Regent Law Faculty Scholarly Updates - 5.18.18

Prof. Jeffrey Brauch was named 1L Professor of the Year.

Prof. James Duane’s Prior Convictions and Tuna Fishhas been downloaded over 200 times since he posted it this week.

Prof. Caleb Griffin was named 2L-3L Professor of the Year.

Prof. Caleb Griffin presented on 5/16/18 at the Mid-Atlantic Junior Faculty Forum at Richmond University’s T.C. Williams School of Law’s annual event.  

Dean Ernie Walton’s article, How Zivotofksy II and the Conservative Divide Over the Foreign Affairs Power Could Impact the Trump Administration,* is set to go for final printing and should be published later this month in 46 Cap. U. L. Rev. 471 (2018).

* Publications available to view and download for free.

Regent Law Faculty Scholarly Updates - 5.10.18

Prof. Caleb Griffin’s article The Hidden Cost of M&A, available at*, made the Top Ten list again for LSN: Corporate Governance U.S. (Topic), as well as for Corporate Law: Corporate Governance Law eJournal.

Prof. James Duane recently hit his 5000th total paper downloaded on SSRN.  You can see Prof. Duane’s work at*.

Prof. Brad Jacob was interviewed and quoted in WORLD:

Prof. Brad Jacob and Prof. Lynne Marie Kohm will be making presentations at the National Institute for Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) Summit May 23-24, right here at the Founders Inn.

* Publications available to view and download for free.

Regent Law Commemorates National Day of Prayer

On Thursday, May 3, leaders from Regent University and the Virginia Beach, Virginia, community came together for a UNITY prayer event in recognition of the National Day of Prayer. During the event, various speakers prayed over a variety of different issues.

“I think oftentimes, our teachers are the most underappreciated servants in our community,” said Regent University School of Law Dean Dr. Michael Hernandez, who led a prayer for students, schools and those who work in the education field. “We can pray a blessing on our teachers, today, and we can trust the Lord to provide all they need.”

“For this 240 years of the great American experiment, we’ve always relied on faith and prayer and divine providence as Mr. [Thomas] Jefferson calls it in the Declaration [of Independence] to sustain and enlighten and grow democracy, a free people binding together,” said Virginia Governor and distinguished faculty member at Regent University, Robert McDonnell.

He pointed those present to the faith settlers in America’s early colonial history held to, even through immense adversity.

“The elements of prayer and faith have been the foundations of this nation,” said McDonnell.

“Having the privilege today to pray for state, local, and federal governments, is something, to me, that’s so vitally important,” he said. “The nature of our debate is toxic. The rhetoric is too uncivil; we don’t have enough leaders that are servant leaders who believe in humility.”

In his prayer, Dr. Eric Patterson, dean of Regent University Robertson School of Government, lifted up the individuals who put themselves in harm’s way to serve our country and its citizens.

“We’re enjoined in the Bible to pray for our leaders, for those in authority,” he said. “In Romans 13, we’re told that those who wields the sword, and do it under God’s inspiration … that they do it for our good, and that includes law enforcement who do that domestically, and that includes our members of the military, who do that abroad.”

Written by Philip Reynolds

Congratulations to the 2018 Virginia SuperLawyers!

Congratulations to the 44 Regent Law alumni who made this year's Virginia Super Lawyers list or Rising Stars list!

Karen M. Crowley (’93), Crowley, Liberatore Ryan & Brogan, P.C., Norfolk

Ryan G. Ferguson (’05), Bischoff Martingayle, Virginia Beach

Matthew C. Sunderlin (’95), Clark & Bradshaw, P.C., Harrisonburg

L. Ashley Brooks (’03), L. Ashley Brooks, PLC, Chesapeake

Shantell S. Nashatka (’03), Mahoney Nashatka Richmond, PLLC, Virginia Beach
Corrynn J. Peters (’03), Phillips & Peters, PLLC, Norfolk
Andrew T. Richmond (’10), Mahoney Nashatka Richmond, PLLC, Virginia Beach

Catherine M. Six (’94), East Coast Trial Lawyers, Virginia Beach
T. Wayne Williams (’00), Williams DeLoatche, Chesapeake

Williams W.C. Harty (’00), Patten Wormom Hatten & Diamonstein, Newport News 

Christopher D. Davis (’07), Davis Law, Chesapeake

R. Ellen Coley (’08), ReavesColey, Chesapeake
Noelle M. James (’06), Christian & Barton, Richmond
Kristen R. Jurjevich (’10), Pender & Coward, Virginia Beach

Nathaniel L. Story (’08), Hirschler Fleischer, Richmond

Lenard Myers II (’99), Fortress Proprietas, Norfolk

Braden Carroll (’13), BC Law, Virginia Beach
S. W. Dawson (’11), Dawson, Norfolk (not listed as Regent grad on SuperLawyers or his website)
Anastasia Kranias (’10), Greenspun Shapiro, Fairfax
Michael A. Robinson (’06), Robinson Law, Fairfax

Stephen P. Pfeiffer (’07), Wolcott Rivers Gates, Virginia Beach

Jeremy L. Pryor (’07), Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, Richmond

