McDonnell to Give GOP Response to State of the Union

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell '89 (Law and Government) has been chosen to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Wednesday, January 27.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner announced McDonnell's selection late last week. Boehner said McDonnell was chosen because of his solutions-oriented approach to putting Virginians back to work.

"As the American people continue to ask, 'where are the jobs,' Gov. McDonnell has offered common-sense economic policies in stark contrast to Washington Democrats' job-killing agenda," Boehner said in a written statement. "We don't need a government takeover of health care or a 'cap-and-trade' national energy tax -- we need a common-sense plan to help middle-class families and small businesses and allow them to keep more of what they earn so they can save, invest and hire."

McDonnell was inaugurated as the 71st governor of Virginia on January 16. He is the third elected official from Virginia in recent years to give the opposing party's response to the annual Sate of the Union.

The State of the Union will be broadcast live on national television, beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Gov. McDonnell's remarks will follow immediately after the president's.

Regent Alums in the News

Law alumnus ‘99 J. Jasen Eige has been appointed as counselor and senior advisor to Governor-elect Bob McDonnell, as reported in The Virginian-Pilot and other media outlets across Virginia.

Law alumnus ’04 Jerrell Johnson was featured on the front page of The Virginian-Pilot's Virginia Beach section as one of two local attorneys who are offering free real estate planning for law enforcement officers and their spouses.

Regent University School of Law Stands with Haiti

Regent University and the School of Law are deeply concerned for Haiti, and we join with prayers around world for its grieving and suffering people. Our sister organization Operation Blessing, which has worked extensively in the past to relieve Haiti’s ongoing hunger crisis, is already on the ground providing earthquake relief, and our university community has responded with a drive to send aid immediately.

Our concern extends to the poor and oppressed around the world. Students, alumni, and alumni-led organizations like the Jubilee Campaign spend their lives fighting for social justice, an urgent cause which our emerging Center for Global Justice and Human Rights will soon support.

We pledge to do all we can to help Haiti, and we invite you to join us with prayerful and material support.

Law Professor Comments on Charges Against Christmas Bombing Suspect

Law Professor David Velloney, former JAG officer, spoke to CBN this week about the implications of trying Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a criminal, rather than as a terrorist.

Abdulmutallab is the 23-year old Nigerian man accused of the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day.

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Regent Alumna Nominated for Two Judgeships

Tanya Bullock, a 2000 Regent Law graduate, has been nominated for a judicial position on Virginia Beach’s Circuit Court and for a vacancy in the city’s General District Court.

Bullock founded the firm Bullock & Cooper with her twin sister, a 2002 Regent Law graduate. Bullock has been honored numerous times for her outstanding work in the legal field and on behalf of the community. Awards include Inside Business’s Top 40 Under 40 and Hampton Roads’s Outstanding Professional Women. Previous to founding her firm, Bullock worked as a local prosecutor.

Only four others were nominated for the Circuit Court vacancy, including a current general district judge and a former delegate. Ten others were nominated for the General District Court position.

Nominations were submitted last month to the Virginia Beach Bar Association, which distributed the names to members and asked them to rate the nominees.

When the General Assembly’s regular session convenes on January 13, 2010, the local delegation of legislators will consider the input from the Bar Association in their vote for the judgeships.

In the News: Law Alum Featured on Fox

Regent Law alumnus Jamie Smith '00 recently appeared on Fox news to weigh in on the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253.

Smith is a former air marshal instructor and currently serves as President/CEO of SCG International, a private peace and stability operations company assisting in establishing security for military, government, corporate and private clients.

Watch the segment below:

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...