Regent Law Students Help Community by Offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Over the past few years, Regent University School of Law students have reached out to the surrounding community by offering free tax assistance through the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA Program offers free tax preparation for low to moderate income families and individuals who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Student volunteers must complete a rigorous training program which details the IRS tax code and provides students with hands on tax assistance training. After completing each of the two separate training modules, students must pass a post-test with an 80% or higher proficiency before the IRS will issue a certificate of completion. After receiving certificates of completion, students are able to volunteer their time as tax preparers for would be tax payers.

This year the VITA workshops will be conducted on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm in the Regent University Communications Building. The first workshop was held on February 10, with workshops continuing on Saturdays through April 14. Regent will not provide workshops on Saturday, April 7 because of University closings for the Easter Holiday.

When asked why he chose to volunteer his time for VITA, second year law student Jared Hodge said, "I volunteer for VITA because it is a way of helping those who are less fortunate. Sometimes it doesn't seem like we make that big of an impact helping a few people with their taxes. But when you see a single mom who brings her 3 kids in during the VITA program because she can't afford a babysitter, and we are able to help her, that's when it matters."

To learn more about the VITA program, visit the Internal Revenue Service's web site online at,,id=107626,00.html.

Virginians Celebrate 400 Years of Freedom at Regent University

Judges, professors, students and hundreds more from Virginia and beyond gathered to celebrate the founding of Jamestown at the "Liberty Under Law: 400 Years of Freedom" symposium held at Regent University April 12-13, 2007 and sponsored by Regent's School of Law.

The event began with a dinner and reception at Founder's Inn where guests were treated to a preview of "First Landing," a film jointly produced by Regent University and CBN that will premiere on the ABC Family Channel on April 30 after a screening on campus the night before.

The film tells the story of the founding of Virginia with a focus on the perspective of Robert Hunt, the Virginia Company's chaplain. Following the preview, the night's keynote speaker, the Honorable Chief Justice Leroy Hassell of the Virginia Supreme Court, spoke on the evolution and history of Virginia's many constitutions.

"State constitutions are often overlooked by historians and lawyers," Hassell said. "However, the Virginia constitution and the story behind it are incredibly important."

Several forums were held during the symposium with a focus on Virginia's history of freedom. Topics included the Magna Carta, the rule of law, and the importance of religion in society. One of the highest attended forums was a panel discussion concerning the roles of religion and law in American society. The panel featured Teresa Collett of University of St. Thomas School of Law, Marci Hamilton of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Jonathan Turley of George Washington University School of Law and Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice.

The speakers presented their research concerning various areas that religion and government collide and coexist. Collett spoke about the Supreme Court's view of human sexuality in light of the Lawrence v. Texas decision. Hamilton discussed why she believed the government should not provide special status to people because they were religious, but should make accommodation for sincerely held religious belief. Sekulow took the opposite stance, holding that a person's faith should be respected by government and special exceptions should be made for religious people. Turley discussed the First Amendment's right to association and how the government should not infringe on the ability to form specific groups.

Students from Regent University's School of Law comprised a large portion of the audience. One student who found this forum particularly interesting was Dale Austin.

"I think this panel was a great mix of people," Austin said. "It's nice to hear from a group with many different political viewpoints."

Regent University's School of Law was the first Christian law school to receive accreditation by the American Bar Association and is the only law school to have held both the Moot Court and Negotiations national championships.

Regent Law Professor Wins Writing Award

Professor Thomas Folsom, who specializes in intellectual property, contracts and corporate law, took home a third place award today for his article “Defining Cyberspace: Finding Real Virtue in the Place of Virtual Reality."

The International Trademark Association (INTA) holds an annual competition for both students and professors through its “Ladas Memorial Award,” the goal of which is to develop interest and further discipline in the field of trademarks. The INTA is comprised of more than 5,000 trademark owners and professionals from more than 190 countries.

Regent Law Secures Victory at 12th Annual Statewide Legal Food Frenzy for Third Year Running

Regent University School of Law students, faculty,  and staff contributed to the 1.5 million pounds of food collected by the local legal com...