Moot Court Team Wins First Place in National Tournament

The Regent University School of Law Moot Court Team recently took first place honors in the William B. Spong National Moot Court Tournament sponsored by the College of William & Mary School of Law, February 15 and 16. Regent was one of 19 teams competing from all over the country. The Regent team not only took first place in the overall competition, besting other law schools such as the University of Virginia, University of Cincinnati and the South Texas College of Law, but also won the award for best petitioner brief in the tournament.

"This win shows the continued excellence of Regent's students and their advocacy training," said Regent law school Dean Jeffrey A. Brauch. "Associate Professor Kathleen McKee was the team's coach, and she did an outstanding job preparing them for the tournament." Regent's team consisted of Leo Lestino, a third year law student, and Rachel Williams, a second year law student. Professor Michael Hernandez is the faculty advisor for the Regent Moot Court Board. Regent Moot Court teams had two first-place finishes in 2007, at the J. Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition at the University of North Carolina in February and the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition at American University in Washington, D.C., in November. These moot court wins for Regent are the most recent in a series of wins over the last few years, including first place at the 2006 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Championship.

Prestigious Law Fraternity to Install a Chapter at Regent


Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International (PAD), the world’s largest legal fraternity, now has a chapter at Regent. A strong alliance of foreign and domestic leaders of the law, PAD exists in part to stimulate academic excellence, inspire compassion and courage, and to foster integrity and professional competence.

Chartered this January as the George Washington Chapter primarily through the efforts of law students Patrick Murphrey (’10) and Nathan McGrath (’10), the chapter creates a new opportunity for law students, alumni, and faculty to network with members of the legal community at large. There are over 200,000 members in 55 countries; among them are six past presidents, six past and current Supreme Court justices, and many members of the U.S. Senate and Congress. PAD also offers service and learning opportunities to encourage participation in moral, intellectual, and community advancement.

Murphrey and McGrath see the chapter as a step toward living up to Regent’s motto of “Christian Leadership to Change the World.” Both active members of their undergrad pre-law chapters, the founding officers are working hard to establish an organization that, according to Murphrey, is “unique among the current law school organizations, blending the positive qualities (academic, social, service, professional, and spiritual) of all of them into one organization.”
Appropriately, the chapter will be installed on George Washington’s birthday, February 22, 2008. PAD is open to all students and alumni for a moderate membership fee, and is free for all law faculty. Please go too http://www.pad.org/ for membership information.

Regent School of Law Hosts 2008 National Moot Court Competition

Law students and faculty, local attorneys, judges and teams from ten participating law schools set the bar high for success at the 2008 National Moot Court Competition hosted by Regent University School of Law. The goal of the competition is to serve the law school community through the development of students' written and oral advocacy skills.

After two long days of competing, participants were honored at an awards banquet held at the Founders Inn.

"The teams that competed in this year's competition clearly devoted significant amounts of time and energy in their preparation," said Rich Wenner, Regent Law student and national competition coordinator. "A true team effort on behalf of the Moot Court Board, chaired by Regent Law student Seth Rhodebeck, made the competition a success. Dr. Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice gave selfless devotion to the competition."

At the banquet, Sekulow introduced the event's featured speaker — ABC News correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg. Greenburg has been with ABC News since 1994, providing legal analysis of the Supreme Court for all ABC News broadcasts.

Greenburg emphasized the critical role of justices in influencing law and cautioned against the danger of misrepresenting them through the media. She also spoke on how her recently published book, Supreme Conflict: the Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court, documents internal struggles of the court, particularly during the loss of critical Justices William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O' Connor.

"A new justice can make a new court and new alliances to influence law," Greenburg said. "To be able to represent a justice of a different ideology than yours is the chance for historic change."

Through the use of real-life examples found within the walls of the Supreme Court, Greenburg helped emphasize the importance of the Moot Court competition's mission — to foster the necessary skills in students to positively affect change in the courtroom.

The competition's winner was Roger Williams University School of Law from Bristol, R.I. Villanova University School of Law from Villanova, Pa. won best brief. Best oralist went to Marshall-Wythe Law School, College of William and Mary from Williamsburg, Va.

Regent School of Law Alumnus Grey Mills to run for North Carolina House of Representatives

Regent University School of Law alumnus Grey Mills (‘94) announced early January that he will run for the North Carolina House of Representatives this year. He is pledging active and responsive leadership for North Carolina’s Iredell County.

“Whether you’re talking about young families, working people, or retirees, they all have one thing in common,” said Mills. “They all need a representative who listens to them, who takes an interest in what’s going on in the community and who is accessible to them on a consistent basis.”

Mills, who grew up in Iredell County, is a fiscal and social conservative, supportive of the right to life, the protection of traditional marriage, and the protection of our Second Amendment rights.

Since graduating Regent, Mills has co-founded the law firm of Mills & Levine, P.A. and has served as the Iredell County Republican Party Chairman for four years. Previous to those accomplishments, he was an Assistant District Attorney and a Government, Economics, and U.S. History teacher.

He and his wife Jennifer have three children and are all active at Mooresville First Baptist Church, where Grey previously served as Deacon and the Stewardship Chairman.

The primary is scheduled for May 6th. For more information about this alumnus’ campaign, please visit www.Mills2008.com.

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