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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.

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