6.07.2016

Regent Law Faculty Achievements - Week of June 7, 2016

Regent University's School of Law Faculty members willingly share their knowledge and expertise beyond the classroom to spark scholarly debate and advance the practice of law. Their latest endeavors include the following.

Associate Professor Jim Davids gave several lectures in Ukraine from April 19-26 including:

  • Christian View of Government, Class Lecture to law students at University Shevchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine, April 19, 2016
  • Christian View of Government, Class Lecture to law students at University Shevchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine, April 20, 2016
  • Christian View of Government, Class Lecture to law students at National Academy for Public Administration,  Kyiv, Ukraine, April 20, 2016
  • Christian View of Government, Lecture to law faculty and students at Conference held at University Shevchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine, April 20, 2016
  • Christian View of Government, Lecture to law students at University Dragomanova, Kyiv, Ukraine, April 20, 2016
  • Christian View of Law, Lecture to law students and law professors at Student Summit, Dnepropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, April 21, 2016
  • Christian View of Government, Class Lecture to law students at East European  University, Cherkassy, Ukraine, April 23, 2016
  • Christian View of Government, Presentation at Morality and Power in the Context of Constitutional Reform Conference at East European  University, Cherkassy, Ukraine, April 23, 2016
  • Christian View of Government, Lecture to law faculty and students at National Aviation University, Kyiv, Ukraine, April 20, 2016
  • Christian View of Law, Lecture to law faculty and students at Spirit and Letter of Law Conference held at Linguistic University, Kyiv, Ukraine, April 25, 2016
  • Christian View of Government, Lecture to law students and faculty at Conference on Legal-Social Problems at the National State Tax Service University of Ukraine, April 26, 2016
  • Two Worldviews and Two Revolutions: Comparing the American and French Revolutions, Lecture to law students and faculty at National State Tax Service University of Ukraine, April 26, 2016
Associate Professor Davids was also quoted in an article in the Ukraine on Christian Worldview. Read the article. He has sent out 2 articles for publication as well.

Associate Dean Lynn Marie Kohm and LAW alumna Kathleen Knudsen presented “Would Jane Austen be on eHarmony” at the International Society for Family Law North American Conference last week in Moran, Wyoming. You may download it at Would Jane Austen Be on eHarmony? How Changes in Women's Legal Status Have Influenced the Choice of a Spouse

Associate Dean Lynn Marie Kohm's papers on SSRN have just gone over 3400 downloads. Follow her work here.

Associate Professor Kathleen McKee’s SSRN downloads are approaching 300.  In addition to her article, "A Primer on International Parental Abduction," she also has some newly posted scholarship on SSRN including:

Download these and look for her article, "The United States' Response to Human Trafficking: Sword of Justice or Paper Tiger," also soon to be posted on SSRN for download.

Assistant Professor Tessa Dysart’s article, "The Protected Innocence Initiative: Building Protective State Law Regimes for America’s Sex-Trafficked Children," just went over 200 downloads. 

The University of Denver just released the Annual Report of 10 years of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), where Associate Dean Ben Madison is listed as a Fellow in Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (and you can see it at page 20 in this report  and Regent’s membership is also listed at page 17).  His SSRN downloads include a great deal of his work as a Fellow and recently went over 500 for the year, and are approaching 2000 all time. Follow his work here. And you can see Professor Natt Gantt on the ETL website as well as here.

Professor Tom Folsom’s reach on SSRN is about to extend to 1400 downloads. Follow his work here. His reach on bepress is even greater, follow him here

Professor Craig Stern is approaching 1300 downloads. Follow his work here.

Many of the Regent Law faculty are presenting on panels at the Southeast Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference in early August, including Associate Dean Ben Madison, Professor Tom Folsom, Assistant Professor Tessa Dysart and Associate Dean Lynn Marie Kohm.

Regent University School of Law will host the 2016 Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools (RALS) on September 29-30 here on campus. The focus of the conference will be the challenges and opportunities facing faith based or religiously affiliated law schools in the 21st century. 

5.25.2016

Regent University Honors Excellent Faculty Members

Several Regent University faculty members were honored earlier in May for their service to their students and the excellence they exhibit in their classrooms.

Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president for academic affairs, presented the Spring 2016 Faculty Excellence Awards at the quarterly all-staff meeting. Twice each year, Regent faculty are recognized for their outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.


