11.18.2008

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.