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Week of 15 October 2018

Events This Week


Street Law First General Meeting

Monday, October 15 at 12noon in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)

Street Law is an organization that helps teach basic constitutional rights to inner-city, at risk youth in the Greater Philadelphia Area. We welcome all and are hoping for a successful year together!



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.


Screening of HBO Documentary “The Sentence”

Tuesday, October 16, 3-6pm in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

The Criminal Law Society, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Juvenile Law Society are pleased to be working with Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) to host this screening. "The Sentence" features the story of Cindy Shank, who was sentenced to a 15-year sentence on conspiracy charges related to her ex-boyfriend's crimes. Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring two guests, Donnell Drinks and Lisette Morales, both of whom have previously served sentences. Food will be served.



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.


Corporate Compliance & Ethics: Wells Fargo and Beyond

Wednesday, October 17 at 12noon in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

Whether it be suspect sales practices, faulty car emissions standards or bribery, it seems like each year there are more stories of corporate wrongdoing dominating the headlines. A key example is the recent scandal at Wells Fargo, where the bank admits creating up to 3.5 million potentially fraudulent accounts costing many retail banking customers money and impacting their credit ratings. Although the bank has settled some claims against it, regulatory actions and litigation in those and other areas are on-going. How did this happen? How can similar problems be prevented in the future?

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance brings together experienced executives and lawyers to examine the current legal and ethical landscape, and to explore productive ways to move forward within the corporate world.

This program will feature Philip A. Marineau, a former CEO of Fortune 500 companies and currently a partner at a private equity firm; Juliana S. O’Reilly, an executive and managing counsel for American Expressand Carol Ann Petren, a former top executive and general counsel for CIGNA Corporation.

Lunch, at limited quantities, will be provided.


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


Workshop: Writing Concisely

Wednesday, October 17, 3:15–4:15pm in the Robert A.J. Barry Classroom (Room 303)

In this workshop, our writing specialist will review techniques that will help students of all backgrounds learn to write more concisely. Participants will be leave the workshop better equipped to revise their own writing. Please note that the material we’ll review in this workshop is unrelated to the writing diagnostic.



EMLS Speaker: Lloyd Remick, Esq. on Celebrity Branding and Endorsement

Thursday, October 18, 12noon-1pm in Room 302

Please join the Entertainment and Media Law Society for this informative discussion. Mr. Remick is an entertainment attorney with over 40 years of experience and the author of the book “Two Times Platinum”. Lunch will be provided.


Writing Workshop No. 5: Quotes, Apostrophes, and Series

Thursday, October 18, 3:15-4:15pm in the Daniel L. Thistle ’70 Classroom (Room 203)

Friday, October 19, 3:15-4:15pm in Room 302

This workshop will cover the basic rules for punctuating quotations, using apostrophes correctly, and properly setting out items in a series. Students need to attend only one section.


Coming Events   

Pollock Painting: Autumn Rhythm 2.0

Monday, October 22 at 12noon on the Front Lawn

Join the Art Law Society for this semester’s splatter painting event. Paint, canvas, protective gear, and refreshments will be provided – you just bring the artistic vision!


Panel: Christian Mercy and Prison Abolition

Tuesday, October 23 at 1pm in Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library

Join us for a discussion on Christian Mercy and Prison Abolition as part of the One Book Villanova series of events. Panelists will include Professors Vincent Lloyd and Katie Grimes, and Kathryn Getek Soltis, Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education; Nathaniel Grimes will moderate. Co-sponsored by the Villanova Political Theology Project, the Center for Peace and Justice Education, Falvey Memorial Library, and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.


Writing Workshop No. 6: Agreement: Noun, Pronoun, and Verb

Thursday, October 25, 3:15-4:15pm in the Daniel L. Thistle ’70 Classroom (Room 203)

Friday, October 26, 3:15-4:15pm in Room 302

This workshop will review the basic rules for noun, pronoun, and verb agreement and the most common errors law students make involving them. Students need to attend only one section.


Law & Entrepreneurship Roundtable: The New Civic Entrepreneurship

Presented by the John F. Scarpa Center for Law & Entrepreneurship

Thursday, October 25, 5:30-7pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

We traditionally think of impactful change occurring via work at the national or international level. Today, however, action at the local level is aimed at solving some of our most important problems. This new civic entrepreneurship model is comprised of government, non-profit, and for-profit groups working toward the common good. What are the advantages and limitations of local action in this regard? How do the different types of organizations operate in the same space?

The John F. Scarpa Center for Law & Entrepreneurship, in conjunction with Villanova’s Department of Public Administration, brings together a collection of leaders in the field including: Jason Duckworth, President, Arcadia Land Company; Karen Fegely, Deputy Commerce Director Neighborhood Business Services, City of Philadelphia; and Chris Kovolski, Assistant Vice President Government Relations & External Affairs, Villanova University. Immediately following the program will be a reception in the Law School’s lobby.


Annual Donald A. Giannella Memorial Lecture: The Case for Educational Pluralism

Tuesday, October 30 at 3pm in the Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

Speaker: Nicole Stelle Garnett, John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame

Nicole Stelle Garnett’s research focuses on property, land use, urban development, local government law, and education policy. She is the author of numerous articles on these subjects and of two books, Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press, 2009) and Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America (University of Chicago Press, 2014). At Notre Dame, Garnett is a Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Senior Policy Advisor for the Alliance for Catholic Education, a program engaged in a wide array of efforts to strengthen and sustain K-12 Catholic schools.


Vigil in Solidarity with Detained Immigrants

Sunday, November 11

Join students, faculty, staff, and concerned community members at an interfaith vigil in support of immigrant families being detained at the Berks County Detention Center. We will be joining other Philadelphia area Catholic colleges and universities to hold a vigil in solidarity with immigrant families being detained. Vans to the detention center will be leaving from Villanova on Sunday, November 11th at 2pm and returning at 6pm. To attend, sign up here:



Fitness Centers - Fall Break Hours

The University fitness centers will operate on an abbreviated schedule over main campus Fall Break (October 12-21). To view the complete schedule of operating hours, please visit our website. Normal operating hours will resume on Monday, October 22.


Gazette Submissions

Please submit items for the next issue 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.