Associate professor Kathleen McKee from the School of Law received the Faculty Excellence Award in the area of teaching. Moreno-Riaño noted that McKee holds her students accountable to master their material and the skills they need when they enter the field of law.

“She is a vital contributor to the curriculum due to the time-intensive, clinical courses she teaches,” said Moreno-Riaño. “Professor McKee's teaching produces students who posses strong analytical and writing skills, and she works tirelessly to accommodate students…including providing intensive one-on-one sessions with students in an already demanding skills context.”

Dr. Young Choi, associate professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, received the Faculty Excellence Award in the area of scholarship. Moreno-Riaño said that since Choi came to Regent in 2010, he’s published more than 20 academic articles on the topics of information systems and networking. He’s also presented at numerous conferences around the world.

“Dr. Choi is a scholar himself,” said Moreno-Riaño. “And, he is a mentor of scholars, choosing to spend significant time researching and publishing with students.”

School of Psychology & Counseling lecturer Dr. Merrill Reese received the Faculty Excellence Award in the area of service. As co-director for Regent’s Center for Trauma Studies, Reese has had the opportunity to provide training and counsel to students at an international capacity.

“Dr. Reese has been essential to the training and development of students to work in a variety of locations and situations where people have been traumatized due to natural or humanly cause disasters,” said Moreno-Riaño.

Moreno-Riaño also announced professors awarded initial tenure, continued tenure; or who have been promoted to positions such as senior lecturer, principal lecturer and professor emeritus. Learn more about faculty promotions.

Learn more about Regent University’s School of Law, School of Divinity, and School of Psychology & Counseling.

By Brett Wilson Tubbs

5.19.2016

Regent University School of Law’s Moot Court Program Ranked 5th in the Nation

At the close of the 2015-2016 Moot Court competition season, Regent University School of Law ranked fifth in the nation for Best Moot Court Program by the annual report of the University of Houston Law.

Law schools that rank within the top 16 are invited to Houston in January 2017 to participate in the national championship. Regent ranked above schools such as the University of Virginia, Baylor University Law School, Colombia University Law School, and Duke University Law School to qualify for the competition.

This year’s ranking follows the eighth-place Regent teams earned during the 2014-2015 competition season. The data is pulled from more than 200 law schools in the United States accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

The rankings are listed annually, and according to LAW Dean Michael Hernandez this ranking ties the university’s highest-ever – having achieved the same ranking in 2008.

“This ranking, yet again, confirms what our track-record of over 20 years reflects,” said Hernandez. “Our top-notch skills program is consistently one of the best in the nation and around the world.”

Professor Tessa Dysart, who served as the Moot Court faculty advisor for the 2015-2016 academic year, attributes the success of the program to several factors:

“First, it’s the hard work of the students. They put countless hours into preparing for these competitions, and it really showed this year!” said Dysart. “Second, the contribution of the faculty. We won several brief awards this year, which speaks well of our excellent legal writing program.”

Additionally, Dysart said the success of the teams was guided by the work of several faculty members who volunteered to coach teams, as well as support from the central university. This is especially important, as Regent students interact with members of teams and faculty from competing schools as well as local attorneys and judges.

“By being so well-prepared and demonstrating excellence at the competition, we show what a great legal education program Regent offers,” said Dysart.

Learn more about Regent University’s School of Law.

By Brett Wilson Tubbs

5.12.2016

LAW Alumna Kristen Waggoner Selected for Regent University's Alumnus of the Year Award

As Regent University School of Law alumna Kristen Waggoner ’97 steps through campus, several competing thoughts run through her mind:

Kristen Waggoner '97 (LAW)
Photo courtesy of Alex Perry.
“There are a ton of memories,” she says with a laugh. “What stands out is remembering the presence of the Holy Spirit and how strong it is on this campus, and how free we are to express that; the spirit of that is very unique.”

This facet of Regent’s mission is particularly important to Waggoner as the senior vice president of United States legal advocacy at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an organization protecting religious freedom.

ADF has held seven cases in the last seven terms of the U.S. Supreme Court in areas of litigation, public advocacy and legislative support – a calling that Waggoner knew she would follow when she was 13 at a summer camp.

She returned to campus to accept Regent’s Alumnus of the Year award presented by the Office of Alumni Relations at the University Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 7. And as a self-prescribed introvert, receiving the distinction was both an honor and a stretch.

