Regent’s Trial Advocacy Board Wins Big Once Again

The Regent Law community congratulates Regent’s Trial Advocacy Board, who over the weekend of Feb. 20 defeated teams from the University of Virginia, William and Mary, and the University of Richmond to capture the 2010 Texas Young Lawyers Association Regional Championship.

Regent’s team of 2L Kate Hart and 3L David Johnson, coached by 3L and fellow Trial Advocacy Board member Lu Aloupas, will now head to Dallas, Texas to face regional finalists from across the nation in the Texas Young Lawyers National Championship to be held March 24-27, 2010.

The win is the latest in a string of Regent Trial Advocacy Board Championships including the 2009 National Pretrial Competition Championship and corresponding Best Brief/Best Oral Advocate awards, along with the Best Brief award at the 2008 National Pretrial Competition.

Prof. David Velloney, who trains trial teams along with primary Trial Advocacy Board Advisor Prof. James Duane, cites these recent wins as an encouraging sign that there are more great things in store for the Trial Advocacy program. “The students this year have capitalized on a great foundation laid by previous members of the Board,” he said. “Their work ethic and dedication to excellence demonstrate the very best that Regent Law has to offer. We’re incredibly proud of their efforts.”

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Professors in the News

Dean Jeff Brauch was quoted in this Virginia Business magazine article about the challenging job market that law school graduates nationwide are facing.  The article notes how Regent Law is countering a difficult job market by introducing a course on how to start a legal practice.

Law School Professor Lynne Marie Kohm was interviewed by Foxnews.com regarding the legal issues of young children appearing on reality TV shows.

Professor Kohm was also guest on CBN News on Tuesday to discuss a child custody case in which the father is facing jail for taking his daughter to church, after a judge issued an order prohibiting him from doing so.

Law Negotiation Team Places in the Top 10 at National Competition

Regent University School of Law’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Board (ADR) made a strong showing at the ABA National Negotiation Competition held Feb. 5-6 in Orlando, FL.

Out of 215 teams from the 112 law schools that entered the tournament last fall, Regent’s second year law student team of David Crossett and Mary Katherine Bratton finished among the top 8 in the nation.

At the regional level, Regent advanced from a pack including teams from Georgetown, George Mason, Washington & Lee, William & Mary, Maryland, Penn State, and Widener. At the national level, Regent finished ahead of teams from Pepperdine, Fordham, U.Cal-Davis, Ohio State, University of Minnesota, Texas Tech, the University of Miami and the University of Oregon, among others.

Team coach, Law Professor Eric DeGroff, commented on Bratton and Crossett’s exemplary performance.

“Our team was able to zealously represent their clients within the bounds of the law and with integrity,” he said. “They balanced making a strong case and presenting their client in the best possible light while being very careful to speak the truth. Thanks to the work David and Mary Katherine devoted to the competition and to the efforts of the entire Board, our team was very well prepared.”

Other recent Regent Advocacy Skills Board wins include the 2009 Merhige National Environmental Negotiation Competition, the 2009 National Pretrial Advocacy Competition, and the 2009 & 2008 William B. Spong Competition.

Alumnus Named Partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge

Regent Law alumnus Jason N. Workmaster (’00) has been named partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA).

MLA is an international law firm with 475 attorneys and public policy advisors. Its offices in nine U.S. cities as well as Brussels, Belgium have an outstanding reputation in litigation, transactional, government and regulatory services.

At the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Workmaster focuses his practice on government contracts litigation. He has represented a host of clients in bid protests, contract disputes, and False Claims Act litigation in various tribunals throughout the country.

He is one of seven MLA attorneys promoted to partner in January 2010.

Lynne Marie Kohm Appears on CBN

Law Professor Lynne Marie Kohm appeared on CBN News Wednesday to comment on the American missionaries jailed in Haiti for attempting to take 33 children from the country without proper documentation.

Law Alum a “Rising Star” in Texas

Regent Law alumni continue to enjoy outstanding achievements. In late 2009, Bobby Maddox (’01) was selected by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star.

His work at Kemp Smith LLP in business law, taxation, and estate planning, as well as his high level of dedication to his community of El Paso, TX, helped him to achieve this honor.

To win Rising Star recognition, lawyers must be regarded highly by their peers, meet ethical standards, and demonstrate a certain degree of accomplishment in their field.

Other Regent Law graduates who have recently been recognized by Super Lawyers include James Davis (’91) , Shawn Voyles (’98), E. Todd Wilkowski (’98), Morgan Cox (’03), and Shantell Nashatka (’03) .

Professors in the News

John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law Lynne Marie Kohm appeared on CBN News on January 26, 2010, to discuss a judge's ruling to allow life support to continue for a Canadian infant who suffered brain damage at birth. Doctors want to discontinue care, but his parents contend he is showing improvement and should not be denied medical treatment.

Professor Kohm also appeared on CBN News on January 14, 2010, providing insight on the Proposition 8 trial in California.

Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law Bruce Cameron published Labor Unions and Workers’ Rights in the January/February 2010 issue of Liberty Magazine. In this article, Cameron illuminates issues connected with the Employee Free Choice Act and details the history of workers’ rights from the view of an employee of faith.

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