Law Professor Climbs Mount Katahdin

Climbing to the summit of Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, is a feat in itself. Abruptly rising 4,000 feet to a height of 5,267 feet over steep terrain laden with vertical granite obstacles, the five mile climb is strenuous to say the least. But for Director of the Law Library and Professor Charles Oates, reaching the top of Katahdin this past August was simply the capstone of a lifetime achievement. It was the culmination of his 2,175-mile trek on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).

The A.T. is a continuous footpath through the wilderness, stretching from Georgia to Maine. It runs through 14 states, eight national forests, and two national parks. It extends over ridgelines of up to 6,643 feet in Tennessee and crosses the Hudson River at 124 feet in New York. And in 51 years, Professor Oates has seen every mile.

He began on a hiking trip to the Smoky Mountains in 1957, when he was a counselor-in-training at a camp for older boys. In 1977, he backpacked the Georgia portion with a Boy Scout troop. In 1980, he moved from Florida to Virginia and was able to knock out most of that state’s 550 miles over the course of a few years. Two times a year, on long weekends, he’d conquer another 50 miles. From the peat-bogs of Maine to the zinc mining ghost towns of Pennsylvania, he’s walked it all.

Known as Grandaddy Longlegs on the trail, Professor Oates says the simplicity of trail life kept bringing him back. “Everything you need is on your back. The daily decisions are basic: how many miles in a day, where to spend the night, and what to eat? Moreover, the noises and stresses of civilization are absent in the woods.” He is able then to find solitude and meet God in unparalleled ways.

“Spiritually, hiking is so uplifting. And it’s not surprising,” he says, referencing Amos 4:13, “for God treads the high places of the earth.”

So, in 51 years, what about hiking the A.T. has changed? Thankfully, advances in outdoor gear technology have lightened Grandaddy Longlegs’ load from 35 pounds when he was younger to a mere 18 pounds today.
But for the busy law professor, those 2,175 miles have intersected years of change and accomplishments. He has been an Assistant State attorney, started his own Estate Planning firm and practiced law for 12 years, worked as the Legal Director in the Financial Planning Department of CBN, and is now Director of the Law Library.

2,175 miles hiked in 51 years. A lifetime of achievements, with much life to live. You can bet, now that “Grandaddy Longlegs” is etched into the Summit Log on top of Maine’s highest peak, you may just find him somewhere in the Smokies, starting all over again.

Read Prof. Oates’ full faculty profile here.

Regent Law Student Published in Los Angeles Daily Journal

Third year law student Stephen DeBoer was recently published in the August 7 issue of the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

In his article A Discrimination Paradox, DeBoer compares a recent Employment Tribunal decision from the UK with California county clerks who refuse to conduct same-sex marriage duties based on their religious beliefs. He makes a case allowing for California clerks to be exempt from performing same-sex marriage duties on religious grounds.

His article concludes, “If California is going to allow same-sex couples to marry, its law prohibiting religious discrimination must be respected – both legally in the system of justice and practically at the local country clerk’s office.”

The Los Angeles Daily Journal is a daily publication covering law business news.

Regent Law Welcomes New Faculty: Prof. David Velloney

Regent Law School warmly welcomes Prof. David Velloney to its faculty.

View his full faculty profile here.

Velloney, a Connecticut native, brings a wealth of experience to the professorship, including an impressive tenure as an Army lawyer and criminal law instructor at the Army’s JAG School, along with 20 years of service as a commissioned officer.

He attended West Point and earned his law degree from Yale.

Velloney is looking forward to transitioning from Army lawyer to Regent Law professor.

“I’m excited about teaching, training and mentoring Regent Law students to be the best attorneys they can be,” Velloney said, “I look forward to spending more time thinking about and developing ideas about how we can effectively integrate Christian principles and faith into our legal practice and scholarship.”

Velloney will be teaching Criminal Law this fall.

When not in the classroom, you can probably find Prof. Velloney at a soccer game with his wife watching one of his three daughters play.

And, if you were wondering, he is indeed a fan of the Boston Red Sox.

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...