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Week of 17 September 2018

Events This Week


Constitution Day Conversation

Monday, September 17, 12noon in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons

Today is Constitution Day, and Villanova Law is celebrating with a conversation among the Con Law faculty on the Constitution and the US Supreme Court. Please join Dean Alexander and Professors Brennan, Lanctot, Moreland, and Samahon for a conversation about their favorite cases, Justices, and more!


Fashion Law Society First General Meeting

Monday, September 17, 12-1pm in the Daniel L. Thistle ’70 Classroom (Room 203)

Come for an introduction to Fashion Law: what Fashion Law is and what it takes to develop a career in Fashion Law.

Featured speaker: Lee Sporn, Professor of Fashion Law and former Senior VP of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Michael Kors, and VP of Intellectual Property and Associate General Counsel at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation.

Lunch from Campus Corner will be served.


Health Law Society Meeting

Monday, September 17, 12noon in the Minority Alumni Society Classroom (Room 103)


Tax Law Society General Interest Meeting

Monday, September 17 at 12noon in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102) 

Tax Law Society will be discussing their planned events for the semester, opportunities available in tax, and the JD/LLM program. Lunch from Jimmy John's will be provided!



#1842Day in the Goldberg Commons

Tuesday, September 18

Join us for #1842Day festivities in the Goldberg Commons beginning at 8am. We want you to help us celebrate all that makes Villanova and the Charles Widger School of Law great! During the day you can sign a thank you postcard, make your gift, grab a snack and tell us what Villanova means to you. Visit (use Firefox or Chrome) to track our progress toward 5,000 donors in 24 hours, and watch Villanova’s Facebook page for live segments with alumnus and NBC10 Philadelphia news anchor Keith Jones. For questions or more information, please contact Catherine Ross, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at


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.


Panel Discussion: The Death Penalty and Pope Francis

Tuesday, September 18 at 4pm in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)


Michelle Dempsey, Professor of Law

Massimo Faggioli, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Jill McCorkel, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminology

Pope Francis directed that the language in the Catechism of the Catholic Church be revised to say that the death penalty is "inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and the dignity of the person.” Although the Catholic Church has taught that the state may, in principle, use the death penalty where necessary, Pope Francis’ decision reflects several years of increasing opposition by the Church to the death penalty in practice. This panel will explore the death penalty today and in light of Pope Francis’ change to the Catechism from the perspectives of law, theology and criminology. The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 credits. Presented by The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy.



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.


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


Villanova Women’s Professional Network Speaker

Wednesday, September 19, 6pm in Bartley 1011

The Villanova Women's Professional Network is pleased to host Donella Rapier, President and CEO of BRAC USA. She will speak about how she shifted her career path from the private sector to non-profit development work and how BRAC is transforming the way governments and international aid organizations are addressing poverty globally. There will be a time for refreshments and casual networking following her talk. Co-sponsored by Anne Welsh McNulty Women's Leadership Institute, Center for Peace and Justice Education, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing and Gender and Women's Studies. For more information and to register visit



Entertainment and Media Law Society Speaker

Thursday, September 20, 2018 from Noon to 1 pm in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

Please join us for a chat with Benjamin Landry, Esq. Mr. Landry is an attorney with Atlantic Records, and he will be discussing the legal aspects of record deals and working within the music industry. Lunch will be provided.



The Thirteenth Annual John F. Scarpa Conference on Law, Politics, and Culture

To Die (or Not) for the Phone Company?

Friday, September 21, 8:30am – 5:15pm in the Martin G. McGuinn ’67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

Featured Speaker: Adrian Vermeule, John H. Watson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Professor Vermeule will be joined in conversation by distinguished scholars of law, political science, economics, philosophy, sociology and theology to discuss topics in administrative law. The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 substantive credits and 1 ethics credit.


Coming Events   

Trauma-informed Lawyering from the CSE Institute

Wednesday, September 26, 1:30-4:15pm in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)

This program featuring The Honorable President Judge Marsha H. Neifield will introduce attorneys and others to the federal and state laws related to commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking.


Solidarity with Immigrants Events

Wednesday, September 26

4pm in Driscoll Auditorium: President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA Donna Markham OP, PhD, ABPP, will describe how that organization is responding to the needs of immigrants and their families. ACS approved.

5:30pm in the Connelly Center Cinema: Villanova faculty experts will clarify misconceptions surrounding immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers at a CRS immigration briefing.


Information Session for 2Ls on Writing Competitions (and free pizza!)

Thursday, September 27 at 12:15pm in the Blank Rome LLP Classroom (Room 102)

Please join Professor Robert Hegadorn and Writing Specialist Steven Schultz for an information session on the ins and outs of entering a writing competition. They will discuss the benefits of entering a competition, logistics and policies to keep in mind, and how to find one to enter. Professor Hegadorn will also walk students through his resource page on writing competitions. Please email the Steven Schultz ( for more information. The session should last about thirty minutes and pizza will be served.



Voter Registration

October 9th is the deadline for registering to vote in Pennsylvania for the November 6, 2018 election. Hard copy PA voter registration applications for registration by mail are available at the front desk of the student services suite. Pennsylvania voters may also register online at:

For students who wish to register in other states, and vote via absentee ballot, here is a site for your reference for additional information on all states and Puerto Rico: Check your individual state for both registration deadline and absentee ballot deadline. 


Gazette Submissions

Please submit items for the next issue to by 3pm on Friday.


Writing Competitions

ABA Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition

Through our writing competition, the PCL Section introduces itself to the next generation of public contract lawyers. In addition to cash awards ($5000 for the first-place winner), quality papers are considered for publication in the Public Contract Law Journal. Additionally, the top competitor may be invited to present his / her paper at the Annual Federal Procurement Institute in Annapolis, Maryland. Papers should address a topical issue of interest to the public contract and grant law community. The deadline for receipt of articles 11:59pm Central Time on September 30, 2018. For details visit 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.