Regent University School of Law Professor Caleb Griffin was recently interviewed by the Institutional Investor regarding recommendations he made in a forthcoming paper for enhancing the role of individual index fund investors in the proxy voting process. "The single largest investor in almost 9 out of 10 publicly-traded companies is one of the [three largest index funds]," Professor Griffin explained. "As it currently stands, individual index fund investors are utterly unable to express their preferences in how voting decisions are made." Read more here: Can the Proxy Voting Process Become More Democratic for Individual Investors?.
You can view the original paper, We Three Kings: Disintermediating Voting at the Index Fund Giants (forthcoming Maryland Law Review) and other works by Professor Griffin on his SSRN author page.
Regent University School of Law Faculty and Alumni Fight for Religious Liberty in Patterson v. Walgreens
Regent University School of Law Professor Bruce N. Cameron has filed an amicus brief in Patterson v. Walgreen Co. in support of the employee. He and alumnus Blaine Hutchinson (JD '18) published an article about the case last year, Thinking Slow About Abercrombie & Fitch: Straightening Out the Judicial Confusion in the Lower Courts (forthcoming Pepperdine Law Review). "In Abercrombie & Fitch, the U.S. Supreme Court fundamentally changed the way that Title VII religious accommodation cases are litigated and evaluated." Their article explains these changes and suggests an altered proof framework for plaintiffs seeking an accommodation.
Professor Cameron is the Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law at Regent University School of Law and a staff attorney at the National Right to Work Foundation. Blaine Hutchinson currently works as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert Jones of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Nevada. You can read more of Professor Cameron's scholarly works here and Mr. Hutchinson's here.
You can read about the case in this WSJ article, written by a professor at Pepperdine Law.
Regent University School of Law Alumnus Kim Shaftner, MD, JD, was recently elected elected as a Fellow in the American College of Legal Medicine. Dr. Shaftner has had a truly amazing career. He practiced medicine for twenty-four years, including in the Navy and in private practice, before enrolling in the JD program at Regent. He has held the position of Physician Attorney at Knott & Boyle, PLLC in Raleigh-Durham since 2009. Dr. Shaftner also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Regent, where he teaches Health Care Law. You can read more about Dr. Shaftner here: http://www.knottboyle.com/ourfirm/shaftner/.
Congratulations, Dr. Shaftner! We continue to be extremely proud of the outstanding achievements of our alumni as they continue to change the world for Christ.
Regent University School of Law continues to forge ahead in its mission to produce practice-ready graduates and superior bar passage rates. Thanks especially to the efforts of Professor Ben Madison, Director of Bar Passage Initiatives and Co-Director of the Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform, the Law School continues to develop and implement student-centered initiatives to help students optimize their Bar Exam preparation. Recently, Regent University School of Law invited several recent law graduates to address current students on “How to Pass the Bar.” The panelists described their experience preparing for the Bar Exam.
A common theme emphasized by the speakers was that bar prep should be treated like a full-time job. They recommended avoiding working at home, instead watching the lectures at school (if offered at Regent by the course provider). They suggested studying at the law library, which has a variety of study areas and reserves certain study rooms for bar takers during the prep period. Finally, our alumni stressed that, for the Virginia Bar Exam, Bar Takers cannot wait to begin preparing for the twenty-four subjects tested on the Virginia Essay day (60% of the exam) until their Bar Preparation company begins review of Virginia topics. Most bar review course materials providers focus on the Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE) before devoting time on Virginia subjects, meaning that a student who relies on the scheduled material may spend only a few weeks on certain Virginia subjects. The consensus of the Bar Takers was that a prospective Virginia examinee must start reviewing past Virginia essays and studying Virginia subjects far earlier than demanded by standard review courses.
The panel was well attended and received positive feedback. “I found the Bar Taker Panel to be very eye-opening," said law student Maricris Real-Prendingue, adding that the alumni panelists "consistently emphasized the need to treat Bar preparation like a full-time job. I have already begun to think of ways I will be able to make arrangements for child care so that I can put in the time necessary to be prepared for the Bar.”
(Photo, from left to right: Regent Law Alumni Christian Embry (JD, '18), Hannah Hempstead (JD, '18), Michael Castillon ('16), Samantha Graham (JD, '18), and Bryan Peeples (JD '18))
Interim Dean Cook and a number of our faculty and staff attended the First Annual Virginia Law Student Wellness Summit at the University of Virginia, organized by the Virginia State Bar and co-sponsored by the The Virginia Bar Association, and Virginia Lawyers Helping Lawyers, among others. The event was attended by the deans of each Virginia law school, who were introduced by the Honorable William C. Mims, Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to engage with our colleagues and counterparts in the Virginia legal community about this important topic!
Pictured, left to right: Associate Director of Career & Alumni Services Rosey Mellion, Interim Dean Doug Cook, Associate Dean L.O. Natt Gantt, and VSB President Len Heath.
Regent representatives not pictured: Diane Hess Hernandez (‘19) and Lisa Kieser (‘17).
Congratulations to Regent University School of Law graduate Bradley L. Knox on being named Senior Vice President and Counsel, Federal Relations of Aflac Inc.! According to Audrey Boone Tillman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Aflac, "Brad has a proven track record of strong leadership and results, and I have no doubt that he will continue to represent Aflac with the same degree of integrity, dedication and excellence he has shown throughout his accomplished career, both before and since joining our company more than a decade ago." We are so proud that Brad has continued to reflect these core values of the Law School while achieving such extraordinary professional success. Read more at https://www.biospace.com/article/releases/aflac-names-bradley-l-knox-as-svp-and-counsel-federal-relations/.
Congratulations to Regent University School of Law M.A. in Law - Wealth Management graduate Ian Lawrence!
In December, Regent University School of Law M.A. in Law graduate Ian Lawrence passed the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam, becoming the first with a concentration in Wealth Management & Financial Planning to do so. Ian was attracted to the program because of the curriculum's strong practical application to his career goals: "This program is focused on preparing a person to take the CFP exam and it is easy to see how each course relates to that goal. The curriculum covers many practical areas that are easy to use in my life." The M.A. program also offered him, as a non-traditional student, the flexibility he needed to balance work and family with additional education. Ian was able to take several courses online and set aside time in the evenings and on weekends to focus on school. "I have a wife and two young kids and I work full-time so [it was] definitely a challenge," Ian said. "I was aware that school would require a good bit of my time, but after nine years away from school I did not know what to expect in terms of how much time it would take and if I could 'do this.' Like many things, you can't be fully prepared for grad school so you just have to start and prove to yourself that you can do it."
Ian had nothing but good things to say about his experience as an M.A. student: "I like that Regent offers high quality education from a Christian perspective. . . . The faculty are excellent. They really want you to understand the material and they [were] very responsive when I have contacted them." Ian advised that those considering pursuing the degree have a clear idea of why they want it. "I chose the M.A. in Law program primarily because of the classes. . . . It's okay if [your] plan isn't super detailed, but having a general idea of your goals and how the degree helps you get there is extremely helpful. I recommend using our career services department throughout the time you are a student."
Ian is from Knoxville, Tennessee and also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration for Thomas Edison State College ('07). He now has three small children and lives in Virginia Beach. He works for Regent University as its Assistant Director of the M.A. in Law Program and as the Law School's Finance and Analytics Manager.
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