“Here’s why: it’s deeply humbling,” she says. “Every day I work with Regent grads of the law school [at ADF], and I know the caliber that’s there. I know what they’ve done, and I know they deserve it. I feel very fortunate.”

Apart from the study sessions with her husband, Benjamin Waggoner ’97 (LAW), and the intellectual rigor she equates to mental “boot camp,” moot court and trial advocacies, when she looks back, she remembers working hard not to stand out.

“I could give you highlight – what I remember most, though, was that I wasn’t anything special while I was here,” she says. “But God still created works for me to do. And he used my time here to prepare me for them.”

Now, her role requires the supervision of 60 in-house attorneys who partner with the organization’s nearly 3,000 allied attorneys in the world’s largest organization that works to ensure people may live consistently with their faith.

“It’s requiring me to step out of my comfortable shell,” she says. After 16 years working her way to partner at a law firm, Waggoner’s transition into working for ADF has felt like “returning home and joining [her] people.” She relishes defending the right that she believes gives every person the ability to explore the meaning of life.

“It affects every person regardless of what their faith is or if they have no faith at all,” says Waggoner. “It’s the right to explore who you are, who created you, why you were created and then to live consistent with that. It’s a fundamental right.”

Waggoner’s return to campus reminded her that in the midst of a changing culture with challenges to these fundamental rights at every corner, future lawyers are being prepared to follow their calling, rather than a lofty position title or a paycheck.

“It’s inspiring,” she says. “It cultivates hope. God can use anyone, but there are people here who clearly want to make themselves available to Him and His plan. And those are the people that I want to work with.”

Learn more about Regent University’s Office of Alumni Relations and Regent University's School of Law.

By Brett Wilson Tubbs

5.11.2016

Regent Law Faculty Achievements - Week of May 11, 2016

Regent University's School of Law Faculty members willingly share their knowledge and expertise beyond the classroom to spark scholarly debate and advance the practice of law. Their latest endeavors include the following.

Professor Lou Hensler has published Torts: Cases, Materials, Questions, and Comments from a Judeo-Christian Perspective.  Find it on Amazon.

On April 25, 2016, at an event titled “Defense Against the Dark Arts: Ethical Challenges During My Time as a Judge,” Judge Patricia West presented on the ethical challenges she faced while serving as a judge and how she resolved those issues from a Christian perspective.

Professor Eric DeGroff was interviewed and quoted by the Virginian Pilot on the Gloucester County transgender student bathroom issue. Read it here. For further treatment of this important issue see the post at www.regentfamilyrestoration.blogspot.com.

Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm’s article with 3L Alison Haefner, "Empowering Love and Respect for Child Offenders Through Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Teen Courts Example," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: PRN: Punishment, Corrective Justice Generally (Topic).

Recent LAW graduate Kathleen Knudsen and Associate Dean Lynne Marie Kohm will present "Would Jane Austen be on eHarmony? How Changes in Women’s Legal Status Have Influenced the Choice of a Spouse," at the Annual North American Conference for the International Society of Family Law at Jackson Hole, WY on May 23, 2016.

Regent University School of Law will be hosting the Annual Conference of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools (RALS) September 29-30, 2016 here in Virginia Beach.  We are inviting faculty from 50 religiously affiliated law schools to join us for the event. 

Regent University Law Review will be hosting their Annual Symposium on September 30-Oct. 1, 2016, on “The First Amendment Post Obergefell: The Clash of Enumerated and Unenumerated Rights.”

Regent Law has moved up two spots on the SSRN ranking to #126 with 5171 downloads for the past 12 months. See www.ssrn.com.

4.27.2016

Judge West Prepares Christian Leaders for Tough Challenges in their Careers

Violent crime, sexual abuse and broken families are harsh realities the real world offers on a daily basis. Some Regent University graduates will serve in careers that demand close interaction with those involved in challenging situations. While it's impossible to perfectly prepare anyone for these tragedies, The Robertson School of Government (RSG) invited Judge Patricia L. West, distinguished professor, to share stories of ethical challenges she's faced in her career, and how she handled them from a Christian perspective.

Judge Patricia L. West
"God doesn't want us to all be together in a little clump, pat ourselves on the back, and tell each other what great Christians we are," said West. "He wants us to be out there in the darkness. That's the only way that we can ever win anyone."

West sat down and shared stories from her time as a judge in Virginia Beach Circuit Court, Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, and her experience working for Virginia's Attorney General. She shared stories of cases involving tragedy, tough decisions and teachable moments. Facing unrepentant convicted murderers, child sex predators, and victims of haneius crimes took peace, calmness and discernment West says only came from her relationship with God.

