Regent Law Students on the Run


When Regent Law student Katey Price was 17, she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. With the support of her family and friends, Price persevered, even working as a volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation to encourage others who were working through the same condition.

Just this December, she chaired the Virginia Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation’s 2008 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis in Norfolk, VA.
And she wasn’t alone.
Over 20 Regent Law students and faculty joined 1,000+ participants in this year’s event. Several Regent Law students and one faculty member even placed in their respective divisions. Finishers included law students Seth Doherty, Rob Rose, Anastasia Kranias, Katie McGee and law school Associate Dean Natt Gantt.

According to Price, eight months of planning as event chair paid off. “Our goal this year was to raise $60,000 for the foundation,” she said. “We smashed last year’s record by raising over $76,000.”
Price feels part of her calling as a future lawyer is to continue to serve her local community through organizations like the Arthritis Foundation.

"I think it all comes down to servant leadership,” she says. “We're called to serve the community like Christ served others. My calling translates into my passion for what I do in the Arthritis Foundation, and ultimately into how I’ll give back to the community as an attorney.”

Regent Law Professors In the News

Bruce Cameron, the Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law, was interviewed by a reporter with the Russian service of Radio Free Europe regarding the protest by workers at a Chicago door and window factory who lost their jobs. Read about the protest here.

A letter-to-the-editor by Law professor Brad Jacob was recently the featured letter on The Virginian-Pilot’s website this past Monday.

Regent Law Students Contribute to Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case

Over a dozen current Regent Law students have had the exceptional opportunity to work on Pleasant Grove vs. Summum, currently being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. For a quick case summary, click here.

To learn more about the Regent Law students who were privileged to work on this case, click here.

Read an eyewitness account of the U.S. Supreme Court arguments from second year law student and ACLJ clerk Ben Eastburn and see Prof. Lynne Kohm’s video recap of the arguments below.

Ben Eastburn writes:

In the early morning hours of November 12, over seventy Regent Law students awoke and braved the cold weather and darkness that surrounded our nation’s capitol. They made the brief journey from the warm confines of their hotel rooms to the steps of one of the beautiful landmarks of Washington, D.C.: the Supreme Court of the United States. Four hours and a few dozen cups of coffee later, the students filed through a maze of metal detectors and Capitol Policemen into the inner sanctuary of the Western legal tradition.

The students were admitted along with the general population; yet there was nothing pedestrian in their interest in one matter to be heard before the Court that day. Dr. Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), was set to participate in oral arguments in the case of Pleasant Grove City v. Summum. It was a case they all knew well, for each one had an integral role in its development.

If you were to rewind to a year prior you would find many of those same Regent students who were standing in line at work behind the desks of the ACLJ, pouring over countless documents and case law in preparation for the defense of Pleasant Grove City’s ability to deny the opposition—Summum—the right to erect a monument on city property. Many more students joined the effort that following summer, just in time to assist in formulating the case that would be presented to the Supreme Court in briefs and during oral argument. And lastly, students who enrolled in Dr. Sekulow’s class in the fall would have the opportunity to help finalize his efforts to present the best possible oral argument to the Court.

And what an oral argument it was. As Dr. Sekulow fielded question after question from the same Supreme Court Justices those students had previously only read about, the very arguments they had worked on began to materialize before their very eyes. After the Assistant Solicitor General of the United States argued in favor of Pleasant Grove City on behalf of the federal government and Summum’s attorney presented her argument, Dr. Sekulow once again took center stage. In two minutes of rebuttal time, he refuted the opposing counsel’s critical points and concluded with a synopsis of the key points of his argument.

To an amateur lawyer-in-training, it certainly appeared from the Justices’ reactions and lines of questioning that the ACLJ and Pleasant Grove City carried the day. And while the official result via the Supreme Court’s opinion will not be issued for another several months, the mood was nevertheless celebratory, if for no other reason than the seemingly endless preparation was finally over.

The students were invited to a post-argument party at the ACLJ’s Washington office, where they recounted their own tales of hard work during the preparatory phase of the case and marveled at the argument they had just witnessed.

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