Regent Student Bar Association Serves Thanksgiving Meal to Homeless

Four turkeys, three chickens, one ham and over two hundred pounds of stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, and thanksgiving treats; that’s all it takes to bring a bit of holiday cheer to a large group of men, women and children from a local homeless shelter.

Last week, between forty and fifty students at Regent Law served the Student Bar Association’s (SBA) annual Thanksgiving meal to guests from the Union Mission in Norfolk. To make it a special night, the students provided not only a delicious meal from scratch, but also live music, homemade decorations, and activities for the kids.

Leandra Rayford, President of the SBA shared her favorite moment from the night: “The guests had all gotten into the room and volunteers were beginning to serve with excitement in their eyes as they greeted. Some were in line for drinks and others were in line for food. [A student] went to welcome the guests and started to pray, and I saw men pull their hats off and pray along. Sharing our food, our blessings, and our gifts really does show the love of God every year... I thank God that SBA has the resources to share and to pull the students together each year to volunteer with this event.”

Rayford shares more about the night and the SBA on her blog here.

Regent Law's Academic Boards Spur Friendly Competition for Worthy Cause

Regent's Alternative Dispute Resolution Board (ADR) and Moot Court Board (MCB) are both familiar with competition -- and victory. Last week, the two academic boards lassoed their competive spirit against each other however, and went to head to head in a race to fill the most shoeboxes with gifts for needy children.

The boards each pulled out scare tactics, threats, and sneak attacks in order to win, but in the end it will be the children in countries all over the world that will be victorious. Together, the two boards packed 161 boxes of gifts which will be delivered to needy children through Operation Christmas Child's gift delivery program.

The final tally was MCB 82 and ADR 79, but the spirit of Christmas was alive among all members of each board. Congratulations to all members for their charity and generous giving.

Law Alum Grey Mills Wins Seat in North Carolina House of Representatives

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 three-term incumbent Republican Karen Ray. After beating Ray, who outspent Mills’ campaign over 2 to 1 in the May primary, Mills went on to win in the November General Election with 82% of the vote.

Mills 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 accessible to them on a consistent basis.”

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.

Wayne Huizenga Jr. Shares Testimony at University Chapel

A little more than eight years ago, Wayne Huizenga Jr. defined his success by his position in H. Wayne Huizenga Holdings, Inc., a diversified company, which manages and owns the Miami Dolphins football team, the Dolphins Stadium in South Florida as well as investments in banking, resorts, marinas, yacht reset and construction, real estate and outdoor advertising.

Back then, life was a bounty of opportunities that didn't satisfy, Huizenga explained. Today, his success is defined by something more.

On Nov. 20, Huizenga gave his testimony at a special Regent University chapel. To an audience of students, faculty and staff, Huizenga shared the story of how he began a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

As a young man Huizenga idolized his father and the aura of success that surrounded him. Wayne Huizenga Sr. was a self-made businessman who got his start in the sanitation business and eventually amassed the business holdings known as H. Wayne Huizenga Holdings, Inc.

Because his parents were divorced, Huizenga didn't see his father much, but he still learned some valuable lessons from him, and he believes his father's success is what paved the way for his own success later on.

From his father, Huizenga learned the value of hard work and dedication. "[He told his employees] we're not any smarter than anyone else so we gotta work twice as hard," Huizenga said. He believes his father was "in the right place at the right time." It was also his father who taught him the value of servant leadership.

Huizenga did work hard and took full advantage of the trappings of money and success that came with his job. "I know that I drank a lot and said things I regretted," he told the audience. In spite of success in the business world, as well as a wonderful wife and children, Huizenga felt an emptiness that he couldn't seem to fill.

Eight years ago, friends invited him to a Wednesday night church service where he ended up responding to the pastor's invitation to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Huizenga's life wasn't the same after that.

"I hope I'm being a good steward of the assets I have now," he told the audience. He stopped drinking and realized the value of surrounding himself with mentors—both in the business world and the Christian world. "A lot of people didn't think it would last. "They thought it was just a phase," he said of his friends.

Huizenga spends more time with speaking engagements these days, and he looks for ways to share his faith with his business associates. During a question-and-answer session after his testimony, Huizenga encouraged the audience to look for opportunities to incorporate their faith into their vocation in a way that intrigues, not offends, the people they work with.

Four Law Professors Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court

Four Regent University Law professors were admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar on Wednesday, November 12, as part of the high Court's proceedings that day. The Court docket also included the case of Pleasant Grove City, UT v. Summum, argued by attorneys from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) that has offices on the Regent campus where law school professors and students assist in research and preparation.

Lynne Marie Kohm, the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law; Professor C. Scott Pryor; Adjunct Professor Darius Davenport, the Law School's director of Career & Alumni Services; and Adjunct Professor Margaret L. Christiansen, associate director of Regent's Law Library, all took the oath of office that enables them to practice before the Supreme Court.

