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Week of 21 September 2020



Campus Masses

Campus Masses are being celebrated in keeping with Villanova's CARITAS Commitment and archdiocesan guidelines at the following times:

Monday-Friday 12:05pm and 5:30pm in Corr Chapel (limited attendance)
Saturday 5:30pm (in Spanish) in St. Thomas of Villanova Church and 7pm outside on the Campus Green; Sunday 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm all in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church.  

All those planning to attend in-person are asked to pre-register. Currently the Sunday 5pm and 7pm Masses are also livestreamed. The most up-to-date information on Mass times, livestreaming, protocols, and registering to attend in person can be found on the Campus Ministry website:


Grad & Law Student Faith Sharing

Thursdays at 9pm on Zoom

A digital space for ecumenical reflection and fellowship. Come enjoy community with your fellow grad/law students at


1842 Day is Tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 22

1842 Day begins at midnight! Tomorrow’s 24-hour celebration will feature 1842 Day Villanova Law Quizzo, sponsored by Jeffrey and Leslie Pott and emceed by Dean Centeno. Co-hosted by the Student Bar Association and Office of Development and Alumni Relations, this event will be livestreamed so you can compete from anywhere! The top four teams will win money to donate to their favorite Villanova Law student organization, program, or academic department, plus some custom swag for your portable chairs! Register now at

The virtual events will also include the 1842 Day Livestream, beginning at 12pm ET tomorrow. The broadcast will feature exclusive interviews and content, including a special segment with Dean Alexander. Tune in at

For questions or more information about 1842 Day, please contact


Medicare for All? A National Single Payer v. Private Payer Insurance Debate

Tuesday, September 22, at 12:30pm

Students may submit their questions on their views or opposing opinions on the issue, which the moderator will then address to our guest Health Law experts. The event will begin with an introduction on the status of the healthcare system in a brief overview. At 12:45pm, we will launch into a debate with questions posed by the moderator. Zoom attendees can submit questions to speakers throughout debate in the chat function.


  • Intro Speaker - Jolene Calla, Esq. - VP of Healthcare Finance and Insurance at The Hospital and Healthsystem of Pennsylvania (HAP)
  • Moderator - Delphine O’Rourke - Partner at Goodwin in the Life Sciences group and Healthcare practice
  • Private Payer - Michael Cannon - Director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute
  • National Single Payer: Dr. Ed Weisbart - Chair of the Missouri Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program


Intellectual Property Law Society General Information Meeting

Wednesday, September 23, 12:30-1pm

Short informational session to learn more about the Villanova Intellectual Property Law Society. For more information contact Matt DeLeo.


Racial Justice Reading Group

Wednesday, September 23, at 4pm

The first meeting of the Reading Group will discuss Nikole Hannah-Jones's article in the New York Times Magazine, What Is Owed, which argues that racial justice in the United States requires moving beyond slogans and into a conversation about paying reparations to Black Americans. Here is a link to the Zoom for the meeting. The Reading Group provides opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to meet informally in small groups to discuss issues of racial justice. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend any of the meetings; no long-term commitment is required.


Fellowship Informational Meeting 

Wednesday, September 23, at 7:30pm

Join the Walter A. Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) for information on our fellowships! Each year, we provide selected fellows with $5000 to fund their summers pursuing unpaid, public interest legal work. Join us on Zoom for our panel discussion from past fellows and more information on our fellowship requirements. Our Zoom link will be posted on our Instagram @pifpvillanova, on our Facebook at PIFP Villanova, or feel free to email us at See you there! 


Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

Thursday, September 24, 3:30-4:30pm

The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy will host a discussion on recent Supreme Court developments surrounding freedom of religion and preview upcoming cases about religious freedom. Constitutional scholars Michael Moreland, University Professor of Law and Religion & Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy, and Stephanie Barclay, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss these recent cases as well as preview upcoming cases the Court will hear this year. For more information and to register click here.


