Faculty Achievements: Week ending April 11, 2014

One of Professor James Duane's latest articles, "Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Pointless Remand," can now be downloaded from SSRN.

Professor Lynn Marie Kohm is sending her recent article "The Challenges of Teaching Gender Equality in a World of Reproductive Gendercide," which is published in the Regent Journal of Law & Public Policy, to all gender law professors and feminist scholars.

Professor Benjamin Madison and Professor Natt Gantt secured another book contract with Carolina Academic Press on identity formation in legal education. 


Law Excels at National Competition

As Regent University School of Law leads students to become successful advocates, its Moot Court teams continue to excel in their competitions.

On March 28-29, Regent students competed in the fourth annual Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition at Elon University. The team, consisting of Regent law students Tiffany Bennett, Chelsea Schlittenhart and Jaclyn Walliser, advanced in the rounds from 25 participating teams and into the semifinal round.

During the competition, Bennett, Schlittenhart and Walliser also won the Best Brief Award for Petitions' Brief. The team lost by one point during the semifinal rounds to the winning team from Southwestern Law School.

"I am very proud of these teams and how well they represented Regent," said Michael Hernandez, professor in the School of Law and coach for the Moot Court team. "The brief award reflects the outstanding quality of their work and also the strength of the writing instruction provided at Regent Law."

Regent was one of 16 law schools represented by the 25 participating teams in the national competition, finishing ahead of teams from the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina, the College of William & Mary, Wake Forest University and George Mason University.

The law school's second competing team of students, consisting of Ashleigh Davenport, Rebecca Lawrence, and Elizabeth Libertini, finished in the quarterfinal rounds of the competition.

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

By Brett Wilson


IPELS Hosts Sports Law Dialogue

To provide guidance for Regent Law students pursuing sports law, the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society (IPELS) hosted a discussion, “Getting in the Game: How to Start a Sports Law Practice,” featuring Michael P. Giordano, Esq. of Vandeventer Black LLP.

IPELS Board with Michael Giordano (second right)
“While sports law is not currently taught at Regent, I wanted to give students the opportunity to hear from a local attorney who is new in the field and is creating a niche for himself,” states IPELS President Jennifer Brown. “I hope this dialogue helped current students who are interested in starting a sports law practice.”

Giordano began his sports law practice, which is just one of his practice areas at Vandeventer, much like an entrepreneur begins a small business: through hard work, networking, and research.

One of the most difficult aspects of entering sports law in the Hampton Roads region is that there are no major league teams here. The Norfolk Tides (baseball) and Norfolk Admirals (hockey) are minor league teams. After researching sports teams and organizations, Giordano found his niche. He joined the Sports Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and the Norfolk Sports Club.

During the discussion, Giordano provided numerous tips for law students who plan to pursue sports law:
  • Join local sports law organizations and athletic interest groups 
  • Gain business skills 
  • Know the local industry and make connections by contacting local sports professionals and developing rapport 
  • Talk to your firm: they might help you develop a sports law practice 
  • Continue to develop professional skills through mentorship at your firm 
  • Stay up-to-date on sports news and events 
Overall, Giordano encourages students that success in sports law, despite its reputation as a small and competitive industry, is an obtainable reality.

“Find what you’re passionate about, and keep working at it. If you do good work, people will hear about you, and they will find you,” he says.

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Faculty Achievements: Week ending April 4, 2014

Professor James Duane's recent article, "The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari: The Supreme Court’s Surprising Six-Way Split," will be published in the next issue of The Green Bag.

Professor Tom Folsom delivered a well-received presentation at the Drake Law Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable.He presented a paper he is currently working on: "Algorithm Methods: A New Clue for Patent Eligible Subject Matter." It is based on the popular software case, CLS Bank Intern v. Alice Corporation, which was argued before the Supreme Court this week. He hopes to offer the same presentation at Regent on April 15.

Professor Michael Hernandez's new book, Unlocking Estates in Land and Future Interests, will be published this month and available for Fall 2014 courses.

Professor Bradley Jacob appeared on The Randy Tobler Show and discussed the Affordable Care Act's Contraception Coverage Mandate. Listen to the interview here (3-29-14 The Randy Tobler Show, Hour 2).

Last week, Professor Lynne Marie Kohm participated in the International Studies Association Annual Conference in Toronto. On March 26, she was a panelist for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She presented "A Brief Assessment of the 25-Year Effect of the Convention on the Rights of the Child." Her previous article on this topic,
"Suffer the Little Children," is her most downloaded piece.
Professor David Wagner's recent article on the constitutionality of home schooling will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of theOklahoma City University Law Review. Professor Wagner will also address the University of Illinois at Champagne Federalist Society on April 3 on the Sixth Amendment confrontation clause.


