PILAR Holds Sixth Annual Auction

This week Public Interest Legal Advocates of Regent (PILAR) held its sixth annual auction to promote law-related interest in the public sector and provide grants for students who will intern in unpaid public interest positions.

In the past PILAR has been able to provide up to $1000 in summer stipends per applicant through its assistance programs. The proceeds of the auction make up the majority of these substantial grants.

PILAR’s desire to foster support for those desiring to serve the “least of these,” at what is often a personal financial cost, is a trademark of the Regent Law community. “Encouraging one another in the mindset of service and building a network to support Christian lawyers who truly want to get “dirty” but don’t usually get paid much for it is what this [auction] is really all about,” said Amy Gibbs, this year’s Auction Coordinator.

Every PILAR member that applies for a grant was expected to solicit ten items from the community for auction. This year, hot items were Bar Preparatory courses, a portable personal dry cleaner, beautiful Amish quilts, and private surfing lessons.

Regent Law School hosts Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr

During the second week of March, 2008, Regent Law School hosted Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. Long-time friend of the Regent community and a Jurist-in-Residence, Justice Hassell lectured in law classes, inspired student groups, addressed student leaders, and spoke at the school’s weekly chapel. His annual visits offer invaluable insight into the rigors of the courtroom and the value of Christians in the profession.

This year, Justice Hassell also presented a $500 award to student Erin McCormick, winner of the First Annual Honorable Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. Writing Competition. McCormick’s article, Sex, Psychology, and the Religious “Gerrymander”: Why the APA’s New Policy Hurts Religious Freedom will be published in an upcoming Regent University Law Review.

Students Capture Regional Championship at National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Of the 31 moot court teams competing at last weekend’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) in Washington, D.C., two teams from Regent Law School emerged as Regional Champions and will advance to the national finals to be held in Chicago on April 3-5, 2008.

Last weekend’s wins are the latest in a series of victories for Regent Law School, including the 2006 NAAC Moot Court championship and the 2007 ABA National Negotiation Competition championship.

One of Regent’s teams, consisting of Joshua Jewett, Valerie Kuntz, and James Nealis, won the First Place Brief award; the second team of Rhonda Kinard, John Legg, and Cort Walker won the Second Place Brief award with Walker being named 8th Best Oralist out of a field of 80.

Coached by law Professors Michael Hernandez and Benjamin Madison, the teams developed outstanding legal briefs and oral arguments, keeping them undefeated during all five rounds of the tournament.

Competitors at the regional event included University of Virginia, Georgetown, Washington & Lee, Liberty, San Diego, and Nova Southeastern. Regent directly contended with Southern Methodist University, William & Mary, American University, and Southern Illinois University.

The American Bar Association hosts the annual NAAC comprising189 teams divided into six regions. Campbell University, Harvard, Michigan State, Washington University, and the University of Florida are among the other schools that have advanced to nationals.

Regent Video Wins Two Telly Awards

An instructional video produced by Regent University Law School professor Charles Oates and Regent's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has added two 2008 Telly Awards to its list of recognitions. The Missing Persons Dilemma video won Tellys for academic use and work produced on a low budget. Previously, the video had been selected as a winner of the 2007 Silver Davey Award.
The Missing Persons Dilemma video case study was designed to enhance the classroom experience among Regent Law students studying legal ethics. The video, a collaborative effort between Oates and the CTL, is a dramatic reenactment based partially on an actual case. The video illustrates the conflict that two defense lawyers face when confronted with a difficult ethical issue. They must choose between protecting their client's confidence or acceding to the public's right to know the status of missing persons. The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies. The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions and work created for the Web. Watch the video and also Professor Oates' Regent showcase presentation on the CTL Awards webpage.

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