Regent Law Rises to Top 20% on SSRN Law Scholarship Rankings

Regent University School of Law is producing some of the most-viewed legal scholarship in the nation.


The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) ranks Regent Law in the top 20% of U.S. Law Schools for total new downloads. That ranking has been climbing steadily since 2016 and shows no sign of slowing down. As of December 1, Regent Law is ranked 67/350.
SSRN is a worldwide collaborative network that is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of scholarly research. The eLibrary currently contains more than 826,000 downloadable electronic documents in Adobe Acrobat PDF format from over 400,000 authors.

SSRN states that its objective is “to provide rapid worldwide distribution of research to authors and their readers and to facilitate communication among them at the lowest possible cost.” Any author may upload papers for free, and most papers can be downloaded without charge.

Judge Patricia West (Ret.), interim dean, is proud of the Regent Law faculty. “It’s exciting to see our Christian legal scholars continuing to integrate their faith in scholarship and influence legal minds through this platform,” she said.

Because of the network’s commitment to open access and its broad-based, worldwide readership, the law school views SSRN as an important part of its mission to influence the legal profession with scholarship written from a Christian perspective. That emphasis is paying off. Regent Law authors have achieved almost 40,000 total downloads from over 300 scholarly papers. Additionally, as Professor Lynne Marie Kohm explained, “This scholarly impact is especially excellent in light of our law faculty being quite small in number. To produce such high quality publications competitively with other law schools could be a strong indicator of scholarly impact as Regent Law moves forward.” 

SSRN is also important because it enables authors to post scholarship as soon as they create it, rather than waiting for publication in a journal. This can greatly enhance the relevance of the piece as well as the interest it receives. For example, a recent article by Professor Bruce N. Cameron, Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law, and Regent Law alumnus Blaine Hutchinson (2018), Thinking Slow About Abercrombie & Fitch: Straightening Out the Judicial Confusion in the Lower Courts, will be published in Pepperdine Law Review in December but has already been listed in the top ten papers for new downloads in SSRN’s category of “Private Law –Discrimination Law eJournal.”

Summarizing the relationship between the missions of SSRN and Regent Law, Regent University Law Library Director Marie Summerlin Hamm observed that “Regent Law faculty seek to engage, inspire, and transform legal thought through scholarship and service. By facilitating widespread content dissemination, open access repositories like SSRN have greatly expanded scholarly impact, allowing authors to reach readers in innovative and diversified ways.” 

Regent University Law Review Hosts Annual Symposium: Mental Health Within the Law

On Friday, November 2, 2018, Regent University Law Review held its 31st Annual Symposium, which addressed mental health within the law.

Three panels discussed Mental Health Within the Legal Profession, Mental Health Within the Court System, and Mental Health Within Juvenile/Family Law.

PANEL 1: John Berry, Esq., Florida Bar’s Legal Division Director Leonard Heath, Esq., President of the Virginia State Bar James Leffler, MS LPC, Clinical Director of Lawyers Helping Lawyers Mark C. Palmer, Esq., Professionalism Counsel for the Illinois Supreme Court

PANEL 2: The Hon. John R. Doyle III, Presiding Judge Norfolk Circuit Court Emily Hedrick, Esq., Ethics Counsel for the Virginia State Bar Dr. Kristen Hudacek, Psy. D., Director of Psychology and Pretrial Forensic Services at Eastern State Hospital The Hon. Joseph A. Migliozzi Jr., Presiding Judge Norfolk Circuit Court The Hon. Jacqueline F. Ward Talevi, Chief Judge Roanoke City General District Court

PANEL 3: The Hon. Tanya Bullock, Presiding Judge Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Christianna Cunningham, Esq., Virginia Beach Associate City Attorney Kamala Lannetti, Esq., Virginia Beach Deputy City Attorney Julie E. McConnell, Esq., Clinical Law Professor & Director of the Children’s Defense Clinic, University of Richmond Leslee Tingle, Esq., Norfolk Public Defender

Keynote speaker Corinna Barrett Lain, Esq., S.D. Roberts & Sandra Moore Professor of Law at the University of Richmond, discussed Mental Health and Capital Punishment.

