and who we are capable of being.

Please visit the Villanova Law website for additional information about this event. This speaker series has been made possible by a grant for cross-college teaching from the Office of the Provost for Teaching and Learning and is co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.


Snacks & Hot Cocoa

Tuesday, November 29, in the Scarpa Center Lounge

Courtesy of the Entrepreneurship Law Society. Good luck on finals!


Weekly Law School Mass

Mass is held at the Law School Chapel of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice, dedicated in memory of Helen A. O’Connor, on Thursdays at 12:30pm when classes are in session. 

There will not be Mass at the Law School on November 24th. Mass will resume on December 1st and the last Mass for the semester will be December 15th.

Please note that December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and Mass will be at the Law School Chapel.

Other opportunities for worship can be found on the Campus Ministry website. For other information, please contact Fr. Aldo Potencio, OSA at


LCL Student Hours

Monday, December 5, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Thursday, December 15, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) of PA will host open virtual student hours for students at all PA Law Schools to provide additional assistance during exams. Interested students should email Laurie Besden, Executive Director of LCL directly at and she will send you a Zoom link for your meeting. All meetings are completely confidential (and free).  

LCL student meetings can assist law students dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol or other substances abuse, grief, relationship/family concerns, financial concerns, eating disorders, prescription drug abuse, character and fitness concerns for the bar, sleep concerns, gambling problems, or any other personal issues which you may be experiencing and affecting your law school experience. Whatever your concern, LCL can help and direct you to resources. [Note: If you are struggling, you do not have to wait until these dedicated student hours. LCL resources are available 24/7/365, call their Helpline (1-888-999-1941). You are not alone.].


America’s Future: A Conversation with Nikki Haley

Wednesday, December 7, 4pm in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

Nikki Haley was elected the 116th governor of South Carolina in 2010, the first female governor of South Carolina and the first minority female governor in America. She was reelected in 2014, and in 2016 Time Magazine named her among the 100 most influential people in the world. From 2017 to 2019, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet and the National Security Council. In 2019 she founded Stand for America. She is the author of If You Want Something Done: Leadership Lessons from Bold Women (2022) and With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace (2019).  

This event is free and open to the public. Please note that registration for this event is required.

Presented by the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy.


Good Luck on Exams!

Information regarding exam times, rooms, and permitted materials is available at


Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, including the Law School, and 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.


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.


Law Library Use During Finals

During finals, library use is limited to those in the Villanova Law community. Please show your ID when you enter the law library. As a reminder, the law library is a quiet study space. Talking/noise is disruptive to other students. Please respect your classmates and take phone calls and other conversations outside the library. Headphones are available for check out at the Circulation Desk for listening to class or other recordings. If you wish to talk with others, please reserve a group study room in the library or the classroom wing or meet in the coffee bar, Student Lounge, or a vacant classroom. Your fellow students greatly appreciate it! The Library also has a limited supply of earplugs – ask for them at the Circulation Desk.


Aspen Learning Library, Practice Questions, Old Exams and More!

Our Aspen Learning 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. Try CALI tutorials to help you review concepts and quiz yourself as you go along. And if you’re finishing up a research paper, review our other Research Guides for more sources or contact for additional assistance. Good luck on your exams!


Reporting DEI and Other Climate Concerns

Climate concerns may be reported anonymously via a central link run by the University diversity office at Any reports involving people from the law school community are reported back to the law school administration. 

The link also has details about the process and procedure. You must log in to submit your document, but your login remains anonymous and is not tied to your report.  

If you need any assistance understanding the process, please contact Kent Lollis, Director for Diverisity, Equity, and Inclusion.


New Student Absence Reporting Form

If you have missed or know you will miss a class session and believe the absence may be excused, you may use this form to record the absence and have it excused where applicable. Please note that individual faculty members do not receive submitted forms, so you must still notify your professors independently of any absences. 


Wellness Resources for Students

Villanova University School of Law faculty and staff care about you. We remind all law students to prioritize your physical, emotional, and mental health. It is important to reach out if you are going through a challenge, feeling overwhelmed, need to talk or want to find ways to maintain balance in your life.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers: LCL is fully operational during this time of uncertainty. They have one staff rotating in the office each day to ensure every helpline call will be thoroughly handled.  Their volunteer base of 295 law students, attorneys, and judges are ready, willing, and able to assist any student, staff or faculty member that may be struggling LCL’s 24/7 helpline is 888-999-1941 and their website is also a wealth of information

University Counseling Center: Please see the Counseling Center’s website regarding their message for continuity of care, scheduling an appointment, local referrals or prescription refill if you have been seeing the University psychiatrist. Law Students have full access to the University Counseling center M-F, 9-5 610 519- 4050.

Villanova’s Health and Well-Being website

Nancy Whalen, Director of Student Affairs and Wellbeing can help you if you need to connect to resources, want a wellness check-in or need to discuss a specific concern.  Email her at or schedule a time to meet with Nancy.

In an emergency, call Villanova Public Safety at 610-519-4444.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.


Gazette Submissions

This is the final edition of the Gavel Gazette for this semester. Please submit items for the January 17th issue to by 3pm on Friday, January 13th.