Sharon K. Reyes (’14), Kaufman & Canoles, Norfolk

M. Bradley Brickhouse (’09), Oast & Taylor, Virginia Beach

Jennifer Tomac (’08), Tomac & Tomac, Leesburg

Carmelou G. Aloupas (’10), Aloupas Law, Chesapeake
Justin Bush (’05), Bush & Taylor, Suffolk
Anna Ernest (’13), Ernest Law Group, Virginia Beach
Wayne Holcomb (’08), Holcomb Law, Yorktown
Mykell L. Messman (’09), Messman Law, Virginia, Virginia Beach
Anneshia Miller Grant (’09), Livesay & Myers, Fairfax
Nicholas David Renninger (’08), Kozak Davis Renninger & Belote, Portsmouth
Mandy M. Rogers (’10), M. Rogers & Associates, Chesapeake
Jennifer Shupert (’03), Shupert/Chaing, Virginia Beach
Tammy L. Sossei (’09), Coates & Davenport, Richmond
Thomas J. Wright (’12), Wright Law, Norfolk (not listed in magazine but listed on website)

Christy L. Murphy (’06), Kaufman & Canoles, Norfolk

Christian Blank (’10), Patel & Dalrymple, Lynchburg
Joshua J. Coe (’10), East Coast Trial Lawyers, Virginia Beach
Kevin Hoffman (’14), Singer Davis, Virginia Beach
Wiley Latham (’10), Tronfeld West & Durrett, Richmond
Joseph Verser (’06), HeathOverbey Verser & Old, Newport News

Erin E. Jewell (’05), Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein, Newport News


Hunter Hanger (’10), Hanger Law, Virginia Beach

Regent Trial Ad Board Volunteers to Help Middle Schoolers in Mock Trial Competition

Regent Trial Advocacy Board's very own Molly Banas, Madeline Jones, and Amina Jones spent Friday, April 20, volunteering their time at the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association's mock trial competition for middle school kids.

Photo from The Virginian-Pilot

For the past two months, teams from various middle schools have been working with lawyers and law students to prepare for the competition. On Friday, the kids got to go in front of judges and attorneys at Norfolk Circuit Court and show off their hard work.

Madeline and Amina served as coaches for two different teams, while Molly helped the competition go off without a hitch on Friday.

Filling the Gap of Justice: Regent University School of Law Hosts Presentation on Pro Bono Work

On Wednesday, April 11, Regent University School of Law students and practicing attorneys from the local area gathered under one, shared goal — to ensure there’s justice for all.

Justice should be blind, blind to the rich, the poor, and anyone in between. Unfortunately, there’s a justice gap — a difference in how citizens of different economic status receive varied legal assistance.

“It’s important to understand the justice gap before we talk about any type of pro bono service,” said Crista Gantz, Director of Access to Legal Services for the Virginia State Bar. “I think it’s pretty clear that liberty and justice for all, the idea of equal justice, is kind of a foundational concept in society and our culture … it’s strange to me that we still grapple with these issues since it seems to be central in how we think about justice in this country.”

Although one-in-eight Virginians are eligible for Virginia Legal Aid, there aren’t enough attorneys to provide it. According to Gantz, there’s only one Legal Aid attorney available to provide representation for 7,137 low-income persons on average.

“Under our current conditions, Legal Aid just realistically can’t meet the needs of the poor,” said Gantz. “If ‘justice for all’ is going to be more than an … ideal, we need the private Bar’s engagement in pro bono.”

A few problems compounding the issue include lawyers’ time constraints and commitments, cost of such service on their practice, and a lack of malpractice insurance, to name a few.

The key to closing up this gap? Pro bono work.

Gantz moderates Virginia Free Legal Answers, a website that connects those who can’t afford legal services with pro bono services. Website users can log in to the site and receive advice from attorneys on inquiries related to civil law.

During her presentation, she showed attendees how to aid site users.

Gantz said lawyers in Virginia are currently only providing 80,000 hours of pro bono service. If attorneys in the state each put two percent of their working hours toward it, they’d cumulatively work a whopping 900,000 hours according to Gantz.

“It’s [a] really wonderful, wonderful way to engage,” she said.

“There’s no state in the country that has required pro bono service,” Gantz said. “But we hope that professionally and personally, we’ll take up the mantle to provide at least two percent per year of a lawyer’s professional time to pro bono public legal services.”

Summer 2018 Judicial Interns Announced

The Office of Law Career and Alumni Services just welcomed 22 Regent Law students into the summer 2018 Judicial Internship program.

Each summer, law students have an opportunity to intern for eight weeks with a Virginia Circuit, General District, or Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in the surrounding seven cities, where they will gain invaluable writing and research skills and critical exposure to the courtroom and local legal community.

These first and second-year law students commit at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer.

2L Joe Addink, who was part of the program last year, said that the best lessons came from behind-the-scenes conversations outside of court. "I had the opportunity to interact with attorneys, judges, bailiffs, and clerks on a personal basis," said Addink. "This helped me to see that while important decisions are being made each and every day in the legal world that I am still dealing with people and I do not have to be intimidated or scared."

Congratulations to this year's group!

Regent Law Faculty Scholarly Updates - 5.18.18

Prof. Jeffrey Brauch was named 1L Professor of the Year. Prof. James Duane ’s Prior Convictions and Tuna Fish *  has been downloaded ...