"The overall response to Regent Law's Community Service event was astounding," said Val Johnson, a Regent Law student career services staff member. "It's exciting to know that so many students and alumni are dedicated to meeting the needs of others."
The purpose of the day was to increase outreach in the local community, as well as to bridge the gap between students and alumni and to become advocates of Regent's mission, which involves actively working towards change and impact on the world.
Volunteers at the various locations were able to distribute and sort through more than 4000 lbs. of donated food, re-structure book shelves at the library, conduct grounds maintenance, work on light construction projects, help boost the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population through packaging oyster shells, and clean and organize the Habitat for Humanity stores in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
One of workers said that it would have taken him weeks to clear the Habitat for Humanity-Norfolk area, while the volunteers were able to do so within a matter of hours. They moved mattresses, doors, desks and windows as part of the process.
"I hope this event prompted students and alumni to engage in a lifestyle of service," Johnson said. "It only takes a few hours to make a tremendous difference in the lives of others."
The Criminal Law Advocacy Course provides advanced individualized training to lawyers from all branches of the military. Throughout the course criminal prosecutors and defense attorneys participate in rigorous small-group practical exercises on essential litigation skills from opening statement through closing argument.
Professor Velloney’s keynote address, entitled “The Top 10 Ways Case Preparation Improves Your Advocacy,” will culminate the two-week course and provide junior attorneys with insights from an experienced litigator, law professor, and former Army JAG.
In her article “Corporations Are People Too: What Role Should Corporations Have in Fighting Bribery?”, Hulett explains the negative impact that corporate bribery has, especially on impoverished countries.
“The article acknowledges that some corporations are trying to operate within an ethical framework, but they are losing business because not all corporations are held to the same standard—especially those outside the United States,” said Hulett.
Her article first proposes an amendment to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a federal law that addresses the bribery of foreign officials. This amendment would provide a remedy for corporations that operate ethically but lose business to those that practice unethically. Second, it proposes a cause of action for corporations to bring charges against unethical businesses on behalf of the United States.
Ave Maria Journal of International Law will publish Hulett’s article in its spring 2010 issue.
On August 20th, Kohm also commented for CBN News on the highly publicized case of Rifqa Bary, a teenage girl who converted from Islam to Christianity and fled from her Ohio home to a pastor’s home in Florida. A Florida court is deciding whether Bary can be emancipated or if she must return to her family in Ohio.
In his popular lecture “Don’t Talk to the Police!,” Professor James Duane gives viewers startling reasons why they should always exercise their 5th Amendment rights when questioned by government officials.
Posted on YouTube.com in June of 2008, Duane’s lecture was quickly recognized by Google as a top-ten most watched video. YouTube currently reports that the two-part video has been
viewed over 700,000 times since it was posted.
Watch “Don’t Talk to the Police!”
Kohm’s thought-provoking piece, which is a good read for anyone no matter their career path, can be found here.
Regent Law Professor, Alumna, and Current Student Profiled in Inside Business Article on Minority Female Attorneys
McKee is an associate professor and director of Regent’s Civil Litigation Clinic .
Obi operates a general civil practice focusing on bankruptcy, family and immigration law and is assisted by current student Vivian Uwanaka.
Read the article here.
According to McKee, clinical education is important because it ensures access to the courts for parties who might otherwise forgo their legal rights in the absence of legal representation.
“This conference is important to me because it allows me to share with other clinicians what I’ve learned in setting up and directing the Regent University School of Law Civil Litigation Clinic,” McKee said. “For me, our clinical program is an opportunity to walk out my Christian values. This conference allows me to share that sense of purpose with lawyers from another culture that I might not otherwise have the opportunity to be in contact with.”
McKee’s seminar roster is primarily composed of human rights attorneys from Iran.
Learn more about Regent Law’s international programs here.
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