Regent's Law Professors Rank Top Ten Again in the Princeton Review

Regent University School of Law's faculty has once again ranked among the top ten in the nation. In its annual law school report, The Princeton Review provides rankings generated from student surveys conducted across the United States to help prospective students to find the school that is best suited for them.

Here is where Regent Law ranked this year:

Top 10 for Best Professors (#10).  The full top ten list was comprised of Duke, Boston U, UVA, Washington and Lee, Chicago, Pepperdine, Stanford, U. St. Thomas, Samford, Regent.

Top 10 for Most Conservative (#2).  The full top ten list was comprised of Ave Maria, Regent, BYU, Samford, George Mason, Faulkner, Notre Dame, Baylor, Mississippi, Pepperdine.

Regent Law was also featured in an article on the Huffington Post.

Regent Turns Fear 2 Freedom for Sex Trafficking Survivors

Every two minutes in the United States, a woman becomes a victim of sexual assault. And in developing nations, the numbers only increase.

"This is unacceptable; this is crazy," said Rosemary Trible (pictured), founder of Fear 2 Freedom (F2F) as she spoke to Regent University students on Friday, Oct. 3. "And tonight, we're going to be able to do something about it—we're going to restore that joy."

Trible shared these statistics at the university's second gathering to assemble 200 kits of toiletries, letters of encouragement, and clothing for survivors of human trafficking and assault in South America.

F2F and Regent partnered with Orphan's Promise, a ministry born out of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) to deliver the packages to women and children in the nations of Peru and Costa Rica. They are meant to restore joy and dignity in the lives of those who have been affected by sexual trauma.

F2F will continue to travel throughout Virginia, Texas and Colorado to spread its efforts in universities and hospitals across the nation. And though the students were serving hurting people from nations far away, Trible reminded volunteers that these issues strike everywhere, even close to home.

"Our mission is to empower college students to change the cultural understanding of sexual assault in our city, state, country and around our world," said Trible. "We're going to make a difference one person at a time."

Trible's passion for bringing relief to victims of assault began when she was 25 years old. She was at the height of her career as a television host in Richmond, Virginia.

And when she featured a show on sexual assault, Trible was astounded by the number of phone calls and letters revealing women eager to share similar stories of their own experience.

She couldn't have known that just a few days later she would have a story of her own to share.

While she was preparing to shoot footage for shows to put "in the can" during the Christmas holiday, she was interrupted by an intruder who held a gun to her head.

"He tore my body; he stole my joy, and my heart was frozen," said Trible. "But I made it through; I got my joy back, and I want others to know how good God is."

Through time, and her reliance on God, Trible was able to release her fear and trust and encourage others who have undergone traumas similar to her own.

"No matter what has happened in your life, no matter what has broken your heart, this cycle of fear can be broken," said Trible. "Be the change and make a difference one person at a time."

By Brett Wilson


Alumni News Recap: September 2014

Three more Regent University School of Law alumni have been appointed to judgeships, bringing the total number of Regent Law alumni currently serving on the bench to 28. Read the full story.

Elizabeth Oklevitch ('14) and Professor Lynne Marie Kohm's article entitled,  "Federalism or Extreme Makeover of State Domestic Regulations Power? The Rules and Rhetoric of Windsor (and Perry)," was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: PSN: Policy Analysis (Topic).

Ginger Poynter ('03) is  running for District Judge in Baldwin County, AL. Poynter will face off against sitting Baldwin County District Judge Michelle Thomason in the November election.

Danielle Ridgely ('14) was recently accepted to Georgetown’s LL.M. in Taxation program.

Monica Rey-Bailey ('13) is now an adjunct professor at Regent University School of Law.

Kahryn Riley ('14) is now Regional Fundraiser at Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Wise attorney Charles H. "Chuck" Slemp III on Tuesday announced his intention to seek the local Republican party nomination to become the next commonwealth's attorney in Wise County pending the determination of a special election for the office. Read the full story.

Seth Wilson ('06) recently wrote an article for the Indiana about creating Outlook e-mail distribution lists to reduce email frustration.


