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Regent Law Faculty & Student in the News

Professor Tom Folsom was interviewed on March 27 by a British journalist at Managing Intellectual Property magazine. The reporter is writing an in-depth feature article about legal privilege in the area of trademark law that will appear in the International Trademark Association daily newspaper during the organization's annual conference in May.

Folsom was also recently interviewed by IP Law & Business Magazine regarding the current and near-term state of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The interview dealt with the impact that factors such as recent court decisions, potentially falling revenue, a hiring freeze, and new leadership are having on the operations of the USPTO, individual investors and the patent bar.

Law Professor Bruce Cameron was a guest on Norfolk radio station WHRV’s Hearsay with Cathy Lewis on March 24, discussing the Employee Free Choice Act – also known as the card check bill – now under consideration by Congress.

Law Professor James Duane’s recommendation to change the language of Virginia’s doctor-patient privilege unanimously passed the General Assembly and was approved March 30 by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. The change, effective on July 1, makes it harder for doctors to disclose patient confidences without the consent of the patient.

Law student Dr. Kim Shaftner’s article  on health-care personnel’s “conscience clause” appeared in Catholic Online.

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Regent University School of Law Ranks Highest Overall Bar Passage Rate in Virginia

On Friday, October 27, Virginia’s Board of Bar Examiners (VBBE) released the bar examination passage rates for Virginia law schools. Regent University School of Law (LAW) alumni who took the Virginia bar examination in July 2017 earned a 94.59 percent overall passage rate – the highest in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and more than 23 percent above the statewide average.

“To finish first in the state like Virginia is an incredible accomplishment,” said LAW Dean Michael Hernandez. “I’m proud of our graduates, and I’m proud of our faculty that rallied around and supported our graduates. This is a validation of our program and I’m really thrilled with the results.”

Regent LAW alumni who took the test ranked over other law schools in the state including University of Virginia (92.59 percent), George Mason University (79.37 percent), University of Richmond (79.37 percent) and Washington and Lee University (84.85 percent).

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Honors Students Meet with Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, Supreme Court of Virginia

On November 3, twelve of our Regent Law Honors Program students traveled to Richmond, VA, to visit the Supreme Court of Virginia.  They met with the Honorable Donald W. Lemons, Chief Justice, for a lively discussion. 

After hearing oral arguments in two cases, State Law Librarian Gail Warren spoke with the students about the court, its work, and its history. 

Some students also were able to speak with the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey, Justice, joined by his clerk, Alexandra McPhee (Regent Law 2017 grad). 

In the afternoon, students toured the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and discussed the operation and work of this court with Patricia S. Conner, the Clerk of Court.

Lynne Marie Kohm Awarded the 2017 Faculty Excellence in Service Award

Each quarter, Regent University’s Office of Academic Affairs honors faculty members with Faculty Excellence Awards.

On November 7, Regent Law professor Lynn Marie Kohm was awarded the 2017 Faculty Excellence Award in the area of service. According to Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president of Academic Affairs, Kohm “embodies the cheerful servant leader,” and claims that her most important service to LAW is her commitment to coordinating a student women’s discipleship group.

“[Kohm] exemplifies servant leadership,” said Moreno-Riaño. “She works tirelessly to promote her school to external audiences … in her faculty development role, she passionately encourages faculty to develop their research and scholarship.”

Congratulations to Professor Lynne Marie Kohm!