Regent Law Trial Team Named 2018 Stetson Pretrial National Champions

Congratulations to Regent Law's trial team of Michael Sylvester, Arielle Poe, Molly Banas, and Marcus Mitchell, who won the National Pretrial Competition at Stetson University School of Law.

Out of 15 teams from across the country, the team ended 5-0.

Regent Law alum Drew Page ('10), who serves as an Adjunct Professor for trial practice at Regent, coached this team of talented advocates.

The team ended 5-0 with 15 teams competing from across the country. Marcus Mitchell and Michael Sylvester won Best Advocate awards for their preliminary rounds. The team also won the best brief award for the government’s position.

L to R: Michael Sylvester, Molly Banas, Coach Drew Page, Arielle Poe, and Marcus Mitchell

The National Pretrial Competition captures what attorneys do every day in offices and courtrooms across the nation. This year's problem involved a motion to dismiss and motion to suppress in a criminal matter before a fictional federal district court. The motion to dismiss was a moot court style argument while the motion to suppress required an evidentiary hearing with witnesses and closing argument.

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Regent Law Celebrates Ronald L. Fick Book Awards for Spring/Summer 2018 Courses

The Ronald L. Fick Book Award Ceremony, which honors Law students who have received the highest marks in their classes, was held on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

This tradition began shortly after Fick learned his daughter, Allison Fick '14, had received the highest mark in one of her classes – but learned Regent didn’t hold book award ceremonies.

The book award tradition dates back years ago when the publisher of legal encyclopedia, American Jurisprudence, honored law students who’d received the highest marks in their courses with a book volume of the set. Regent students received plaques to commemorate their accomplishment.

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Regent Law Alumni Board honors more than $170,000 in alumni donations

Regent University School of Law alumni seize every opportunity they can to give back to their school.

Farnaz Thompson.

When Regent’s Office of Alumni Relations & Special Events initiated the “Carpe Diem” challenge last fall, a fundraising initiative that invited classes of alumni to donate the most money to their school — it’s no surprise that the results were notable.

So notable, in fact, that Regent’s Law Alumni Board gathered the winning classes together for a special luncheon honoring the success of the campaign on Friday, September 21.

The luncheon welcomed class members graduating in the years 1987-89, 1990 and 2009. Members of these classes raised nearly $170,000 in the school’s Carpe Diem initiative from November to December 2017.

Keynoting the luncheon was Regent LAW alumna Farnaz Thompson* ’07, associate university counsel of the University of Virginia and president-elect of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference Board of Governors.

Thompson told guests of the luncheon that those who “seize the day” are “seizing a Kairos moment” — an “invitation from heaven to join God’s work.” According to Thompson, there are three “Kairos moments” that all LAW alumni experience:
“First, today is a ‘Kairos moment’ that we share because you seized a divine moment to give,” said Thompson.

The second, she explained, came when she and her fellow alumni chose to attend Regent University School of Law. Thompson shared that she did not grow up in a Christian household; she became a “believer” as a student at the University of California at Berkeley after prayers with a friend left her with a “sense of unexplained peace.”

Through her faith journey and a desire to study law to “make a difference,” she began praying about what law school she should attend.

She was prompted by two important mentors  — an attorney from southern California who ministered to Thompson in a small group of college students, as well as her childhood piano teacher — both encouraging her to attend Regent LAW.
Thompson accepted the call and made the choice that would change her life entirely.

“I felt convicted that I needed to be at Regent University,” said Thompson. “Two weeks before law school started … I moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attending Regent Law is one of the best decisions I made. We all have such amazing stories of how God called us here.”

The third “Kairos moment,” Thompson shared, occurs when God challenges His followers to do something in the profession that doesn’t make sense to the rest of the world. This happened for Thompson when she was working as a judicial claw clerk for the late Honorable Leroy Rountree Hassell, Senior, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia and former Jurist-in-Residence at Regent LAW.

Thompson felt a “sense of urgency” to write a resolution commending Chief Justice Hassell for his faith. Though, she explained, this was an usual thing to do for someone while they still hold their professional position, she took hold of the “Kairos moment,” completed the resolution and mailed it to his home.

One week later, Chief Justice Hassell died; his wife later relayed to Thompson that they had received the resolution the day of his death, and it was read to him during his final hours.