Faculty Achievements: Week ending October 3, 2014

Professors Natt Gantt and Benjamin Madison presented "Cultivating Professional Identity in Law School: One School's Experience" at the Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference in Denver on September 18.

Professor James Duane will be giving a talk at Villanova Law School on October 14 at the invitation of the Federalist Society.

Professor Tessa Dysart received and accepted an offer to publish her article "The Origination Clause, the Affordable Care Act, and Indirect Constitutional Violations" from the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, one of the top three law and policy journals and among the top 100 student-edited law journals generally.

On Friday, October 10 Professor Lynne Marie Kohm will be presenting A Prospective Analysis of Family Fragmentation (or Baby Mama Meets Jane Austen) at BYU for a symposium there on the Future of the Family.

The Honorable Patricia West, distinguished professor and associate dean in Regent University Schools of Law and Government, spoke at the second annual Senator A. Willis Robertson Lecture on Virginia Politics, hosted by the Robertson School of Government at noon on September 23, 2014 in the Moot Courtroom of Robertson Hall.  


Technology and the Future of the U.S. Constitution

In recognition of Constitution Day on Wednesday, Sept. 17, Regent University's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) hosted "Technology and the Future of the U.S. Constitution."

The event discussed a question that's been gaining momentum over the years: how do Americans guarantee natural liberties, constitutional rights and security in light of increasing dependence on government intelligence and technologies?

The question was addressed by a panel of faculty experts and moderated by Dr. Gerson Moreno-RiaƱo, dean of CAS. Dr. Josh McMullen, associate CAS professor; Dr. Dale Coulter, assistant professor in the School of Divinity; Dr. Mary Manjikian, assistant professor in the Robertson School of Government; and Professor Robert W. "Skip" Ash, the Senior Litigation Counsel for National Security Law at the American Center for Law & Justice comprised the panel.

McMullen began the discussion by drawing attention to public desire for government intervention in response to terrorist attacks throughout U.S. history.

Highlighting the War of 1812, Pearl Harbor, and Sept. 11, he explained that Americans seek government intervention in response to attacks on American soil.

"After a period we see that Americans tend to then reevaluate those initial decisions and begin to question, or maybe even fear, the role of the American government in their lives," said McMullen.

While Americans don't know where we they are in the cycle of attack, reaction, and reevaluation since 9/11, it's much harder to divest than it is to invest the government in power, according to McMullen.

Coulter addressed the balance between democracy, freedom, community and the individual. Offering a theological framework, he explained that radical individualism resides behind certain interpretations of the Constitution and brings us back to the doctrine of original sin, which he defined as "inordinate self-love."

Coulter explained that the challenge of technological innovations is that it can be interpreted as increasing the liberation of the individual from all forms of community life.

"There's irony in American history that we seek to liberate the individual and this quest to liberate actually makes us more dependent upon the state to secure that liberty," said Coulter.

Addressing the issue of technology and constitutional rights, Manjikian challenged the mindset that views technology as inherently unconstitutional or threatening.

"If we think about the constitutionality of new technologies, we really need to think about why we are attributing a particular ideological position to a technology," said Manjikian. She explained that America's use of weaponry, the first technology regulated by the Constitution in the Second Amendment, is still controversial today because people base their arguments on what they think weapons are for.

"I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with technologies like surveillance," she said. "There is nothing inherently wrong with regulating technologies either, but we need to be careful about how we construct these arguments regarding constitutionality or unconstitutionality of emerging technologies."

Ash ended the panel discussion by asking, "Are we at war or not?" With the War on Terror being a debate, there are questions that remain unanswered.

"It makes a difference because there are different laws that apply in peacetime compared to laws in wartime," said Ash.

He explained that when war is declared there are implications on individual rights and determining whether or not a combatant is lawful.

"You'll notice that when war is underway there is a balancing act that goes on between individual rights and the rights or obligations of security," said Ash.

by Esther Keane


Three More Regent Law Alumni Appointed as Judges

Three more Regent University School of Law alumni have been appointed to judgeships, bringing the total number of Regent Law alumni currently serving on the bench to 28.