Alumni News Recap: March 2014

John M. Balouziyeh's ('08) latest book, A Legal Guide to Doing Business in Saudi Arabia, was released by Thomson Reuters last month.

Justin Bush ('05) became managing partner of a new law firm in Suffolk, Va. Justin was also listed in “Virginia Super Lawyers: Rising Stars” and is the former 5th Judicial District Representative for the Young Lawyer Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Antionette Duck ('10), founder of Mafgia Ministry, was interviewed by Three Angels Broadcasting Network regarding recovery and healing post-abortion.

Noel Sterett ('10), an attorney at Mauck and Baker in Chicago and founding member of Courtside Ministries, was quoted in the Daily Herald regarding Courtside Ministries' work in DuPage County.

Courtney Lemmond ('13), who served as law chaplain during her 3L year, spoke at law chapel on March 27.


School of Law Graduates Post Strong Employment Rates

In a competitive legal job market, Regent University School of Law students are successfully making their way into the profession. From the 2013 graduating class, 83 percent reported in an annual survey that they are employed, including eight graduates who are serving in prestigious judicial clerkships.

From the moment students set foot on campus in their first year, Regent Law professors stress more than just understanding the ins-and-outs of a legal education. With programs such as Regent's Integrated Lawyer Training (ILT) as well as the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, students have opportunities for hands-on training in legal skills, ethics, and professionalism throughout their three years of study.

Jeffrey Brauch, dean of the School of Law, explained that he is not surprised by the success of recent graduates and is very grateful that their legal training is being utilized in positions both nationally and internationally.

"From day one in their careers, our students are ready to serve with excellence and integrity and are ready to make a difference in the lives of their clients and their communities," said Brauch. "It's a joy to see them begin their careers in such influential roles."

Darius Davenport, director of career and alumni services for the School of Law, explained that the strength behind the numbers reaches further than just a positive review of job reports. Davenport said the percentages of graduates landing jobs that require a bar admission in tandem with their law degrees increased by 23 percent.

"These numbers are a testament to the fact that our students are trained well and are performing well," said Davenport. "They are doing so not only in the court room but also in the interview room."

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.


Regent Law Faculty Bloggers Engage Christian Community

Many Regent Law professors are active bloggers, writing about topics ranging from their legal passions, such as bankruptcy law, professionalism, and how to be a Christian lawyer, to current events.

In Pryor Thoughts, Professor Scott Pryor dialogues about bankruptcy law, but he also sprinkles in lighthearted articles about the new LEGO movie and Regent University’s production of The Trojan Women.

"I use Pryor Thoughts as a platform to refine my own thinking about legal matters and about the relationship of the Christian faith to the law in particular and culture generally," says Professor Pryor. "Additionally, it provides me with a way to let folks who don’t read law review articles know about the scholarly articles I’ve written."

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm (pictured) started Family Restoration to address the relationship between the law and God’s plan for families, and to encourage her audiences that family reconciliation and restoration are obtainable realities.

“Regent Law students have the opportunity to receive excellent training to serve as counselors at law and to study in an environment that will challenge their own spiritual growth while they learn how to provide remedies for family breakdown,” she says. “They learn how to be healers of human conflict and to use the law to work toward family restoration. This blog gives voice to those events, connecting solutions to current events in family law.”

Professor Bruce Cameron manages Sabbath School Lessons and GoBible.org. He began GoBible.org in 1996.

Professor Cameron says that GoBible.org has received about 1.8 million unique visitors and 8.4 million page views since March 2009, and has reached nearly every country in the world. Sabbath School Lessons has had about 388,000 unique visitors and 1.3 million page views since March 2009.

“I am completely surprised at the reach of GoBible.org,” he says. “Tens of thousands around the world study my lessons weekly. Statistics are one thing, but the reality of this hit home a few months ago when I attended a lawyer’s conference in California. On Sabbath, I visited a small local church for the first time, and was astonished to realize that the lesson being taught was mine!”

In addition to Professor Pryor, Professor Cameron, and Professor Kohm, several other Regent Law professors informally write about their areas of expertise:


Faculty Achievements: Week ending March 21, 2014

Professor Kenneth Ching's article, "Justice and Harsh Results: Beyond Individualism and Collectivism in Contracts," will be published in the fall edition of the University of Memphis Law Review. His presentation of this paper at the 9th International Conference on Contracts is available here.

Professor James Duane's latest publication, "Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Pointless Remand," has been recommended as “supremely entertaining” in a blog on habeas corpus.

Professor Scott Pryor has been invited to present at Campbell Law School’s symposium on Chapter 9 (municipal) bankruptcy on October 17. On April 14, he will present at Widener University School of Law’s symposium on Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

On March 18, the International Law Society held a lunch event with Professor Tessa Dysart, who discussed her recent publications on human trafficking.