Thompson shared that Regent LAW is where she learned to “seize Kairos moments by faith.”

“Seizing Kairos moments takes faith, and Regent Law was founded on and succeeds by faith,” said Thompson. “By faith, you seized the day and contributed to the good work that God has started through this law school. God will be faithful to finish the good work that He started. The question is: will we have the faith to seize the Kairos moment and join Him in completing His work at Regent Law?”
The Carpe Diem Challenge for this year will begin November 12, 2018, and run through the end of the year.

*Ms. Thompson is appearing in her personal capacity only and does not represent the opinions or reflect the views of the University of Virginia or the Virginia Attorney General.

Story by Brett Wilson Tubbs

Regent Law Career Services Hosts 10th Annual Community Service Day

On Saturday, August 21, 2018, students, their families, faculty, staff and alumni participated in the 10th Annual Law Community Service Day hosted by Regent Law’s Career and Alumni Services and the Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform.

After a humorous welcome by Judge West, a few encouraging words from Dean Gantt and an inspiring send-off prayer by Prof. Jeff Brauch, the group of 140 broke into separate teams to tackle tasks for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, The Union Mission, and The Bridge Christian Fellowship Church.

Rebecca Garcia ('19), participates in Law Community Service Day every year, yet this was her first year serving at the Union Mission: "was so impressed by all the programs offered, and by how the organization not only reveals God's love to the homeless but helps them get back up on their feet," said Rebecca. "It's so important for students to serve because a couple of hours from our day can accomplish several days’ worth of work for organizations like Union Mission.  I am blessed to have played a role in giving back to the community."

Here are a few photos from Union Mission:


Nathan Hernandez ('20) is part of Regent Law's Making the Pledge program, which asks students to complete at least 50 hours of public service starting with the second semester of 1L year and continuing through the completion of their studies at Regent Law, lead a team at the FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia.

"I attended Regent Law's Community Service Day not only because it provides a great opportunity to fulfill my required community service hours, but also because it is a time where law students, faculty, alumni, and others can come together to make a difference in the local community," said Nathan. "One of the most rewarding things about Community Service Day is that it makes you realize how just a few hours of volunteer work can go a long way."

The staff supervisor at the Foodbank shared that just a few hours of bagging carrots would contribute to around 1,000 meals for families in the community. Talk about small things making a big difference!

Here are a few photos from the Foodbank:

The Bridge Fellowship Church “Clothing Swap” Team:

And of course, the pizza party afterward!
Students interested in “Making the Pledge” can find forms at

See you at the next Law Community Service Day.

Professor Brad Jacob Presents to Mexican Naval Officers at Old Dominion University

On August 8, Associate Professor Brad Jacob presented a lecture and answered questions from a group of Mexican naval officers on the history, interpretation, and meaning of the United States Constitution, as part of a program at the Old Dominion University English Language Center.

Associate Dean Natt Gantt Interviewed on CBN News

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Natt Gantt recently appeared on CBN News to discuss the ramifications of Omarosa Manigault Newman's secretly recording White House conversations.

Although her actions may have legal, there "may be specific ethical implications given her particular role in the White House," noted Gantt.

Gantt is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor at Regent University School of Law, as well as Co-Director of the Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform (CEFLER).

Gantt was also a Co-Founder of CEFLER in 2012 after he and fellow Regent Law Professor Ben Madison were influenced by a landmark report published by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The report, titled "Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Practice of Law," contends that law schools need to place greater emphasis on offering an integrated curriculum that cultivates students’ moral formation and understanding of what it means to practice law with professional and personal integrity.

Learn more about CEFLER and the importance of ethical implications in the field of law at

Read the full story and watch Dean Gantt's interview on CBNNews >

Professor Brad Jacob Interviews with Mark Elfstrand

Brad Jacob, associate professor in the School of Law, was a guest on Let's Talk With Mark Elfstrand (1160 AM in Chicago) on Monday, August 6, to discuss Judge Kavanaugh and the judicial confirmation process.

Listen to an mp3 file of Prof. Jacob's interview below.

Regent Law Trial Team Named 2018 Stetson Pretrial National Champions

Congratulations to Regent Law's trial team of Michael Sylvester, Arielle Poe, Molly Banas, and Marcus Mitchell, who won the National Pre...