CLOSING REMARKS: Mary Kelly Tate, Director of the Institute for Actual Innocence & Clinical Law Professor at the University of Richmond provided closing remarks on Mental Health and Sentencing.

Symposium Editor Sarah Nelson was grateful for the hard work of the Law Review board and the hard truths that the speakers were able to share.  "I am so honored to have been a part of this event," said Nelson. "Many guests used the term sobering to describe the content of the event. No doubt, mental health in all arenas provides for some heavy conversations. However, the Law Review Board feels so blessed that we were able to not only address some of the problem areas in the law but discuss as a legal community how we can move forward from here."

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Government Mandated Abortions; A Modern Adaption of an Old Testament Warning

My name is Jordan Ordway and I am a 3L at Regent Law. This semester I have had the privilege to work with the Center for Global Justice student staff, working on a research project for ADF International Asia. My research includes studying the abortion polices of Asian nations. While there are many approaches to regulating abortion and family planning around the world, China in particular has a policy unlike any other.

In the Bible, when the Israelites asked for a King, God issued a warning through the prophet Samuel. Samuel warned that earthly rulers tend to claim rights over citizens: over citizens’ crops, supplies, and—worst of all—over citizens’ own children. This warning is embodied today within China’s population planning policies.

Under the guise of preserving economic and natural resources, the Chinese government launched an approach to curbing population growth in the 1970’s. The “Late, Long, and Few” program was meant to be temporary, giving incentives and rewards for families who only had one child. In 1980, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ordered the policies to be mandatory on all Chinese families with few exceptions.

Decades of sex selection, abandoned children, and forced abortions were the heartbreaking result. To begin with, the original one-child policy mandated that families needed to obtain permission from local officials before having a child, leading to many “illegal children” being confiscated by authorities (reportedly later being sold by the government). Moreover, female infanticide became the infamous norm in China, with many Chinese families opting to have a male child over female. Scarier yet are the draconian measures used as a punishment for families who did not adhere to the government’s policy, which include forced sterilization and forced abortions.

China has sporadically adjusted its one-child policy throughout the years. In 2016 many Western nations cheered when the Chinese Communist Party announced it was ending the one-child policy to allow all Chinese couples a second child. The celebration, it seems, is premature. While every couple in China is now allowed a second child four years after the birth of their first, other restrictions have not been relaxed. Among other things, the Planned Birth Policy forbids out-of-wedlock births and childbearing without permission—even if it is a couple’s first child. Women who violate these rules are still subjected to fines (averaging three to four times a family’s income), forced abortion, and/or forced sterilization.

Despite a supposed shift to a new dawn in reproductive “freedom” for women in China, the Chinese government still dominates over its citizens’ rights. Recently, there has been an outcry for change to these policies across the world. This outcry no doubt is due to stories such as Feng Jianmei’s, whose story in 2012 went “viral” when photos of the forced abortion of her seven-month-old child were put online. However, even with this outcry official Chinese state outlets have denied any imminent change to the country’s national two-child policy in 2018.

This post was written by a Center for Global Justice student staff member.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.

Regent Law Federalist Society Hosts Nadine Strossen

On Monday, October 29, 2018, The Regent Student chapter of the Federalist Society hosted a question and answer forum with Nadine Strossen, Professor at NYU, Former Youngest and First Woman President of the ACLU.

Federalist Society President Brandan Goodwin (’18) introduced Ms. Strossen, who then answered questions presented by Regent Law Professor Brad Jacob, and then took questions from the audience.


 Following the forum, Ms. Strossen graciously signed copies of her new book, Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, in which she explores how speech is protected under the constitution and how free speech can be used to counter hate speech.

Regent Law Library Welcomes Audrey Lynn to Faculty

Regent University Law Library welcomes Audrey Lynn to its faculty as Head of Electronic Resources and Digital Initiatives.