The Virginia General Assembly filled eight vacant judgeships during a special session on Thursday, September 18.

Earle C. Mobley ’89 was appointed as a judge for the Portsmouth Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Mobley has served as the commonwealth’s attorney in Portsmouth since 2002.

Phillip C. Hollowell ’98 was appointed to the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Most recently, Hollowell has served as deputy commonwealth’s attorney in Virginia Beach.

David Morgan Barredo '01 was appointed Culpeper County’s Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, as the new Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge for Virginia’s 16th District.

In addition, Joseph A. Migliozzi ’94 (pictured), who had been serving as a judge in Norfolk General District Court since 2009, was promoted to the Norfolk Circuit Court.

“We praise God for his blessing – and we are thankful to have these men of strong intellect and character in such important positions,” said Jeffrey Brauch, dean of Regent School of Law.

To date, 34 Regent School of Law graduates have served as judges in Virginia and other states.

Learn more about Regent University School of Law.

Faculty Achievements: Week ending September 19, 2014

Professor James Boland's latest publication entitled, "Is Free Speech Compatible with Human Dignity, Equality, and Democratic Government: America, a Free Speech Island in a Sea of Censorship?" is now available on SSRN.

Professor Eleanor Brown is working on a piece entitled, "A Common Morality: Toward a Framework for Designing Fiscal Instruments to Respond to Global Climate Change" that will develop a common morality argument for environmental responsibility.

Professor Kenneth Ching presented to the University Faculty last week on his work on Bonhoeffer entitled, "Would Jesus Kill Hitler".

Professor C. Scott Pryor's paper, "Who Bears the Burden? The Place for Participation of Municipal Residents in Chapter 9", was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: Political Economy: Budget, Deficit, & Debt eJournal.

The Honorable Patricia West will be the keynote speaker for the Second Annual Senator A. Willis Robertson Lecture on Virginia Politics on September 23, 2014, from 12-1pm in the Moot Courtroom.


Regent University Faculty Members Present Research

Regent University's faculty members and their research topics are as diverse as the subject matter they teach. To share their research and unite their interests, Regent's Faculty Senate hosted its second Faculty Research & Scholarship presentations on Friday, September 12.

"Academic excellence is fundamental to Regent's mission, and we look for excellence beyond teaching; we encourage our faculty's research activities and developed this event to help show our support," said Dr. Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president. "It's also valuable for faculty colleagues from Regent's diverse academic disciplines to have these opportunities to learn from each other and to possibly find common research interests for future collaborations."

Dr. Andrew Quicke, chair of the Faculty Senate, also prompted Regent's esteemed faculty members to share their interests and findings, and encouraged his peers to spur conversations about their involvement in projects related to their distinguished fields.

"These presentations have been a dream for the Faculty Senate for two years," said Quicke, professor in the School of Communication & the Arts (COM). "We love each other, but we don't know each other."

Dr. Emilyn Cabanda, associate professor in the School of Business & Leadership (SBL), opened the presentations, sharing findings from her book, Managing Service Productivity Using Data Envelopment Analysis. In the book, Cabanda along with her colleague, Dr. Ali Emrouznejad from Aston Business School, delve into recent developments in service productivity.

Kenneth Ching (pictured), professor in the School of Law, presented his paper "Would Jesus Kill Hitler? Bonhoeffer, Church, and State." In his research, Ching explored Christian life in a pluralistic society.

Dr. William Cox, professor in the School of Education (SOE), presented his paper "Inconclusive Teacher Impact Research—a Biblical Interpretation." Cox's research explored the effects that interpersonal relationships have on student learning.

In April 2014, Dr. Mary Manjikian, associate dean and associate professor in the Robertson School of Government, Dr. Ben Fraser, associate professor in the School of Communication & the Arts, and Dr. Mark Yarhouse, professor in the School of Psychology & Counseling, took part in the Faculty Senate's first round of presentations.

Learn more about Regent University's award-winning faculty.

By Brett Wilson