Hugo R. Valverde of Virginia Beach expressed a sense of near-disbelief as a recipient of the 2008 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award at the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (YLC).
Valverde, a 2005 graduate of Regent University's School of Law, serves as chair of the YLC's Immigrant Outreach Committee. His passion for immigration law stems from personal experience growing up in an immigrant family—representing a community, he said, who cannot speak English and needs advocates who will speak on their behalf.
"My work in immigration law began as a law student at Regent University," Valverde said. "After working for five years dealing with environmental policy and regulations as an environmental planner, I sensed the call to serve the immigrant community as an attorney. Through an evaluation [of talents and passions], I felt that God was telling me that I could do the most good in this world as an immigration attorney. As a law student, I …
Regent Law alumnus Grey Mills (‘94) will represent the 95th House District of North Carolina in the 2009-2010 General Assembly.
In January of this year, Mills announced his decision to run against incumbent Republican Karen Ray. In May, he won the hotly-contested seat by a narrow margin.
Mills said he knew the race would be close. The battle was for the seat itself, as there was no Democrat vying for the spot. “Considering I was running against a three term incumbent who easily outspent my campaign, I was very happy with the results," said Mills.
He has pledged active and responsive leadership for North Carolina’s Iredell County. A large portion of his platform had to do with getting better representation at Raleigh for the members of Iredell.
“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…
Summer is heating up and so are the court rooms in Hampton Roads. Under the watchful eyes of Hampton Roads judges, 31 Regent Law judicial interns are honing their legal skills.
In partnership with local courts, Regent Law has designed an 8-week program through which interns are given the chance to study under judges, observe interactions in the court rooms, and do legal research.
One rising 2L, Kyle Fuller, said that he applied for the internship because he wanted to see with his own eyes what the practice of law looks like.
In the first week, he was able to observe hearings in civil court and assist with clerical duties. “The most exciting part of the observation process is getting to see doctrines and terminology that I learned during my first year put into practice.”
Students can gain a clear picture of their futures, as well. “Hopefully, I’ll narrow my interests to determine what kind of law I might enjoy practicing one day,” said Fuller. “I don’t think I want to practice criminal law…
Grant to take him to India Regent Law Professor, C. Scott Pryor, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the National Law University in Jodhpur, India in the spring of 2009.Pryor will teach courses in Comparative Law and International Business Transactions as well as research selected topics of Indian law for comparison to U.S. law. He is one of approximately 800 U.S. professionals who will travel abroad during the upcoming year on a Fulbright scholarship.Pryor’s appointment in India won’t be his first time teaching internationally. This summer, he’s chairing the Regent Summer Program on International Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He has also taught at Handong International Law School in Korea. “Teaching in other countries has greatly enriched my understanding of other cultures and legal systems. It has also demonstrated the breadth of the world-wide Body of Christ, the Church,” he said.The purpose of the Fulbright program is to build mutual understanding between…