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Week of 8 November 2021


Trust and the Media Panel Discussion

Monday, November 8, at 7:30 pm in Driscoll Hall 132 (Driscoll Auditorium)

Please join the Matthew J. Ryan Center for an in-person panel discussion, “Trust and the Media: A Discussion with Matt Taibbi and Mollie Hemingway.” Trust in traditional American media has declined significantly in recent years. Journalists Matt Taibbi (Substack, formerly of Rolling Stone) and Mollie Hemingway (The Federalist, Fox News) will join us to explore the reasons for this decline and consider how trust might be restored. This event is free and open to the public.


Food Justice and Farmworker Organizing

Friday November 12, 4-5pm in Mendel 102 (Mendel Auditorium)

Kathia Ramirez, Food Justice Coordinator at CATA, will discuss her work developing community gardens as a source of sustainable food and a home for political organizing in farmworker communities. Kathia works closely with community members interested in bettering our current food system and manages CATA’s community gardens in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. She also represents CATA and its members in Alliances working in solidarity with social movements at national and international levels to advance food sovereignty and agroecology as an alternative to our food system. Kathia is very proud of her Zapotec Indigenous Roots from Oaxaca, Mexico. Sponsored by the Clinical Program. 


Final Round of the 62nd Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition

Thursday, November 18 at 5pm in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

Please join us for the Final Round of the Reimel Competition. A reception will follow in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

The panel of judges:

  • The Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit,
  • The Honorable Paul B. Matey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and
  • The Honorable Stephanie D. Thacker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

The event will be simulcast in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103), and livestreamed at 


Campus Ministry Small Group for Graduate & Law Students

Please join us for fellowship and guided reflections and discussions on the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. We will be meeting every Tuesday at 8:30pm. Please email Francesca at for the Zoom link.


Weekly Law School Mass

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated on Wednesdays at 12:30pm in the law school chapel. Other opportunities for worship can be found on the Campus Ministry website.



The Villanova Environmental Law Journal Congratulates the following Staff Writers whose Case Notes were selected for publication in Volume 33, Issue 2:

Timothy Keith, Dicamba is Gone with the Wind: The Ninth Circuit Blows Life into FIFRA in National Family Farm Coalition v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Zachary Lawlor, Wake Up and Smell the Smog: Third Circuit Provides Clarity on CERCLA’s Federally Permitted Release Reporting Exemption in Clean Air Council v. U.S. Steel

Natalie Poirier, Wishing to Be Part of That Court: How the Supreme Court’s Decision in BP P.L.C. v. Mayor of Baltimore Lets Energy Companies Wander Free and Drown the Shore Up Above

Samantha Speiss, The Tenth Circuit Analyzes the Telecommunication Act’s Environmental Federal Preemption Clause in Santa Fe Alliance for Public Health & Safety v. City of Santa Fe

Many thanks to all Staff Writers for their thoughtful submissions. We would also like to recognize our Managing Editors of Student Works – Erin Blechschmidt, Pat Dunbar, Eliza Quattlebaum, and Annie Ringelestein – for their hard work throughout the writing process.


Please join the Villanova Law Review in Congratulating the following Staff Writers selected for publication!

Natalie Anderson, A Rapid and Accurate PCR Test for Constitutionality of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: The Appropriate Standard of Review Adopted by Klaassen v. Trustees of Indiana University

Jack Nelson, Hope Emerges from the Shadows: Riojas and McCoy Offer New Tool for Exonorees

Jean-Claire Perini, Don’t Get Burned: Why the DE-SPAC Transaction Must Be Excluded from the PSLRA’s Safe Harbor Provision for Forward-Looking Statements

Matthew Skolnick, The Doctor Will See You Now: The Fourth Circuit Reviews the Juvenile Detainee’s Right to Treatment by Adopting the Professional Judgment Standard in Doe 4

Elizabeth Vista, Sound Recording Copyright and the De Minimus Standard

Jessica Whelan, Granting a Hall Pass to Public School Educators: How the Fifth Circuit’s Decision in T.O. v. Fort Bend Independent School District Highlights the Inadequate Constitutional Curriculum for Academic Corporal Punishment

Thank you to all Staff Writers for your diligence this semester. Also, many thanks go to our Managing Editor of Research and Writing, Aubrey Link, and all Editorial Board members who guided our Staff Writers throughout the writing process.

Finally, thank you to the Editorial Board members on the Selection Committee, all of whom gave tremendous thought and care to the difficult decision of choosing six pieces for publication.


Clean-up Reminder

A reminder to student groups and anyone using classrooms for programming involving food/drinks to be respectful of those using the rooms afterwards. Please dispose of all trash, leftover food, drinks, etc. at the conclusions of your event and kindly wipe down any spills on desktops and tables. Rooms should be left in the same condition as you found them. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.


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:


Writing Competition Guide

If you are interested in participating in one of the many annual law student writing competitions, 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. 


Gazette Submissions

Please send items for next week’s Gavel Gazette to by 3pm on Friday.