12.19.2014

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending December 19, 2014

Professor Kenneth Ching's SSRN download totals have eclipsed 1000.  See his work online.

Professor Natt Gantt made a proposal to the Regent 2015 Renewal Theology Conference and he was invited to participate, present and publish.   The presentation is titled "Cultivating Student Ethical and Identity Formation through Christian Higher Education: A Case Study in Legal Education," where he will be applying the identity formation principles developed here in the law school to other aspects of graduate education across the University setting.

Professor Ben Madison’s SSRN download totals have exceeded 1200.  You can view his research online.

12.08.2014

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending December 12, 2014


Professor Lynne Marie Kohm’s blog post on women's health/abortion was picked up for the commentary section at CNSNews.com.

Professor Benjamin Madison will be presenting Unpacking Wisdom: Traits, Skills, and Practices that Typify Lawyers Who Are Wise at Pepperdine's annual Nootbar Conference on Law and Religion focused on Wisdom on February 27, 2015. 

Professors Kathleen McKee and Lynne Marie Kohm are finished final edits to their piece, “Sustainable Population Policies and Human Trafficking,” which is being published by Michigan State International Law Review this month.

11.21.2014

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending November 21, 2014

Professor Eleanor Brown's article "Healing Healthcare Through Tax Reform" was cited in Nicholas Drew, Two Federally Subsidized Health Insurance Programs Are One Too Many: Reconsidering the Federal Income Tax Exclusion for Employer-Provided Health Insurance in Light of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 54 B.C.L. Rev. 2047 (2013).

Professor James Davids has busy travelling overseas, including his participation in the Advocates Asia Conference.  Here’s a summary of some of his presentations:

  • "The First Amendment as an Example of Drawing Boundaries Between Church and State: Its Success and Failures," Universitas Kristen Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (Oct. 30, 2014)
  • "The Rule of Law in Theistic & Secular Democracies,"13th Annual Advocates Asia Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia (Oct. 31, 2014)
  • "The Birth and Nurturing of Christian Legal Society Chapters on Local Campuses,"  13th Annual Advocates Asia Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia (Nov. 1, 2014)
  • Interview, "The Election of Indonesia's New President and Its Likely Impact on the Rule of Law in Indonesia," CBN Indonesia (Nov.  1, 2014)

Professor Gloria Whittico's latest piece, “In Memoriam: Remembrances from the Legacy of Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr.”, is available on SSRN.


11.14.2014

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending November 14, 2014

Professors Eric DeGroff and Kathleen McKee's work on 'Learning' Like Lawyers: Addressing the Differences in Law Student Learning Styles has been cited in a recent article by St. Thomas University School of Law Professors Patricia W. Hatamyar Moore and Todd P. Sullivan in their piece called Active Learning and School Performance.

Professor James Duane's article, The Proper Pronunciation of Certiorari: The Supreme Court's Surprising Six-Way Split, has been downloaded 160 times, at least six of which have been by Supreme Court Justices who have wanted to know the proper pronunciation of the word and if they indeed have spoken it correctly. 

Professor Tessa Dysart is this week at the Annual Federalist Society Convention on Millennials, Equity and the Rule of Law, and she is hosting a panel of federal judges.

Professors Natt Gantt and Gloria Whittico published an article on student development and professional identity at page 6 of The Learning Curve.

11.07.2014

Small-Town Girl Advocates in a Political World

Her name was Dekha Hassan-Mohamed.

As a Somali fleeing the nation for refusing a marriage proposal from a member of the Al-Shabaab—a violent Islamic sect that doesn't take kindly to subversion—her story sounds more like the beginnings of a dissonant fairy tale rather than the reality she and countless women in her home nation face.

After her brother was brutally murdered by Islamic extremists, Hassan-Mohamed escaped Somalia, making her way through Ethiopia, Brazil, and on to Mexico. She eventually reached the international bridge where she sought peace and safety in the United States, but was detained due to lack of identification.

"The problem is that in a country like Somalia there hasn't been a stable government in so long; and they're not exactly concerned with giving you a birth certificate," said Emily Arthur '15 (pictured), a third-year student in Regent University's School of Law.  Emily is also a graduate assistant, student staff member, and two-time intern with the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

That's where the rule of law steps in. In 2014, Arthur spent her summer as a Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law intern, working with Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center attorneys in El Paso, Texas.

There, Arthur worked with the non-profit alongside the attorneys, working on each of the petitions and motions as they advocated for Hassan-Mohamed's asylum on the grounds of political opinion.

