Regent Law's Wealth Management and Financial Planning Program Renewed

Regent University launched its M.A. in Law program in the fall of 2014. A year later, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson saw the need for a Wealth Management and Financial Planning Concentration and it was added to the program. Regent Law is happy to announce that the Wealth Management and Financial Planning program has been renewed for two years by the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board of Standards. The board commended the diversity in Regent’s program, calling it “an important area of emphasis for the CFP Board and the profession in general.”

The M.A. in Law with a Wealth Management and Financial Planning Concentration currently consists of 30 credit hours and covers the 72 topics required for all CFP Board-registered programs. Graduates of Regent’s program are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination.

This program was developed a bit more than 2 years ago when Dr. Robertson realized that as our population ages, there is an increased need for quality, principled leadership by well-educated individuals to help with wealth transfer. Financial planners enjoy the opportunity of helping their clients achieve their life goals by offering assistance regarding wise use of money and financial planning so they can afford to purchase a home, if desired, educate their children, be able to retire at the desired age, and be sufficiently insured or otherwise prepared to survive life events that potentially could cause financial crisis. Regent’s program also opens the door for careers such as Certified Financial Planner®, Wealth Management Advisor, Trust Officer, and Investment Manager.

Ian Lawrence
Current M.A. in Law student Ian Lawrence is pursuing a Master of Arts in Law with a concentration in Wealth Management and Financial Planning and plans to graduate May 2018. Ian attended both on-campus and online classes to help balance his family and work while still pursuing his degree.  “I have a wife and two young kids and I work full-time so it's definitely a challenge.” Ian tries to block out times in the evening and on weekends for the program. Ian recommends having a strong interest in wealth management and financial planning for those considering taking on such a degree, and an idea of where you want to go with the degree afterward. "It's also helpful to have some knowledge and experience in business and finance in addition to the strong interest in financial planning," he says.

Janis Kirkland
Janis Kirkland, the Director of Regent Law’s Wealth Management & Financial Planning concentration, believes that now is the perfect time for students to pursue this type of M.A. in Law:  “In this economy, wealth management and financial planning is especially important,” she says. “The baby-boomer generation is reaching retirement age. We need competent and ethical advice about how to best prepare for retirement and manage our resources so they will sustain us throughout our old age. Younger individuals and families need financial guidance as well. They need to be prepared to survive economic downturns, to educate their children, and to prepare for their own retirement.” 

For more information about Regent Law’s wealth management & financial planning degree or any of the school’s new Master of Arts concentrations, call 877.267.5072 or visit

Lynne Marie Kohm Awarded the 2017 Faculty Excellence in Service Award

Each quarter, Regent University’s Office of Academic Affairs honors faculty members with Faculty Excellence Awards.

On November 7, Regent Law professor Lynn Marie Kohm was awarded the 2017 Faculty Excellence Award in the area of service. According to Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president of Academic Affairs, Kohm “embodies the cheerful servant leader,” and claims that her most important service to LAW is her commitment to coordinating a student women’s discipleship group.

“[Kohm] exemplifies servant leadership,” said Moreno-Riaño. “She works tirelessly to promote her school to external audiences … in her faculty development role, she passionately encourages faculty to develop their research and scholarship.”

Congratulations to Professor Lynne Marie Kohm!

Regent Law Hosts "Women in the Law" Panel

On November 7, the Public Interest Legal Advocates of Regent (PILAR), in partnership with Regent University School of Law Career and Alumni Services, hosted a panel titled, "Women in the Law." Panelists included Dannielle Hall-McIvor, Associate City Attorney for Virginia Beach City Attorney's Office; Jennifer Williams, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney from the Newport News Commonwealth Attorney's Office; Virginia Van Valkenburg, Assistant United States Attorney from the Eastern District of Virginia and Mr. Kevin Reep, Human Resources Manager for the US Attorney's office in Norfolk and proud father of Jessica Reep, a current 1L.

The President and Vice President, Madeline Jones, and Leata Laidlow respectively, introduced the panel and moderated the questions. Regent Law students enjoyed lunch and a lively discussion about the unique aspects of being a woman in the legal profession, focusing on the female perspective and issues women encounter in the workplace and court. Panelists answered questions from the moderator and audience and the exchange was insightful and inspiring.

Student turnout was one of the best for the semester. This panel was another unique opportunity offered through our career development series for students to hear valuable advice and guidance from three distinguished local ladies of the law.

Honors Students Meet with Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, Supreme Court of Virginia

On November 3, twelve of our Regent Law Honors Program students traveled to Richmond, VA, to visit the Supreme Court of Virginia.  They met with the Honorable Donald W. Lemons, Chief Justice, for a lively discussion. 

After hearing oral arguments in two cases, State Law Librarian Gail Warren spoke with the students about the court, its work, and its history. 

Some students also were able to speak with the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey, Justice, joined by his clerk, Alexandra McPhee (Regent Law 2017 grad). 

In the afternoon, students toured the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and discussed the operation and work of this court with Patricia S. Conner, the Clerk of Court.

Regent Law Students Honored for Highest Marks at Fall 2017 Ronald L. Fick Book Award Ceremony

During Fall Semester 2017, Regent University School of Law (LAW) students who earned the highest marks for their spring semester courses received what’s known and revered within the law community as a book award at the Ronald L. Fick Book Award Ceremony.

And though the book award honoring academic achievement for law students is longstanding, the tradition at Regent began just a few years ago, when Ronald Fick, father of Allison Fick ’14 (LAW) and shareholder and attorney at Dunwody White & Landon, P.A. in Palm Beach, Florida, discovered that no such recognition for students existed in the school.