The professors were sponsored for this honor by Dr. Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the ACLJ, who appeared before the Court representing Pleasant Grove City in this case about whether donated monuments displayed in public parks qualify as private speech, thus requiring municipalities to display monuments from all other donors.

These four professors join several other Regent Law professors who have been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years, sponsored by Sekulow and Dr. James Murphy, the law school's associate dean for administration. To be eligible for admission to the high Court, attorneys must have been admitted to their own state's Supreme Court for five years and be in good standing with their state bar association.

Regent Law Alumnus Honored in “Top Forty Under 40” List

Inside Business, Hampton Roads’ business journal, recently honored Regent Law alumnus Diane Toscano (’06) for her commitment to her career and community as a “Top Forty Under 40.”

Since 1998, Inside Business has annually recognized forty leaders under the age of forty who are helping Hampton Roads be a better place to live and work. The publication receives a large number of nominations each year and a panel of five judges chooses each honoree based on her accomplishments and contributions to the community.

Toscano is the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach. She actively volunteers her time and resources to the Virginia Beach Bar Association, Current Pictures, Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the Lexington, REACH programs, Serve the City Norfolk, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Tabernacle Church of Norfolk.

Toscano and the other honorees were profiled in a special edition of Inside Business and received their awards at a banquet in early October at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.

NFL Sports Agent Speaks to Law Students

On October 13, 2008, the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society at Regent University welcomed Mr. Tony Agnone to speak to students about his career in the sports industry as an attorney and NFL agent. Mr. Agnone’s firm, Eastern Athletic Services (EAS), represents over 30 NFL players on over 20 different NFL teams. Mr. Agnone spoke with students about the history of player representation by agents in the NFL, as well as ethical questions relating to representation of clients that arise.

In addition to sharing his experiences as an NFL agent for over thirty years, Mr. Agnone answered various questions regarding the intersection of law and the sports industry. Contract considerations involving “moral clauses”, signing bonuses, and free agency were explained. Mr. Agnone also explained important services he provides for his clients such as creating opportunities for future employment during the off-season as well as their career after football.

Mr. Agnone has served as a law professor and as Assistant to the Dean at University of Baltimore School of Law. He has represented professional football players since 1978, from first round draft choices to free agents. Through EAS, his representation has included Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants, Ladell Betts of the Washington Redskins, and Jason Babin of the Seattle Seahawks.

Law Student Organization Awards Founder of Regent and Fellow Brother with Lifetime Achievement Award

On behalf of the George Washington chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity (P.A.D.), Patrick Murphrey presented Dr. M. G. “Pat” Robertson with a lifetime achievement award at the organization’s first induction ceremony of the year.

Not only did the fraternity honor a man who has achieved much, it also honored a brother. Dr. Robertson became a member of P.A.D. while working on his juris doctor at Yale University, and since then has achieved national and international recognition for his scholarly, business, and broadcasting achievements. He is the founder of Regent University, the Christian Broadcasting Network, Operation Blessing, American Center for Law and Justice, and several other organizations and broadcast entities.

"The Washington Chapter wanted to honor Dr. Robertson because without him there would not have been a law school in which to have a chapter of Phi Alpha Delta. We are very thankful for his contribution to the legal profession and Regent University,” said Murphrey.

Murphrey founded Regent’s chapter of P.A.D. last year and served as Justice of the growing organization that strives to serve the students and the community academically and fraternally. He added, “[Dr. Robertson] has been an inspiration and Christ-like mentor to all members of our chapter.”

Regent Law Moot Court Team Remains in National Spotlight

Regent Law’s Moot Court team is ranked 9th in the nation, according to law professor and blogger Paul Caron at  TaxProf Blog,   a Law Professors Blog Network publication.  A blogger who crunches hard data from sources such as Princeton Review and other surveys, Caron, and his blog, have become regarded sources of information on law school statistics.

The Moot Court team’s multiple achievements  have not only garnered respect among analysts, but have also won it an invitation to the inaugural Moot Court National Championship, hosted by University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) in January.

UHLC’s Moot Court National Championship website lays out the method for choosing the competitors: “Each of the 16 finalists made it to the National Championship the old-fashioned way: they earned it by achieving outstanding results at ‘open’ moot court tournaments that any team can enter. Using a list of 34 open tournaments, the UHLC developed a qualifying formula.”

UHCL’s formula ranked Regent Law’s team at number 5 among the nation’s schools. The other competing schools are

Campbell University

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Depaul University

George Mason University

Harvard Law School

Loyola University – Chicago

Mercer University

Seton Hall University

South Texas College of Law

University of California – Davis

University of California – Hastings

University of Colorado

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Memphis

University of Miami

3L’s Tyler Weiss, Lindsey Powdrell, and Elizabeth Fabick will make up Regent’s Team, coached by Professor Steven Fitschen. Their brief is due December 1, 2008 and the oral arguments will be held in Houston January 7-10, 2009.

Professor Brad Jacob Presents to Mexican Naval Officers at Old Dominion University

On August 8, Associate Professor Brad Jacob presented a lecture and answered questions from a group of Mexican naval officers on the history...