"We told the judge that her refusal of marriage wasn't because she just wasn't interested," explained Arthur. "By saying 'no' she was disagreeing with the Al-Shabaab both ideologically and religiously, and the Somali government was unwilling to intervene."

Hassan-Mohamed's case was eventually won, and Arthur was able to revel in the fact that the work she supported helped not only win three asylum cases, but also confirm a distinct calling on her life.

"It was great because immigration issues are so prominent in the media these days, and I felt like I was just right there in the middle of it all."

Arthur has always loved being "in the middle" of advocacy, and all-things-international, even in the midst of her small-town upbringing in Palestine, West Virginia. Despite the international-tone of the rural town's name, Arthur says that it's made up of less than 5,000 people who grow up there and stay put.

Before attending law school, Arthur had nearly resolved to do the same, and upon graduation from college, was set to take a position at the town's only high school teaching Spanish. But the day before the position closed, a candidate for the job, an out-of-towner with a Ph.D., beat Arthur out.

"It was the strangest thing, because nobody comes into our little town, especially with a doctorate degree," said Arthur. "He was probably the only person in town who had one."

Arthur took that as confirmation she was meant to hone the skills of seeking justice and advocating on behalf of the oppressed, a task that she knows will lead her to a fulfilling career in the future, no matter where in the world she goes.

"This has never been about power or résumé building for me, it's been about doing what I enjoy," said Arthur. "I want to go into work every day and enjoy what I do and get meaning out of it."

Learn more about Regent University School of Law and the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.


By Brett Wilson

11.06.2014

First ODBA Reception Held at Regent University School of Law

On October 29, 2014, Old Dominion Bar Association (ODBA) held its first awareness and award reception at Regent University School of Law.

ODBA Judicial Members Marjorie Arrington, Tanya Bullock and Teresa Hammons, and ODBA members Clarence Brooks, Darius Davenport, Helivi Holland, Marcus Scriven and Karla Williams served on a panel and discussed their legal career choices and the benefits of being an ODBA member.

Students had a litany of questions and were excited about the opportunity to speak frankly with judges and lawyers. First year law student Natasha Delille won a drawing and received a $250 scholarship at the reception.

Special thanks goes to Sean Mitchell, a 3rd year law student and BLSA President, who coordinated the reception.

Story by ODBA

10.31.2014

Alumni News Recap: October 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.

Lindsey Bachman ('09) has joined Murphy, Taylor, Siemens & Elliot as an attorney.

Kerriel Bailey ('08) was selected as the 2014 Champion for Children in the legal field.

Timothy Creed ('08) has joined the Coleman Law Group.

Kristy Mutchler was hired as the Strategic Partnerships Liaison by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

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.

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.

Jeremy Tedesco
 ('04), the senior attorney on an Idaho case about jailed pastors refusing to perform same-sex marriages, was recenly quoted in the news.

Wayne S. Wallace
 ('13) is now an Immigration Case Manager at IBM at Experis.

Brian Walsh 
('00) will be speaking at The Regent Federalist Society Alumni Chapter Breakfast on November 15 at 8 am at the Mayflower hotel in Washington, DC. (Contact Professor Tessa Dysart to RSVP.)

Jesse Wiese ('11) published an article entitled, "I Was Free to Find Religion in Prison. Will the Supreme Court Protect That Freedom?"

Laura Zuber has joined the Solomon Law Group. Zuber handles family law, divorce, custody, wills and bankruptcy. 

10.24.2014

Faculty Achievements: Week Ending October 24, 2014

Professor Jim Boland's article, "Is Free Speech Compatible with Human Dignity, Equality, and Democratic Government: America, a Free Speech Island in a Sea of Censorship?", was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for the topic of International & Comparative Law.

Dean Jeffrey Brauch just signed a book contract with Kirkdale Press for a book called "Marred Perfection: Why Getting Human Nature Right Matters."

Professor James Duane recently spoke at Villanova Law School, and afterward had dinner with several Regent Law alumni in the area.

Professor Tessa Dysart’s article, "The Protected Innocence Initiative: Building Protective State Law Regimes for America's Sex-Trafficked Children", was cited in 44 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 619, 2013 WL 2251701, 44 CLMHRLR 619.

Professor Tom Folsom will be a Colloquium discussant and session moderator at an Intellectual Property and Free EnterpriseColloquium held by the Federalist Society and John Templeton Foundation in Warrenton, Virginia, November 7-8, 2014.

Professor Folsom also had a book note accepted for publication entitled Review of Christopher Marshall’s “Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime, and Restorative Justice,” __ Religious Studies Review No. __ (forthcoming, 2014).

Professor Lynne Marie Kohm had several recently published pieces and blog posts posted at CNSNews.com.