"God has granted me the ability to see all of this awful stuff, hate that it happens, but not get jaded by it," said West. "I know it's there, and these things happen, and I cannot explain it apart from God's grace. The things that I've seen and talked about today are a side of the world that most people don't even need to know about, unless they're working in it and want to try to help with it."

As a prosecutor, West counseled and nurtured victims. As a judge, she delivered justice to convicted criminals. After serving sentences, some would come forward and thank her.

"I'm sure a lot of the people I locked up didn't really know I was hoping that I was really making a positive difference in their life, but that was my prayer always, that they would go into prison, and a prison ministry might change their life. They needed to be punished, but my deepest desire, when I imposed those sentences, was that they would come out better people."

West is an associate dean in Regent's School of Law, and is a distinguished professor in the RSG. During her informal "Defense Against the Dark Arts" presentation, guests were able to comfortably ask questions and share experiences.

Learn more about the RSG.
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By Brennan Smith

4.26.2016

Regent Law Faculty Achievements - Week of April 25

Regent University's School of Law Faculty members willingly share their knowledge and expertise beyond the classroom to spark scholarly debate and advance the practice of law. Their latest endeavors include the following.

Professor Eric DeGroff attended and presented at the Representation in Mediation Competition Conference, spending the first two days of his time at the conference in New York last week helping to run this competition.  He was also appointed to serve as the lead co-chair for this ABA committee throughout the next year.  On the final day of the conference, Proffesor DeGroff presented on a panel for a CLE program at the Legal Educators’ Colloquium.  To learn more about his research in this area, see his most downloaded article: Training Tomorrow's Lawyers: What Empirical Research Can Tell Us About the Effect of Law School Pedagogy on Law Student Learning Styles.

Professor Tom Folsom presented and participated in a debate at Faulkner Law School, on April 14, on the topic “Designing New Law for a Coded World—Whether, When, and How (Easterbrook’s ‘Law of the Horse’ 20 years after).”  View some of his work here.

Professor James Duane’s book “You have the Right to Remain Innocent” is #1 again on Amazon.  Professor Duane also presented this week at Stanford Law’s Symposium entitled “Cutting Edge Issues in Criminal Justice,” where he had his own panel.

The paper,  Empowering Love and Respect for Child Offenders through Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Teen Courts Example that Alison Haefner and Associate Dean Lynn Marie Kohm have published in an online international journal at Sociology and Anthropology 4(4): 212-221 (2016), was featured on Law Professors TypePad’s CrimProfBlog.

Center for Global Justice Administrative Director Ernie Walton is attending a conference called Faith and Law Around the Globe (FLAG) sponsored by CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) in South Africa, which will run April 20-27.  See him on Twitter with other attorneys at the conference. 

In light of this week’s events at the Supreme Court of the United States, you may want to read Associate Professor Jim Boland’s piece Is Free Speech Compatible with Human Dignity, Equality, and Democratic Government: America, a Free Speech Island in a Sea of Censorship?

4.15.2016

Regent Law Students Complete Competition Season Strong, Ranked #4 Best Moot Court Program in the Nation

Regent University’s School of Law (LAW) students wrapped up the Moot Court Competition season strongly with a second-place overall win at the Touro Law Center’s Third Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion Competition in Islip, New York on Thursday, April 7, and Friday, April 8.

Photo courtesy of the Regent Law
Facebook page.
LAW students Adam Burton '17, Cassandra Payton '16, and Lucille Wall '17 were coached by LAW professor Bruce Cameron. In addition to taking home the second-place victory, Wall earned marks for Best Oralist in the competition.

This most recent victory contributed to Regent Law’s current status as 4th in the nation for best Moot Court program out of more than 200 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association by the University of Houston Law Center. This is currently the highest ranking in Regent LAW history.

Schools that finish within the top-16 rank for the 2015-2016 academic year are invited to compete in Houston’s national Moot Court championship in January 2017.

“I am very proud of Lucy, Adam, Cassie, and their coach, Professor Cameron. This is the third year in a row that we have competed and won significant awards at the Touro competition, which reflects the longstanding and ongoing commitment to excellence in our moot court program,” said Michael Hernandez, dean of the School of Law. “Our students and faculty have done a phenomenal job this year.”

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

By Brett Wilson Tubbs