Regent Law School Ranked 21st in the Nation for Alums Working in Public Interest Law

According to the March ’08 issue of The National Jurist, Regent Law School ranks alongside UC-Berkeley, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin and NYU law schools for the percentage of alums working in public interest law.

Regent Law School was also recently ranked in the Top 20 by the National Law Journal for the number of half-to-full scholarships granted.

The connection is clear:

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Law Students’ Published Work Impacting Legal World

While oral advocacy victories have been top news as of late, Regent Law School students are also busy engaging the legal community with their written work.

With the addition of the newly formed Regent Journal of Law and Public Policy (RJLPP), Regent Law School now boasts three scholarly journals including the Regent Law Review (RLR) and the Regent Journal of International Law (RJIL). Through these journals students are publishing notes, pursuing top submissions, and researching and editing legal articles. And because journals like the RJIL are circulated internationally, student publications continue to have global reach and impact.

Highlighted below are some of Regent Law School’s writers and their award-winning work:

Leo Lestino (3L)

Publication, 2007-2008 Issue of the Thomas Goode Jones Law Review, "Can Jiminy Cricket be Silenced? Congressional Federal Spending, Federalism, and the Federal Refusal Clause."

Competition, 2007 Pacific Legal Foundation Program for Judicial Awareness Writing Competition, First Place Prize, " A mutated standard of review: the Not-so-strict Deferential Scrutiny in Grutter v. Bollinger and Extending its Flawed Application to K-12 Schools" (Publication pending with law journal of Pacific Legal Foundation's choosing this year.)

Jodi Foss (3L)

The Federal Lawyer (ABA Federal Journal), “Do Two Wrongs Forfeit a Constitutional Right? Revising the Hearsay Rule to Protect the Right to Confrontation.”

Tim Creed (3L)

Recently published in the St. Thomas Law Review, “Negligent Hiring and Criminal Rehabilitation: Employing Ex-Convicts, Yet Avoiding Liability.”

John Legg (3L)

Winner of the 2006-2007 William Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship Competition for law students for his paper "Applying Unjust Laws Without Complicity in Injustice: A Synthesis of Natural Law and the Federal Judicial Role Implied by Original Meaning Textualism."

Nate Story (3L)

Virginia Bar Association News Journal, May-June 2007, “Abraham’s Law: A New Exception to Virginia’s Medical Neglect Statute.”

Lisa Biron (3L)

Constitutionally Coerced: Why Sentencing a Convicted Offender to a Faith-Based Rehabilitation Program Does Not Violate the Establishment Clause, Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal (Vol. 7 spring 2008).

John Penn (2L)

Placed second in the National Embryo Donation and Adoption Essay Competition.
The title of the article: “A Different Kind of Life Estate: the Laws, Rights, and Liabilities Associated with Donated Embryos.”

Regent Law School Ranked 15th in the Nation for Scholarships Granted

In an article titled “What Law School Rankings Don’t Say About Costly Choices”, The National Law Journal ranks Regent Law School 15th in the nation for law schools offering half-to-full scholarships.

Boasting a 92% employment rate 9 months after graduation (Class of 2007), a strong regional and national reputation, and a commitment to training students with the legal skills necessary for success, Regent Law School continues to attract students who think outside the box – both in the way they evaluate rankings and the way they eventually practice law.

The authors, professors from Indiana University School of Law and University of Illinois College of Law, argue that the link between going to a top tier law school and landing a corporate salary large enough to handle the debt incurred is a flimsy one at best.

They write, “Slavishly following the U.S. News rankings will not significantly increase one's large-firm job prospects. And the excess debt that students incur is likely to undermine their career options.” (Click here to read the full article.)

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Regent Law Student Writes Winning Embryo Donation and Adoption Essay

Fullerton, Calif., April 7, 2008 – Regent Law student Jonathan Penn was awarded $1500 for his winning position paper responding to a delicate issue presented on the subject of embryo donation and adoption. The winning students in Nightlight Christian Adoptions’ 2008 national essay contest carefully tackled the issue of how to handle custody of a child born through embryo adoption after discovering that the egg donor never intended for any resulting embryos to be donated. The detailed problem and winning essays can be read at

Jonathan Penn placed second and is joined in the winner’s circle by students from Stetson University College of Law and St. Mary's University School of Law.

Regent Law Softball Team Takes 2nd place at UVA National Tournament

The rainy weekend of April 4-6 brought two softball teams from Regent Law to Charlottesville, VA, to compete in the 25th Annual Virginia Law Softball Invitational. Over 100 other teams from law schools around the country came out for what has become a highly-anticipated event.

