Regent Law Graduate Recognized by Alma Mater as Young Alumnus of The Year

Regent University School of Law alumnus Stephen Casey’s work and accomplishments have prompted his undergraduate alma mater, LeTourneau University, to recently award him Young Alumnus of the Year.

LeTourneau highlighted Casey’s calling and passion for the law in a special “Where Are They Now?” section of its quarterly alumni publication, NOW.

After competing with graduates from nine other law schools in Texas as well as a cohort of Ivy League grads, Casey (Regent Law ’07) won a coveted judicial clerkship for Texas Supreme Court Justice Scott A. Brister.

He has also been busy raising support as he runs for a seat in the Texas legislature, House District 52, Round Rock. The elections will be held in 2010.

Read about LeTourneau’s recognition of this Regent Law Alum, as well as Casey’s solid understanding of what it means to use the gifts and skills of a lawyer to serve God, in this summer's issue of NOW.

Regent Law Completes More Making the Commitment Pledges Than Any Other Virginia Law School

Service to the community is a vital part of the legal profession. Year after year, Regent students show their dedication to the public through activities such as tutoring at the Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center, raising money to stock the food shelves of Hampton Roads, organizing fundraisers for disease prevention, and working at local legal aid agencies.

To recognize and promote service among law students, Regent Law’s Office of Career and Alumni Services, in conjunction with the Virginia Bar Association, sponsors Making the Commitment each year. This state-wide program challenges students to complete at least 35 hours of volunteer service each academic year and recognizes individual accomplishments upon graduation.

With 31 students completing 35 hours or more of service in the 2007-2008 academic year, Regent Law completed more pledges than any of the other 6 participating Virginia law schools.

These hours of service have been completed all over the country at various civic, religious, and educational organizations. Past and present students have found their volunteer time at the following community partners to be rich and rewarding:

California Lawyers for the Arts
Center for Global Strategies
Community Mediation Center
Family Heritage Matters
Habitat for Humanity
Harvest Outreach Ministries
Heartly House, Inc.
Holland Elementary School
Holme Roberts & Owen LLP
Ipswich Town Villas Association
Just Law International, P.C.
Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia-Eastern Shore
Henry County Public Defender
National Legal Foundation
New Orleans Pro Bono Project
Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Lawyer Referral Service
Public Interest Legal Advocates of Regent
Providence Presbyterian Church
Refugee & Immigration Services
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
St. James the Less
Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
United In Him
Virginia Bar Association Domestic Relations Council
Virginia Defense Force
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Wills For Heroes Project

Judicial Interns Enjoy a Night with Local Legal Professionals

Summer is heating up and so are the court rooms in Hampton Roads. Under the watchful eyes of local Hampton Roads judges, Regent Law judicial interns are honing their legal skills in each of the seven cities’ courts.

In partnership with these courts, Regent Law’s 8-week Judicial Internship Program is giving students the chance to study the work of judges, perform legal research, and observe courtroom interactions.

Started in 1998, the Judicial Internship Program currently provides 8-week summer internships for 31 Regent Law students at 15 Hampton Roads Courts including Circuit, Juvenile & Domestic Relations and General District Courts.

In just the first week of the program, student interns have been able to sit in on civil and criminal court hearings and assist with other court duties. In the weeks that follow, many will rotate between various specialty courts, gaining exposure to the full operation of each court by the end of the program. Some interns will work on special projects for judges, enhancing the administration of justice.

Opportunities such as shadowing a public defender or sitting in on a custody hearing help students make better decisions about what sort of law they want to practice. Students also gain exposure to the types of clients that they will one day represent, an invaluable glimpse into a judges’ critique of legal issues and the performance of the attorneys in his or her courtroom, and a practical application of the legal principles they’ve been studying in law school.

To honor the program’s participants, the Office of Career & Alumni Services hosted the 5th annual Judicial Intern Banquet on Tuesday, June 9 at the Founder’s Inn & Conference Center. Summer interns, attorneys, and approximately 15 local judges and their court personnel gathered to enjoy an additional benefit of the summer program – networking.

Regent enjoys a strong reputation with the local bar and judges, and the evening was spent bolstering student exposure to the legal professionals with whom they’ll work during law school and beyond.

According to Darius Davenport, Director of Career & Alumni Services, “This program provides a valuable component of the legal educational process by allowing our students to gain first hand exposure to our courts, the heart of our legal system.”

Event speakers included The Honorable Barry G. Logsdon, Chief Judge for the Newport News Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court and an alumnus of Regent University School of Law’s charter class of 1989.

Regent Law & Christian Legal Society Launch Online Resource

Christian law students and attorneys who want to stay current with relevant legal issues and become involved in a likeminded community can now do so easily. Regent University School of Law has partnered with the Christian Legal Society (CLS) to develop Cross & Gavel, a comprehensive online resource for lawyers and students who believe that faith is central to practice and study.

Regent Law is the only law school working with a faith/law organization to provide a one-stop shop Christian law web resource.

"Cross & Gavel is not just designed to encourage our own (Regent) students, but outside students as well," said Cross & Gavel Director Mike Schutt, also Regent Law professor and director for the Institute of Christian Legal Studies (ICLS). "I think Christian law students and lawyers lack the tools that this site provides—such as books and articles, podcasts and shared ideas from a faith-based legal perspective."

Schutt formalized a partnership between CLS and Regent Law in 2001. The partners brainstormed different ways the site could marry an interactive aspect to a comprehensive online resource. Since then, they worked closely with Regent website designer Lisa Marie Massato to complete the vision of Cross & Gavel. The site officially launched May 22.

"Cross & Gavel allows law professors and scholars from across the nation to be a part of the community," said Schutt. He encourages students and attorneys to get involved through sharing ideas, posting articles and networking through the forums. Cross & Gavel provides rich resources for the practice of law, as well as opportunities for students to find summer jobs and internships.

Still in its beginning stages, the scope of Cross & Gavel is already substantial and continues to grow.

"The project is reflective of Regent's mission statement—to be a leading center for Christian thought and action," said Schutt.

Visit the Cross & Gavel website for more information and to participate.

To learn more about Regent Law, click here.

Professor Kohm Weighs In On Sotomayor Nomination

John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law, Lynne Marie Kohm, weighs in on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.

A strong model for female students at Regent Law, Professor Kohm advocates woman’s roles in the legal profession and has helped to guide many female graduates in establishing successful practices. Read Professor Kohm’s Family Restoration blog for her perspective on the voice a female justice should bring to the bench.

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...