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Week of 20 November 2017

Events This Week


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 John Edwards ( for more information.



Mass on November 22

There will not be Mass this Wednesday at the Law School, however Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 12:05pm in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church. If you have any questions, please email John Edwards.

The University schedule of worship opportunities is available at


Coming Events


Congratulations to the Winners of This Year’s Reimel Competition

The Moot Court Board congratulates the winners of the 58th Annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition, Dan Sulvetta and Steven Lee.  Additionally, we congratulate Steven Lee for winning best oralist in the final round. 

Thank you to everyone who competed in this year's Reimel competition, including our additional finalists, Thallia Maleslin and Kyle Platt.  This year was a very successful competition and we are so proud of everyone who contributed!


Sports Journal Publication Decisions

Congratulations to the following MSLJ Staff Writers who have been selected for publication in Volume XXIV, Issue 2 of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal:

Patrick CoyneA Huge Win For Equal Pay: Women’s National Teams Grab Their Biggest Victories Yet in Recent Contract Disputes

Brendan EwingMLS Promotion!  Can MLS’s Single Entity Status Protect it From Pro/Rel?

Daniel MaschiMillion Dollar Babies, Do Not Want to Share: An Analysis of Antitrust Issues Surrounding Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts, and Ways to Improve Combat Sports

Christopher PolisanoBetting Against PASPA: Why the Federal Ban on Sports Gambling is Unconstitutional and How it Hurts the States


It’s the Finals Countdown—Are You Ready?

Looking for study aids, sample questions, or old exams? Check out the Study Aids & Exam Strategies research guide for a list of all Examples & Explanations, Understanding Series, Black Letter Outlines, and other study aids and hornbooks available in our print collection along with links to the online exam database, CALI exercises, and other online materials to get you ready for finals or help you finish up those research papers! And you can pick up free earplugs at the library reference desk, courtesy of CALI.


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Law School will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The building and library will be accessible via swipe access only from 5pm on Wednesday, November 22, until 7am on Monday, November 27.


Gazette Submission Holiday Deadline

The November 27 issue will be the last Gavel Gazette for this semester. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week, items for that issue must be submitted to by 10am on Wednesday, November 22.


Writing Competitions/Scholarships

Center for Alcohol Policy Annual National Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy is accepting entries for its 10th Annual National Essay Contest. The Center’s national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation. The topic for this year’s contest is: “The Supreme Court has recognized ‘temperance’ as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?” The deadline for entries is December 1, 2017. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. Details are available here.


Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition

Prizes of $2000 and $1000 will be awarded for the top two papers addressing any aspect of federal tax law. Winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter, the Report, or in The Federal Lawyer. Entries must be submitted by January 8, 2018.


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.