Thirteen Regent students on the men’s team leveled three teams on Saturday to emerge the #1 seed. Ohio State, 18-3; George Washington University (Blue), 27-1; and Washington University, 26-1. On Sunday, they beat George Washington University (Gold) and University of South Carolina before losing the championship to UVA Gold.

This is the second year that the men’s team has contended with reigning champs UVA Gold for first place. Last year, UVA dubbed the battle that ended 9-8, “UVA v. God.” There’s no doubt they felt the same pressure this year; like the rain, Regent’s force was non-stop and the UVA squad narrowly escaped in a 7-6 victory.

For the first year, Regent also entered a co-ed team. Led by Captain Pete Griffith (2L), this team played hard on Saturday, defeating NYU and Georgetown. They lost their third game to Florida Coastal, who went on to win the championship for the second year in a row.

Regent co-ed was the top seeded #2 team for Sunday’s rounds, but rain forced tournament officials to limit play to the #1 seeds. This, surely, was a lucky turn of events for Harvard, who was set to face the Regent powerhouse on Sunday.

Another trophy stands among those recently added to the Regent collection showing the brains AND brawn of Regent Law. Way to go teams!

Regent Alum represents 2008 Beijing Olympic Athletes

Kimberly Holland (Law ’02), president and CEO of Icon Management, a sports and entertainment agency, was featured in an article published by New American Media.

Holland is one of the nation’s few female sports agents, and a number of her agency’s athletes will compete in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Professor’s Legislative Recommendation Changes Outcome of Criminal Prosecution

In 2003, Professor James Duane published The Virginia Supreme Court Takes a Big Bite Out of the Privilege for Marital Communications, 29 The Virginia Bar Association News Journal 8 (March 2003). His article gained the attention of a delegate in Virginia’s General Assembly, who arranged for Professor Duane to be appointed to serve on a committee that drafted a new version of Virginia’s law on marital privileges. His proposal was adopted by the legislature in 2005, and in December of 2007, that amendment directly affected the outcome of Carpenter v. Commonwealth, 654 S.E.2d 345 (Va. Ct. App. 2007).

In Carpenter, the defendant confessed to his wife that he had raped their teenage daughter. At his later trial, the wife wished to testify against him about that confession. Under the version of Virginia’s marital privilege in place at the time of his confession, his wife would not have been allowed to reveal what he told her, not even if she wished to do so. However, by the time of the trial and pursuant to Professor Duane’s recommendations, the law had been amended to make that privilege unavailable in any proceeding “in which either spouse is charged with a crime against the minor child of either spouse.” Virginia Code § 8.01-398. Virginia’s General Assembly agreed with Professor Duane that the law should not provide a sanctuary for criminals who commit crimes against their own spouses and children.

The Court of Appeals of Virginia held that this amendment applied retroactively to a confession made before the amendment was adopted, because the trial took place after the effective date of the change in the law. As a result, the appeals court concluded that the defendant’s objection to his wife’s testimony in Carpenter was properly overruled, and his conviction was affirmed.

“This result is clearly in accordance with one of my objectives in drafting the amended statute,” reports Duane. “Although I am a strong believer in the importance of the privilege for marital communications, I do not believe it should be employed to prevent a married woman from voluntarily testifying against a husband who confessed to her that he committed vile crimes against her children.”

Regent Law Students Win NBLSA Annual International Negotiation Competition

Congratulations to Ari Craig and Brenda Thorn, members of Regent Law’s Black Law Student Association chapter (BLSA), who won the 2008 NBLSA Annual International Negotiation Competition held March 28-30 at Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.

This year’s competition scenario consisted of a number of teams representing national governments, non-governmental agencies, and pharmaceutical companies negotiating the development and implementation of a vaccine to end child mortality in targeted nations.

According to Ari Craig, “The whole experience was amazing. It was really satisfying to win, but I think that I am most thankful for the Regent administration, specifically Prof. McKee and Dean Murphy, for being so supportive of Brenda and me.”

Professor Kathleen McKee served as the team’s faculty advisor/coach; Minka Lanier served as their on-site assistant coach.

The International Negotiations Competition was created to provide NBLSA members with realistic exposure to alternative dispute resolution, to promote NBLSA International Relations, and to foster positive relationships between NBLSA members and other law students around the world. For more information on NBLSA please see

Regent Student Wins Award at National ABA Tournament

Two moot court teams from Regent Law School competed at the ABA-sponsored National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) in Chicago April 3 – 5, 2008 and returned with high accolades.

