Regent Law Professor Among Winners of Competition

Ben Madison, an Associate Professor in the Law School, recently learned he was among the winners of a call for papers on the topic of “New Law Faculty as Catalysts for Change.” This competition was sponsored by the New Law Faculty Section of the American Association of Law Schools. As a result, he has been invited to present his paper at the association’s national meeting to be held in January 2008 in New York City.

“One of our primary goals at Regent is to engage the world,” Madison noted, “and I saw this as an opportunity to do that.” The article challenges legal academia to examine its approach to education. “The article seeks to force those involved in legal education to reexamine everything about our approach. Fortunately, I have colleagues at Regent who are not afraid to do that.”

Madison acknowledged that the collaborative approach of his colleagues inspires him to write and speak. His scholarship has focused not only on particular legal issues, but has also included work on educational theory, methods, and practices. As a result of engaging those issues, Madison has been invited to speak at various academic fora. This past summer, he spoke at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ annual conference on the topic of diverse learning styles of law students. He has been invited to speak at the same conference next summer on the topic of innovative teaching methods. Moreover, Carolina Academic Press has contracted with Madison to prepare a textbook that incorporates many of the educational methods he has used in teaching law.

Regent Law Introduces New Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Regent University School of Law is pleased to announce that Associate Professor and Director of Academic Success, L. O. Natt Gantt, II, has recently been promoted to serve as Associate Dean for Student Affairs. A highly qualified candidate, Dean Gantt began at Regent University in the fall of 2000 when he served as an Academic Assistance Instructor where he focused primarily on helping students develop legal study skills. Shortly thereafter, Dean Gantt began teaching courses in Professional Responsibility and Advanced Legal Reasoning, Analysis, and Writing, while passionately working to further develop the Academic Success Program into a year round component of the student curriculum.

As Dean of Students, Dean Gantt will continue teaching courses such as Professional Responsibility, while assuming the various other responsibilities that come with the position. When asked about what he hopes to accomplish in his new role, Dean Gantt stated, “At Regent, we’ve developed a reputation for promoting an excellent quality of life for our students. One of my primary goals as Dean for Student Affairs is to further enhance the student experience so that students not only learn important legal skills, but also grow in their Christian character.”

Equally as impressive as his heart for helping students is Dean Gantt’s resume. Dean Gantt holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and political science from Duke University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where he served as the Senior Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. After receiving his law degree, Dean Gantt spent a year as a law clerk for Judge Donald S. Russell of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, before taking a position at Wiley, Rein & Fielding, a Washington, D.C. firm where Dean Gantt served as an associate in the energy and government affairs practice groups. In 2000, Dean Gantt received his M. Div. with honors from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary while working as a proxy analyst for Fidelity Investments in Boston, MA.

In addition to his extensive legal and educational accomplishments, Dean Gantt is well respected for his professional service work. Dean Gantt has served on various work groups for the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the organization that is responsible for the administration of the LSAT and that provides data assembly services to the nearly 200 ABA accredited law schools nationwide. From 2004 to 2007, Dean Gantt also served as the editor of a newsletter published by the Association of American Law Schools entitled The Learning Curve.

Dean Gantt is a very accomplished writer and public speaker, having completed numerous published works in the areas of legal ethics and Christian legal education. His recent speaking engagements have expanded to an international audience, including trips to Brazil, South Korea, and the Dominican Republic.

On a personal note, Dean Gantt is a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Virginia. He and his wife, Meredith, have three young daughters. Dean Gantt’s interests include running, swimming, singing, and home improvement.

Regent Law Student Wins Scholarship Competition

John Legg, a 3L at Regent University School of Law, was named the winner of the 2006-2007 William Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship Competition by Aliance Defense Fund. He will receive a cash award in the amount of $2,500.00.

Legg is a Blackstone Fellow (2006) who expects to earn his J.D. from Regent University School of Law in May 2008, where he is Editor-in-Chief of the Regent University Law Review. During law school, he has served as a summer law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate Generals Corps. Currently, John is a judicial intern in the chambers of United States District Judge Walter Kelley, Jr., in the Eastern District of Virginia. His wife, Karen, also studies at Regent University as a doctoral student in communication studies. Upon graduation, John plans to be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps.

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...