Audrey is responsible for managing the Law Library’s electronic collections and materials, providing a strategic vision for digital initiatives designed to facilitate the use of law library resources, increase student research competency, and support faculty scholarship, and providing research and outreach services to law school faculty and students.

Audrey received her JD cum laude from Regent University School of Law in 2018 and her B.S. in Mathematics summa cum laude from Georgia Gwinnett College in 2015. While a student at Regent Law, Audrey was a member of the Law Review and the Honor Council and was the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Female Graduate Award. She served as a law clerk at the American Center for Law and Justice and was a judicial intern for the Hon. Glenn A. Huff, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and the Hon. Nels S.D. Peterson, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

“When I received an unexpected job offer from the Law Library right around the time I was graduating, I was thrilled with the opportunity to remain in the Regent community. I felt like my background and excitement about the mission of Regent Law uniquely qualified me for the position.”

Audrey recently passed the Bar in her home state of Georgia.  Her student note, Let’s (Not) Make This Work! Why Stare Decisis Workability Should Be a Sword but Not a Shield, is slated for publication in the forthcoming issue of Regent University Law Review.

Audrey enjoys music and art and hopes to get back to practicing those soon with both law school and the bar exam now behind her. You can view her full profile here.

Regent Law Professor and Students File Brief with U.S. Supreme Court

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Regent Law Professor Bruce Cameron filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court involving Patterson v. Walgreens, a case about religious accommodation in the workplace.

Professor Bruce Cameron

Professor Cameron served as counsel for Robert P. Roesser. Roesser, a client who won the main issue in Patterson before a U.S. Court of Appeals about 20 years ago, wanted to preserve his victory. 

As part of Regent Law's Right to Work Practicum, two Regent students, 3L Diane Hess-Hernandez and 3L Brandan Goodwin, helped Professor Cameron write the brief in support of Patterson's petition for the Supreme Court to review the case.

"Regent University School of Law is exceptional in providing law students real-world opportunities to become practice-ready," said Hess-Hernandez.  "I have learned so much working with an experienced legal advocate such as Professor Cameron, who leads the Right to Work Practicum. The opportunity to work on a United States Supreme Court case is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to potentially make an impact at the highest level."

Over the years, several Regent students in the Right to Work Practicum have worked on papers that studied the division in the federal appellate courts on the issue raised in the Patterson case.

This work is funded by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which was recently ranked number 2 among all law firms in the nation for First Amendment litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court during the last four years.

Regent Law Hosts 18th Annual LeRoy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Law

From October 4-5, 2018, Regent University School of Law hosted the 18th Annual LeRoy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.

The competition is in honor of the late Chief Justice LeRoy R. Hassell Sr., the first African American chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Hassell was a respected member of the Regent community, and even served on the Law School Board of Visitors as well as a distinguished Jurist-in-Residence.

“The Law School was honored to host the 18th Annual LeRoy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition this past weekend; we had many esteemed local jurists and practicing attorneys participate in judging the preliminary rounds and we thank them for their time and commitment to Regent Law,” said Judge Patricia West (Ret.), LAW interim dean. “The panel judging the final round of the competition consisted of prominent judges and justices from both federal and state courts throughout the U.S. We are honored that they gave their gift of time to assist our hosting one of the best moot court competitions in the country.”

The competition featured a distinguished panel of guest judges, including Chief Judge Roger Gregory, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Chief Justice Mark Martin, Supreme Court of North Carolina; former Chief Justice Brent Benjamin, Supreme Court of West Virginia; Justice Arthur Kelsey, Supreme Court of Virginia; Justice Stephen McCollough, Supreme Court of Virginia; Justice Daniel Kelly, Supreme Court of Wisconsin; and Laura Hernandez, Senior Counsel, ACLJ.

Students from 20 law schools around the nation competed, including Duke University, William & Mary University, University of Richmond, and Liberty University.

Written by Brett Wilson Tubbs

Regent Law Rises to Top 20% on SSRN Law Scholarship Rankings

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