Regent Law Adds Study Abroad Program in China

Regent University School of Law is pleased to announce a student and faculty exchange agreement with Shantou University Law School in Shantou, China.

Students and professors at both institutions will promote program goals which include studying law from a comparative legal perspective, providing service opportunities for alumni from each institution, and creating a forum for internationally-oriented scholarship.

Regent Law and Shantou University Law School hope the program will enrich comparative cultural understandings between China and the United States, further strengthening the ties between their respective legal communities.

Regent Law’s new study abroad program in China adds to a growing number of summer and semester opportunities including programs in Israel, Spain, France, and England, and South Korea.

It also expands opportunities for legal scholarship within the Regent Journal of International Law, the first Christian academic journal dedicated to scholarly publications on issues of international law.

Learn more about Regent’s study abroad programs here, and about the Regent Journal of International Law here.

Announcing Another Regent Law “Rising Star”

In this July’s edition of Virginia Super Lawyers published by Law & Politics magazine, Shawn A. Voyles (’98) was recognized for the third time as a “Rising Star,” an award given to the best attorneys in Virginia under the age of forty.

“[Being selected as a “Rising Star”] is a rewarding recognition because the selections are made solely on the basis of your peers’ votes,” said Voyles.

Voyles has been practicing a broad range of civil litigation matters for 11 years and is currently partner at Crenshaw, Ware & Martin in Norfolk. “The most rewarding part of my job is solving problems for clients, which could mean litigating a matter through to judgment or negotiating a resolution which is acceptable to all parties,” he said.

Also an adjunct professor of Admiralty Law at Regent University School of Law, Voyles enjoys giving back to the school that prepared him for his career. “Regent Law is top notch. My professors were friendly and accessible and modeled the character traits that Regent Law graduates should demonstrate in the community,” he said. “If students put in the necessary work, they will receive a rewarding legal education that will be the foundation of a successful legal career.”

Each year, Law & Politics magazine sends surveys to licensed attorneys with five or more years of practice. “Rising Stars” recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state -- those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

You can read more about this “Rising Star’s” professional accomplishments here.

Students Return from Summer Program in Israel

For 3L Kelly Duff, Regent Law’s Summer Program in Israel was the capstone on her graduate work in Middle East studies and law. For three years, she has been immersed in legal analysis and in learning the political landscape of the Middle East. For her, studying in Israel tied it all together.

“When I ‘met’ Israel,” she said, “everything came alive. It was an exciting country, a traditional country, a beautiful country, a country that represents so many paradoxes.”

Duff joined approximately 25 other students from Regent University to study Qur’anic and Biblical law and Israel’s unique international legal environment. From mid-May to early June, the group toured the country while studying the legal aspects of each site.




The itinerary included Abu Ghosh, Bethlehem, Masada, En Gedi, Modi’in, Tiberias, Capernaum, Metulla, Caesarea, and Tel Aviv, while Jerusalem and Haifa served as home base.

“The professors did a wonderful job weaving legal education into the historic surroundings and trips we took,” said Terah Gaertner, a first year law student. “Being able to see and experience something you learned about in a classroom setting the day before made the lesson more concrete.”

Another first year student, John Tipton, recounted influential visits which he said helped him to see the legal significance of the surrounding area. “We visited the Israeli Supreme Court, the Knesset, which is the Israeli Parliament, and a Military Court in the West Bank where we were able to talk with a Military Judge. “

Students also had the chance to hear an Israeli Supreme Court Justice discuss the problems he faces in making decisions on controversial relations issues affecting religious and ethnic groups within the country. Walking out the door into the geographic context within which the issues develop greatly impacted the students’ education.

“Seeing that people with different values are living on top of one another,” said Tipton, “made it easy to understand how other countries can recommend policies that are difficult for Israel to carry out without sacrificing the safety and well being of their citizens.”

And for Duff, actually visiting the Golan Heights gave her the ability to draw lines she had not been able to before her trip. “I know it’s a minute observation, but it was important for me to see how strategically important the Golan Heights are,” she said. “They are very significant for Israel’s negotiations with Syria.”

The political, relational, geographic and legal lessons were not the only highlights of the trip, though. Floating in the Dead Sea, swimming in En Gedi pools and waterfalls, and studying by the Mediterranean are experiences none of the students will soon forget.

Regent Alumna Invited to Present Research at Human Trafficking Conference

For nearly 10 years, Valerie Payne (’09) has been passionate about the issue of human trafficking. As a student at Regent University School of Law, she invested much time in researching and writing about the issue, as well as informing others about the impact of modern day slavery.

The culmination of her research was her student note, “On the Road to Victory in America’s War on Human Trafficking: Landmarks, Landmines, and the Need for Centralized Strategy,” published in the Spring 2009 issue of the Regent University Law Review.

Payne’s original article was nearly preempted by the passing of the William Wilberforce Reauthorization Act in late December 2008. Payne admits that it was tempting to abandon the project at that point, but she sensed the urgency and importance of pushing through to publication. After many late nights and with the help of the Law Review staff she was able to reconfigure the article to address concerns born out of the new legislation.

Payne’s diligence and outstanding professional efforts have recently been recognized by those responsible for the First Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Conference organizers have invited Payne to present her research at the conference scheduled for October 29-31, 2009. The conference’s mission is to bring together researchers from many disciplines, as well as government and non-governmental agencies that have responsibility for anti-trafficking efforts, to develop a research agenda.

Payne will join a group of internationally known speakers at the conference, including Dr. Kevin Bales. Awarded numerous international humanitarian awards for his work, Dr. Bales is one of the world’s leading experts on modern slavery and child trafficking. In her research Payne referenced multiple sources of Dr. Bales’ work, including his book Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves.

More information about the First Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking can be found at their website. A copy of Payne’s article can be found in Volume 21, No. 2 of the Regent Law Review.

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