“[Fick is] a great friend of the law school and the university; he’s been a supporter of the school for years…and he’s also been a great advisor to me,” said LAW dean Michael Hernandez. “Most important, he’s a committed believer who integrates his faith with his practice – and he embodies exactly what Regent Law is about.”

Fick, who was present for the ceremony, offered his congratulations to the winning students. As an attorney, he explained he knows first-hand the hard work it takes to earn a book award throughout a semester.

“I hope you each take justified satisfaction in all of your academic accomplishments,” said Fick.

Fick explained that as attorneys, those who’ve received book awards for their courses will have a “significant influence on society.”

“My prayer is that you’ll use that influence wisely,” said Fick. “Each of you has a God-given destiny, and I hope each of you will fulfill it.”

He’s a proponent of the axiom “to whom much is given, much is required.”

“Don’t ever forget that while you’re going through law school – then, while you’re practicing law,” said Fick.

Fick urged students to remember that simply earning a lot of money shouldn’t be a catch-all motivator for those aspiring to practice law.

“Enjoy what you’re doing,” said Fick. “I enjoy what I do. I love it. The fact that I make money is a blessing. I can’t imagine I get paid for what I’m doing because I love it so much. You weren’t called to make money. You were called to make a difference for the Kingdom and I hope you will.”

Jana Nattermann (’18), the book award winner for Juvenile Law, began her law journey in 2013. She recalls learning about the book award ceremony and making a mental note that winning an award for receiving the highest marks in a class was a great goal for “other people.”

Prior to serving as assistant director for Regent’s Office of Human Resources, Nattermann spent more than 10 years working in inner city communities with high school students. She said learning about juvenile law was her greatest motivator in coming to law school in the first place.

“This is what I know, and this is what I’m most passionate about,” said Nattermann. “Receiving this award was overwhelming, and it was never something I expected to receive. It was such an honor.”


Regent University School of Law Ranks Highest Overall Bar Passage Rate in Virginia

On Friday, October 27, Virginia’s Board of Bar Examiners (VBBE) released the bar examination passage rates for Virginia law schools. Regent University School of Law (LAW) alumni who took the Virginia bar examination in July 2017 earned a 94.59 percent overall passage rate – the highest in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and more than 23 percent above the statewide average.

“To finish first in the state like Virginia is an incredible accomplishment,” said LAW Dean Michael Hernandez. “I’m proud of our graduates, and I’m proud of our faculty that rallied around and supported our graduates. This is a validation of our program and I’m really thrilled with the results.”

Regent LAW alumni who took the test ranked over other law schools in the state including University of Virginia (92.59 percent), George Mason University (79.37 percent), University of Richmond (79.37 percent) and Washington and Lee University (84.85 percent).

Regent LAW’s bar passage in Virginia for first-time test takers ranked second in the state, with a passing rate of 93.94 percent – just under .30 percent below the highest-raking law school in the state.

Additionally, Regent LAW 2017 honors graduates earned a 100 percent first-time Bar Examination passage rate. Alumni who took the exam in nine states, including Iowa, Arizona, Idaho, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington, earned a 100-percent pass rate.

Hernandez attributes the success to the “team effort” of Regent LAW. He believes these results are the fruition of not only the faculty and the rigorous academic programming that prepares students for a legal career beyond law school, but for the camaraderie amongst the LAW community – what he refers to as “iron sharpening iron.”

Students who complete the law program will develop analytical, writing and practical legal skills along with the commitment to the Christian faith and a high standard of academic excellence.

“It’s a microcosm of the body of Christ,” said Hernandez, who explained he sees Regent LAW as a “lifelong partnership.” And of that partnership is Regent LAW’s Office of Career & Alumni Services.

“We are so pleased with these results. Our graduates are talented, diligent, and poised to serve as outstanding attorneys,” said Judge Patricia West, associate dean of Career & Alumni Services. “We are excited about the strong placements members of the Class of 2017 have already obtained and look forward to continuing to support these incredible graduates in their job placement efforts.”

By Brett Wilson Tubbs

Regent Law Hosts 2017 Annual Capital Area Legal Writing Conference

On Saturday, October 21, Regent University School of Law was honored to host the 2017 Capital Area Legal Writing Conference.  The conference brings together legal writing and academic success professionals from across the Mid-Atlantic region, including several folks from as far away as Rutgers and Penn State. The conference included presentations on topics such using learning theory to help students prepare for a successful bar experience, teaching citation format in small, short lessons, and incorporating social justice in the first-year legal writing curriculum.

Regent Law Professor Janis Kirkland hosted the group with the assistance of Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Kimberly Van Essendelft and Regent Law Library Director Marie Summerlin Hamm. Professors Kirkland and Hamm presented a session entitled "Where the Rubric Meets the Road: Measuring Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing Competencies Across the Curriculum."

“This conference provided a great opportunity to share successful teaching approaches with other experts in the field,” said Professor Kirkland. “I think all participants left energized and equipped with new ideas to promote student success.”

The first Capital Area Legal Writing Conference was held in 2011 under the leadership of The George Washington University Law School. Previous hosts have also included The Georgetown University Law Center; American University, Washington College of Law; University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Howard University School of Law; William & Mary Law School; and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Regent Law's Wealth Management and Financial Planning Program Renewed

Regent University launched its M.A. in Law program in the fall of 2014. A year later, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson saw the need for a Wealth Man...