Valerie Kuntz was awarded 3rd Best Oralist out of more than 48 students representing the 24 best teams in the nation. She and her teammates, James Nealis and Josh Jewitt, surpassed 171 other teams to compete as one of the final 8 in the nation. They lost in a narrow 2-3 vote to an excellent Seton Hall team.

The team of Cort Walker, John Legg, and Rhonda Kinard advanced to the final 16, and in a close round lost 3-1 to an exceptional Harvard team that went on to win the National Championship.

The triumphs demonstrated at the NAAC Regionals and in their advancement during Nationals show the outstanding abilities of these students. “I am extremely proud of both teams,” said Regent Law Professor and team coach Michael Hernandez. “They represented our Lord and school well. Although we would all prefer to end with a "W," the accomplishments of both teams were truly exceptional.”

Regent’s history of tournament honors, including first place at the 2008 William B. Spong National Moot Court Tournament, demonstrates Regent’s outstanding dedication to oral and written advocacy skills. Regent’s moot court program currently is tied at #2 in a national ranking of law schools.

Aflac General Counsel Joey M. Loudermilk visits Regent Law School

On March 31st, Joey M. Loudermilk, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Aflac, spoke with Regent students and faculty about the interplay between his faith and his high-profile position.

As general counsel, Loudermilk oversees Aflac’s legal, corporate, and public policy issues. He attributes his position and accomplished resume to God’s hand in his life, saying in reference to Psalm 139 that “God ordained my days before even one came to be.” He said (smiling) that the juxtaposition of his “average” law school career alongside his professional success clearly highlights the providential plan of God in his life.

He attributes Aflac’s success as a Fortune 200 company to the integrity of the people it hires. Pointing out that the reputation of a company falls on the shoulders of its employees, he urged students to recognize the place of God in their own lives and to contemplate what impact that will have on their work. Noting that “it takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but only a moment to undo it,” he encouraged the Regent Law community to uphold integrity in a career where it can be so easily disregarded.

Loudermilk was joined by Aflac colleague Bradley Knox (Regent Law ’94), Counsel and Special Vice President. Both men were able to interact informally with students, providing professional advice and encouraging them in their calling.

Right to Work Practicum Gives Students Unique Ability to Help Shape the Law

Students participating in Regent Law’s Right to Work practicum will have the exciting opportunity to aid in the litigation of Locke v. Karass, a critical case currently pending before the United States Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court recently agreed to review this case on its merits. Locke v. Karass concerns compulsory unionism and the 1st Amendment rights of employees.

By aiding in litigation, Regent students have the opportunity to get an up-close view of the mechanisms of the Supreme Court and to literally make history.

The Right to Work practicum was established as a cooperative effort between the law school, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW), and Bruce Cameron, the Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law at Regent. Before coming to Regent Law in the fall of 2007, Professor Cameron worked for over thirty years on behalf of employees in more than 30 states as part of the litigation staff at NRTW. It is his continued association with the NRTW that gives students the unique ability to help shape the law.

Not even two semesters into the Right to Work practicum, students have been able to digest depositions, research complex policies, and provide vital input for cases that have great impact on the nation’s labor laws.

Second year student Crystal Losey said, “I came to Regent to prepare to fight for religious liberty but did not foresee the everyday value of ensuring that freedom in the workplace until participating the Right to Work practicum.” Through the practicum, Losey has researched and drafted stipulations that will be used in an upcoming labor case in Tennessee. This case, arising under the state constitution, will determine the right of union members to control the use of their dues. At present, public employees in the state are forced to allow their union dues to be used to promote religious, political, and ideological activities they find objectionable as the price for having a voice and a vote in their employment conditions.

After a string of Moot Courts wins, Regent Law prepares for National Competition

The Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition, The William B. Spong National Moot Court Tournament, the NAAC Regional Championship: Regent Law School moot court teams have captured championships at all three – the only three they have entered - and are now busy preparing for the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) national showdown in Chicago, April 3-5.

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 2007 J. Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition, and the 2006 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Championship.

According to team coach Professor Ben Madison, "I have never worked with students who put such effort into preparing for competitions. They will, no doubt, represent Regent with the excellence for which we strive."

The NAAC emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court, and competition involves writing a 40-page brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.

Regent is currently ranked in a tie for the #2 spot in a national ranking of moot court programs.

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...