Beyond DACA: Freedom University and the Undocumented Student Movement in the Deep South

Tuesday, September 29, 5:30-7:15pm

The Latin American Studies program invites you to a Zoom talk with Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis, Executive Director of Freedom University, and Rafael Aragón, Public Speaker Coordinator of Freedom University. Freedom University is an underground freedom school for undocumented students in Atlanta, Georgia, which provides free college-level classes, college application and scholarship assistance, and social movement leadership training to undocumented students banned from equal access to public universities in Georgia. As a result of its work, 1 in 3 Freedom University students has earned a full scholarship to college every year. Please email to receive the Zoom link for this event.


First Generation Lawyers Group – Welcome to 1L

Wednesday, September 30, 12:30-1:30pm

A panel event consisting of students, deans and 1L faculty discussing how to thrive during 1L as a first-generation law student. For more information contact Megan Mason.


Red Mass

Friday, October 2, at 7pm

Join the Villanova Law community for the annual Red Mass with University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS as celebrant. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s celebration will be held virtually.

A Villanova tradition for over 60 years, Red Mass provides an opportunity for faculty, alumni, students, families, and guests to celebrate the beginning of the Law School’s academic year. While typically a time to gather in-person, this year, Villanova Law invites our community to come together virtually.

The first Red Mass was offered in 1310 during the reign of King Edward I in Westminster Abbey to mark the opening of the judicial year. Since then, Red Mass has been celebrated to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit for all those who seek justice. The ceremony’s traditional name is derived from the color of vestments worn by the celebrant and concelebrants, the scarlet robes of judges in attendance, and the scarlet gowns of the members of the law faculty. Villanova has held Red Mass since 1957.

The link to view this year’s Red Mass will be posted and will also be available to view after the event.  



Election Results

The Honor Board is excited to announce the new SBA and Honor Board 2020-2021 1L Representatives!

SBA 1L Representatives:

Amit Mysore

Margot Weitz

Griffith Hawk

Cooper F. Townsend

Kevin Sheppard II

Dani Goldberg

Honor Board 1L Representatives:

Briana Smalley

Samantha Newman

Danielle Clifford

Tyler Kaestner

Elizabeth Kletsel

Chloe Vollmer

Jacqueline Borrelli

Kate Spillan

Amanda Rioboli

Jean-Claire Perini

Congratulations to our winners! Thank you to all the candidates who ran and to all those who voted!


Continuing Duty to Update Application Information

Please remember that all students undertake a continuing duty to update their answers to the character and fitness questions on the law school application. These questions deal with academic disciplinary actions, other disciplinary actions, and all criminal charges however minor and regardless of outcome. The continuing duty to update requires each student to disclose facts that may have occurred since matriculation.

Candor and honesty are highly valued by the bar examiners of all jurisdictions. Many jurisdictions verify bar applications and conduct criminal background checks in conjunction with bar admission, comparing the information obtained with the information provided by the student on the law school application. Dishonesty may be an extremely serious obstacle to gaining admission to the practice of law. Please be sure that you have been fully candid in your application to Villanova. Contact Matthew Carluzzo, Assistant Dean of Students if you have any questions or concerns or if you think you may need to amend your application. There is more information and an online submission form on the Bar Preparation page of the website.


Gazette Submissions

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


ABA Forum on Communications Law’s 13th Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

The deadline to apply is October 15, 2020.

This competition is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to many of the lawyers who are active in the communications law bar. The competition offers cash awards for superior performance in appellate briefing and oral argument. Additionally, the four finalists in the January 2021 competition—which will be held virtually— will be offered the opportunity of summer employment opportunities with a top law firm, media company, or First Amendment nonprofit, thanks to the generous support of ABA Forum sponsoring organizations. For further information and the application click here.


International Section of the New York State Bar Association’s Annual Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition

The deadline for submission is 4pm EST on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Law Students (including J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. and S.J.D. candidates) are cordially invited to submit to the International Section an article concerning any area of public or private international law or practice. Faculty members of any college or university are ineligible to participate. All submissions will be reviewed by a committee of attorneys practicing international law, and a winner will be chosen based on a variety of factors, including significance and timeliness of the subject matter, thoroughness of research and analysis, clarity of writing style, as well as the importance and originality of the topic to the understanding of private/public international law or comparative law. The rules are set forth in our website.

The winner will receive:

1) $2,000 USD; and

2) Publication of the article (subject to editorial approval) in the New York International Law Review.


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.